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Cardale Jones DC Defenders XFL XFL Stats: Top Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers, Running Backs After Week 1, Players To Watch In 2020
Linda Gilbert | 13 February, 2020, 00:34

In those four seasons, Walker became the program's leader in career passing yards (10,669), completions (830) and touchdowns (74). Unlike the hypothetical that's constantly tossed around about the best team in college football taking on the worst team in the NFL, in this particular case we're talking about last year's national title winners up against the best team in the XFL. In the first half, both teams were evenly matched and had multiple chances of getting what they wanted out of their offenses, but in the second half, Dragons quarterback, Brandon Silvers, fumbled the ball at the Defenders five-yard line, which turned the game around. He played seven seasons for the Giants, before moving on to the Browns. St. Louis pulled off the biggest upset of the opening weekend, defeating the Dallas Renegades on the road. Overall, I am excited of what to expect for week two and beyond.

We saw mixed results with favorites and underdogs finishing 2-2 against the spread.

New York Guardians started off Sunday dominant against the Tampa Bay Vipers with Matt McGloin going 15-29, 182 yards, and one touchdown solidified a 23-3 win. The Mustangs were coached by June Jones, who's now in charge of the Roughnecks.


It wasn't the most exciting football, but the XFL succeeded in implementing rule changes that incentivized more kickoff returns, fourth-down attempts and exciting extra point (s) conversions following touchdowns. They were one of two teams that failed to score any points, and allowed three touchdowns.

The system could incentivize teams to gamble for the highest reward, but not in Week 1.

The rebooted XFL just completed its first weekend of games, and it already has its first firing and free agent in a pair of unusual moves.


By the way, don't feel *too* sorry for ABC here - the broadcast network aired the Oscars on Sunday. Cardale Jones posted the league's best passer rating in Week 1.

XFL week one has come to an end and did it not disappoint one bit.


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