1st Quarter XFL Power Rankings
Three weeks in, how do they stand?
Three weeks of XFL action, all eight fanbases have been able to experience the relaunched league in their own backyards, and I feel we now have enough data points and game tape to who is good, who is bad, and who will be playing on Sundays in the fall.
With nine weeks until we crown a champion, here is how I rank the XFL teams from the bottom up.
8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)
Not sure if Raymond James Stadium is cursed or what is going on, but there is some bad football being played under the shadows of the pirate ship. This is emblamatic of Marc Trestman’s leadership and a roster that just isn’t all that good. How this team was the odds on favorite to win the league a few weeks ago confused the hell out of me, but now just seems oddly humourus.
7. Seattle Dragons (1-2)
Another team that is a QB away from being something. Brandon Silvers has been wildly inconsistent, B.J. Daniels hasn’t got enough reps, and Keenan Reynolds might be the best QB on that roster. Austin Proehl has a shot to be a solid #3 on an NFL roster this summer, but there are simply not enough dudes on this team to make a playoff run.
6. New York Guardians (1-2)
Kevin Gilbride has his hands full. Dreadful QB play, atrocious offensive line, got a few stud playmakers but can’t find ways or time to get the ball to them. They are a bit better than their record indicates, but this team needs help. Maybe Luis Perez can be the answer, but things need to get better, and soon.
5. Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2)
Things were looking bleak until Josh Johnson stepped into the lineup in Week 2, but they have not got enough consistent production from the skill positions around Johnson. Nelson Spruce is the only available target for the Wildcats and opposing defenses know it. Elijah Hood needs more touches. Defense showed last week in the win against DC that they can contribute, gonna need more of that as they face an uphill climb in the West.
4. Dallas Renegades (2-1)
Honestly it could have been a coin-flip with Los Angeles, but I feel as if the ceiling is higher for Dallas. Landry Jones is rusty and his WRs haven’t been able to produce in Hal Mumme’s offense. Cameron Artis-Payne is deserving of a spot on someone’s 53.
3. DC Defenders (2-1)
Another coin-flip here, as they could easily be #2, but they are by far the best the East has to offer. I have concerns about last weeks egg they laid at LA, but in retrospect it was a classic spot for a team that looked hot to stub their toe. Dominant start, on the road for the first time, playing a team with something to prove. If they don’t bounce back and control Tampa Bay Sunday night then the East is completely wide open.
2. St. Louis Battlehawks (2-1)
Easily the best surprise of the young XFL season. Jordan Ta’Amu, Matt Jones, THAT DEFENSE AND SPECIAL TEAMS. I was in the Dome on Sunday and that fanbase was happy to have professional football in their backyard, the fact that the team is good is just icing on the cake. If the XFL fails, for at least one game, St. Louis has proven they deserve to be someones home.
1. Houston Roughnecks (3-0)
Offensively unrivaled thus far in the 2020 season, and they need it because that defense has flaws. It may just be the nature of their defense not having enough time to rest because the offense is scoring too quickly, but they are tied for dead last in touchdowns allowed. Cam Phillips is a star, P.J. Walker is running June Jones’ offense very well, but if they cannot stay healthy then there will be a wild finish out west.