XFL Week 4 Sunday Games Recap
Houston Roughnecks (4-0) 27 At Dallas Renegades (2-2) 20
Prediction: Roughnecks 27 @ Renegades 30
- The Roughnecks came out and got an early lead in this one capitalizing on Landry Jones horrible early play. Two interceptions and a fumble recovery early were enough to give them a 15 to 0 lead plus they were able to get another fumble recovery and interception later in the game as well. The defense decided to shut down the Renegades running game and play against Hal Mumme’s(Dallas’ Offensive Coordinator) ego which helped win them the game. They know when you shut down the run, Mumme likes to think passing is his forte, so he takes his chances. The problem being that the Roughnecks were ready to shut down the short crossing patterns he loves so much and played the air raid perfectly. It didn’t help Dallas that Landry Jones got injured with around five minutes to play on the possible game tying drive. Houston’s offense improved their third down conversions this week going six of thirteen or 46% of the time. The turnovers kept the offense in short yardage situations, so they weren’t hard pressed to work overly hard to get points. In the end, to me, it seemed like the turnovers early held onto the win for the Roughnecks. They were out played for most of the game by Dallas, but they won all of the big moments in the game which is what truly counts to win a game.
- The Renegades got down early, but were able to bounce back, as usual, and play a solid game. It just wasn’t enough in the end. Landry Jones’ five turnovers pretty much killed this team’s chances of winning, and yet they still had a chance to tie the game late before Jones’ injury. Landry Jones seems to be the Forrest Griffin(UFC Ultimate Fighter 1 Winner, Former UFC Light Heavyweight World Champion) of the XFL. Forrest Griffin always had the style that seemed like he had to be hit a few times before he wakes up and fights which is just how Jones plays. He has to turn the ball over a few times before he turns it on and begins to play actual football. Dallas got shut down from the run game and just dropped it from their offense once they got down. Forget the run forget the comeback as I always say. Dallas went three for eleven on third downs and kept their defense on the field too much because of it. The defense was able to keep the Roughnecks offense in check even though they were pinned back in their own territory for much of the game giving their team a chance but it was all for not. Dallas and Houston played very similar football in this one; not really running the ball, quick short routes to make up for that, and taking shots down the field. It worked for Houston better than Dallas this week, but I look forward to a rematch.
- Team MVPs Offense: HOU- N. Holley 8 rec., 97 yards, TD DAL- L. Dunbar 9 carr., 48 yards, TD with 2 catches for 17 yards
- Team MVPs Defense: HOU- E. Robinson 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, force fumble, and fumble recovery & D. Nichols is 1A with 3 tackles, 2 INTs, and 2 PDs
- Season Prediction Record: 8-3
DC Defenders (2-2) 0 At Tampa Bay Vipers (1-3) 25
Prediction: Defenders 26 @ Vipers 24
- This game proved me wrong in multiple ways this week and I’ll take full credit for listening to my head and not my gut. My head said the Defenders would bounce back, but I failed to notice the coaching deficiencies for the scale that it is on. DC’s offense did not pick it up this week and it seemed like they learned nothing from last week. I figured they would do more to get their Trio of receivers going more in this one and set up the run off of the passing game. Cardale Jones did not play well for the second straight week, but he didn’t throw up as many questionable balls this week. He still had trouble making some of the same mistakes as last week, but he was only sacked twice and pressured four times total. There was no reason for his inability to get the ball out and make an impact in the game. The Defenders coaching staff seems to be struggling with getting new plays within the game plan let alone plays that actually work. It seems almost as if the coaching staff just wants to force their style of football, but that doesn’t always work. If a team adjusts to it and you don’t have a back up plan or a counter to it then, as a coach, you’re not doing your job. A leader should know as many possible outcomes as possible so he can be ready to lead the team to victory no matter the circumstances. The coaches actually sounded confused and unsure of themselves during parts of the game on live television…
- The Vipers may have lost QB Quinton Flowers this week, but they proved he was too immature to lead and Cornelius finally stepped up big. He looked like a solid XFL starter, so maybe his struggles had to do with needing to get his feet wet. He completed 24 of 31 pass attempts and kept the offense running smooth the whole game. De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick absolutely dismantled the Defenders defense on the ground going for 122 and 108 yards, respectively. The DC defense not being ready to stop the run paved the way for the Vipers to use play action effectively and give an easy game for Cornelius to deliver their first franchise victory EVER! The defense was able to get a shut out, but may not say as much about their defense as it does DC’s offense at this time. I am not saying Tampa Bay’s defense is terrible, but they haven’t been what you would call good either. This was a blowout from the outset. Congrats Tampa!
- Team MVPs Offense: DC- D. Pumphrey 7 carr., 34 yards with 3 rec., 32 yards TB- D. Smith 24 carr., 122 yards with 2 rec., 11 yards & J. Patrick 21 carr., 108 yards, TD
- Team MVPs Defense: DC- M. Elam 12 tackles, 1 TFL TB- O. Gwacham 3 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 Block
- My Season Record: 8-4
XFL Week 4 Sunday Games Recap
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