XFL power rankings: D.C. Defenders, Los Angeles Wildcats surge; Dallas Renegades slide


first_imgThe Houston Roughnecks improved to 5-0 on Saturday, but not without controversy.The XFL admitted to an officiating error that would have left time on the clock at the end of the Roughnecks’ game against the Seattle Dragons. P.J. Walker’s knee appeared to be down with two seconds left, which would have given the Dragons time for one more play. Houston, however, escaped with a 32-23 victory. 6. Dallas Renegades (2-3)The Renegades did not have Landry Jones (knee), and Philip Nelson (28-for-49, 210 yards, 2 INTs) struggled in his place. Dallas had 14 carries for 56 yards in the loss to New York. The Renegades have dropped back-to-back games and likely won’t have Jones next week against D.C. How will coach Bob Stoops rally this team?7. Seattle Dragons (1-4)Seattle tried a ground-and-pound attack that managed 100 yards on 32 carries, and P.J. Daniels (14 of 22, 114 yards) struggled to make downfield plays in the passing game, but he still adds a threat in the running game (10 carries, 30 yards) this offense needs. The Dragons blew two leads against the Roughnecks, but at least they proved they can hang with the league’s best. Safety Jordan Martin led the defense with eight tackles and an interception.8. Tampa Bay Vipers (1-3)The Vipes blew a 17-0 lead against Los Angeles. Taylor Cornelius (300 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs) continues to improve, and the receiving trio of Jalen Tolliver (4 catches, 95 yards, TD), Reece Horn (9 catches, 90 yards, TD) and Dan Williams (5 catches, 86 yards) put up big numbers. Tampa Bay has three losses by eight points or fewer. It’s a tough spot for the young league, and it overshadowed another victory by the league’s best team.XFL WEEK 5 RESULTS: Saturday | SundayHere is a look at Sporting News’ XFL power rankings heading into Week 6.XFL power rankings1. Houston Roughnecks (5-0) The ugly ending took away from an impressive comeback by the Roughnecks. Houston trailed Seattle 14-0 before Walker led a pair of TD drives before halftime. The Roughnecks also scored 18 unanswered points in the second half. Walker passed for 351 yards and three TDs and now has 1,338 yards, 15 TDs and just four interceptions halfway through the season. Cam Phillips had 10 catches for 122 yards and a pair of TDs, too. Houston travels to New York in Week 6.2. D.C. Defenders (3-2)The Defenders benched Cardale Jones in favor or Tyree Jackson, who went 9-of-14 passing for 39 yards. Jhurell Pressley broke out with 15 carries for 107 yards, and the defense came up huge in the red zone. The Defenders are 3-0 at home and 0-2 on the road, and they stay home against Dallas in Week 6.MORE: Oliver Luck and the ultimate beer snake3. St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2)St. Louis missed an opportunity to move up in the standings with a road loss to D.C. Jordan Ta’amu was 15-of-25 passing for 174 yards. The tandem of Matt Jones (13 carries, 70 yards) and Christine Michael (12 carries, 69 yards) was effective, but the BattleHawks went 0-for-3 in the red zone. Terence Garvin had 16 total tackles in an impressive defensive effort. St. Louis resumes action at Tampa Bay.4. New York Guardians (3-2)Luis Perez has steadied quarterback for the Guardians, and he led New York to its second straight victory in a 30-12 win over Dallas. He passed for 229 yards, a TD and an INT, but it was his 80-yard TD pass to Colby Pearson that made the difference. New York also got an interception return for a TD from Ryan Mueller and a 97-yard kickoff return for a TD from Austin Walter. New York against Houston this week will try to make it three wins in a row.5. Los Angeles Wildcats (2-3)The Wildcats won a 41-34 shootout with Tampa Bay to move up the rankings. Josh Johnson led a comeback from down 17-0 with four TD passes and continues to improve with each week. He has 11 TDs and just 2 interceptions in the Wildcats’ last two games. Ahmad Dixon led the defense with 10 tackles. The Wildcats went 5-for-5 in the red zone. Los Angeles can keep it rolling at Seattle in Week 6.last_img

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