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Cameron Artis-Payne stands out in Dallas win over LA

The Dallas Renegades secured their first win of the 2020 XFL season. Running back Cameron Artis-Payne had the best performance for an XFL running back to date.

Running back Cameron Artis-Payne of the Dallas Renegades gets through the Los Angeles Wildcats defense of linebacker Taiwan Jones. defensive end Devin Taylor and safety Ahmad Dixon in the first half of the XFL game at Dignity Health Sports Park on February 16, 2020 in Carson, California. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The Dallas Renegades held off the Los Angeles Wildcats 25-18 in a Week 2 XFL contest that got interesting late. Neither offense could get much going, but a 34-point fourth quarter made for a wild finish. Dallas covered the 5.5 point spread, but the point total just missed a push when the Renegades elected to go for one on a late touchdown rather than put the game away with a three-point attempt.

Dallas quarterback Landry Jones made his debut after a knee injury kept him sidelined last week. Jones showed what Hal Mumme’s Air Raid offense can do, even in a league like the XFL where the offense is shaky at best. Jones completed 28 of 40 passes for 305 yards, and threw one touchdown and two interceptions.

Running back Cameron Artis-Payne impressed for the Renegades, rushing for 99 yards and two touchdowns while averaging 7.1 yards per carry. This is the best performance by any XFL running back through two weeks.

Los Angeles quarterback Josh Johnson made his debut and completed 19 of 35 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The highlight for LA might have been them having the first successful three-point conversion.

Both offenses struggled for three quarters getting anything going in the red zone before both teams erupted in the fourth quarter. It’s been a slow weekend of XFL offense, so we’ll see if this carries over into Week 3.