Week 3 is in the rearview mirror along with 30 percent of the XFL season. We now head into Week 4 with four interesting games on tap. Through two weeks it appeared we were starting to see a true delineation between the haves and the have-nots, but the Defenders giving up the most points ever and losing by the most points ever to the Wildcats put a kink in our power rankings.
This week we get to see if Cardale Jones and the Defenders can get back on course in Tampa, while we also get to see if the Wildcats can keep up their strong play, this time on the east coast against a bad Guardians team.
The BattleHawks get an easy matchup at home against the Dragons, so it would seem likely they keep up their strong play while the best matchup comes when the league leading Houston Roughnecks head up-state to take on the Dallas Renegades, for a game that will determine the leader of the West Division.
Los Angeles Wildcats at New York Guardians
Game time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: (ESPN Sports App)
Date: Saturday, February 22nd
Announcers: Steve Levy, Greg McElroy, Tom Luginbill, Dianna Russini
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Odds: Wildcats -7.5
The Wildcats turned their season around in a big way last Sunday when they destroyed the Defenders, who had been one of the two best teams in the league. They now head to New Jersey to take on a scuffling Guardians team that can’t get anything going offensively under Matt McGloin.
Josh Johnson has been excellent since returning from his hip injury, and ias set up to win for the second time this week, but a cross-country trip coming off a big win could be a letdown spot.
Seattle Dragons at St. Louis BattleHawks
Game time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: (Fox Sports App )
Date: Saturday, February 22nd
Announcers: Curt Menefee, Joel Klatt
Location: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
Odds: BattleHawks -11
The BattleHawks have a well rounded team, as seen by their big win last week with help from their special teams. The BattleHawks are one of the few teams to run the ball with consistency while playing above average across the board. They get their second home game of the year after getting a big crowd for their opener last week. The dome should be rocking as the team tries to go 3-1 as -12 point favorites.
Houston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades
Game time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Live Stream: (Fox Sports App)
Date: Sunday, February 23rd
Announcers: Tom Hart, Joey Galloway, Pat McAfee
Location: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Odds: Roughnecks -2
This game is the crown jewel of Week 4 and could easily be the best matchup of the season to date. We get two of the pass-happiest teams in the league with Houston’s Run N’ Shoot and Dallas’ Air Raid, run by June Jones and Hal Munne respectively. The Roughnecks have been the best team so far in the XFL while the Renegades got off to a slow start with quarterback Landry Jones sidelined in Week 1. But now at 2-1 and a healthy Jones, Dallas can take the lead in the West Division with a win at home this Sunday.
DC Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers
Last week the line for this game would have been in the double-digits in favor of the Defenders, but after Cardale Jones’ meltdown in L.A. and the Vipers showing a little life offensively, the Defenders are only -2.5 point favorites in Tampa Bay.
The Vipers have yet to win a game and didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two weeks, but were able to get into that offensive scoring column three times last week against the Roughnecks. That surge in offense also coincided with Marc Trestman giving up play-calling duties to his OC. The Defenders will be back in their timezone this week and the Vipers have allowed a league-high 74 points through three games. This should be a bounce back spot for Jones and company, but it will be interesting to see if the Vipers can make it a game.