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XFL scores and recaps from Week 4

We break down the scores and top performers from Week 4 of the XFL.

Tampa Bay Vipers quarterback Taylor Cornelius prepares to pass during an XFL game between the Houston Roughnecks and the Tampa Bay Vipers at Raymond James Stadium.  Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

Another week of the XFL is complete, and we saw a healthy mix of predictable and unpredictable results. Some teams performed as expected, some underachieved, and others exceeded expectations. Here’s how the teams stacked up against Week 4 odds and lines on DraftKings Sportsbook.

New York Guardians top Los Angeles Wildcats 17-14

New York entered its Week 4 matchup against Los Angeles as 8-point underdogs after being blown out in its last two contests. Both sides had trouble scoring, so the game fell short the over/under of 39.5 for total points.

Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin suffered a rib injury in Week 3 that caused him to miss his team’s matchup with Los Angeles, but Luis Perez emerged as the Guardians’ savior. Perez beat out Marquise Williams for the starting job and was an efficient 18-of-26 for 150 yards. His lone touchdown pass went to wideout Mekale McKay, who tallied his first score of the season.

Josh Johnson played through a thigh injury again and reached an XFL career high 330 passing yards. He was 25-of-40 and threw for two scores. Wideout Tre McBride filled in nicely for the injured Nelson Spruce (knee) and totaled eight receptions for 127 yards and a score. It was his second straight week with at least 100 receiving yards.

St. Louis BattleHawks beat Seattle Dragons 23-16

St. Louis was favored by a whopping 11.5 points against Seattle in Week 4, but the game was closer than expected. The contest just barely hit the total points over/under of 38.5 by combining for 39 points.

The BattleHawks’ Jordan Ta’amu rebounded from a poor Week 3 by throwing for 274 yards and a score while rushing for an additional 63 on 16 attempts. His touchdown pass was hauled in by De’Mournay Pierson-El, who led all receivers with 71 receiving yards. The slot receiver caught all five of the passes thrown to him.

Dragons signal caller Brandon Silvers’ inconsistency continued in Week 4. He was 4-of-10 for 27 yards and let his team fall behind by 14 points before being replaced by B.J. Daniels. Daniels led two scoring drives and was 5-of-10 for 50 yards and a score with 87 rushing yards as well. He also threw an interception late on a potential game-tying drive. Ewan Rodriquez notched a 10-yard touchdown reception for his only catch of the game while Kenneth Farrow tallied 14 receiving yards and rushed for a score.

Houston Roughnecks edge out Dallas Renegades 27-20

Houston remain undefeated after covering the spread as 2.5 point favorites against the Renegades. The game fell just short of the total points over/under though, which was set at 50.5.

P.J. Walker led the way for the Roughnecks by throwing for 239 yards and two scores with one interception. Running back Nick Holley unexpectedly emerged as the team’s top receiver in the contest and hauled in eight passes for 97 yards and a score while Cam Phillips had an off night. Blake Jackson also tallied a touchdown reception.

Landry Jones threw for three interceptions, but did manage to connect with Donald Parham on a touchdown pass for the third straight Week. Parham tallied six receptions for 56 yards and was only outpaced by Flynn Nagel’s six receptions for 76 yards. Lance Dunbar rushed for a team-high 48 yards and a score as well.

Tampa Bay Vipers blow out DC Defenders 25-0

The Vipers were 2.5-point underdogs but trounced the Defenders to secure their first win of the season. The contest fell well short of the 44.5 over/under for total points.

Taylor Cornelius has emerged as Tampa Bay’s star. He rushed for a touchdown for a second straight week and also went 24-of-31 for 211 yards and a score. Dan Williams led all receivers with 72 receiving yards. Deandre Goolsby hauled in the team’s only touchdown pass. Jacques Patrick and De’Veon Smith each crossed the century mark on the ground, tallying 108 and 122 rushing yards, respectively. Only Patrick was able to score though. None of DC’s players were able to get much going.

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