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The First Bi-Weekly XFL Power Rankings

The Bi-Weekly XFL Power Rankings.

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The XFL just finished Week 2 and the action has had fans excited for the new league. Now is a good time to start looking at how the teams rank in the first bi-weekly power rankings. Expect new power rankings to be posted on the Monday following the even-week games.

  1. D.C. Defenders (2 – 0): The Defenders are the cream of the crop in the XFL right now. They have an excellent head coach in Pep Hamilton and a quarterback in Cardale Jones who has a big arm and is making the right plays. They had 5.9 yards per play against the New York Guardians this week.
  2. Houston Roughnecks (2 – 0): P.J. Walker was the XFL Player of the Week for Week 1 and had another nice game in Week 2 against a tough team. Wide receiver Cam Phillips had a monster game this week against the BattleHawks.
  3. St. Louis BattleHawks (1 – 1): Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has emerged as one of the young exciting players of the league. They lost narrowly this week to the Houston Roughnecks and look like a team to be reckoned with throughout the season.
  4. Dallas Renegades (1 – 1): With quarterback Landry Jones back and playing, the Renegades won their first game of the season in Week 2. It took time for the Renegades to get going, but they ended up winning behind Jones and running back Cameron Artis-Payne, who rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns.
  5. New York Guardians (1 – 1): Quarterback Matt McGloin had a good game in Week 1 and a lousy game in Week 2. Part of it has to do with the teams they’ve played as in Week 1 they played the Vipers and in Week 2 they played the Defenders. They are a classic middle of the road team and that’s where they are in these rankings.
  6. Seattle Dragons (1 – 1): The Dragons beat the lowly Vipers to get their record to 1 – 1. They looked pretty pedestrian in the first half but exploded for 14 points in the 3rd quarter. Head coach Jim Zorn needs to figure things out with quarterback Brandon Silvers or the Dragons will be in the bottom half of the league throughout the season.
  7. Los Angeles Wildcats (0 – 2): The Wildcats are a mess. They fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson after Week 1 and didn’t fare much better without him. Quarterback Josh Johnson had a nice game in Week 2 but couldn’t get it done at the end of the game down by seven points.
  8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0 – 2): Week 1 Aaron Murray was the starting quarterback. Week 2 Taylor Cornelius started at quarterback and Quinton Flowers got some playing time as the signal-caller as well. Things are looking bad for the Vipers early and it seems like they are far and away the worst team in the XFL so far.

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