The DC Defenders are the best team in the reboot of the XFL, and it’s not even close.
There is one team that stands above all in the new version of the XFL — the DC Defenders — and there’s not even a close second. This is more than just about the final score. This team is winning in all phases of the game.
The game against the Guardians was partially a mismatch due to New York missing two of their top offensive linemen. However, the 27-0 score wasn’t even indicative of how bad that game was.
The new XFL is supposedly about offense, but this defense is a gritty bunch. Four sacks, four quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, four interceptions, and two forced fumbles. The team spends a lot of time in the backfield, even when they don’t get home.
The offense has also taken full advantage of their opportunities. As a result of their average starting line of scrimmage of their own 35, the Defenders have a league-best 58 points. Cardale Jones had the team’s first turnover in the game against the Guardians, and that was with 5:43 left in the third quarter. The offense held the ball for 50:07 before their first turnover.
They even have done well on special teams. With a special teams score, only one missed field goal and a net punting average of 36.6, they’ve put up some good numbers there as well.
Not only do the stats tell the story, when you watch the games they’re eye-catching. The offense is crisp with very few mistakes. The defense is solid on all three levels — getting pressure, forcing bad throws, and getting turnovers, and the special teams is helping scoring and the field position battle.
The Defenders epitomize what we love about football. It’s the ultimate team game, and they’re winning in all three phases, which is why they are clearly the best team in the league, and it’s not even close.