The Renegades traveled to LA this weekend to take on the Wildcats. Both teams came into this game searching for their first win of the season. Despite being on the road, the Renegades were favored by 6.5 points.
The biggest story of the day was Landry Jones making his XFL debut. He started off the game a little shaky, which caused some of his passes to be under thrown. Once Jones settled in, the Renegades offense began to move.
The first half was a defensive battle much like a week ago. The Wildcats had their moments on offense, but the Renegades didn’t allow them to finish off drives. Dallas moved the ball quite a bit, and even took some deep shots that we didn’t see last week with Philip Nelson at QB. However, four offensive penalties and two turnovers in the first half killed the Renegades hopes of putting points on the board.
Offense is moving better than last week, but still waiting, and waiting, and waiting for the first touchdown in Renegades history.— Dallas Renegades (@XFLRenegades) February 16, 2020
Deadlocked through two quarters.#RaisingHell 🔥 #ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/VlvnOOAZlr
Landry Jones put all of the blame for the lack of offense on his shoulders at halftime. Even though he played poorly in the first half, he has the NFL experience to turn around and play a solid second half. He did just that, and led this Renegades offense to 22 second half points.
The Wildcats faced a 19-9 deficit with about 8 minutes to go in the game. They weren’t done just yet as Josh Johnson threw a 44 yard bomb to Nelson Spruce to make the score 19-18. All of the pressure moved back to the offense of Dallas, but Cameron Artis-Payne answered for the Renegades with a 17 yard touchdown rush to put this game away. The Renegades pick up their first win of the season by a score of 25-18.
Renegades Offensive Coordinator Hal Mumme made it clear in the season opener that this offense would moved the ball through the air. However, Dallas never established a running game last week. It’s extremely hard to have success through the air without a running game to set it up.
The Renegades got the offense rolling in the second half when they were able to pick up some solid yards with Cameron Artis-Payne. He recorded 14 carries for 99 yards, and found the end-zone twice. This opened up a world of opportunities for Landry Jones through the air. He finished the day completing 70% of his passes for 290 yards. He threw one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Dallas looked the best last week when their defense was on the field. The Renegades relied heavily on their defense once again this week against the Wildcats. They only allowed 256 total yards on the day. LA picked up 199 of those yards through the air, and 57 on the ground.
Without having a pre-season to get into a rhythm, it might take awhile for Dallas to have a ton of success on offense. Until then, this Renegades defense has to remain strong. It’s safe to say that the defense has been the difference for this team through the first two weeks.
Josh Johnson is not about to outrun @InA_Flash! Second sack of the day for Dallas, and the Wildcats punt.— Dallas Renegades (@XFLRenegades) February 16, 2020
The Renegades take over from the 19, still looking for the first points of the game. 10:10 to play in the 2nd.
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On The Road Again
Dallas will be on the road again next week as they will take on the Seattle Dragons on Saturday the 22nd. The game will kick-off at 4:00 PM CST. It will be televised on FOX.
Seattle is 1-1 on the season just like Dallas. They will be coming off of a 17-9 win over the Tampa Bay Vipers. The Dragons looked a lot better on defense this week. The Dallas offense will have to continue to improve for this team to come away with another victory to improve to 2-1 on the season.