Its Week 2 of the XFL season. This time around the New York Guardians are on the road to take on the DC Defenders. EWB has all you need to know.
Empire Writes Back presents what you need to know for New York Guardians football on Saturday afternoon. This week the other G-Men head to Washington DC for a showdown with the Defenders. Whether you are going to see the game live or catching it on television, we have you covered.
Who: New York Guardians (1-0) at DC Defenders (1-0)
Where: Audi Field, Washington, DC
When: Saturday, February 15, 2020, 2:00 pm EST
Weather: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 30s.. (accuweather.com)
TV: ABC/ESPN, Announcers: Steve Levy (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (analyst), Tom Luginbill (analyst), Dianna Russini (reporter).
Line: Guardians +7, Over/Under: 47 (actionnetwork.com)
The New York Guardians opened up their season by beating up on Tampa at home, 23-3. Defense was the key for NYG as they bent but never broke. They caused three turnovers and forced the Vipers into mistakes. Offensively quarterback Matt McGloin threw to seven different targets. He had some struggles connecting deep. But the team still gained 229 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns.
DC also put a hurting on their visitors in week one, defeating Seattle 31-19. Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones threw for a pair of TDs and didn’t turn the ball over. Wide receiver Rashad Ross and tight end Khari Lee each caught a touchdown pass. Their defense recovered a fumble and had a pick to help keep Seattle at bey.
What to watch for
New York’s offense still has some kinks to work out. There is plenty of work left to be done to get the running game going and quarterback Matt McGloin has to do a better job of connecting deep as his receivers can get separation downfield. Additionally, the offensive line, now down two members, due to injury, must do a better job opening holes for their running backs.
DC’s offense is very good. It will be interesting to see how the New York Guardians highly regarded secondary stacks up against Jones and his dangerous receiving corps. Additionally, the Guardians recorded five sacks last week but had issues when Tampa inserted a more mobile quarterback. It is vital for them to keep Jones in the pocket.
Our partners at The Action Network like DC to cover in this one. However, even they acknowledge that picking games this early in a new league is hard due to so many unknowns.
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