Dallas Renegades vs NY Guardians Prediction & Preview
Saturday’s late game showdown features a pair of 2-2 teams. The New York Guardians come into this contest fresh off a 17-14 win over the Los Angeles Wildcats in Week 4. To build on this momentum, they must travel to Dallas to face one of the XFL’s best defenses.
Meanwhile, the Renegades are hunkering to get back into the win column following a 27-20 defeat to the Houston Roughnecks in Week 4. Dallas needs to win this game to keep pace with Houston in the Western Conference race.
Saturday’s game takes place from the Globe Life Park with kick-off slated for 5 p.m. EST. The game airs on Fox.
Can New York’s offense find the end zone?
The Guardians’ offense has had trouble scoring points. They’re last in the XFL in scoring offense (12.2. points per game) total yards (230) and passing yards (142). This isn’t a great resume for winning football games.
Compounding matters for New York is they’re facing one of the XFL’s best defenses. Dallas holds opponents to 18 points per game and they’re third in the XFL in yards allowed per game (308) and rushing yards allowed per game (105). The lone weakness is in their secondary, where they allow 202 passing yards in each contest.
Can New York’s offense take advantage of this? A bright spot has been the play of quarterback Luiz Perez. He came in last week and led the Guardians to a win with a 189-yard, two-touchdown performance. What’s more, he was wildly efficient, completing 71% of his passing attempts. So, if he can duplicate this performance on Saturday, he’ll give New York a chance.
Dallas’s balanced attack looks to wear down the Guardians
The Renegades like to employ a high-octane attack predicated on the arm Landry Jones. The only problem is Jones’ status for Saturday is uncertain after he incurred an injury in their loss to Houston. And in that contest, he was a turnover machine, committing three turnovers in the first quarter.
On the season, he has seven interceptions, which through four games isn’t stellar. If he’s unable to play the Renegades will rely on Philip Nelson. Nelson has completed 75% of his throws for 220 yards, so there’s potential there.
And if they struggle in quarterback play, they can always rely on the legs of Cameron Artis-Payne. Through four games, he has 216 rushing yards, placing him fourth in the XFL in rushing yards gained.
This balanced attack could spell plenty of problems for a New York defense that allows 347 total yards per game and 18 points. What’s more, if the Renegades receive consistent quarterback play they could pick apart the league’s worst secondary.
New York: is 0-2 in road games
Dallas is: 2-1 SU in last 3