DC Defenders vs LA Wildcats Prediction & Preview
Two teams are awaiting this inter-conference clash when the DC Defenders face the Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday. The DC Defenders won both opening games of the season and are at the top of the Eastern Conference, while the Los Angeles Wildcats lost their two games and are looking for the first victory of the season. Can they beat the odds and defeat the favored Defenders?
The Defenders shut down the Guardians in a win
DC opened the XFL campaign with a 31-19 home win over the Seattle Dragons, while the Defenders were even more impressive in the following tilt with the New York Guardians. The Defenders kept the visitors off the scoreboard in a 27-0 win, recording the first shutout win in the history of XFL. DC dominated every segment of the game. They totaled 384 yards opposite New York’s 137, while the Defenders forced three turnovers and committed on the other end.
Former NFL quarterback Cardale Jones had a fine display as he completed 23 of 37 passes for 276 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. Jones, who played one NFL game with the Buffalo Bills in 2016, connected with wide receiver DeAndre Thompkins and tight end Derrick Hayward in the end zone. Rashad Ross led all the receivers with 95 yards on four catches, while Thompkins was right behind with 92 yards on six receptions. The Defenders allowed just 66 passing yards to the Guardians. Running back Donnel Pumphrey led all the rushers with 52 yards on 12 carries. DC’s defense recorded a couple on interceptions, one forced fumble, and three sacks.
The Wildcats fell short to the Renegades in the crazy fourth quarter
Los Angeles lost the opening game of the season by 20 points to the Houston Roughnecks but showed a better performance in the first game at Dignity Health Sports Park. However, that wasn’t enough to avoid a 25-18 loss to the Dallas Renegades, in an exciting fourth quarter that produced even 34 points. The game could easily end in the Wildcats’ favor, but the visitors sealed the win with a touchdown with only a minute to go. The Renegades had 444 total yards opposite Los Angeles’ 251, and the only thing that kept the Wildcats alive was their defense that forced three turnovers. That proved not to be sufficient, though.
Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins quarterback Josh Johnson completed 53% of his passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns without interceptions. Wideout Nelson Spruce was Johnson’s favorite target as he finished the tilt with 89 yards and a couple of TDs on six receptions (nine targets). The Wildcats’ rushing offense was a problem, as the hosts collected just 57 yards on the ground. Elijah Hood recorded 31 yards on ten carries. Safety Ahmad Dixon was the most active on Los Angeles’ defense with eight tackles in total (six solos).