NY Guardians vs St. Louis BattleHawks Prediction & Preview
A pair of teams are looking to bounce back from the last week’s defeats when the New York Guardians take on the St. Louis BattleHawks in the XFL’s East Division showdown. The Guardians were destroyed by the DC Defenders 27-0 in the previous week, while the BattleHawks suffered a tight 28-24 road defeat to the Houston Roughnecks. Can the BattleHawks secure a win in their first home game of the season?
The Guardians were kept off the scoreboard in a loss to the Defenders
New York limited the Tampa Bay Vipers to only three points in the opening game of the season but failed to get on the scoreboard in the next game against the DC Defenders on the road. The Guardians had just 137 total net yards and a miserable five first downs. The passing offense was particularly disappointing as the Guardians recorded 66 opposite DC’s 276, so the visitors were unable to avoid a big 27-0 defeat. New York had three turnovers and one takeaway in return. The Guardians failed to record a sack, while linebacker D’Juan Hines had an interception.
Former Penn State Nittany Lions quarterback Matt McGloin experienced a disastrous game as he completed only eight of 19 pass attempts for 44 yards and two interceptions. He was replaced by Marquise Williams, who came on in relief of McGloin later in the game and posted better numbers. Williams finished the tilt with four completions on eight attempts for 51 yards, but at least he didn’t throw an interception. Tim Cook III led the team in rushing with 39 yards on ten carries, while wideout Mekale McKay caught three passes (six targets) for 30 yards.
The BattleHawks fell short to the Roughnecks on the road
St. Louis managed to beat the Dallas Renegades in a low-scoring encounter but failed to make it two out of two with a tight 28-24 road defeat to the Houston Roughnecks. The BattleHawks trailed 21-6 at halftime, and although they responded with 12 unanswered points in the third quarter, it wasn’t enough to avoid a loss. The visitors were actually better in moving the chains as they recorded 26 first downs opposite Houston’s 16. The BattleHawks had 390 total yards, while the Roughnecks registered 238. However, Houston’s defense was rock steady in crucial moments and forced two turnovers (both interceptions), while St. Louis didn’t have any takeaways in this one.
Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was quite busy and accurate with 30 completions on 37 attempts for 284 yards, three touchdowns, but also had a pair of interceptions. He connected with receivers L’Damian Washington, De ‘Mornay Pierson-El, and running back Matt Jones in the end zone. Washington led all the receivers with 77 yards on six receptions, while Pierson-El added 50 yards on nine catches. Former NFL running back Matt Jones had 44 yards on 16 carries. Christine Michael, an ex-Seattle Seahawk, and Super Bowl XLVIII champion, ended the game with 38 yards on 15 carries.