Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs DC Defenders Prediction & Preview
The Tampa Bay Vipers remain the only winless team in the XFL after three rounds, and now they are taking on the DC Defenders, who suffered the first defeat of the year last week. The Defenders suffered a massive loss to the Los Angeles Wildcats and will be looking for redemption in Florida.
The Defenders allowed season-high 39 points in the loss to the Wildcats
DC displayed the worst defensive performance of the season as they allowed even 39 points in a 39-9 road defeat to the Los Angeles Wildcats. Although the Defenders had 290 total yards opposite Los Angeles’ 334, they committed even five turnovers and forced none in return.
Quarterback Cardale Jones had a woeful game as he threw four interceptions and no touchdowns. Jones completed 13 of 26 passes for 103 yards. Wideout Khari Lee led the Defenders in receiving with 38 yards on three catches. DC dominated the ground with 200 rushing yards opposite the Wildcats’ 56, and Nick Brossette led all the runners with 75 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. On defense, Jameer Thurman recorded six tackles (five solos).
The Defenders are 4th in the league when it comes to scoring with 22.3 points per contest. They are 5th in total yards (323.0), 5th in passing yards (197.7), and 3rd in rushing yards (125.3). DC is facing the Vipers’ worst defense that allows 24.7 points per game.
DC’s quarterback Cardale Jones is 2nd in the XFL with 614 passing yards and has four touchdowns (4th). Rashad Ross is 6th in receiving with 164 yards, but he is a top of the league in yards per catch (23.4), while Donnel Pumphrey is currently 11th in association with 97 rushing yards. Jameer Thurman leads the team with 21 tackles, while several players recorded one sack and one interception for the Defenders thus far.DC’s quarterback Cardale Jones is 2nd in the XFL with 614 passing yards and has four touchdowns (4th). Rashad Ross is 6th in receiving with 164 yards, but he is a top of the league in yards per catch (23.4), while Donnel Pumphrey is currently 11th in association with 97 rushing yards. Jameer Thurman leads the team with 21 tackles, while several players recorded one sack and one interception for the Defenders thus far.
The Vipers fell short to the Roughnecks on home debut
Tampa Bay played the first game in front of the home crowd following two road defeats to the New York Guardians and Seattle Dragons but fell short to the Houston Roughnecks, 34-27. The highest-scoring game of the XFL season so far was quite entertaining for the neutrals, not so much for the home fans. The Vipers had four first downs more than Houston (22-18), but that didn’t help as the Roughnecks sliced the home secondary with three passing touchdowns.
Quarterback Taylor Cornelius completed 16 of 31 passes for 193 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while his deputy, Quinton Flowers, had four completions on six attempts for 51 yards. Both of them recorded one rushing touchdown in the process. Wide receiver Jalen Tolliver led the team with 104 yards on eight receptions (13 targets), while Daniel Williams scored the only TD through the air. De’ Veon Smith added 49 yards on 15 carries. Micah Hannemann led the Vipers on defense with seven tackles.
Tampa Bay’s quarterback Cornelius is 7th in the XFL with 347 passing yards and has only one touchdown. Daniel Williams is 4th with 180 receiving yards, while De’ Veon Smith is 3rd in rushing with 174 yards, but is still looking for his first TD on the ground. When it comes to defense, Marcelis Branch is 8th in league with 21 total tackles (ten solos).