XFL power rankings: Houston alone at top heading into Week 4 matchup vs. Dallas

Just when you think you had the XFL figured out, a winless team wins by 30 points. 

The Los Angeles Wildcats pulled the biggest upset of Week 3 with a 39-9 victory against the D.C. Defenders, and that leaves just one unbeaten team heading into Week 4. Sporting News looks at the XFL rankings each week. 

XFL Power Rankings for Week 4

1. Houston Roughnecks (3-0)

The Roughnecks take the top spot in this week’s rankings after a 34-27 victory against Tampa Bay. P.J. Walker, who passed for 306 yards and three TDs, hit Cam Phillips with the game-winning score with 10:32 remaining. Walker and Phillips combined for three more TDs and has become the best pass-catch connection in the league. Walker leads the league with 748 passing yards, and Phillips leads the league with 324 receiving yards. 

2. St. Louis BattleHawks (2-1)  

Keith Mumphrey and Joe Powell combined for the first kickoff return TD in the history of the XFL courtesy of a reverse, and St. Louis used that early momentum to cruise to a 29-9 victory against New York. Matt Jones (14 carries, 95 yards, TD) and Christine Michael (13 carries, 44 yards, TD) provided a balanced rushing attack for Jordan Ta’amu, and the defense limited New York to 2 of 10 conversions on third down. 

3. Dallas Renegades (2-1)  

Landry Jones was a mixed bag in a 24-12 victory against Seattle in a similar performance to his debut. He hit 30 of 41 passes for 274 yards, three TDs and two interceptions. The biggest revelation in the offense continues to be tight end Donald Parham, who had five catches for 101 yards and a pair of TDs. He’s going to get NFL looks if this continues. We can’t wait to see the “rivalry” game between Houston and Dallas in Week 4. It will be the best game of the week. 

4. D.C. Defenders (2-1) 

The West Coast did not treat the defenders well in the loss to the Wildcats. Cardale Jones took his first loss as a starter dating back to his college days at Ohio State after a four-interception dud. The running game piled up 200 yards, but the turnovers got in the way. D.C. also was 2 of 13 on third down. Los Angeles had a 27-3 lead by halftime and never looked back. 

5. Seattle Dragons (1-2)

Seattle had a halftime lead on the strength of two first-half TD passes by Brandon Silvers, but the Renegades pulled away in the second half. Austen Proehl caught another TD for the Dragons and continues to be one of the more reliable receiving targets, but the running game sputtered again. Seattle also travels to face St. Louis in Week 4. It won’t get easier.  

6. Los Angeles Wildcats (1-2)  

The Wildcats took out their early-season frustrations on the Defenders, and Josh Johnson threw three TDs in a 39-9 blowout at home. Johnson’s 40-yard TD pass to Tre McBride set the tone, and LA has one of the better receiving tandems in the league with McBride and Nelson Spruce. Mike Stevens had two of the team’s four interceptions. It was an all-around effort the Wildcats can build on. 

7. New York Guardians (1-2)  

The Guardians bumped down a spot after the loss to St. Louis, and the quarterback carousel continued. Marquise Williams, Matt McGloin and Luis Perez all saw time against the BattleHawks, and Perez might be the best bet moving forward. He had some success in the AAF last season. The running game got on track, too, but it was too late against a better team. New York hosts Los Angeles in Week 4.

8. Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)  

The Vipers finally scored some points after averaging just 12 points per game in the first two weeks, but it wasn’t enough against the best team in the league. Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers shared quarterback duties again, and Jalen Tolliver had eight catches for 104 yards. The Vipers had 99 penalty yards in the loss and couldn’t generate a pass rush against Houston.

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