DC Defenders: Three Stars Verse the New York Guardians
Week 2 for the DC Defenders was no different from week one. They dominated their opponent on all three sides of the ball. On offense, the Defenders had no problem with the defense of the New York Guardians. While on defense, DC made Matt McGloin look like Matt McClown and the rest of the Guardians’ offense was inept. This is a testament to Pep Hamilton and the coaching that job that he has done through two weeks with The DC Defenders. With week two in the books, let us look at three stars of the game for the DC Defenders.
Cardale Jones – QB
Jones is showing why he is one of the best players in this league. He has total control of Pep Hamilton’s offense right now. Pep can call just about anything in the playbook and have confidence that his young QB will execute it. Thus, with that, the DC Defenders are playing great football. Jones on the day completed 23 passes on 37 attempts for 276 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. Jones proved tough to bring down as the Guardians defenders were around his feet all day. Nonetheless, Jones would make plays escaping the pocket and staying in the pocket. If the Defenders can keep Jones healthy, they have a solid chance at being one of the teams still standing in April.
DC Defenders Defense
The defense of the Defenders had another solid outing. They forced three turnovers on the day. The Defenders made Guardians QB Matt McGloin look like a rookie QB again. Forcing him into some bad decisions to the extent, Kevin Gilbride benched him. This defense held the Guardians to only 137 total yards (66 passing and 71 rushing). They also only allowed 5 Guardian first downs on the day. They say “defense wins championships,” and for the DC Defenders, this saying could go a long way.
DeAndre Thompkins – WR
The 5’11” WR out of Penn State had a solid game for the Dc Defenders against the New York Guardians. He caught 6 passes on 9 targets for 92 yards and 1 TD. Thompkins averaged 15 yards per catch. He often found soft spots in the Guardians’ defense for QB Cardale Jones on the day. It is this type of play that allows Cardale Jones to have the type of weeks that he has had the first two games. If Thompkins and his fellow receivers can continue to get open with ease, the Defenders’ offense will stay on top of the XFL the remainder of the season.
The DC Defenders are showing that they are one of the better teams on the young XFL season. Their opponents are not matching their high level, fast gameplay early on. The question is can they maintain this for 10 weeks? We will find out soon enough.
Tune in next week as the DC Defenders finally hit the road for the first road game against the Los Angeles Wildcats Sunday night.
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