The XFL advances on to the midway point of the regular season with a slate of Week 5 games.
The Saturday slate of games — Dragons at Roughnecks, Guardians at Renegades — will resume as normal. But the Sunday slate of games — Battlehawks at Defenders, Vipers at Wildcats — will switch things up from the schedule side. Last week saw a late start, but this week the XFL is truly going primetime with a 9 p.m. ET kickoff between Tampa Bay and Los Angeles.
We’ll see how the late start affects the ratings for the XFL. The ratings went down again in Week 4, but not that much compared to Week 3. The Week 3 ratings averaged 1.625 million while Week 4 dropped to 1.37 million. The lowest game in Week 4 was the fourth game, which aired at 7 p.m., with just 1.0 million tuning in. With an even later start this week, we can probably expect that number to dip once again, as many people are preparing for bed or watching other primetime shows at that hour.
Still, we have some exciting games this week in the XFL. On Saturday we’ll see if the Dragons, who used B.J. Daniels last week, can topple the undefeated Roughnecks. We’ll also see if the Guardians can build on their win against a Renegades offense without Landry Jones.
On Sunday, the BattleHawks will test just how good they are against the Defenders, who are 2-0 when playing in D.C. Then to close things off we have a Vipers team that picked up its first win last week looking to build on that victory against a confusing Wildcats team.
For betting odds and predictions you can read my previews from earlier in the week.
XFL schedule Week 5: What games are on today?
Here’s the full schedule for Week 5 of the XFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.
Saturday, March 7
Sunday, March 8
How to watch XFL games on Saturday
Here’s how to catch every game on Saturday. All times are EST.
Dragons at Roughnecks
The Dragons are sitting at 1-3 at the bottom of the West division while standing at the top are the 4-0 Roughnecks. Houston has been dominant on offense, scoring a league-high 16 touchdowns (second-closest is 12). Meanwhile the Dragons have struggled to find their footing on offense, needing to switch quarterbacks in Week 4 from Brandon Silvers to B.J. Daniels. The offense looked better with Daniels at QB, but coach Jim Zorn has yet to name a starter. At the very least, you’ll know you’ll see some exciting offense from MVP favorite P.J. Walker.
Guardians at Renegades
The Guardians were falling apart, but somehow managed to win in Week 4 with their third-string quarterback, Luis Perez. We’d expect Perez to get the start again, but New York won’t name a starting quarterback ahead of the matchup. The Guardians have scored the fewest touchdowns on offense (5), but they’ve also allowed the second-fewest touchdowns on defense (8). They’ll face the Renegades, who will be without starting quarterback Landry Jones. Dallas is 2-2 this season, but hasn’t been too impressive to watch. Dallas is actually 0-2 at home this season, so home field advantage may not exist in this game.
How to watch XFL games on Sunday
Here’s how to catch every game on Sunday. All times are EST.
BattleHawks at Defenders
The Roughnecks (4-0) are the only team to defeat the BattleHawks (3-1), and it was a close game. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu has been fun to watch as he’s second in the league in passing yards and fifth in rushing yards. But Ta’amu and the BattleHawks offense isn’t the only good thing about this team. Their defense has allowed the fewest opposing touchdowns (7) in the league. They’ll be taking on the Defender, who have had the most bizarre season possible. They looked dominant early on, with a shutout victory in Week 2, only to be shutout themselves in Week 4. D.C. is 2-0 at home and 0-2 on the road, so maybe a return to D.C. will right the ship. On paper, this should be the most exciting matchup of the week.
Vipers at Wildcats
The Vipers picked up their first win in Week 4 by unleashing a brutal rushing attack. Two Tampa Bay rushers ran for over 100 yards in Week 4, the first time we’ve seen that in the XFL all season. They’ll try to take their newfound offense on the round against a Wildcats team that’s scored the second-most touchdowns (12) in the XFL. But as I mentioned in my predictions column, the Wildcats have been terrible against the run, giving up an average of 131 yards per game. Expect Los Angeles to struggle stopping Tampa Bay’s rushing attack.
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