After a successful start in the first two weeks, the XFL moves on to Week 3 with a pair of games on Saturday and Sunday.
We’ll be focusing on the two Saturday matchups in this post. The games today are the Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers and the Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons. As I went over in my predictions column for this week, expect the first game to be a beatdown by Houston. The Roughnecks are 2-0 and the Vipers are 0-2 with no offensive touchdowns scored all season.
The game is at Tampa Bay, so maybe the home field advantage will have some sort of role. On paper this certainly appears to be a lopsided game, but in football you never know what will happen. Any given Saturday, right?
The second game on the Week 3 schedule features a pair of 1-1 teams. This is an important game in the West Division. The Renegades and Dragons both lost in Week 1 before bouncing back with close wins in Week 2. The Dragons have been in a pair of close games, even though they’ve been sloppy on offense.
The Renegades struggled in Week 1, but they also played without starting quarterback Landry Jones. He returned in Week 2 and played well enough to get his team a victory. Can he do the same in Week 2 facing a tough Seattle crowd? Follow below to find out.
XFL WEEK 3: Odds, picks and predictions
Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers live updates, highlights
1st Quarter: Roughnecks 9, Vipers 6
2:38 p.m.: Tampa Bay listened to its fans and have put Quinton Flowers in the game. Flowers’ role in this offense is odd as he randomly shows up every couple of drives. He actually talked about this to the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week.
“You have to get a feel for what the defense is doing,” Flowers said. “So it’s hard to get a rhythm and get yourself going when you’re not really getting reps or if you keep swapping in and out. So you just got to wait your time and just always stay on top of your game.”
2:31 p.m.: Houston scores on a LONG BOMB. P.J. Walker throws it deep to Cam Phillips, connecting on an 84-yard touchdown. Phillips has been a star as he caught three touchdowns in Week 2. The Roughnecks then went for a 3-point PAT after scoring and connected, taking a 9-3 lead over the Vipers.
2:25 p.m.: Vipers fans are tired of starting quarterback Taylor Cornelius and have been chanting for backup Quinton Flowers.
2:09 p.m.: The Vipers started off with the ball on offense, and have still not scored a touchdown. However, they had a solid drive and were able to get the ball into field goal range. The Vipers take an early 3-0 lead over Houston.
2:05 p.m.: Tampa Bay had a somewhat creative kickoff return to start the game.
Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons live updates, highlights
This game starts at 5 p.m. ET on FOX. We will provide updates once the game kicks off.
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