XFL Week 5 Predictions
We are halfway through the season in the XFL. It is Week 5 and now the focus is on which team will expand to stardom and make the run for the playoffs. The St. Louis Battlehawks lead the East and the Houston Roughnecks lead the West in the standings. DC Defenders, New York Guardians, and Dallas Renegades are 2-2, 2nd place with five games remaining. On the fourth down segment of the All 4 Downs Podcast, Joe Aguiar, Tyler Bard, and Ovi Muniz made their predictions.
Seattle Dragons (1-3) at Houston Roughnecks (4-0), 2 p.m. EST, Saturday ABC
PJ Walker is running the league as a potential MVP winner. Walker had a changed game plan last week as he distributed the ball to many receivers in the team. Cam Phillips is a star WR in the team that was running high with several receiving yardage and touchdowns that went quiet last week. Could the duo make some noise in Houston?
The Dragons are 0-2 on the road and currently on a two-game losing streak. Can QB BJ Daniels turn the team around and lead the offense to outscore the Roughnecks? Dragons will need a well balanced offense and have RB Farrow and WR Austin Proehl to adapt and play better. Proehl was targeted five times with one catch last week.
Tyler: Houston 32-13
Ovi: Houston 32-16
Joe: Houston 28-12
New York Guardians (2-2) at Dallas Renegades (2-2), 5 p.m. EST, Saturday, FOX
These two teams are playing an important game. With some help, A New York win can tie for first place or remain in second place. The Renegades need to win to stay in second place and maintain pace with Houston.
Guardians played very well and the offense responded positively with Luis Perez as Quarterback. It has been reported that McGoin and Perez had split practices so there is no word on who is the starting QB. The best chance for the Guardians can be with Perez. Head Coach Gilbride made significant changes to the roster resulting in a win.
For Dallas, Philip Nelson will start at Quarterback. Landry Jones is out with a knee injury and will be sidelined for at least two weeks. According to Coach Stoops, Phillip played well but the rest of the team needed to play well.
Tyler: New York 26-25
Ovi: New York 24-20
Joe: Dallas 22-15
St. Louis Battlehawks (3-1) at DC Defenders (2-2), 3pm EST, Sunday FS1
The Battlehawks are performing as the best team and matching closely with Houston. QB Jordan Ta'amu is having a superb season throwing and running the ball.
On the other side, the Defenders struggled in their last two games. QB Cardale Jones' ratings dropped very low. The team was shut out by Tampa Vipers which found their first win of the season.
Tyler: DC 21-17
Ovi: St Louis 22-18
Joe: St Louis 31-16
Tampa Bay Vipers (1-3) at LA Wildcats (1-3) 9pm, EST Sunday, ESPN
Both teams are at the bottom of the standings and if they want to contend, they need to start a winning streak. Vipers won their first game last week by shutting out the Defenders. They look to do the same with QB Cornelius as a starter.
LA will lean on Josh Johnson and hope to win at home. The Wildcats like to throw the ball in the air most of the time and it might cost them the game with the same plan. Running the ball may be a great strategic plan in order to have the WRs open should the do an air attack.
Both teams may be creative in their trick plays and double forward passes can be in use. The game is scheduled on a later time which we can see a potential game of the week performances.
Tyler: TB 35-29
Ovi: LA 22-16
Joe: TB 19-16