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Sport XFL 2020: Top Week 2 storylines, including Landry Jones' debut and one game that could be a thriller

07:10  15 february  2020
07:10  15 february  2020 Source:   cbssports.com

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The XFL is a professional American football league owned by Vince McMahon's Alpha Entertainment, and is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut.

The XFL is back for its second weekend of action. The USA TODAY Sports staff picks all four matchups against the spread. Dallas could not put up points last week and Los Angeles couldn't stop a nosebleed (and fired its defensive coordinator after one game ).

The XFL got through its first week with all excitement and none of the drama -- great success! Now that we've seen all eight teams, we're starting to get a feel for how this league looks. Of course, there's still an entire season to be played, but there is already a dividing line of teams that could compete for a championship and teams that have some work to do.

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Week 2 may not have the initial hype of the XFL's first weekend, but it does have plenty of storylines to follow. From Landry Jones' debut to a must-see Sunday evening game, there's already a lot to follow. Here's what to watch for as Week 2 of the XFL 2020 kicks off on Saturday.

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On Friday, the XFL had its first big trade. According to Jake Russell of the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Wildcats The Wildcats could be getting good return for their former defensive captain, as Sylve recorded a pick-six in Sylve will play in his first game with the Wildcats this Sunday against the Dallas Renegades, while Johnson and Our Latest Stories . XFL Week 2 storylines : Jones ' debut .

Landry Jones sat out the Renegades’ season-opening loss to the St. Louis BattleHawks with a knee injury. And Defenders defensive lineman Tracy He has such a remarkable story , and the personality and athleticism to match it. If the XFL is going to be a success, you need people like that who fans are

It's Landry Jones time for the Renegades

Coach Bob Stoops made the announcement this week and it's a welcome moment for the Dallas Renegades. Philip Nelson certainly wasn't terrible in the Week 1 loss to St. Louis, but he was unable to push the ball vertically, and the Renegades were ineffective on both third down and in the red zone. The Jones-Stoops reunion from their Oklahoma days was one of the major storylines for the XFL when the teams drafted their quarterbacks last year. With so few big names at any position, having Jones able to play is not only big for Dallas, but the league as a whole. Now the question for Jones, who is coming off a knee injury and last played in a pro football game in 2017, is how he looks. His first opponent will be Los Angeles, which allowed 37 points in their Week 1 loss to Houston and fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson on Monday. Certainly, Jones and quarterback Hal Mumme can kick-start this offense, right?

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Landry Jones , the first player to sign with an XFL team, will make his long-awaited debut for the Dallas Renegades on Sunday when they take on the In Dallas' 15-9 opening loss to the BattleHawks, Phillip Nelson got the start at quarterback and completed 79% of his passes for 209 yards and one

Landry Jones , the first player to sign with an XFL team, will make his long-awaited debut for the Dallas Renegades on Sunday when they take on the In Dallas' 15-9 opening loss to the BattleHawks, Phillip Nelson got the start at quarterback and completed 79% of his passes for 209 yards and one

St. Louis at Houston should be the game of the week

And, dare I say, a preview of the championship game in April? Okay, okay, too bold. Bring it back. Still, Houston looks awfully fun with quarterback P.J. Walker and a pack of solid wide receivers. St. Louis had an excellent defensive game plan against Dallas last Sunday, but Philip Nelson doesn't exactly strike fear into anyone's heart. How will the BattleHawks fare against a Houston offense that, frankly, looks like it's on another level. Going pass-happy with June Jones may, in fact, be the key to this XFL thing. We'll see, but don't put it past St. Louis to try to possess the ball and shorten the game with its ground attack, which includes quarterback Jordan Ta'amu. This should be a fun one and the only thing that stinks is that someone has to lose. Hopefully, this game ushers in the XFL's new overtime rules.

Can the Guardians' defense repeat against the Defenders?

You'd think a game between the Guardians and Defenders would be a surefire play for the under (get it?). Anyway, there will be a lot of eyeballs on New York's defense against a talented D.C. offense on Saturday. The Guardians of the Gridiron gave up all of three points to Tampa Bay in Week 1 and forced three turnovers. However, it's not like the offense did amazing, either. D.C. has some legit receiving threats with Eli Rogers and Rashad Ross, and quarterback Cardale Jones can sling it. The Guardians may have to keep this thing close with defense to have a shot at pulling the upset. But that defense also may be for real.

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You can do that from a lot of different ways -- you can be a guy who can step up and pick up yards Perhaps when Landry Jones is back and healthy from his knee injury, the Renegades will be able to Overall, the Week 1 product in the XFL was as good as, if not a little bit better, than Week 1 of the

Will Tampa Bay's offense find an answer?

I don't think I'm overreacting to Week 1 here, but taking Seattle straight up as a 2.5-point home dog against Tampa Bay seems like the best bet of the weekend, right? The Vipers have to find an answer at quarterback after Aaron Murray tossed two interceptions (and fumbled away another turnover) against New York. Quinton Flowers looked decent in limited action, but it remains to be seen if he can carry the offense. This will also be the second straight long road trip for Tampa -- and on a short week, no less. Meanwhile, the Dragons didn't look terrible in their loss to D.C. and Brandon Silvers' two interceptions were more of a result of wide receivers slipping or not being on the same page. This one could be a rock fight, but it felt like Seattle showed more in their Week 1 loss than Tampa did. Remember, too, that the Vipers were the preseason favorite by bookmakers to win the most regular-season games. An 0-2 start would be rough.

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