Vipers vs. Defenders
Offensively this was all the Tampa Bay Vipers, who dominated the D.C. Defenders with a 25-0 whopping. Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones looks to be far from the best player in the league some thought he was in weeks one and two, only completing nine passes for a dismal 72 yards, and an interception. The Vipers may of found their key to success with a duel rushing threat of Deveon Smith and Jaques Patrick, who became the first duo in the XFL to record individual 100-yard games.
Vipers – RB Deveon Smith
Deveon Smith racked up 122 yards for an average of 5.1 yards a carry. Smith was one half of a dominant ground force that kept the Defenders on their toes all game.
Vipers – RB Jaques Patrick
The second running back that stepped up was Jacques Patrick, who also averaged 5.1 yards a carry, and put up 108 yards on the ground, plus a touchdown.
Defenders – SAF Matt Elam
The D.C. Defenders still had one player that stepped up this week, and it was Matt Elam who had a whopping twelve tackles. Granted, the Vipers controlled the time of possession, so it’s not surprising but Elam has been a bright spot in all four weeks of the XFL seasons.
Notes: Another player that stepped up for the Defenders was Jonathan Celestin who had 12 tackles. Taylor Cornelius had his best game as a pro, putting up two total touchdowns in the Vipers‘ first win of the season.