Week 3 out of 10 of the XFL season is here, and the new football league is off to a hot start.
Sure, Week 2’s TV ratings were down from Week 1, but that was to be expected. The Week 2 ratings were still strong with 2.397 million viewers, 2.324 million, 2.127 million and 1.359 million among all four games. The 1.359 million figure comes from the game aired on FS1, which is on cable meaning fewer people have access to that channel.
These are much bigger numbers compared to what the AAF saw in Week 2 which was 1.018 million (TNT) and fewer than 500,000 viewers on the two NFL Network games. The fourth AAF game from Week 2 was streamed on Bleacher Report Live so there are no numbers for that game. The XFL has a much better TV deal than the AAF had, and it could end up being a big reason why the league survives, at least longer than the AAF did.
As for Week 3, there are some great games on the schedule this week. The first game, Roughnecks at Vipers, likely won’t be close as it’s a matchup between the hottest offense and the weakest offense. The late Saturday and early Sunday games are between 1-1 clubs, and we close the week out with another 2-0 vs. 0-2 with the Defenders taking on the Wildcats.
For betting odds and predictions you can read my previews from earlier in the week.
XFL schedule Week 3: What games are on today?
Here’s the full schedule for Week 3 of the XFL season, plus final scores and how to watch every game live.
Saturday, Feb. 21
Sunday, Feb. 22
How to watch XFL games Saturday
Here’s how to catch every game on Saturday.
Houston Roughnecks at Tampa Bay Vipers
As I mentioned in my predictions column, this game has the potential to be a huge blowout. Houston QB P.J. Walker is an early MVP favorite with his seven touchdown passes. And Tampa Bay will again be without starting quarterback Aaron Murray. The Vipers have struggled on offense with no offensive touchdowns the entire season. Their only touchdown of the season came on a pick-six. Tampa Bay will likely fall to 0-3 in a 10-game season, making it practically impossible for a chance at the playoffs.
Dallas Renegades at Seattle Dragons
This should be one of the more entertaining games of the weekend. The Renegades were able to win in Week 2 with the return of quarterback Landry Jones, but Jones wasn’t exactly stellar. Seattle was able to win in Week 2 despite not playing well at all on offense. This should be a telling game between two teams trying to find their way this season. Seattle has a big home-field advantage, which could factor in to who ends up winning this matchup.
How to watch XFL games Sunday
Here’s how to catch every game on Sunday.
New York Guardians at St. Louis BattleHawks
The second game this week between 1-1 clubs. The Guardians looked like a dominant team in Week 1, but then they were shutout in a 27-0 loss to the Defenders in Week 2. The BattleHawks ran their way to victory in Week 1 and barely loss a close game against the Roughnecks in Week 2. The BattleHawks appear to have the upper hand, especially with New York’s decision to bench starting QB Matt McGloin last week. Still, this should be a fun game.
D.C. Defenders at L.A. Wildcats
Cardale Jones has looked great as the starting quarterback for the Defenders, and has a chance at being the league’s MVP. But the Defenders have been a well-rounded unit with a powerful offense, and a defense that forced three turnovers in Week 1 and a shutout in Week 2. Meanwhile the Wildcats fired their defensive coordinator after Week 1 and have fallen into an 0-2 hole. A win this week for the Wildcats would be a massive upset in the XFL.
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