Week 4 of the XFL season is here, and it offers one of the more enticing matchups to date.
This week, that comes in the form of the 4 p.m. ET game between the Houston Roughnecks (3-0) and Dallas Renegades (2-1): a battle not only of the Lone Star State but also of the current top team in the XFL and its preseason favorite. Roughnecks quarterback — and MVP frontrunner — P.J. Walker is coming off a week in which he threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns while running for another score, but Dallas has only given up an average of 13 points per game this season.
At 7 p.m., we have a meeting between the DC Defenders (2-1) and Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3). The Vipers remain the only winless team in XFL play this season, but are coming off a week in which they played tough against Houston in a 34-27 loss. The Defenders, meanwhile, were blown out against the previously winless Los Angeles Wildcats, 39-9. Tampa Bay — experiencing something of a quarterback controversy — is desperate to get a win on the board, but at least played better than its opponent heading into Sunday’s game. Will that matter by the time the clocks hit zero?
Follow along as Sporting News provides live updates, scores and highlights from Sunday’s XFL games:
Houston Roughnecks at Dallas Renegades: Score, highlights
First quarter: Houston 3, Dallas 0
4:18 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, HOUSTON. Dallas bends but doesn’t break, allowing a 37-yard field goal from Sergio Castillo to make it it 3-0 Houston.
4:17 p.m.: Two plays into Houston’s offensive drive, Walker hits Kahlil Walker for a 28-yard gain down to the Renegades’ 20-yard line.
4:15 p.m.: INTERCEPTION, DALLAS. Two plays later, Landry Jones’ attempt to hit Joshua Crockett is intercepted by Cody Brown, who returns it 37 yards to Dallas’ 48-yard line. Big swing early.
4:12 p.m.: Dallas having some success running the ball early. Cameron Artis-Payne gets Dallas a first down with runs of 6 and 5 yards, followed by an 11-yard gain from Lance Dunbar. Renegades are already at midfield.
4:08 p.m.: Dallas holds tough on its first defensive drive of the game, forcing a three-and-out.
4 p.m.: About that time. …
DC Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers: Score, highlights
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET. Updates will begin then.
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