Late Thursday, the XFL announced it was canceling the rest of its regular season.
While the XFL didn't specifically cite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as the reason for the decision, the NBA, MLB, NHL, the NCAA, and many other leagues have suspended operations and canceled games and championship tournaments in response to this global public health threat.
Week 6 signals the start of the second half of the XFL regular season and while it won't be business as usual, the games are expected to go on. With a three-way tie record-wise for the top spot in one division and a crowded race for the second playoff spot in the other, every game becomes critical moving forward.
The action gets going with a battle of the league's hottest teams as the Houston Roughnecks take on the New York Guardians Saturday afternoon. The Roughnecks remain the league's pace-setter at 5-0 while the Guardians have won two in a row.
In Saturday's other game, the St. Louis BattleHawks will try and bounce back from last week's loss to DC when they face Tampa Bay. The Vipers are tied with Seattle for the worst record (1-4) but three of Tampa Bay's losses have come by eight points or fewer and their lone win came at home.
On Sunday, DC hosts Dallas as Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones will try and rediscover his early-season form. Jones has thrown six interceptions in his last three games and was benched by head coach Pep Hamilton last week. Tyree Jackson came on and helped lead DC to a big win over St. Louis that put the Defenders in first place in the East division. Hamilton has already said Jones will get the start on Sunday. On the other side, the Renegades will try to snap their two-game losing streak.
Week 6 will conclude with the Los Angeles Wildcats matching up against the Seattle Dragons. This game will be played as scheduled in Seattle at CenturyLink Field and televised on ESPN2, but fans will not be in attendance. Washington Governor Jay Inslee announced on Wednesday that large gatherings are banned in the state for the foreseeable future in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19, which the World Health Organization has declared a pandemic.
Seattle enters this game having lost four in a row while Los Angeles is trying to get back to .500 on the season.
So which teams will come out on top in Week 6 of the XFL season? Athlon's own Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven), Mark Ross (AthlonMarkR), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib) predict the winners for every game this week:
XFL Week 6 Predictions
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