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XFL Power Rankings: Final Rankings of 2020

XFL Power Rankings

XFL Power Rankings

On March 12, the XFL announced that it was canceling the rest of its regular season. While the league 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.

But the XFL also stated its commitment "to playing a full season in 2021 and future years." But before we completely close the book on 2020, here are the final power ranking rankings.

Final 2020 XFL Power Rankings

1. Houston Roughnecks (5-0)

This is a no-brainer seeing as how they are the XFL's only unbeaten team. Led by head coach June Jones and quarterback P.J. Walker (league-best 1,338 passing yards and 15 TDs), the Roughnecks were exciting on offense (led XFL with 21 total touchdowns and 158 total points), owned the league's best pass rush (15 sacks), and were the favorites to win the XFL Championship.

2. St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2)

The Gateway to the West was more than happy to have pro football back under The Arch. The BattleHawks would prove to have the league's most passionate fan base as evidenced by the fact that they were the only team to draw more than 25,000 fans in consecutive home games, they were the most popular team on social media (nearly 110,000 Twitter followers), they posted some of the league's top television ratings, and even outdrew the NHL's St. Louis Blues (defending Stanley Cup Champions) at one point. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu finished third in passing yards (1,050), running back Matt Jones was the XFL's second-leading rusher (314 yards), while Dexter McCoil (36), Terence Garvin (36), and Will Hill (33) all finished in the top 10 in tackles.

3. DC Defenders (3-2)

In their three wins, the Defenders were among the league's most exciting teams to watch, especially on offense. In their two losses, however, they were the exact opposite. In the end, Pep Hamilton's squad finished third in rushing (130.2 ypg), quarterback Cardale Jones was sixth in passing yards (674), and DC averaged roughly 16,000 fans per home game.

4. New York Guardians (3-2)

Kevin Gilbride's team overcame some early-season struggles to finish second in sacks (13) and fourth in takeaways (8). Quarterback play was an issue for New York although Luis Perez (6.9 ypa, fourth in the league) somewhat stabilized things after taking the reins in Week 4. Darius Victor finished fifth with 238 rushing yards.

5. Los Angeles Wildcats (2-3)

After a disastrous season-opening loss at Houston (which quarterback Josh Johnson missed due to injury) that resulted in defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson's dismissal, the Wildcats slowly find their rhythm. Johnson's return served as a catalyst for improvement, as he went on to complete 60 percent of his passes for 1,076 yards and 11 touchdowns (second in both categories). He also led the league in yards per attempt (8.0), and passer rating (106.3), while the defense finished first in takeaways (12) and third in sacks (11).

6. Dallas Renegades (2-3)

Bob Stoops' pro head coaching debut could have gone better. His team was unable to win with Philip Nelson at quarterback (0-2 as the starter), couldn't win a home game (0-3), and gave up 57 points in their last two games combined. One bright spot, however, was the fact that quarterback Landry Jones was the XFL's fifth-best passer (784 yards, 5 TDs) before a recurring knee injury forced him to the sidelines.

7. Tampa Bay Vipers (1-4)

The Vipers rotated quarterbacks early in the season which didn't bode well for Marc Trestman's pass-oriented offense. He eventually inserted Taylor Cornelius (858 passing yards, 114 rushing yards, 7 total TDs) under center, and handed the play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo. Once that happened, the Vipers switched to a run-based attack that led the league in rushing offense (165.6 ypg) as well as total offense (391.8 ypg) while finishing third in scoring offense (19.6 ppg). Unfortunately, the improved offensive production didn't translate into wins.

8. Seattle Dragons (1-4)

Jim Zorn had quarterback issues from day one as he used three different players under center in Brandon Silvers, B.J. Daniels, and Keenan Reynolds (combined for just 803 passing yards). The Dragons were dead last in total offense (248.6 ypg), and were sixth in scoring offense (17.4 ppg). Their defense didn't fare much better, placing last in total defense (358.0 ypg) and seventh in scoring defense (23.8 ppg).

XFL Power Rankings Post-Week 5

1. Houston Roughnecks

They are still undefeated after Saturday's win over Seattle, although that game did end in controversy. The Dragons gave the Roughnecks their toughest game to date, and they had leads of 14-0, and 23-14 before Houston ultimately came back. Can June Jones' team keep their perfect record going?

2. DC Defenders

What's the best way to break a losing streak? You beat the top team in your division. And that's exactly what DC did on Sunday by holding the St. Louis BattleHawks to their lowest point total (6) of the season. The Defenders pulled off the "upset" the old-school way with a strong rushing attack (229 yards, 4.2 ypc), and a little bit of defense (4 sacks, 7 QB hits, 7 TFLs). DC also may have a new starting quarterback this weekend as Cardale Jones was benched after just two pass attempts (0-for-2, INT), and replaced by Tyree Jackson (9-of-14, 39 yards, TD).

3. New York Guardians

Two things here: First, the Guardians finally won a road game with their 30-12 pounding of the Dallas Renegades this past Saturday. Second, the Guardians are now 2-0 with Luis Perez (16-of-30, 229 yards, 7.6 ypa, TD vs Dallas) as the starting quarterback. During these two games the Guardians have outscored their opposition 53-28.

4. St. Louis BattleHawks

Despite the loss in DC, the BattleHawks are still a formidable opponent in contention to win the East division. And that division is about to get interesting as St. Louis is part of a three-way tie record-wise for first place with DC and New York.

5. Los Angeles Wildcats

After dispatching of Tampa Bay on Sunday night (when they became the first team to score 40 points in a game), the Wildcats have now won two of their last three games, and Josh Johnson continues to be efficient. Johnson, who tossed four touchdown passes against the Vipers, now ranks second in the XFL both passing yards (1,076) and touchdown passes (11), while leading the league in both passer rating (106.3) and yards per attempt (8.0).

6. Tampa Bay Vipers

The loss to Los Angeles will sting for a little bit, but this team continues to put it together on offense. The Vipers had their first 30-point game (34) against the Wildcats on Sunday night, they've scored 86 total points over the last three weeks (only L.A. and Houston have scored more during this same stretch), they continue to lead the XFL in rushing (828 total yards, 165.6 ypg), and Taylor Cornelius (704 passing yards and 4 TDs during this span) continues to solidify himself as the Vipers' starting quarterback.

7. Dallas Renegades

The Renegades were held to their second-lowest point total of the season (12) in their loss to New York. And as a result they are now 0-2 with Philip Nelson at quarterback, they're 0-3 at home, and next up is a tough road trip to DC.

8. Seattle Dragons

While they should have gotten one more play in Houston, the history books will mark this as the Dragons' third straight loss. Not to mention the fact that they blew leads of 14 and nine points against the Roughnecks. But on the positive side, the Dragons' offense looks more efficient with B.J. Daniels (214 passing yards, 94 rushing yards, 3 combined touchdowns since taking over) under center and that's something they can try and build off of.