Dallas Renegades Game Notes vs. New York Guardians
SERIES NOTES: This is the first meeting between the Renegades and Guardians. It will be the only regular season matchup in 2020 between the squads. Bob Stoops and Kevin Gilbride have never faced each other at any level of coaching.
NATIONAL TELEVISION BROADCAST
Every game played in the XFL will be broadcast nationally on an ESPN or FOX outlet. This week's announce team: Curt Menefee (Play-by-Play), Joel Klatt (Analyst),
THIS HATTER HAS HANDS ... AND YARDS ... AND SCORES
Over the course of four games, Donald Parham has established himself as one of the top receivers in the XFL. He has four TDs in the first four contests - the only tight end in the XFL with more than one receiving score. He also boasts 273 yards through the air, a total that is second among all pass-catchers regardless of position and the only tight end in the top 20. His 65-yard reception at Seattle is the longest reception by a Renegades player in 2020.
In a league that many thought would lean towards offense, the Renegades defense has been a strong point in several ways this season. Take note of the following:
- Dallas ranks second in the XFL in points allowed, giving up just 72 points in four outings for an 18.0 points per game scoring mark. Six of those points were scored by the opposing defense, so the Renegades "D" has only surrendered 66 points (16.5 ppg).
- The defense is third in total net yards allowed (1,221), giving up 305.3 yards per contest.
- Dallas is third in the XFL in rushing yards allowed, giving up 421 yards (105.3 ypg).
- The defense has been particularly stingy on the ground over its last two games, holding opponents to below 100 yards in each of the past two outings. Opposing runners are recording just 3.8 rushing yards per carry during that span.
SECOND HALF STRENGTH
Over the last three games, the Renegades have turned it on in the second half. Dallas has outscored opponents by a combined score of 49-24 after the intermission. The team boasts a 628-374 advantage in net yards in the third and fourth quarters, including an impressive 228-60 edge in rushing yardage.
CONVERTING FOR THE FIRST TIME
Against Houston, the Renegades converted two-point and three-point extra points for the first time in team history. It was more extra points than it had recorded up to that point this season (1-for-6 on all combined attempts prior to the contest).
JONES OUT, NELSON RETURNS BEHIND CENTER
Quarterback Landry Jones suffered a reaggravation of his knee injury that initially took place on the first day of training camp in January. The recovery period is expected to be at least two weeks. Philip Nelson, who started the opener versus St. Louis, will take over signal-calling. He is 34- of-45 for 229 yards with no touchdowns and one interception in 2020.
SPECIAL ON SPECIAL TEAMS
Dallas continues its strong efforts on special teams, as the squad leads the XFL in multiple categories. How about these notable items:
- The team ranks first in the XFL in field goals made (8), punting average (42.6), punt return yards (103) and kickoffs inside the 20-yard line (5).
- Austin MacGinnis is 8-for-8 on field goals so far this season, connecting from 32, 42, 23, 41, 45, 19, 33 and 46 yards.
- MacGinnis leads the XFL with eight field goals made. He has had at least one field goal in every game this season. He once made a school-record 11 straight fields while at Kentucky.
- Punter Drew Galitz has also produced well, dropping six kicks inside the 20-yard line. He boasts an XFL-best net punting average of 42.6 yards.
- The Renegades are averaging 11.4 yards on punt returns - a mark that is first in the XFL.
FORGET IT ON FOURTH DOWN
The Renegades defense is the only one in the XFL that has not allowed a fourth down conversion this season. Dallas foes are 0-3 on the down over the first four games.
EXTRA POINTS TOUGH FOR FOES
Dallas is tied for the XFL lead for fewest combined extra points allowed, permitting only two this season. The opposition is just 2-for-9 (.222) when trying for more points after a touchdown. The Renegades are the lone squad in the XFL that has not allowed a one-point conversion, with opponents 0-for-6 on those attempts.
DEFENSE STEPPING UP LATE
The Renegades defense has stepped it up as the game nears its end over the past three contests. Here are the drives against the Dallas defense in the fourth quarter of the previous three outings (most recent listed first):
Versus Houston At Seattle At Los Angeles
7 plays, 20 yards 4 plays, 28 yards 4 plays, 0 yards
3 plays, -5 yards 4 plays 5 yards 1 play, 44 yards
4 plays, 18 yards 3 plays, 6 yards 5 plays, 30 yards
3 plays 14 yards 3 plays, 0 yards 9 plays, 40 yards
Over the last eight fourth quarter drives, the Renegades' defense is allowing an average of just 10.75 yards and 4.0 plays.
SPREADING THE WEALTH
Offensive Coordinator Hal Mumme is known as the father of the "Air Raid" offense and the Renegades are certainly spreading around the opportunities. Four of the top eight individual XFL receptions leaders are part of the Dallas Renegades roster. No other team has more than two.
- Defensive end Frank Alexander has five passes defended this season, a total that ranks fourth in the XFL. He is the only defensive lineman in the top 25 in pass break-ups.
- Flynn Nagel is averaging 18.5 yards on punt returns - a mark that places him first in the XFL.
- The Renegades have 118 receptions as a team, 26 more than the next closest squad (Houston, 92).
- Cameron Artis-Payne has 216 yards rushing this season, a total that ranks fourth in the league.
- Payne also boasts 5.3 yards per rush - an average that places him tied for 13th overall, but sixth among running backs.
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