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Houston Roughnecks: 2020 Season Review

April 9, 2020 - XFL (XFL) - Houston Roughnecks News Release

RECORD/RESULTS

5-0 (1st, West)

Home: 3-0

Away: 2-0

vs. West: 3-0

Against The Spread: 2-3

Week W/L Opponent Score ATS Over/Under

1 W LA 37-17 W O

2 W STL 28-24 L O

3 W at TB 34-27 L O

4 W at DAL 27-20 W U

5 W SEA 32-23 L O

Statement Win

Week 4: Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20

The 3-0 Roughnecks further separated themselves from the pack by winning the first Texas Throwdown on the road.

Quarterback P.J. Walker (more on him later) had one of his quieter games, but Houston conquered its West division and intrastate rivals through its devastating defense.

The Roughnecks registered three first-half interceptions and recovered two fourth-quarter fumbles: Edmond Robinson returned one for a touchdown, and DeMarquis Gates secured the other near the Roughnecks end zone in the final minutes to seal the victory.

Breakout Players

QB P.J. Walker

Arguably the strongest candidate for the league's MVP, Walker, a former NFL practice squad member, became a force from the onset of the XFL.

He finished as the leader in passing yards (1,338), passing touchdowns (15) and completions (119) while finishing third in yards per attempt (7.3) and adding a rushing score.

The mobile signal-caller displayed exceptional pocket presence and instincts while leading the league's top statistical offense.

WR Cam Phillips

Following Walker's dominant lead, the Virginia Tech alum won the XFL's triple crown of receiving stats, leading in receptions (31), receiving yards (455) and touchdown catches (nine) -- the last one backed by back-to-back, three-TD efforts in Weeks 2 and 3.

Phillips also led in targets (44); posted the single-game high with 194 receiving yards; and registered the longest reception, an 84-yard connection with Walker in Week 3.

LBs DeMarquis Gates and Edmond Robinson

Gates found himself in the right place for much of the season, leading the squad in solo tackles, contributing two sacks, and registering three fumble recoveries -- leading the league -- in key parts of late-season victories.

Like Gates, Robinson did a little bit of everything, recording two sacks, ranking among the team's tackle leaders, and causing a strip-sack score in that aforementioned Week 4 win.

BEST MOMENT

P.J. Walker drops to sidearm to find Cam Phillips

Week 2: P.J. Walker drops to sidearm to find Cam Phillips

Walker made jaws drop by threading the needle of defenders with this throw to TD machine Phillips.

TEAM STATS

OFFENSE: EFFICIENCY

Category Stat (Rank)

Pts/G 31.6 (1)

Pts/Play 0.552 (1)

Avg Score Margin 9.4 (1)

Yds/G 343.4 (3)

Yds/Play 6.0 (1)

Plays/G 57.2 (5)

Rush Play% 33.5% (7)

Pass Play% 64.33% (2)

PASSING

Category Stat (Rank)

Pass Yds 1338 (1)

Comp% 64.7% (3)

Yards/Pass 7.3 (2)

Pass TD 15 (1)

Interceptions thrown 4 (T2)

RUSHING

Category Stat (Rank)

Rush Yds 418 (7)

Yards/Rush 4.35 (4)

Rush TD 5 (T2)

EXTRA POINTS

Category Stat

1-pt 1/4 (25%)

2-pt 5/11 (45%)

3-pt 2/6 (33%)

TOTAL 8/18 (44%)

Notable: Houston tied with Los Angeles for most extra points converted.

GAME CONTROL

Category Stat (Rank)

Takeaways 13 (T1)

Turnovers 5 (T2)

TO Margin +8 (1)

3rd Down Conv% 42.6% (3)

4th Down Conv% 0.0% (8)

Red Zone TD% 78.9% (2)

Team Pen Yds 187 (1)

DEFENSE: EFFICIENCY

Category Stat (Rank)

Opp Pts/G 22.2 (5)

Opp Pts/Play 0.311 (4)

Opp Yds/G 307.2 (3)

Opp Yds/Play 4.5 (1)

Opp Plays/Game 68.2 (8)

Opp Rush Yds/G 107 (3)

Opp Pass Yds/G 200.2 (4)

Opp Yards/Rush 3.3 (1)

Opp Yards/Pass 5.95 (2)

DEFENSE: EVENTS

Category Stat (Rank)

Sacks 15 (1)

QB Hits 32 (1)

Interceptions 8 (2)

Passes Defensed 31 (1)

Fumble Recoveries 5 (1)

Forced Fumbles 5 (T1)

Defensive/Special Teams TDs 1 (T3)

PLAYER STATS

PASSING

Name COMP ATT % YDS AVG LG TD INT RUSH RUSH YDS AVG RUSH TD LG

P.J. Walker 119 184 65 1338 7.3 84 15 4 24 99 4.1 1 28

Notable: Walker led the league in all highlighted categories.

RUSHING

Name RUSH RUSH YDS AVG RUSH TD LG REC REC YDS AVG REC TDS LG

James Butler 46 221 4.8 4 30 11 20 3.8 1 16

P.J. Walker 24 99 4.1 1 28 -- -- -- -- --

Andre Williams 23 92 4 0 13 3 12 6.3 0 13

Notable: Butler led the league in rushing touchdowns, finished fourth in yards per carry, and ranked sixth in rushing yards.

RECEIVING

Name TAR REC YDS AVG TD LG

Cam Phillips 44 31 445 14.7 9 84

Nick Holley 28 21 267 12.7 2 50

Kahlil Lewis 40 24 220 9.2 1 33

Sam Mobley 19 10 187 18.7 1 42

Sammie Coates 19 6 61 10.2 0 23

Blake Jackson 7 5 50 10 1 19

Notable: Phillips led the XFL in all bolded categories.

Lewis finished third in targets and tied for fifth in receptions. Holley finished sixth in receiving yards.

KICKING

Name FGM FGA FG% LG

Sergio Castillo 5 9 55.5 44

DEFENSE: TACKLES

Name TAK AS CMB

Beniquez Brown 24 12 36

DeMarquis Gates 25 7 32

Cody Brown 19 5 24

Deatrick Nichols 16 8 24

Ajene Harris 17 6 23

Edmond Robinson 14 8 22

Marqueston Huff 14 6 20

DEFENSE: SACKS

Name SK YDS QBH TFL

Edmond Robinson 2 17 3 3

LaTroy Lewis 2 12 3 2

DeMarquis Gates 2 5 3 3

Carl Bradford 2 4 2 1

Gabe Wright 1.5 11 3 3

Ty Schwab 1 8 1 1

Caushaud Lyons 1 4 1 3

Deatrick Nichols 1 4 1 3

Cody Brown 1 0 1 0

Walter Palmore 0.5 4 1 1

Kony Ealy 0.5 1 5 2

Corey Crawford 0.5 1 1 3

DEFENSE: INTERCEPTIONS

Name INT PD

Deatrick Nichols 3 6

Cody Brown 2 3

DeMarquis Gates 1 3

Jeremiah Johnson 1 3

Kaelin Burnett 1 1

Notable: Nichols led the league in interceptions and tied for third in passes defensed.

Though he didn't record an interception, Ajene Harris finished second with seven passes defensed.


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