Tampa Bay Vipers Game Notes
Tampa Bay recorded the first win in franchise history with a 25-0 victory over the DC Defenders, who en- tered the game at 2-1...The Vipers posted a dominant performance on both sides of the ball, setting XFL season-highs in total offense (477 yards) and rushing offense (266 yards) while limiting the DC offense to XFL season-lows in total offense (107 yards) and passing offense (61 yards)...Tampa Bay's victory marked just the second shutout of the season after DC's 27-0 shutout victory over New York in Week Two.
NO. 1 IN TOTAL DEFENSE
Nearly halfway through the 2020 XFL season, Tampa Bay's defense has proven to be one of the elite units in the league... Defensive Coordinator Jerry Glanville's squad paces the league in numerous de- fensive categories, including: Total Yards Allowed Per Game (237.3), Passing Yards Allowed Per Game (156.8), Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game (80.5)...In four games, Tampa Bay has yielded just six red zone appearances by opponents, tops in the league and nearly half as many as the next lowest total (11 - DC & STL)...The Vipers are allowing just 18.5 points per game, third fewest in the league and only three points per game behind the league-leading St. Louis BattleHawks.
...AND NO. 1 IN TOTAL OFFENSE
On top of boasting the league's top defense, Head Coach Marc Trestman and Offensive Coordinator Jaime Elizondo have also orchestrated one of the most productive offenses in the league. Through four weeks, Tampa Bay leads the league in Total Offense Per Game (381.3) and Rushing Offense Per Game (171.5)... RB De'Veon Smith, who became the league's first single-game 100-yard rusher in Tampa Bay's victory over DC on Sunday, leads the league with 296 rushing yards and 363 yards from scrimmage...
Smith's backfield-mate RB Jacques Patrick, who became the league's second single-game 100-yard rusher on Sunday, ranks third in the league with 231 rushing yards on the season...The 266 rushing yards that the Vipers recorded in Sunday's victory over DC is more than Los Angeles has rushed for all season (246).
SERIES NOTES: Following the first win in franchise history, Tampa Bay makes its second cross-country trip of the season to take on the Los Angeles Wildcats. This week's contest against the Wildcats marks Tampa Bay's third game against a Western Division opponent over the last four weeks. Vipers Head Coach Marc Trestman will take on a first-year head coach for the second straight week after defeating DC's Pep Hamilton on March 1.
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