Week 4 Preview: DC Defenders at Tampa Bay Vipers
DC Defenders (2-1)
@ Tampa Bay Vipers (0-3)
- Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2)
- Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, Fla,)
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- Rosters: DC | TB
- Depth Chart: DC | TB
- Week 4 Injury Report
- DC: 0-1 Road | TB: 0-1 Home
- Streak: DC L1 | TB L3
(Lines current as of 2/27/20, noon ET.)
|Yards Gained per Play||6.2||4.8|
|PLAYER||CMP||ATT||PCT||YDS||LG||TD||INT||RT||RUSH ATT||RUSH YDS||AVG||LG||TD|
|Cardale Jones, DC||52||89||58||602||40||4||5||70.5||15||61||4.1||14||0|
|Taylor Cornelius, TB||31||59||53||310||45||1||3||52.2||4||2||0.5||2||1|
|Donnel Pumphrey, DC||24||97||4||23||0||11||6||36||6||17||0|
|De'Veon Smith, TB||42||174||4.1||13||0||8||4||56||14||25||0|
NEED TO KNOW
A dud in LA leaves the Defenders thirsting for a bounce-back, with QB Cardale Jones at the top of that list. The XFL’s highest-graded QB through two weeks threw four INTs in the blowout loss.
RB Nick Brossette, normally third on the depth chart, took advantage of his first extended playing time with 75 yards, highlighted by a 38-yard scoring run. If RB Jhurell Pressley (shoulder) is unable to go, Brossette could see more action alongside RB Donnel Pumphrey.
It’s close to do-or-die time for the Vipers. Tampa Bay does have a reason for optimism after giving undefeated Houston a run for its money last week.
Opening Day starter QB Aaron Murray, back at practice this week after missing two games with a foot issue, is expected to back up QB Taylor Cornelius if active, with Quinton Flowers leaving the team for personal reasons.
TE Nick Truesdell (knee) hasn’t practiced as of Thursday morning after missing Week 3.
-- Art Garcia, XFL.com