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Week 4: Stats that matter

Inside all the numbers surrounding Week 4, including why the Vipers run game has been so efficient.

We took a look at metrics on the player level through four weeks of XFL play. Highlighted are at least one stat for a standout player for every XFL team, with 10 in total.

In an XFL landscape that changes week-to-week, these are important facts for teams and fans to notice.

Dallas Renegades RB Lance Dunbar averages 2.00 yards per route run out of the backfield.

Among the 15 XFL backs with 25 or more routes ran from tailback positions, Dunbar leads the league with 2.00 yards per route run.

To put that into perspective, only one other XFL back cracks 1.25 yards per route ran out of the backfield. Through four weeks, Dunbar is the premier pass-catching back in the league.

DC Defenders S Rahim Moore has played 123 coverage snaps without allowing a first down.

One of the defensive stars in the league is Moore, a 2011 second-round pick in the NFL draft.

Through four games, he has not allowed a first down in coverage. At the same time, he has recorded two interceptions, the most of any safety.

Houston Roughnecks WR Cam Phillips faced press coverage on 44 of 45 routes this week.

Dallas’ response to Phillips, who had back-to-back hat tricks for touchdowns, was to press him at the line of scrimmage.

After being getting that treatment on only 51 of 110 routes in the first three weeks of the season, he was pressed on 98% of routes in Week 4.

On the season, he has now seen 32 more press-coverage looks than any other player in the XFL.

Houston Roughnecks LT Terry Poole has only allowed 1 pressure in 158 pass-blocking snaps this season.

Among players with at least 50 pass-blocking snaps at offensive tackle, Poole leads the league with a pressure percentage of just 0.6%.

Prior to his injury, Houston RT Kelvin Palmer would have ranked second with a 1.8% mark. Among active players, Tampa Bay’s Martez Ivey ranks second with a 2.5% season, four times the rate of Poole in 2020.

Los Angeles Wildcats TE Brandon Barnes leads the XFL in receiving yards (78 yards) from tight end positions.

Dallas’ Donald Parham receives attention as the league’s top tight end, but the truth is he sees very few snaps at tight end positions. Parham has lined up as a slot receiver 154 times, an outside receiver 34 times and as a tight end just 9 times in 2020.

Barnes has also run a league-leading 77 routes from tight end alignments (28 more than anyone else).

New York Guardians DE Jarrell Owens had a breakout game, recording 7 total pressures in 26 pass-rushing snaps in Week 4.

Prior to Week 4, Owens had only seen six pass-rushing snaps (all in Week 3) this season. Against Los Angeles, his seven total pressures resulted in him posting a season-long pressure percentage of 27% -- 9% higher than any other player with at least 25 pass-rushing attempts in 2020.

The only other XFL players to match seven total pressures in a single game this season were teammates DT Cavon Walker and DE Bunmi Rotimi, who did so in Week 2.

St. Louis BattleHawks WR De’Mornay Pierson-El averages 2.59 yards per route ran this season.

Just 31 XFL players have tallied 70 or more routes this season, and Pierson-El leads them all in yards per route run.

Only Nelson Spruce, who missed Los Angeles' Week 4 game, otherwise cracks the 2.15 mark among these players.

Pierson-El, who has played 150 of his 156 snaps as a slot receiver this season, is the league's premier slot threat.

Seattle Dragons QB B.J. Daniels averaged 4.4 yards after contact per rush attempt this week, the most of any XFL player with at least five rush attempts.

Not only did Daniels nearly double Brandon Silvers’ adjusted completion percentage in the second half against the St. Louis BattleHawks, but he also gave the team a spark in the ground game.

If the dual-threat quarterback continues to start games, expect Seattle to transition from a traditional under-center offense to one that utilizes the option and moving pockets.

Tampa Bay Vipers RBs De’Veon Smith and Jacques Patrick lead the league in yards after contact in the ground game (415 yards).

Tampa Bay’s running backs rank first (Smith: 220 yards) and second (Patrick: 195 yards) in yards after contact this season.

Their two-headed monster totals 415 yards after contact in the ground game, 142 yards more than the next highest-ranked running back tandem (St. Louis’ Matt Jones and Christine Michael) this season.

Tampa Bay Vipers CB Tarvarus McFadden leads the league with a 15.7 passer rating when targeted in coverage as a cornerback (minimum: 50 coverage snaps.)

In 99 coverage snaps at cornerback, McFadden has only allowed 70 receiving yards and no touchdowns while recording two interceptions this season.

All of McFadden’s 156 snaps as a defensive back this season have come as an outside cornerback.