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PFF: XFL Week 3 report card

The St. Louis BattleHawks are atop of the defensive team grades through the first third of the XFL season per PFF.

Passing Grades (season)

Los Angeles Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson is the leader of the XFL pack when it comes to PFF Passing Grades, scoring a 78.0 so far this season, even though he did not play in Week 1. The former NFL veteran has thrown for 463 yards and 5 TDs in his two starts. Seattle Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers stands as the lowest-graded quarterback through three weeks, scoring a 42.8. Silvers currently has a 73.3 quarterback rating and has thrown for 512 yards, 6 TDs while throwing 4 INTs.

NameTeam NameGrade
Josh JohnsonLos Angeles Wildcats78.0
Jordan Ta'amuSt. Louis BattleHawks77.0
Cardale JonesDC Defenders72.1
P.J. WalkerHouston Roughnecks69.7
Landry JonesDallas Renegades61.1
Aaron MurrayTampa Bay Vipers49.3
Matt McGloinNew York Guardians48.2
Brandon SilversSeattle Dragons42.8

Offensive Team Grade (season)

The Houston Roughnecks currently stand as the team with the highest PFF Offensive Team Grade, scoring a 75.1. The Roughnecks have seen massive success from the tandem of quarter P.J. Walker and wide receiver Cam Phillips. Walker has thrown for 10 TDs, seven of them being caught by Phillips. 

NameGrade
Houston Roughnecks75.1
St. Louis BattleHawks71.2
Dallas Renegades70.0
Los Angeles Wildcats66.6
Tampa Bay Vipers66.4
DC Defenders66.4
Seattle Dragons59.9
New York Guardians58.8

Pass Block Team Grade (Season)

Along with Houston's Walker, St. Louis BattleHawks quarterback Jordan Ta'amu has been one of the most consistent quarterbacks in the league through the first three weeks. PFF, which grades the BattleHawks the highest-rated pass blocking team in the league so far, believes Ta'amu's success may come from him being able to stay upright.

TeamGrade
St. Louis BattleHawks88.7
Houston Roughnecks87.1
New York Guardians74.0
Dallas Renegades73.7
Tampa Bay Vipers73.0
DC Defenders69.3
Seattle Dragons63.5
Los Angeles Wildcats63.3

Run block team grades (Season)

Though they have struggled to find the end zone on occasion, the Tampa Bay Vipers' run game has been one of the league's best all season long. PFF ranks the Vipers the highest-rated run-blocking team in the XFL so far, allowing for the running back tandem of Deveon Smith and Jacques Patrick to have strong numbers through the first three weeks.

TeamGrade
Tampa Bay Vipers69.7
Seattle Dragons64.0
Dallas Renegades60.2
Houston Roughnecks53.8
St. Louis BattleHawks53.4
DC Defenders51.1
Los Angeles Wildcats48.0
New York Guardians 40.6

Defensive Team Grades (Season)

While the BattleHawks offensive numbers rank as some of the highest in the league, it is St. Louis' defense which is garnering the bulk of the praise.

PFF grades the BattleHawks defense the highest in the league, scoring a 74.0. 

TeamGrade
St. Louis BattleHawks74.0
Houston Roughnecks 72.5
DC Defenders72.1
Tampa Bay Vipers65.1
New York Guardians65.2
Los Angeles Wildcats64.6
Dallas Renegades63.2
Seattle Dragons62.4

Team Notes

Pro Football Focus also highlights five big takeaways for each of the eight XFL teams.

  • OC Alex Balducci played 42 pass blocking snaps at guard without allowing a pressure in Week 3, the most for the week.
  • DE Gelen Robinson had 3 total pressures from the defensive interior in Week 3, a league-tying number.
  • The offense averages 2.0 yards before contact per rush attempt, the most in the XFL this season.
  • The offense has a QB knockdown percentage of 8% this season, the best mark in the XFL.
  • QB Landry Jones has a season-long adjusted completion percentage of 76.5%, the second-best mark among XFL starters.
  • WR Rashad Ross had an average depth of target of 27.7 yards, the lead for any Week 3 XFL player with 5 or more targets.
  • The offense has an explosive pass (15+ yards) percentage of 17% on the season, the best mark in the XFL.
  • The defense allows 2.5 yards after contact per rush attempt, the best mark in the XFL.
  • OG Chris Brown is one of two players two play 30 or more pass blocking snaps in the XFL as a guard  and now allow a pressure this season.
  • CB Elijah Campbell has played 71 coverage snaps at cornerback positions without allowing a first down in coverage, the most in the XFL this season.
  • RB James Butler forced 9 missed tackles in Week 3, leading all XFL players.
  • WR Cam Phillips had 4 explosive receptions (15+ yards), tying the lead for XFL players in Week 3.
  • OT Terry Poole played 39 pass blocking snaps at offensive tackle without allowing a pressure in Week 3, the most for the week.
  • LB Beniquez Brown made 4 tackles for loss or no gain against the run, the second-most in the XFL in Week 3.
  • The offense averages 3.5 yards after contact per rush attempt, the most in the XFL this season.
  • QB Josh Johnson had an adjusted completion percentage of 84% in Week 3, the best among starting quarterbacks.
  • QB Josh Johnson has a season-long average depth of target of 12.9 yards, the most of any XFL starter.
  • WR Tre McBride had 9.91 yards per route ran, the lead for any XFL player in Week 3 with 5 or more targets.
  • DT Boogie Roberts had 3 total pressures from the defensive interior in Week 3, a league-tying number.
  • DE Shawn Oakman registered 3 QB hurries from the edge in Week 3, the second-most in the XFL.
  • DE Bunmi Rotimi made 6 run stops in Week 3, the most in the XFL.
  • The offense has a drop percentage of 4% this season, the best mark in the XFL.
  • OG Damien Mama has not allowed a pressure in 45 pass blocking snaps at center this season.
  • DT Cavon Walker has recorded 8 pressures from the defensive interior this season, tying the XFL lead.
  • Rotimi and Walker are first and second in the XFL in QB hurries with 9 and 8, respectively.
  • RB Matt Jones had 55 yards after contact in Week 3, leading all XFL players.
  • SAF Will Hill made 6 tackles in the run game, tying the most for the XFL in Week 3 without a missed tackle.
  • CB Darius Hillary forced 2 incompletions, tying the most in the XFL in Week 3.
  • The offense has a 16% pressure percentage allowed this season, the best mark of the XFL this season.
  • The defense has only allowed 9% of dropbacks to result in explosive passes (15+ yards), the best mark in the XFL this season.
  • WR Austin Proehl has made 4 contested catches this season, the second-most in the XFL.
  • WR Dontez Byrd has a season-long average depth of target of 25.9 yards, the second-most among players with 5 or more targets.
  • OC Kirk Barron has not allowed a pressure in 42 pass blocking snaps at center this season.
  • DT Will Sutton has recorded 8 pressures from the defensive interior this season, tying the XFL lead.
  • LB Steven Johnson has made 14 run tackles this season without missing a tackle, the most in the XFL.
  • WR Jalen Tolliver had 4 explosive receptions (15+ yards), tying the lead for XFL players in Week 3.
  • OC Jordan McCray played 46 pass blocking snaps without allowing a pressure in Week 3, the most for the week.
  • DE Bobby Richardson had 4 total pressures from the edge this week, the most in the XFL.
  • SAF Marcelis Branch played 39 coverage snaps in Week 3 without allowing a yard, the most in the XFL.
  • The defense has a QB knockdown percentage of 18%, the best mark in the XFL this season.