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PFF: XFL Week 4 report card

Josh Johnson continues to impress as the former NFL journeyman leads the XFL in PFF Passing Grades for the second-straight week.

Passing Grades (season)

After missing Week 1 with an injury, Wildcats quarterback Josh Johnson has steadily climbed the leaderboard en route to leading the league in PFF's passing grades the past two weeks. This week, Johnson scored a 85.7 while completing 25 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns.

NameTeam NameGrade
Josh JohnsonLos Angeles Wildcats85.7
Jordan Ta'amuSt. Louis BattleHawks85.0
Luis PerezNew York Guardians80.9
P.J. WalkerHouston Roughnecks74.6
Cardale JonesDC Defenders66.8
Phillip NelsonDallas Renegades63.9
B.J. DanielsSeattle Dragons60.2
Taylor CorneliusTampa Bay Vipers56.2

Offensive Team Grade (season)

When you are the league's only undefeated team, you can probably expect to be towards the top of most categories. this is true for the Houston Roughnecks, who graded a 76.7 and are rated the teams best offense after four weeks. Houston continues to remain the league's most potent offense through the first four weeks in large thanks to the play of Walker and wide receiver Cam Phillips.

NameGrade
Houston Roughnecks76.7
St. Louis BattleHawks76.2
Los Angeles Wildcats69.8
Dallas Renegades67.6
Tampa Bay Vipers67.0
New York Guardians65.4
DC Defenders62.8
 Seattle Dragons60.2

Defensive Team Grades (Season)

As most people have talked about the team's offense, it is the Roughnecks defense that reign supreme in the XFL after Week 4, grading out a 73.7 following their five-takeaway afternoon against the Dallas Renegades. Right behind the Roughnecks, the Tampa Bay Vipers come in with a grade of 71.4 following a shutout win over the DC Defenders this past weekend. 

TeamGrade
Houston Roughnecks73.7
Tampa Bay Vipers 71.4
DC Defenders69.5
St. Louis BattleHawks69.4
Seattle Dragons65.8
Los Angeles Wildcats 65.4
Dallas Renegades64.9
New York Guardians61.7

Team Notes

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

  • CBs Josh Hawkins and Donatello Brown played 44 and 30 coverage snaps in press coverage this week, the most and second-most in the XFL.
  • Hawkins played 45 coverage snaps without allowing a first down, the most in the XFL in Week 4.
  •  Brown made 6 tackles in the passing game without missing a tackle, the most in the XFL this week.
  • Dallas’ defense only allowed 0.6 yards before contact per rush attempt in Week 4, the second-best defensive mark in the league.
  • Season-long, Dallas averages 1.5 yards before contact per rush attempt, the second-best offensive mark in the XFL.
  1. QB Cardale Jones had an average depth of target of 14.7 yards, the most in the XFL in Week 4.
  2. LB Scooby Wright had 2 tackles of a loss or no gain in the run game, the most of an XFL linebacker in Week 4.
  3. SAF Matt Elam made 6 tackles in the passing game without missing a tackle this week, the most in the XFL.
  4. Despite only having 12 yards after the catch, WR Rashad Ross ranks 4th in the XFL in yards per route ran (1.78) with a minimum of 100 routes ran.
  5. Season-long, SAF Rahim Moore has played 123 coverage snaps without allowing a first down, the most in the XFL.
  • OG Avery Gennesy played 45 pass blocking snaps at guard, the most in the XFL this week, and did not allow a pressure.
  • DT Gabe Wright recorded 2 QB hits in Week 4, tying the XFL lead for the week.
  • WR Cam Phillips saw press coverage on 44 of his 45 routes this week, the most in the XFL.
  • CB Ajene Harris (3) and LB Beniquez Brown (2) finished first and second in forced incompletions this week.
  • Houston did not have a dropped pass on 36 attempts this week, the best rate in the XFL.
  1. QB Josh Johnson had an average depth of target of 13.7 yards, the second-most in the XFL in Week 4.
  2. LB/SAF Ahmad Dixon had 7 run tackles with no missed tackles, the second-most in the XFL this week.
  3. DE Cedric Reed recorded 3 hurries this week, tying for second in the XFL in Week 4.
  4. DE Devin Taylor finished Week 4 with 4 total pressures, the third-most in the XFL.
  5. Los Angeles only allowed 2 15+ yard passes in 32 dropbacks (6%), the second-best defensive mark in the XFL in Week 4.
  1. QB Luis Perez had an adjusted completion percentage of 80.0% in Week 4, the third-best in the XFL.
  2. RB Darius Victor finished second in the XFL with 73 yards after contact this week.
  3. DE Jarrell Owens and DT T.J. Barnes finished first and second in the XFL in total pressures this week with 7 and 5, respectively.
  4. CB Ranthony Texada played 35 coverage snaps without allowing a yard, the most in the XFL this week.
  5. New York had a team-wide rushing yards after contact per attempt average of 3.5 yards this week, the best offensive mark in the XFL.
  1. QB Jordan Ta’amu had an adjusted completion percentage of 83.3% in Week 4, the best in the XFL.
  2. LB/SAF Dexter McCoil had 4 run stops in Week 4, the second-most in the XFL.
  3. St. Louis’ defense was able to hit quarterbacks on 13% of dropbacks in Week 4, the highest rate in the XFL.
  4. On the season, St. Louis’ defense has a 9% quarterback hit rate, the second-best mark in the XFL.
  5. 15% of St. Louis’ dropbacks go for 15+ yards, giving them the second-highest explosive pass percentage on the year.
  1. QB B.J. Daniels averaged 4.4 yards after contact per rush attempt this week, the most of any XFL player with at least 5 rush attempts.
  2. DT Jordan Thompson had 6 run stops in Week 4, the most in the XFL.
  3. DT Will Sutton had 2 run tackles of a loss or no gain, tying teammate Jordan Thompson for the most among interior defensive linemen this week.
  4. Seattle had a team-wide rushing yards before contact per attempt average of 2.2 yards this week, the best offensive mark in the XFL.
  5. Seattle’s offensive line only allowed pressure on 2 of 23 dropbacks (9%) the second-best mark in the XFL.
  1. QB Taylor Cornelius had an adjusted completion percentage of 80.7% in Week 4, the second-best in the XFL.
  2. RBs Jacques Patrick (79) and De’Veon Smith (71) finished first and third in the XFL in yards after contact in the ground game this week.
  3. OTs Martez Ivey and Marquis Lucas played 34 pass blocking snaps at tackle without allowing a single pressure, the most in the XFL this week.
  4. OC Jordan McCray played 34 pass blocking snaps at center without allowing a single pressure, the most in the XFL this week.
  5. SAF Tarvarus McFadden was targeted 5 times this week, the most without allowing a reception.