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Houston Roughnecks: 2020 Season Review

In the 2020 Season Review series, we're recapping the results, highlights, and stats from the first XFL season. 

Read all eight team wrap-ups as we roll them out:

Houston Roughnecks XFL 2020 season review recap

5-0 (1st, West)

  • Home: 3-0
  • Away: 2-0
  • vs. West: 3-0
  • Against The Spread: 2-3

 

Week

W/L

Opponent

Score

ATS

Over/Under

1WLA37-17WO
2WSTL28-24LO
3Wat TB34-27LO
4Wat DAL27-20WU
5WSEA32-23LO

Week 4 Highlights: Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20

Week 4: Houston Roughnecks 27, Dallas Renegades 20

The 3-0 Roughnecks further separated themselves from the pack by winning the first Texas Throwdown on the road.

Quarterback P.J. Walker (more on him later) had one of his quieter games, but Houston conquered its West division and intrastate rivals through its devastating defense.

The Roughnecks registered three first-half interceptions and recovered two fourth-quarter fumbles: Edmond Robinson returned one for a touchdown, and DeMarquis Gates secured the other near the Roughnecks end zone in the final minutes to seal the victory.


QB P.J. Walker

Arguably the strongest candidate for the league's MVP, Walker, a former NFL practice squad member, became a force from the onset of the XFL.

He finished as the leader in passing yards (1,338), passing touchdowns (15) and completions (119) while finishing third in yards per attempt (7.3) and adding a rushing score.

The mobile signal-caller displayed exceptional pocket presence and instincts while leading the league's top statistical offense.

WR Cam Phillips

Following Walker's dominant lead, the Virginia Tech alum won the XFL's triple crown of receiving stats, leading in receptions (31), receiving yards (455) and touchdown catches (nine) -- the last one backed by back-to-back, three-TD efforts in Weeks 2 and 3.

Phillips also led in targets (44); posted the single-game high with 194 receiving yards; and registered the longest reception, an 84-yard connection with Walker in Week 3.

LBs DeMarquis Gates and Edmond Robinson

Gates found himself in the right place for much of the season, leading the squad in solo tackles, contributing two sacks, and registering three fumble recoveries -- leading the league -- in key parts of late-season victories. 

Like Gates, Robinson did a little bit of everything, recording two sacks, ranking among the team's tackle leaders, and causing a strip-sack score in that aforementioned Week 4 win.


P.J. Walker drops to sidearm to find Cam Phillips

Week 2: P.J. Walker drops to sidearm to find Cam Phillips

Walker made jaws drop by threading the needle of defenders with this throw to TD machine Phillips.



OFFENSE: EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pts/G31.6 (1)
Pts/Play0.552 (1)
Avg Score Margin9.4 (1)
Yds/G343.4 (3)
Yds/Play6.0 (1)
Plays/G57.2 (5)
Rush Play%33.5% (7)
Pass Play%64.33% (2)

 

PASSING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pass Yds1338 (1)
Comp%64.7% (3)
Yards/Pass7.3 (2)
Pass TD15 (1)
Interceptions thrown4 (T2)

 

RUSHING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Rush Yds418 (7)
Yards/Rush4.35 (4)
Rush TD5 (T2)

 

EXTRA POINTS

CategoryStat
1-pt1/4 (25%)
2-pt5/11 (45%)
3-pt2/6 (33%)
TOTAL8/21 (38%)

Notable: Houston tied with Los Angeles for most extra points converted.

GAME CONTROL

CategoryStat (Rank)
Takeaways13 (T1)
Turnovers5 (T2)
TO Margin+8 (1)
3rd Down Conv%42.6% (3)
4th Down Conv%0.0% (8)
Red Zone TD%78.9% (2)
Team Pen Yds187 (1)

 

DEFENSE: EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Opp Pts/G22.2 (5)
Opp Pts/Play0.311 (4)
Opp Yds/G307.2 (3)
Opp Yds/Play4.5 (1)
Opp Plays/Game68.2 (8)
Opp Rush Yds/G107 (3)
Opp Pass Yds/G200.2 (4)
Opp Yards/Rush3.3 (1)
Opp Yards/Pass5.95 (2)

 

DEFENSE: EVENTS

CategoryStat (Rank)
Sacks15 (1)
QB Hits32 (1)
Interceptions8 (2)
Passes Defensed31 (1)
Fumble Recoveries5 (1)
Forced Fumbles5 (T1)
Defensive/Special Teams TDs1 (T3)

 

More: HOU Team Stats


PASSING

NameCOMPATT%YDSAVGLGTDINTRUSHRUSH YDSAVGRUSH TDLG
P.J. Walker1191846513387.38415424994.1128

Notable: Walker led the league in all highlighted categories.

 

RUSHING

NameRUSHRUSH YDSAVGRUSH TDLGRECREC YDSAVGREC TDSLG
James Butler462214.843011203.8116
P.J. Walker24994.1128----------
Andre Williams239240133126.3013

Notable: Butler led the league in rushing touchdowns, finished fourth in yards per carry, and ranked sixth in rushing yards.

 

RECEIVING

NameTARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Cam Phillips443144514.7984
Nick Holley282126712.7250
Kahlil Lewis40242209.2133
Sam Mobley191018718.7142
Sammie Coates1966110.2023
Blake Jackson755010119

Notable: Phillips led the XFL in all bolded categories.

Lewis finished third in targets and tied for fifth in receptions. Holley finished sixth in receiving yards.

KICKING

NameFGMFGAFG%LG
Sergio Castillo5955.544

 

DEFENSE: TACKLES

 

DEFENSE: SACKS

 

DEFENSE: INTERCEPTIONS

Notable: Nichols led the league in interceptions and tied for third in passes defensed.

Though he didn't record an interception, Ajene Harris finished second with seven passes defensed.

 

More: HOU Player Stats