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New York Guardians: 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:

New York Guardians XFL 2020 season review recap

RECORD/RESULTS

3-2 (T-1st, East)

  • Home: 2-0
  • Away: 1-2
  • vs. East: 1-2
  • Against The Spread: 3-2

 

WeekW/LOpponentScoreATSOver/Under
1WTB23-3WU
2Lat DC27-0LU
3Lat STL29-9LU
4WLA17-14WU
5Wat DAL30-12WO

Week 5: New York Guardians 30, Dallas Renegades 12

Week 5: New York Guardians 30, Dallas Renegades 12

The Guardians' most impressive win of the season was in Week 5 against Dallas. 

New York traveled to Dallas after ending a two-game losing streak and was looking for its first road win. After the score was tied at six at halftime, the Guardians then blew the game wide-open.  

New York got the ball to start the third quarter and rattled off a drive that turned around their season. Quarterback Luis Perez engineered an eight-play, 76-yard march, which culminated on quarterback Marquise Williams' plunge into the end zone from a yard out to put the Guardians on top 12-6.  

Later in the quarter, Perez dropped back and connected with wide receiver Colby Pearson near midfield. Pearson made a defender miss, and he was gone for another Guardians touchdown. The score was now 18-6. 

The Guardians' best moment of the season (more on that below) would punctuate this much-needed triumph.


RBs Darius Victor & Tim Cook

Victor led the Guardians and was fifth in the league in rushing (238 yards). 

Cook was the other half of the 1-2 punch that got better each week, culminating with a 144-yard effort in Dallas.

QB Luis Perez

Perez took over a 1-2 team on a two-game losing streak, during which they scored only nine points and one touchdown in 10 quarters. 

Upon being named starter ahead of Week 4, he stabilized the offense -- including a 69 percent completion rate in Week 4 -- and his calm leadership helped turn the team around.

Week 4: Perez to McKay on the back-shoulder throw for 6

K Matt McCrane

He was a perfect 8-for-8 on field-goal attempts.

DE Bunmi Rotimi

After the first two games, he was among the league leaders in tackles. When the league realized they needed to double team or run away from Rotimi, defensive tackle Cavon Walker excelled and would go on to lead the league in sacks.  

S AJ Hendy

Hendy was all over the field. He would be called upon to play man-to-man, zone coverage or in the box to help stop the run.

He ended the season second on the team in combined (26) and tied for first in solo (18).


Ryan Mueller Pick-6 from Week 5

Week 5: DL Pick-6

Ryan Mueller registered a decisive takeaway in New York's key road win at Dallas, tipping a pass from Philip Nelson up into the air, then coming down with it and fighting his way to the end zone.



OFFENSE: EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pts/G15.8 (8)
Pts/Play.295 (4)
Avg Score Margin-1.2 (4)
Yds/G258.6 (7)
Yds/Play4.8 (6)
Plays/G53.6 (8)
Yds/Play4.8 (6)
Rush Play%42.5% (5)
Pass Play%53.4% (4)

 

PASSING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pass Yds873 (7)
Comp%55.9% (6)
Yards/Pass6.1 (5)
Pass TD4 (T7)
INT4 (T2)

 

RUSHING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Rush Yds651 (3)
Rush Yds/G130.2 (3)
Yards/Rush4.5 (2)
Rush TD2 (7)

 

EXTRA POINTS

Category

Stat

1-pt3/4 (75%)
2-pt2/3 (66%)
3-pt0/1 (0%)
TOTAL5/8 (63%)

*Notable: The Guardians led the XFL with an average of 0.88 points per extra-point attempt.

 

GAME CONTROL

CategoryStat (Rank)
Takeaways8 (4)
Turnovers5 (T2)
TO Margin+3 (T2)
3rd Down Conv%22.8% (8)
4th Down Conv%50.0% (T3)
Red Zone TD%45.5% (5)
Team Pen Yds297 (7)

 

DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Opp Pts/G17.0 (2)
Opp Pts/Play0.269 (1)
Opp Yds/G329.2 (6)
Opp Yds/Play5.4 (6)
Opp Plays/Game60.4 (T4)
Opp Rush Yds/G93.2 (2)
Opp Pass Yds/G242.8 (7)
Opp Yards/Rush4.2 (5)
Opp Yards/Pass6.56 (6)

 

DEFENSIVE EVENTS

CategoryStat (Rank)
Sacks13 (2)
QB Hits31 (2)
Interceptions6 (4)
Passes Defensed29 (2)
Fumble Recoveries2 (T4)
Forced Fumbles5 (T1)
Defensive/Special Teams TDs2 (2)


More: NY Team Stats


QUARTERBACKS

NameCOMPATT%YDSAVGTDLGINTATTYDSAVGTDLG
Luis Perez3861624186.938014205017
Matt McGloin3159533105.31453420.512
Marquise Williams1123481456.301905295.8116

Notable: Perez had the second-longest completion of the season, a TD toss to Colby Pearson in Week 5.

RUNNING BACKS

NameATTYDSAVGTDLGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Darius Victor552384.30226256015
Tim Cook401573.90335112.608
Justin Stockton5418.201544112.3019

Notable: Victor's 238 rushing yards ranked fifth in the XFL.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

NameTARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Colby Pearson251622314280
Mekale McKay231218415145
Jake Powell16121109.2022
Teo Redding14810213023
E.J. Bibbs66559.2014
Joe Horn1644712018
Austin Duke95469.2117

Notable: Pearson had the second-longest reception of the season, a TD catch in Week 5.

KICKER

NameFGMFGAFG%LONG
Matt McCrane8810053

 

DEFENSE: TACKLES

NameTAKASTCMB
Ben Heeney181230
AJ Hendy18826
Bunmi Rotimi16925

 

DEFENSE: SACKS

 

DEFENSE: INTERCEPTIONS

 

PUNTER

NameNOYDSAVGLG
Justin Vogel2292642.160

 

More: NY Player Stats