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DC Defenders: 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:

DC Defenders 2020 XFL season review

3-2 (T-1, East) ... but first place, thanks to head-to-head tiebreaker

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

 

Week

W/L

Opponent

Score

ATS

Over/Under

1WSEA31-19WU
2WNY27-0WU
3Lat LA39-9LO
4Lat TB25-0LU
5WSTL15-6WU

STATEMENT WIN

Week 5 Highlights: DC Defenders 15, St. Louis BattleHawks 6

Week 5: DC Defenders 15, St. Louis BattleHawks 6

The DC Defenders made a statement in each of their three wins. After the first two weeks of the season, the Defenders looked like the best team in the XFL, thanks to a 31-19 win over the Seattle Dragons and a 27-0 win over the New York Guardians.

But the other one stands out: When the Defenders returned home from their two-game road trip, the team was no longer the XFL's best. Thanks to a 39-9 loss at the Los Angeles Wildcats and a 25-0 loss at the Tampa Bay Vipers, the Defenders desperately needed a win.

In order to do that, they would need to stop Jordan Ta'amu and the red-hot St. Louis BattleHawks.

Inside the friendly confines of Audi Field, the Defenders did just that.

The BattleHawks outgained the Defenders in total yards, but DC kept Ta'amu and the rest of the BattleHawks out of the end zone. But it wasn't just the on-field play that made this a statement win.

The fans played their part: With the help of the now-iconic "Beer Snake," the entire XFL was reminded of the league's best home-field advantage.


S Rahim Moore

Moore had an excellent training camp in Houston. The former second-round NFL draft pick and pro veteran was the vocal and emotional leader of the Defenders' secondary.

But when the team returned from training camp, Moore was on the wrong side of roster cuts and stayed in Houston as part of Team 9.

That did not last long, and a day before Week 1, Moore was recalled to the team and made an immediate impact. He registered the first interception in XFL history and picked off a PAT attempt.

In Week 2, Moore forced his first fumble of the season, stripping Guardians RB Darius Victor clean. But he wasn't done there. Moore picked off Tampa Bay's Taylor Cornelius in Week 4 to register his second interception of the season.

Moore finished the truncated 2020 XFL regular season with two interceptions, one forced fumble and fumble recovery, four pass deflections and 15 total tackles. 

The Defenders needed Moore to be everywhere, and he was. 

K Ty Rausa

The former Boise State kicker was the final player added to the Defenders roster, joining the team just two weeks before the season opener.

But you would never know the Defender didn't select a kicker in the 2020 XFL Draft or went the entirety of mini- and training camp without a kicker. Rausa led the XFL with 11 field goal attempts and ranked second with 9 makes.

He also kicked the second-longest FG of the season, a 55-yarder in the closing seconds of the first half during Week 1 against the Seattle Dragons. Rausa closed out the season with a perfect 3-for-3 performance in the Week 5 win over the BattleHawks.


Khari Lee finds the end zone on a flea-flicker (Week 1)

Week 1: Double-flea-flicker TD pass

DC scored its first offensive touchdown on this flea-flicker, which ended with Cardale Jones finding Khari Lee, who evaded multiple defenders and crossed the goal line.



OFFENSE: EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pts/G16.4 (7)
Pts/Play0.288 (5)
Avg Score Margin-1.4 (5)
Yds/G264.0 (6)
Yds/Play4.6 (7)
Plays/G57.0 (6)
Yds/Play4.6 (7)
Rush Play%50.8 (2)
Pass Play%45.96% (7)

 

PASSING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Pass Yds720 (8)
Comp%55 (7)
Yards/Pass5.5 (8)
Pass TD5 (T4)
INT7 (6)

 

RUSHING

CategoryStat (Rank)
Rush Yds651 (3)
Rush Yds/G130.2 (3)
Yards/Rush4.5 (2)
Rush TD1 (8)

 

EXTRA POINT

Category

Stat
1-pt1/6 (17%)
2-pt0/1 (0%)
3-pt0/2 (0%)
TOTAL1/9 (11%)

 

GAME CONTROL

CategoryStat (Rank)
Takeaways7 (5)
Turnovers8 (5)
TO Margin-1 (6)
3rd Down Conv%32% (7)
4th Down Conv%67% (2)
Red Zone TD%27% (8)
Team Pen Yds242 (4)

 

DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY

CategoryStat (Rank)
Opp Pts/G17.8 (3)
Opp Pts/Play0.292 (2)
Opp Yds/G315.4 (4)
Opp Yds/Play5.36 (5)
Opp Plays/Game 58.8 (3)
Opp Yards/Play5.3 (5)
Opp Rush Yds/G132.6 (7)
Opp Pass Yds/G182.8 (2)
Opp Yards/Rush4.57 (6)
Opp Yards/Pass6.54 (5)

 

DEFENSIVE EVENTS

CategoryStat (Rank)
Sacks8 (6)
QB Hits20 (8)
Interceptions5 (5)
Passes Defensed18 (7)
Fumble Recoveries2 (T4)
Forced Fumbles3 (T3)
Defensive/Special Teams TDs3 (1)


More: DC Team Stats

 


QUARTERBACKS

NameCOMP

ATT

%

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

INT

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Cardale Jones61113546746440717613.6014
Tyree Jackson111861462.61909485.3012

 

RUNNING BACKS

Name

ATT

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

REC

YDS

AVG

TD

LG

Jhurell Pressley421904.50279404.4015
Donnel Pumphrey461683.70239687.6019
Nick Brossette14876.213800000
Khalid Abdullah11524.70162115.506


*Notable: Brossette's 38-yard run (Week 3) was the league's second-longest of the 2020 season.

 

WIDE RECEIVERS/TIGHT ENDS

NameTARRECYDSAVGTDLG
Rashad Ross221219316140
Eli Rogers30191648.6027
Khari Lee889111239
DeAndre Thompkins1778512121

 

KICKER

Name

FGM

FGA

FG%

LONG
Ty Rausa9127554

 

DEFENSE: TACKLES

 

DEFENSE: SACKS

 

DEFENSE: INTERCEPTIONS

 

PUNTER

NameNOYDSAVGLG
Hunter Niswander2193644.662

 

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