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XFL Kickoff This Weekend – Week 1 Match-ups


After more than two years of planning, the rebirth of the XFL is upon us and kicks off this weekend in four cities from coast-to-coast. Eight league-owned teams will take to the gridiron a week after the Super Bowl and give those who are already jonesing for more action or – as in our case – boycott the NFL due to the National Anthem protest and all of the residuals that came with it, it will be worth the wait.

Here are the dates, times, locations and broadcast information for the Week 1 match-ups:


The first game takes place on Saturday, February 8 at 2PM EST in our nation’s capital with the DC Defenders hosting the Seattle Dragons at Audi Field. Quarterback Cardale Jones is expected to be behind center for Pep Hamilton’s squad. Seattle favorite Jim Zorn will be looking for a quick start with Brandon Silvers at his old position.

Three hours later, June Jones will once again be on the sidelines in Houston but this time at TDECU Stadium and the Roughnecks will be facing the Los Angeles Wildcats, who have much-traveled-but-talented gunslinger Josh Johnson on the roster.


Pro football will continue at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey when the New York Guardians host the Tampa Bay Vipers at 2 PM. Kevin Gilbride had many good days there during his tenure as the Giants offensive coordinator and hopes to continue that with NFL alum Matt McGloin at quarterback. Alliance of American Football fans know the name Aaron Murray well and he will be calling signals for the visiting Vipers.

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The final contest of opening weekend takes place at 5PM at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas when the Dallas Renegades take the field to face the St. Louis BattleHawks. Bob Stoops hoped to have Landry Jones starting at quarterback, but the former NFL player suffered a knee injury during training camp and will be sidelined for four-to-six weeks. Eric Dungey also missed time due to a leg injury, but should be ready to go. Jordan Ta’amu won a four-deep battle for the quarterback job and will lead the charge for St. Louis. Although they hope not to use him much, the BattleHawks have veteran punter Marquette King ready to pin the opposition deep.

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