By Matthew Feimer
Over 17,000 people came to Audi Field and saw the inaugural game of the Xtreme Football League (XFL). It was almost a sellout and had a playoff feel. Washington DC finally has a football team to cheer.
Cardale Jones threw for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, with a Quarterback rating of 125.6 and looked like the Quarterback who won the National Championship. One touchdown was a nice touchdown pass to his new receiver Rashad Ross. They will be a deadly duo this year on secondaries this year.
Brandon Silvers of Seattle would go 20/41 for 217 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. One interception was caused by his receiver falling. His top receiver was Austin Proehl, who caught five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. The Dragons rushed for 97 yards with 41 coming from Ken Morrow.
The most exciting play happened in the 2nd Quarter when Seattle Punter Brock Miller had his punt blocked by Elijah Campbell at the 10-yard line and taken in for a touchdown by Jonathan Celestin for a touchdown. Add in a 1st half ending 54-yard field goal by Ty Rausa, and the sea of red in Audi Field were having fun.
Football has not been this fun in DC since RG3 was a rookie for the Redskins.
The opening Kickoff was something to see, with the new rules that punish you for kicking it out of bounds and out of the end zone now encouraging both Punt and Kickoff Returns. It is a rule hat I like very much. Too many times, the kickoff is used only because we have always had it. The Alliance of American Football did away with the Kickoff, and that was a good idea, but the XFL’s idea is much better.
The DC Defenders will be home next week also against the New York Guardians on Saturday at 2pm on ABC. I will be attending the game and I hope we have another sea of red crowd with patches of black. The Seattle Dragons will be at home at Century Link Field for their Home Opener against the Tampa Bay Vipers. A crowd of 35k is expected to be in attendance.
Today, the inaugural game was a success for the XFL and I’m hoping the TV ratings show success as well.