Category: American Leagues

Tampa Bay Vipers Defender Mandato

Spring Football Leagues 1999-2001

The return of outdoor 11-on-11 Spring Football Leagues to USA after a break of seven years if the World League of American Football (1991 to 1992 with USA teams) is to be included, or 14 years since the demise of the United States Football League after the 1985 season, was met with mixed reactions.

The first such league after the WLAF to succeed in playing a down, was the Regional Football League, playing a single season in 1999 with five teams in Southern USA and one in Ohio in the Midwestern USA.

After the RFL of 1999 the Spring Football League of 2000 was founded by three high profile former National Football League (NFL) players. The SFL planned on being a four-team, four-week season with a Championship Game, to test the waters for a full season the following year. The SFL only lasted two weeks as the announcement of the XFL by the owner of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in conjunction with the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), which had lost its’ contract to show NFL games, put and end to the league in its’ infancy.

The XFL itself was the first Major Outdoor 11-on-11 Football League with a big budget to rival the NFL since the United States Football League of 1983 to 1985 – the first ever Outdoor Spring League. The XFL was launched in a blaze of publicity but ended with a whimper in the ‘Million Dollar Game’ as TV Ratings fell week on week after a big first week.

Regional Football League 1999

RFL Standings 1999

Regional Football League 1999PWLTPFPAPct
*Mobile Admirals862017798.750
*Houston Outlaws862014882.750
*Mississippi Pride8440148177.500
*Ohio Cannon8350114121.375
Shreveport Southern Knights8350128121.375
New Orleans Thunder826082198.250
Totals4824240797797.500
Regional Football League Standings 1999 [Ref: RFL-1]

*Qualify for Playoffs

RFL Playoff Results 1999

RFL 1999Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
DatePlayoffs 1st RoundRFL Playoffs 1999
12.06.1999Mobile Admirals35Ohio Cannon14
12.06.1999Houston outlaws27Mississippi Pride3
RFL Bowl I
19.06.1999Mobile Admirals14Houston Outlaws12
Totals7833
Regional Football League Playoffs 1999 [Ref: RFL-2]

Spring Football League 2000

SFL Final Standings 2000

Spring Football League 2000PWLTPFPAPct
*Houston Marshals220056231.000
*San Antonio Matadors220042161.000
Los Angeles Dragons20202137.000
Miami Tropics20201861.000
Totals8440137137.500
Spring Football League Standings 2000 [Reference: SFL-2]

Note: *Last two weeks of four-game regular season as well as planned Championship Game were scrapped and Houston Marshals and San Antonio Matadors, both unbeaten on 2-0 were declared Co-Champions.

XFL 2001

XFL Standings 2001

XFL 2001PWLTPFPAPct
Eastern Division       
*Orlando Rage10820203185.800
*Chicago Enforcers10550186179.500
New York / New Jersey Hitmen10460132145.400
Birmingham Thunderbolts10280136239.200
Western Division       
*Los Angeles Xtreme10730235166.700
*San Francisco Demons10550156161.500
Memphis Maniax10550167166.500
Las Vegas Outlaws10460169143.400
Totals804040013841384.500
XFL 2001 Standings Reference: [XFL-1]

XFL Playoff Results 2001

XFL 2001Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
 DateSemi-Finals  XFL Playoffs 2001 
 07.04.2001Orlando Rage25San Francisco Demons26
08.04.2001 Los Angeles Xtreme33Chicago Enforcers16
 XFL Championship Million Dollar Game  
21.04.2001 Los Angeles Xtreme24San Francisco Demons26
Totals8268
XFL 2001 Playoffs [References: XFL-1]

Regional Football League 1999

The Regional Football League styled itself as the Spring Development League of America (NFL Europe was the Official Development League of the NFL with 6 teams in Europe only). It had 5 teams placed in the Southern United States and one in Toledo, Ohio.

The Mobile Admirals (Alabama) won the Championship in the League’s only season, defeating Houston Outlaws 14-12. One team, the Ohio Cannon only played in seven regular season matches, but were still allowed to compete in the Playoffs as the Shrevport Southern Knights, their only rival for the fourth playoff sport forfeited their last match with the Cannon..

Other teams were Shreveport Southern Knights, New Orleans Thunder and Mississippi Pride. The League had no TV coverage, no outstanding players and little press or radio coverage. [Ref: RFL-3] The International Football League of 2000 replaced it as the AAA Spring League in the USA.

Spring Football League 2000

The Spring Football League of 2000 was founded by Ex-NFL players Eric Dickerson (Los Angeles Rams), Bo Jackson (Los Angeles Raiders) Tony Dorsett (Dallas Cowboys) among others. It set a 4-team 4-game schedule for its first season in 2000, to test the waters for a full League and Schedule for 2001.

The first season, dubbed “Festival 2000” only lasted 2 of the 4 game weeks, and the planned Championship Game was scrapped, with the Houston Marshals and San Antonio Matdors, both unbeaten on 2-0 records, declared Co-Champions. The demise of the League was due to the founding of the XFL by the WWF – World Wide Wrestling (now WWE) owners, and the low attendances, more like Junior High School Games than a AAA Pro League.

XFL 2001

Los Angeles Xtreme won the XFL Championship Game – the Million Dollar Game – in 2001, triumphing 38-6 over San Francisco Demons. There were eight teams in the inaugural season of the XFL, five of them in cities without NFL teams: Los Angeles Xtreme, Birmingham Bolts, Orlando Rage, Memphis Maniax and Las Vegas Outlaws.

The XFL of 2001 was the brainchild of Vince McMahon of the World Wrestling Entertainment, who was refused a license to buy a Canadian Football League team, and instead decided to bankroll his own league. He gained a Television contract with NBC which had lost the rights to show the NFL, and initially, amid much hype the first weeks rating were good, but slid rapidly before the league went out of existence after one season.

The reasons given for this were numerous – there was too much variation on standard Football Rules, the team names were too violent, referencing either criminality or extreme mental states. The cheerleaders were too much like strippers rather compared with the NFL’s cheerleaders. The League was intended to give fans back Hard Working Class Football as had been seen to have disappeared from the NFL, but the XFL was seen as being too hard, more criminally insane than Working Class, according to First Down, a British American Football Newspaper.

Following the demise of the XFL in 2001 the Spring Football schedule consisted of the National Football League Europe League with six teams in the Old Continent, the Women’s Professional Football League (founded 2000), the National Women’s Football Association (founded 2004) and the Independent Women’s Football League (founded 2004 also), as well as the Arena Football League (an Indoor 8v8 Football League on a 50-yard field with two 8 yard-end zones).

This remained the situation in Alternative Spring Professional Gridiron Football Leagues until 2007 when NFL-EL folded and 2009 when big changes happened: the United Football League was founded, and Women’s Football was transformed with the start of the Lingerie Football League (a 7v7 Indoor League), and the replacement of the NWFA and WPFL with the Women’s Football Association – a rival Major Women’s League to the IWFL.

The XFL itself would not return until 2020 with version 2.0 and the small-scale Spring Football Leagues returned in 2011 with the Stars Football League.

Picture Credit: XFL- 2/9/20-MetLife Stadium East Rutherford,NJ- Tampa Bay Vipers Defender Mandato. By Christopher Lyzcen[Shutterstock]

The above photograph is from a XFL 2.0 match-up between the Tampa Bay Vipers and New York Guardians at the Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey in 2020.

Regional Football League 1999 References

Websites

[RFL-1] Remember the RFL (2014) Standings [Internet] Available from: https://sites.google.com/site/remembertherfl/standings [Accessed 18 June 2020]

[RFL-2] Remember the RFL (2014) Weekly Results [Internet] Available from: https://sites.google.com/site/remembertherfl/weekly-results [Accessed 4 April 2019]

[RFL-3] Remember the RFL (2014) Remember the RFL Home [Internet] Available from: https://sites.google.com/site/remembertherfl/home [Accessed 4 April 2019]

Spring Football League 2000 References

Websites

[SFL-1] Remember the SFL (2019) History [Internet] Available from: https://sites.google.com/site/rememberthesfl/history [Accessed 31 December 2019]

[SFL-2] Remember the SFL (2019) Standings [Internet] Available from: https://sites.google.com/site/rememberthesfl/standings [Accessed 31 December 2019]

XFL 2001 References

Websites

[XFL-2] Remember the XFL (2017) XFL Final Standings [Internet] Available from: http://sites.google.com/site/rememberthexfl/standings [Accessed 3 February 2017]

[XFL-3] Remember the XFL (2017) Weekly Results [Internet] Available from: http://sites.google.com/site/rememberthexfl/weekly-results [Accessed 31 December 2019]

Newspapers

[XFL-4] First Down (2001) February to April 2001.

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1991 Major Football Leagues Standings and Playoffs

1991 Major Football League Standings (USA)

1991 National Football League
American Football Conference
PWLTPFPAPct
AFC Eastern Division
*Buffalo Bills1613304583180.813
*New York Jets168803142930.500
Miami Dolphins168803433490.500
New England Patriots1661002113050.375
Indianapolis Colts1611501433890.063
AFC Central Division
*Houston Oilers1611503862510.688
Pittsburgh Steelers167902923440.438
Cleveland Browns1661002932980.375
Cincinnati Bengals1631302634350.188
AFC Western Division
*Denver Broncos1612403042350.750
*Kansas City Chiefs1610603222550.625
*Los Angeles Raiders169702982970.563
Seattle Seahawks167902762610.438
San Diego Chargers1641202743420.250
National Football Conference
PWLTPFPAPct
NFC Eastern
*Washington Redskins1614204852440.875
*Dallas Cowboys1611503423100.688
Philadelphia Eagles1610602852440.625
New York Giants168802812970.500
Phoenix Cardinals1641201963440.250
NFC Central
*Detroit Lions1612403392950.750
*Chicago Bears1611502992690.688
Minnesota Vikings168803013060.500
Green Bay Packers1641202733130.250
Tampa Bay Buccaneers1631301993650.188
NFC Western
*New Orlreans Saints1611503412110.688
*Atlanta Falcons1610603613380.625
San Francisco 49ers1610603932390.625
Los Angeles Rams1631302343900.188
1991 Mid-Continental Football League
PWLTPFPAPct
*Dayton Steelers11830102620.727
*Cleveland Falcons13940107920.692
Wyandot Chiefs853099910.625
Shenango Valley Blasters10370891300.300
1991 Major Football League Standings [References: see end of Article]

1991 Major Football League Standings (World)

1991 Canadian Football League
PWLTPFPAPts
CFL Eastern Division
*Toronto Argonauts18135064752626
*Winnipeg Blue Bombers1899051649918
*Ottawa Rough Riders18711052257714
Hamilton Tiger-Cats1831504005996
CFL Western Division
*Edmonton Eskimoes18126067156924
*Calgary Stampeders18117059655222
*British Columbia Lions18117066158722
Saskatchewan Roughriders18612060671012
1991 World League of American Football
PWLTPFPAPct
WLAF European Division
*London Monarchs109103101210.900
*Barcelona Dragons108202061260.800
Frankfurt Galaxy107301551390.700
WLAF North American East Division
*New York/New Jersey Knights105502571550.500
Orlando Thunder105502422860.500
Montreal Machine104601451440.400
Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks1001001233000.000
WLAF North American West Division
*Birmingham Fire105501401400.500
San Antonio Riders104601761960.400
Sacramento Surge103701792540.300
1991 Arena Football League
PWLTPFPAPct
*Detroit Drive109104372620.900
*Tampa Bay Storm108204213090.800
*Denver Dynamite106403893650.600
*Albany Firebirds106404273420.600
Dallas Texans104602863340.400
New Orleans Night104603144010.400
Orlando Predators103703213630.300
Columbus Thunderbolts1001002414600.000
1991 Association of American Football of USSR
PWLTPFPAPct
*Moscow Bruins (Bears)
*Moscow Swans
Caspian Sphinxes
Kharkov Atlantis
Donetsk Scythians
Minsk Zubrs (Bison)
1991 Major Football League Standings (World) – References: see end of article.

1991 Major Football League Playoffs (USA)

National Football League PlayoffsNational Football League Playoffs
National Football Conference Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
AFC Wild Card Playoffs
Kansas City Chiefs10Los Angeles Raiders6
Houston Oilers17New York Jets10
AFC Divisional Playoffs
Denver Broncos26Houston Oilers24
Buffalo Bills37Kansas City Chiefs14
AFC Conference Championship
Buffalo Bills10Denver Broncos7
National Football Conference Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
NFC Wild Card Playoffs
New Orleans Saints20Atlanta Falcons27
Chicago Bears13Dallas Cowboys17
NFC Divisional Playoffs
Washington Redskins24Atlanta Falcons7
Detroit Lions38Dallas Cowboys6
NFC Conference Championship
Washington Redskins41Detroit Lions10
Super Bowl XXVII (AFC v NFC)@Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN
AFC TeamNFC Team
Buffalo Bills24Washington Redskins37
Mid-Continental Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
MCFL Championship Game
Cleveland Falcons7Dayton Steelers0
1991 Major Football League Playoffs (USA) – References: see end of article.

1991 Major Football League Playoffs (World)

Canadian Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Eastern Semi-Final
Winnipeg Blue Bombers26Ottawa Rough Riders8
Western Semi-Final
Calgary Stampeders43British Columbia Lions41
Eastern Final
Toronto Argonauts42Winnipeg Blue Bombers3
Western Final
Edmonton Eskimoes36Calgary Stampeders38
Grey Cup
Toronto Argonauts36Calgary Stampeders21
World League of American Football Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Semi-Finals
Birmingham Fire3Barcelona Dragons10
New York/New Jersey Knights26London Monarchs42
World Bowl ’91@Wembley Stadium, London, ENG
London Monarchs21Barcelona Dragons0
Arena Football League Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Semi-Finals
Detroit Drive37Albany Firebirds35
Tampa Bay Storm40Denver Dynamite13
Arena Bowl V
Tampa Bay Storm48Detroit Drive42
Association of American Football of USSR Playoffs
Home TeamScoreRoad TeamScore
Moscow BruinsWonMoscow SwansLost
1991 Major Football League Playoffs (World) – References: see end of article.

Report

Buffalo Bills, holding the best record in the AFC (13-3) lost their second Super Bowl in succession, defeated 37-24 by Washington Redskins, holders of the best record in the NFC and entire NFL (14-2). For the AFC it was an eighth successive loss in the biggest event in USA sports. The last time an AFC team won the Super Bowl was Los Angeles Raiders’ 38-9 victory over Washington Redskins on 22 January 1984 at Tampa, Florida in Super Bowl XVIII. Following a scoreless first quarter the Redskins scored 17 points in the second quarter and added a second John Riggs run touchdown 16 seconds into the third quarter to take a commanding 24-0 lead. Buffalo hit back later in the third quarter with a field goal and touchdown to reduce the deficit to 14 points, but another Redskins touchdown before the end of the quarter made the score 31-10. Two more field goals by Lohmiller made the score 37-10 in the fourth quarter. The Bills scored two passing touchdowns late in the game to make the score 37-24 at the final whistle. [NFL References: 1-2]

In other leagues, Cleveland Falcons triumphed 7-0 versus Dayton Steelers in the Mid-Continental Football League (MCFL) Championship Game. The MCFL was a new start-up league based in Ohio and Pennsylvania that took the place of any major 11v11 rival outdoor league to the NFL since the demise of the United States Football League following the 1985 season. Following the season Louisville Bulls of Kentucky replaced Wyandot Chiefs in the four-team league. [MCFL References: 1-2]

In the Canadian Football League, the Eastern Division’s Toronto Argonauts emerged victorious with a 36-21 victory over Calgary Stampeders. Calgary had the second-best record in the Western Division (11-7) after Edmonton Eskimoes, with Toronto putting up a 13-5 record to take first in the Eastern Division. Calgary eliminated Edmonton 38-36 in the Western Final and Toronto won 42-3 versus Winnipeg in the Eastern Final. [CFL References: 1]

The National Football League established the World League of American Football (WLAF) to further promote the sport around the World. Beginning in 1991 with ten teams the WLAF was divided into three divisions: European (with teams in London, England, UK; Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; and Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany); North American East Division (three teams in USA: New York/New Jersey Knights, NJ; Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks, NC; and Orlando Thunder, FL; plus one team in Quebec, Canada: Montreal Machine) and North American West Division (Three teams in USA: Birmingham Fire, AL; San Antonio Riders, TX; and Sacramento Surge, CA). An imbalance in players allocated by the NFL for development in the WLAF meant no team in the European Division finished with a losing record, and no team in either North American Division finished with a winning record. World Bowl ’91 was won by London Monarchs by 21-0 versus Barcelona Dragons at the hallowed grounds of Wembley Stadium, the home of England’s National Soccer Team. Following the 1991 season the winless Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks were replaced by Ohio Glory in Columbus for 1992. [WLAF References: 1-4]

The Arena Football League in 1991 expanded by two teams to eight, with Washington Commandos and Pittsburgh Gladiators leaving the league and replaced by four new teams in Tampa Bay Storm (FL), Orlando Predators (FL), New Orleans Night (LA) and Columbus Thunderbolts (OH). Tampa Bay Storm were immediately successful, winning Arena Bowl V 48-42 versus Detroit Drive. As in all other Major Football Leagues in 1991 the two teams with best records reached the Championship Game. Following the season Thunderbolts relocated to Cleveland (OH) and Cincinnati Rockers (OH), Charlotte Rage (NC), Sacramento Attack (CA) and San Antonio Force (TX) were added for 1992. [AFL References: 1]

A new Football power emerged on the scene in 1991: The USSR. Following glasnost the USSR opened up to American Football and a six-team league was established with teams in Moscow (Bruins and Swans), Caspian Sea Region (Sphinxes), Ukraine (Donetsk Scythians and Kharkov Atlantis) and Belarus (Minsk Zubrs – ‘Bison’). The first and only official Championship of USSR ended with a Moscow Bruins victory over Moscow Swans. After the season the USSR broke up, with Moscow Bears (Bruins) and Krasnoyarsk Siberian Devils competing for Championship of Russia. Kharkov Atlantis and Donetsk Scythians joined newly independent Ukraine’s Football Association and Minsk Zubrs joined Belarus’ Football Association. [AAF USSR References 1-2]

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1991 Major Football League References

NFL References [1]
National Football League – 1996 Record and Factbook “Past Standings: 1996” p. 278.
Published by National Football League, Workman Publishing Co., New York

NFL References [2]
National Football League – 1996 Record and Factbook “Super Bowl Summaries” p. 327-329.
Published by National Football League, Workman Publishing Co., New York
MCFL References (1)
Semi-Pro Football -Defunct Leagues: EMCFL (Champs)
https://www.semiprofootball.org/minor/champs/mcfl.htm
[Accessed 1 January 2024]

MCFL References (2)
Semi-Pro Football – Defunct Leagues: EMCFL (1991)
https://www.semiprofootball.org/index.htm
[Accessed 1 January 2024]
CFL References (1)
Canadian Football League – CFL Standings: The 1990s
http://web.archive.org/web/19991108193646/http://www.cfl.ca/CFLArchives/1990s.html
[Accessed 20 January 2023][Archived at the Wayback Machine]
WLAF References (1-3)
Anon. (1991) “Standings” First Down, June 1, 1991, pg. 5
Anon. (1991) “Jon’s too Hort to handle” First Down, June 8, 1991, pg. 4-5
Anglesey, Steve (1991) “Enter the Dragons!” First Down, June 15, 1992, pg. 6-7
WLAF References (4)
World League of American Football (2018) WLAF History: 1991
http://www.worldleagueofamericanfootball.com/id165.html
[Accessed 23 April 2018]
Arena Football League References (1)
Arena Football League (2016) 2016 Record and Factbook pp. 67-83 / 52.
AAF USSR References (1)
American Football in Russia (2017) History of American Football in USSR and Russia
http://www.americanfootball.ru/Hist_RUS.php
Accessed 24 December 2017
AAF USSR References (2)
Anon. (1991) “Curtain Call” First Down. September 29, 1991. pg. 10.
Published by Mediawatch, Charlbury, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

About this Document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 1 January 2024

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2024

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XFL 2023

Standings

XFL North Division 2023

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
19100.90029824058W3
27300.70024317766W2
37300.70024920247W1
42800.200184252-68L3

XFL South Division 2023

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
17300.70024718265W3
24600.400146194-48L2
33700.300169183-14L1
41900.100204310-106L3

Please visit XFL website at: https://www.xfl.com/ for Official Standings [Last Accessed 18 February 2023]

Playoff Schedule

XFL Playoffs 2023

Match Day South Division Championship
(South Division Championship)
26 - 11

Arlington Renegades vs Houston Roughnecks

Match Day North Division Championship
(North Division Championship)
37 - 21

D.C. Defenders vs Seattle Sea Dragons

Match Day XFL Championship
(XFL Championship)
26 - 35

D.C. Defenders vs Arlington Renegades

Please visit XFL website at: https://www.xfl.com/ for Official Standings [Last Accessed 10 September 2023]

Regular Season Schedule

XFL 2023

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
22 - 20

Arlington Renegades vs Vegas Vipers

(Week 1)
15 - 18

San Antonio Brahmas vs St. Louis Battlehawks

(Week 1)
22 - 18

D.C. Defenders vs Seattle Sea Dragons

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
18 - 20

Seattle Sea Dragons vs St. Louis Battlehawks

(Week 2)
6 - 18

Vegas Vipers vs D.C. Defenders

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
26 - 30

Vegas Vipers vs Seattle Sea Dragons

(Week 3)
34 - 28

D.C. Defenders vs St. Louis Battlehawks

Match Day Week 4
(Week 4)
16 - 44

Orlando Guardians vs Houston Roughnecks

(Week 4)
15 - 6

Seattle Sea Dragons vs San Antonio Brahmas

(Week 4)
24 - 11

St. Louis Battlehawks vs Arlington Renegades

(Week 4)
32 - 18

D.C. Defenders vs Vegas Vipers

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
21 - 14

Seattle Sea Dragons vs Houston Roughnecks

(Week 5)
20 - 28

St. Louis Battlehawks vs D.C. Defenders

(Week 5)
35 - 32

Vegas Vipers vs Orlando Guardians

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
19 - 26

Orlando Guardians vs Seattle Sea Dragons

(Week 6)
6 - 29

Vegas Vipers vs St. Louis Battlehawks

(Week 6)
37 - 26

D.C. Defenders vs Houston Roughnecks

Match Day Week 7
(Week 7)
15 - 24

Arlington Renegades vs Seattle Sea Dragons

(Week 7)
15 - 24

Houston Roughnecks vs St. Louis Battlehawks

(Week 7)
26 - 12

Vegas Vipers vs San Antonio Brahmas

(Week 7)
37 - 36

Orlando Guardians vs D.C. Defenders

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
21 - 17

St. Louis Battlehawks vs Vegas Vipers

(Week 8)
33 - 34

Seattle Sea Dragons vs D.C. Defenders

Match Day Week 9
(Week 9)
28 - 21

Houston Roughnecks vs Vegas Vipers

(Week 9)
28 - 26

D.C. Defenders vs Arlington Renegades

(Week 9)
12 - 30

St. Louis Battlehawks vs Seattle Sea Dragons

Match Day Week 10
(Week 10)
53 - 28

St. Louis Battlehawks vs Orlando Guardians

(Week 10)
28 - 29

San Antonio Brahmas vs D.C. Defenders

(Week 10)
28 - 9

Seattle Sea Dragons vs Vegas Vipers

Match Day Week 1
(Week 1)
33 - 12

Houston Roughnecks vs Orlando Guardians

Match Day Week 2
(Week 2)
12 - 30

Orlando Guardians vs San Antonio Brahmas

(Week 2)
23 - 14

Houston Roughnecks vs Arlington Renegades

Match Day Week 3
(Week 3)
10 - 9

Arlington Renegades vs Orlando Guardians

(Week 3)
22 - 13

Houston Roughnecks vs San Antonio Brahmas

Match Day Week 5
(Week 5)
10 - 12

San Antonio Brahmas vs Arlington Renegades

Match Day Week 6
(Week 6)
9 - 15

Arlington Renegades vs San Antonio Brahmas

Match Day Week 8
(Week 8)
16 - 18

Orlando Guardians vs Arlington Renegades

(Week 8)
15 - 17

San Antonio Brahmas vs Houston Roughnecks

Match Day Week 9
(Week 9)
25 - 23

San Antonio Brahmas vs Orlando Guardians

Match Day Week 10
(Week 10)
9 - 25

Arlington Renegades vs Houston Roughnecks

All Times ET. Please visit XFL website at: https://www.xfl.com/schedule for Official Schedule [Last Accessed 18 February 2023]

Weekly Recaps

Week 1 (18-19 February 2023)

Vegas Vipers travelled to Arlington, Texas to open the 2023 XFL season at the Renegades. Inspite of two first half touchdown passes from Luis Perez to Jeff Badet, building up a 14-3 lead at halftime, Vegas fell behind in the third quarter to a T Laulile Interception Return for touchdown and two T Russolino Field Goals as Arlington Renegades went into the final quarter 15-14 up. Another Luis Perez to Jeff Badet pass intercepted and return for touchdown by De Vante Bausby with just over four minutes to go and subsequent two-point conversion by Deveon Smith left Vegas needing a TD and 2-point conversion to force the game into overtime. Cinque Sweeting caught a 20 TD pass from Luis Perez with 12 seconds remaining but Arlington were left to celebrate after the 2-point conversion attempt failed. [References: 2]

Despite taking the lead early in the first quarter through Cody Latimer’s reception touchdown from Paxton Lynch, Orlando Guardians were to fall 6-24 down by the fourth quarter as Houston Roughnecks rattled off three touchdowns and two field goals in a 24-point scoring streak. Jontre Kirklin and Deontay Burnett both catching touchdown passes from Brandon Silvers and a 27-yard Max Borghi rushing TD left Orlando with a mountain to climb with 10 minutes remaining. Andrew Jameil caught a Quinten Dormady pass for a touchdown to reduce the deficit, but the game was put beyond doubt after Cole McDonald’s five yard rushing Touchdown with three minutes to go. H Duplessis added a third field goal for Houston near the end as the Roughnecks finished the game 33-12 winners. [References: 3]

Despite leading 15-3 with a little over two minutes renmaining San Antonio Brahmas lost their home opener to St. Louis Battlehawks after the Battlehawks drew within three points on Hakeem Butler’s TD reception from A.J. McCarron with 1:25 left in the fourth quarter. Following a successful three-pioint conversion pass from A.J. McCarron to Austin Proehl which brought St. Louis within three points, the Battlehawks were successful with the onside kick before a successful 14 yard pass for touchdown from McCarron to Proehl to wrap up an amazing comeback. [References: 4]

An Interception by Michael Joseph which was returned for a touchdown in the third quarter proved decisive in D.C. Defenders comeback versus Seattle Sea Dragons. With the successful two-point conversion it left the Defenders two-pints behind the Sea Dragons and the home team won the game early in the fourth quarter when Deriq King ran in from five yards out. [References: 5]

Week 2 (23-28 February 2023)

D.C. Defenders and St. Louis Battlehawks were clear leaders in the North Division after Week 2, both teams standing on 2-0 as the Defenders defeated Vegas Vipers 18-6 on a wet and windy night at Las Vegas’ old Baseball stadium, Cashman Field, last used for Professional Football in 1964 when Oakland Raiders played Houston Oilers in the AFL. D.C. went on a 15-point scoring streak in the fourth quarter to haul back a 3-6 deficit and win the game [References: S-6]

St. Louis Battlewhawks joined the Defenders on 2-0 with a 44-yard Field Goal from Donny Hageman to win the game 20-18 versus Seattle Sea Dragons. There has been a long list of 44-yard Field Goal heartbreaks for the Emerald City – In 2019 the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL missed a last second FG to hand the game to St. Louis Rams. Arizona Cardinals also defeated Seattle Seahawks with a 44-yarder in Overtime in 2020 and the Seahawks Jason Myers had made 37 consecutive FGs before missing one from 44-yards. [References: S-6]

In the South Division San Antonio Brahmas moved to 1-1 with a 30-12 defeat of struggling Orlando Guardians. Former Notre Dame Fighting Irish College star Jack Coan passed for three touchdowns in the victory. The game was a homecoming for San Antonio running back Jacques Patrick who starred at a local High School. [References: S-6]

Houston Roughnecks and Arlington Renegades, both 1-0 coming into the game, served up a brilliant game for Texas football fans, as a see-saw battle in Houston, with Renegades 14-11 up at halftime. Cedric Byrd stepped up the pace for the Roughnecks in the second half, however, as the Houston wide receiver put the home town team ahead with a short touchdown catch. After a Renegades FG, Max Borghi ran up the middle for a late TD to seal the win for Houston Roughnecks, 23-14. [References: S-6]

Week 3 (4-5 March 2023)

Three high-octane shootouts and one quieter game greeted fans in week 3 of the XFL. Arlington Renegades moved into second place in the XFL South with a close 10-9 defeat of Orlando Guardians, leaving the Guardians on 0-3. Houston Roughnecks, meanwhile, were firmly in the lead of the South Division after a 22-13 victory over San Antonio Brahmas in the Texas rivalry game which closed out the weekend. Earlier in the weekend, the North Division similarly had a 3-2-1-0 cascade of wins in the Standings with Seattle Sea Dragons improving to 1-2 after a 30-26 defeat of Vegas Vipers in the battle of two winless teams. Meanwhile D.C. Defenders took the spoils at the top end of the table with a 34-28 defeat of St. Louis Battlehawks in a Wild West Shootout of a game between two teams yet to be defeated in 2023. [References: S-7]

Week 5 (16-19 March 2023)

The week started with Seattle Sea Dragons shocking the Houston Roughnecks 21-14 on Thursday night to hand the Texas team their first ever loss. The victory put the Sea Dragons on 3-2, two games behind new Kingpins D.C. Defenders who improved to 5-0 with a 28-20 win at St. Louis Battlehawks, who dropped to 3-2, both teams also playing in the XFL North Division. Also in the North Division Vegas Vipers finally managed to put a W in the win column with a close and high-scoring 35-32 defeat of Orlando Guardians in Nevada. The loss was Orlando’s fifth-straight to start the season and the Florida team prop up the XFL South Division. On Sunday evening Arlington Renegades made the trip South to take on fellow Texans San Antonio Brahmas, winning 12-10 in a low-scoring affair. With the win Arlington move a game closer to South Division leaders Houston on 3-2 and San Antonio drop to 1-4. [References: 1]

Week 6 (25-27 March 2023)

The XFL’s top two teams met in USA’s Capital City – D.C. Defenders triumphed 37-26 at home to Houston Roughnecks to remain the only undefeated team on 6-0 as the Roughnecks slumped to a second-straight defeat after starting the season 4-0. St. Louis Battlehawks and Seattle Sea Dragons both won over bottom-placed teams to improve to 4-2 in the North Division: Seattle winning by a touchdown, 26-19 over Orlando Guardians (0-6), and St. Louis having an easier time in Nevada, winning 29-6 at Vegas Vipers (1-5). In an all-Texas battle in the South Division, San Antonio Brahmas considerably improved their chances of a playoff place with a 15-9 defeat of Arlington Renegades to gain a second win of the season as Arlington dropped to the .500 mark with the loss, and also missed the chance to draw level with Houston at the top of the Division. [References: 1]

Week 7 (31 March-1 April 2023)

With all three teams in the North Division winning besides the undefeated coming into the week D.C. Defenders it left a close race for the Division title with only three games to go in the regular season. Both Seattle Sea Dragons (at Arlington Renegades, 3-4) and St. Louis Battlehawks (at Houston Roughnecks, 4-3) won by the identical scoreline of 24-15 as both teams improved to 5-2. Vegas Vipers gained a second win of the season, 26-12 versus San Antonio Brahmas in Nevada as the Brahmas dropped to 2-5. Meanwhile in the biggest shock of the entire campaign Orlando Guardians, who were winless coming into the game defeated the previously undefeated D.C. Defenders 37-36 in Central Florida. As it stood, Vegas Vipers are the only team eliminated from postseason play after week seven. [References: 1]

Division Championships (29-30 April 2023)

Irish-born punter Dan Whelan kicked a 57-yard punt for D.C. Defenders as the team from USA’s Capitol defeated Seattle Sea Dragons 37-21 in the North Division Championship to reach the XFL Championship Game. Defenders went on to play Arlington Renegades from Texas in the Championship after the Renegades defeated Houston Roughnecks 26-11 in an all-Texas South Division Championship Game. [References: 1-2, S-11, P1-P2]

XFL Championship (13 May 2023)

Irish-born punter Daniel Whelan kicked three punts for a total 158 yards, putting two punts inside the 20 yard line of Arlington and including a long of 64 yards, but was to be disappointed after his D.C. Defenders lost 35-26 to the Renegades in the 2023 XFL Championship Game. [References: 1-2, S-12, P1-P2]

About the 2023 XFL Season

The 2023 XFL season is the third in XFL History, having already played in 2001 and 2020. Seven of the eight teams from 2020 are returning in some form, the exception being Los Angeles Wildcats who were replaced by San Antonio Brahmas. D.C. Defenders, St. Louis Battlehawks and Houston Roughnecks return with the same name and much the same image. Seattle Dragons have been renamed Seattle Sea Dragons, and have adopted orange as their primary colour. Dallas Renegades have been renamed Arlington Renegades after the city where they are based, a satellite city of Dallas. Tampa Bay Vipers have been relocated to Vegas and adopted red and black as their colour-scheme rather than green and lime. New York Guardians have been moved to Orlando and adopted silver and lime as their primary colours. The eight teams are divided into two divisions of four teams each, with top two in each division playing in semi-finals.

XFL Photo (2020)

Picture Credit: XFL- 2/9/20-MetLife Stadium East Rutherford,NJ- Tampa Bay Vipers Defender Mandato. By Christopher Lyzcen[Shutterstock]

References

[1] XFL (2023) 2023 League Schedule [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/schedule [Accessed 9 April 2023][Print Schedule at: https://assets.contentstack.io/v3/assets/bltc7f51537c5999ea8/blt502e44053a17fe3a/XFLLEAGUESCHED23_1SHEET.pdf ][Accessed 18 February 2023][Last Accessed 10 September 2023]

[2] XFL (2023) Standings [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/standings [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[S-2] XFL (2023) 202302001 Vegas at Arlington [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/games/2302001-VGS-at-ARL [Accessed 18 February 2023]

[S-3] XFL (2023) 202302002 Orlando at Houston [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/games/2302002-ORL-at-HOU [Accessed 18 February 2023]

[S-4] XFL (2023) 2302003 St. Louis at San Antonio [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/games/2302003-STL-at-SA [Accessed 20 February 2023]

[S-5] XFL (2023) 2302004 Seattle at D.C. [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/games/2302004-SEA-at-DC [Accessed 20 February 2023]

[S-6] XFL (2023) XFL Rewind: Week 2 Blog by Josh Lewis, 28 February 2023 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/xfl-rewind/week-2 [Accessed 2 March 2023]

[S-7] XFL (2023) XFL Rewind: Week 3 Blog by Josh Lewis, 06 Mar 2023 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/xfl-rewind/week-3 [Accessed 9 March 2023]

[S-8] XFL (2023) XFL Rewind: Week 4 Blog by Josh Lewis, 13 Mar 2023 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/xfl-rewind/week-4 [Accessed 16 March 2023]

[S-11] XFL (2023) 2023 North Division Championship – Seattle Sea Dragons 21 DC Defenders 37 [Internet] Available from: https://www.xfl.com/games/2303001-NorthChamp-SEA-at-DC [Accessed 10 September 2023]

[S-12] XFL (2023) 2023 Championship – Arlington Renegades 35 DC Defenders 26 [Internet] Available from: hhttps://www.xfl.com/games/2303003-Champ-ARL-at-DC [Accessed 10 September 2023]

Player References

[P-1] RTE Online, 2023-08-29 (2023) Green Bay Packers take a punt on Irish-born Dan Whelan [Internet] Available from: https://www.rte.ie/sport/us-sport/2023/0829/1402335-green-bay-packers-take-a-punt-on-whelan/ [Accessed 10 September 2023]

[P-2] MSN / Journal.ie (2023) ‘Proud moment for the School’ – Excitement in Bray as former student chases NFL history [Internet] Available from: https://www.msn.com/en-ie/sports/nfl/proud-moment-for-the-school-excitement-in-bray-as-former-student-chases-nfl-history/ar-AA1ga5ec [Accessed 10 September 2023]

Logo References

[L-X1] XFL (2023) Arlington_Renegades_Mastersheet_Renegade_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/Arlington_Renegades_Mastersheet_Renegade_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X2] XFL (2023) DC_Defenders_Mastersheet_Defenders_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/DC_Defenders_Mastersheet_Defenders_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X3] XFL (2023) Houston_Roughnecks_Mastersheet_Roughnecks_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/Houston_Roughnecks_Mastersheet_Roughnecks_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X4] XFL (2023) Orlando_Guardians_Mastersheet_Guardians_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/Orlando_Guardians_Mastersheet_Guardians_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X5] San Antonio Brahmas Facebook (2022) Profile Picture, October 31, 2022 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/XFLBrahmas/photos/a.108127215315874/137042252424370 [Accessed 9 April 2023][Actual Logo Reference at: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t39.30808-6/313398847_137042249091037_9104381537955930824_n.jpg?_nc_cat=102&ccb=1-7&_nc_sid=09cbfe&_nc_ohc=hMdwiO4qmUIAX_OBOpU&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=00_AfCq7u4MGmsAg38ijxc5pAwvwKGcWbZnU22bzZlyZOl44w&oe=6438AEC2 ][Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X6] XFL (2023) Seattle_SeaDragons_Mastersheet_Sea_Dragons_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/Seattle_SeaDragons_Mastersheet_Sea_Dragons_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X7] XFL (2023) STL_Battlehawks_MasterSheet_Battlehawk_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/STL_Battlehawks_MasterSheet_Battlehawk_Lockup.png  [Accessed 9 April 2023]

[L-X8] XFL (2023) Vegas_Vipers_Mastersheet_Vipers_Lockup [Internet] Available from: https://res.cloudinary.com/xfl-production/image/upload/c_thumb,w_128,g_face/v1675657573/xfl-prod/logos/Vegas_Vipers_Mastersheet_Vipers_Lockup.png [Accessed 9 April 2023]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Los Mysterio and all at Everything Football

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 10 September 2023

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ARLINGTON, USA - SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

NFL National Football League Preseason 2022

NFL Preseason Standings 2022

AFC American Football Conference East Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
13001.0007964W3
22100.6678749W1
32100.6676960L1
41200.3334756L1

AFC American Football Conference North Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
13001.0006442W3
23001.0006749W3
31200.3336455L2
41200.3336168W1

AFC American Football Conference South Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
13001.0005833W3
22100.6674949W2
31200.3337764W1
40400.0005195L4

AFC American Football Conference West Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
14001.0009150W4
22100.6675543W2
32100.6675562W1
40300.0005088L3

NFC National Football Conference East Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPA
12100.6676661
22100.6677574
31200.3335292
40300.0005064

NFC National Football Conference North Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
13001.0006745W3
21200.3335155L1
31200.3335972L1
40300.0004066L3

NFC National Football Conference South Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
12100.6675441W1
22100.6677159W1
31200.3335047W1
40300.0003766L3

NFC National Football Conference West Division Preseason 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPAStreak
12100.6674545L1
21200.3337673L2
31200.3335662L2
40300.0006286L3

Eirball’s NFL Preseason Standings 2022

NFL National Football League Preseason East 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
13001.000796415W3
22100.667874938W1
32100.66769609L1
42100.66766615W2
52100.66775741L1
61200.3334756-9L1
71200.3335292-40L1
80300.0005064-14L3

NFL National Football League Preseason North 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
13001.000674522W3
23001.000644222W3
33001.000674918W3
41200.33364559L2
51200.3335155-4L1
61200.3336168-7W1
71200.3335972-13L1
80300.0004066-26L3

NFL National Football League Preseason South 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
13001.000583325W3
22100.667544113W1
32100.667715912W1
42100.66749490W2
51200.333776413W1
61200.33350473W1
70300.0003766-29L3
80400.0005195-44L4

NFL National Football League Preseason West 2022

PosTeamWLTPctPFPANet PtsStreak
14001.000915041W4
22100.667554312W2
32100.66745450L1
42100.6675562-7W1
51200.33376733L2
61200.3335662-6L2
70300.0006286-24L3
80300.0005088-38L3

Eirball has presented the NFL Preseason Standings for 2022 as per Geographic Division rather than Conference and Division because during the short preseason NFL teams usually play mostly teams from the same Geographic Region i.e. AFC Teams usually play NFC teams, AFC North Teams usually play NFC North Teams and so on. For Official NFL Preseason Standings for 2022 please see Reference: [S-5]

NFL Preseason Schedule 2022

NFL National Football League Preseason 2022

Match Day Hall of Fame
(Hall of Fame)
27 - 11

Las Vegas Raiders vs Jacksonville Jaguars

Match Day Preseason Week 1
(Preseason Week 1)
21 - 23

New England Patriots vs New York Giants

(Preseason Week 1)
23 - 10

Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans

(Preseason Week 1)
23 - 27

Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons

(Preseason Week 1)
13 - 24

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cleveland Browns

Match Day
23 - 36

Cincinnati Bengals vs Arizona Cardinals

Match Day Preseason Week 1
(Preseason Week 1)
21 - 24

Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Jets

(Preseason Week 1)
28 - 21

San Francisco 49ers vs Green Bay Packers

(Preseason Week 1)
21 - 23

Washington Commanders vs Carolina Panthers

(Preseason Week 1)
19 - 14

Chicago Bears vs Kansas City Chiefs

(Preseason Week 1)
27 - 24

Buffalo Bills vs Indianapolis Colts

(Preseason Week 1)
32 - 25

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Seattle Seahawks

(Preseason Week 1)
24 - 26

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins

(Preseason Week 1)
17 - 13

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints

(Preseason Week 1)
17 - 7

Denver Broncos vs Dallas Cowboys

(Preseason Week 1)
22 - 29

Los Angeles Chargers vs Los Angeles Rams

(Preseason Week 1)
26 - 20

Las Vegas Raiders vs Minnesota Vikings

Match Day Preseason Week 2
(Preseason Week 2)
11 - 27

Seattle Seahawks vs Chicago Bears

(Preseason Week 2)
20 - 10

New England Patriots vs Carolina Panthers

(Preseason Week 2)
20 - 10

Green Bay Packers vs New Orleans Saints

(Preseason Week 2)
20 - 24

Los Angeles Rams vs Houston Texans

(Preseason Week 2)
26 - 27

Indianapolis Colts vs Detroit Lions

(Preseason Week 2)
42 - 15

Buffalo Bills vs Denver Broncos

(Preseason Week 2)
24 - 14

Kansas City Chiefs vs Washington Commanders

(Preseason Week 2)
13 - 3

Tennessee Titans vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Preseason Week 2)
7 - 17

Minnesota Vikings vs San Francisco 49ers

(Preseason Week 2)
15 - 16

Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers

(Preseason Week 2)
13 - 15

Miami Dolphins vs Las Vegas Raiders

(Preseason Week 2)
18 - 32

Los Angeles Chargers vs Dallas Cowboys

(Preseason Week 2)
20 - 21

Cleveland Browns vs Philadelphia Eagles

(Preseason Week 2)
25 - 22

New York Giants vs Cincinnati Bengals

(Preseason Week 2)
17 - 24

Arizona Cardinals vs Baltimore Ravens

(Preseason Week 2)
24 - 16

New York Jets vs Atlanta Falcons

Match Day Preseason Week 3
(Preseason Week 3)
17 - 10

Kansas City Chiefs vs Green Bay Packers

(Preseason Week 3)
17 - 0

Houston Texans vs San Francisco 49ers

(Preseason Week 3)
21 - 0

Carolina Panthers vs Buffalo Bills

(Preseason Week 3)
27 - 26

Dallas Cowboys vs Seattle Seahawks

(Preseason Week 3)
27 - 10

New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Chargers

(Preseason Week 3)
23 - 6

Las Vegas Raiders vs New England Patriots

(Preseason Week 3)
28 - 12

Atlanta Falcons vs Jacksonville Jaguars

(Preseason Week 3)
16 - 7

Cincinnati Bengals vs Los Angeles Rams

(Preseason Week 3)
17 - 15

Baltimore Ravens vs Washington Commanders

(Preseason Week 3)
48 - 10

Miami Dolphins vs Philadelphia Eagles

(Preseason Week 3)
20 - 21

Cleveland Browns vs Chicago Bears

(Preseason Week 3)
26 - 23

Tennessee Titans vs Arizona Cardinals

(Preseason Week 3)
27 - 10

Indianapolis Colts vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Preseason Week 3)
23 - 13

Denver Broncos vs Minnesota Vikings

(Preseason Week 3)
31 - 27

New York Jets vs New York Giants

(Preseason Week 3)
19 - 9

Pittsburgh Steelers vs Detroit Lions

Weekly Recaps

Hall of Fame Game

Las Vegas Raiders defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11 in the NFL Preseason Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio to get the 2022 season underway. [References: S-1]

Preseason Week 1

There were wins in the East for Buffalo Bills 27-24 versus Indianapolis Colts, New York Giants 23-21 at New England Patriots, New York Jets 24-21 at Philadelphia Eagles, and Miami Dolphins 26-24 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Florida rivalry.

In the North Baltimore Ravens 23-10 versus Tennessee Titans; Cleveland Browns 24-13 at Jacksonville Jaguars; Chicago Bears 19-14 versus Kansas City Chiefs; and Pittsburgh Steelers 32-25 versus Seattle Seahawks all picked up victories.

South Division winners were Atlanta Falcons 27-23 at Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers 23-21 at Washington Commanders and Houston Texans 17-13 versus New Orleans Saints.

The West was Best in Preseason Week 1 as five teams triumphed: Arizona Cardinals 36-23 at Cincinnati Bengals; San Francisco 49ers 28-21 versus Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos 17-7 versus Dallas Cowboys in the Wild West rivalry, Los Angeles Rams 29-22 at Los Angeles Chargers in the Southern California rivalry and Las Vegas Raiders, who went 2-0 with a 26-20 triumph in the Silver State versus Minnesota Vikings. [References: S-2]

Preseason Week 2 (19-23 August 2022)

Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and New York Giants all moved to the top of Eirball’s NFL Preseason East Standings on 2-0 after wins over Denver Broncos (42-15), Atlanta Falcons (24-16) and Cincinnati Bengals (25-22) respectively. New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles all improved to 1-1 with victories over the Carolina Panthers (20-10), Los Angeles Chargers (32-18) and Cleveland Browns (21-20) respectively. Miami Dolphins were 1-1 and Washington Commanders 0-2 after losses.

The NFL Preseason North in Eirball’s Rankings also saw three teams improve to 2-0 with wins: Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers picking up the wins over Seattle Seahawks (27-11), Arizona Cardinals (24-17) and Jacksonville Jaguars (16-15) respectively. Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions both improved to 1-1 with triumphs versus New Orleans Saints (20-10) and Indianapolis Colts (27-26). Cleveland Browns (1-1), Cincinnati Bengals (0-2) and Minnesota Vikings (0-2) all lost.

Houston Texans were the only team with a 100% record in the NFL Preseason South by Eirball’s rankings, as they defeated Los Angeles Rams 24-20 to go 2-0. Tennessee Titans (1-1) were the only other team to win in the South in week 2 as the Music City team defeated Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13-3. Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers both dropped to 1-1 with losses and four teams still winless after a second loss – Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars whose loss in the Hall of Fame Game meant they were on 0-3.

The NFL Preseason West saw Las Vegas Raiders move to the top of the Standings on 3-0 with a 15-13 victory at Miami Dolphins. San Francisco 49ers (2-0) and Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) also won in week 2 with wins against Minnesota Vikings (17-7) and Washington Commanders (24-14). The losing teams in the west in preseason week 2 were Arizona Cardinals, Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos (all 1-1) and Los Angeles Chargers and Seattle Seahawks (both 0-2). [References: S-3]

Preseason Week 3 (26-28 August 2022)

New York Jets finished unbeaten in NFL Preseason after winning 31-27 versus New Jersey neighbours New york Giants (2-1) in East Rutherford. Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys both finished 2-1 after wins in the East with Miami triumphing 48-10 over Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) and the Cowboys winning 27-26 versus Seattle Seahawks. New England Patriots (1-2) and Washington Commanders (1-2) both lost.

Chicago Bears, Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers each finished with a perfect 3-0 record in the North during Preseason as the Bears sqeaked by the Cleveland Browns (1-2) 21-20, the Baltimore Ravens likewise just about beat neighbours Washington Commanders 17-15 and the Pittsburgh Steelers won 19-9 versus Detroit Lions (1-2). Cincinnati Bengals were the only other team to win in the North as they gained revenge over Los Angeles Rams 16-7 in a Super Bowl rematch. Green Bay Packers (1-2) and Minnesota Vikings (0-3) both lost to finish the preseason.

Houston Texans (3-0) were the only team in the South to finish with a perfect record after beating San Francisco 49ers 17-0. Five other teams also finished the preseason on a high as Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons and Tennessee Titans all finished on 2-1 with wins over Buffalo Bills (21-0), Jacksonville Jaguars (28-12) and Arizona Cardinals (26-23). Indianapolis Colts (1-2) and New Orleans Saints (1-2) both got their first wins of 2022 in the final week of preseason as they won 27-10 versus Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers (also 27-10) respectively. Two Florida teams Tampa Bay (0-3) and Jacksonville (0-4) both finished presaeson without a win.

Three teams won in the West in the final week of preseason as Las Vegas Raiders took the best record in the league on 4-0 with a 23-6 defeat of New England Patriots. Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos also won in preseason week 3 to finish 2-1 as the Broncos won 23-13 versus Minnesota and the Chiefs defeated the Packers 17-10. San Francisco 49ers (2-1), Arizona Cardinals (1-2), Los Angeles Rams (1-2), Seattle seahawks (0-3) and Los Angeles Chargers (0-3) all finished with losses in the West. [References: S-4]

Map of USA Showing National Football League Teams 2022

[60] High detailed United States of America physical map with labeling. Item ID: 392033755 Contributor: Bardocz Peter [Internet] Available from: https://www.shutterstock.com/image-vector/high-detailed-united-states-america-physical-392033755 [Accessed 11 January 2022][Combined with NFL Logos by Enda Mulcahy for Eirball.ie][22 August 2022][For NFL Logos please see References 3-35]

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas – Home of Dallas Cowboys

ARLINGTON, USA - SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]
ARLINGTON, USA – SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

SCHEDULE REFERENCES

[S-1] National Football League (2022) Schedule – 2022 Hall of Fame [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/schedules/2022/PRE0/  [Accessed 22 August 2022]

[S-2] National Football League (2022) Schedule – 2022 Preseason Week 1 [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/schedules/2022/PRE1/ [Accessed 22 August 2022]

[S-3] National Football League (2022) Schedule – 2022 Preseason Week 2 [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/schedules/2022/PRE2/ [Accessed 22 August 2022][Last Accessed 16 September 2022]

[S-4] National Football League (2022) Schedule – 2022 Preseason Week 3 [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/schedules/2022/PRE3/  [Accessed 22 August 2022][Last Accessed 16 September 20222]

[S-5] National Football League (2022) Standings – 2022 Preseason [Internet] Available from: https://www.nfl.com/standings/ [Accessed 22 August 2022][Last accessed 16 september 2022]

TEAM LOGO REFERENCES

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[38] ARLINGTON, USA – SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Thanks to Cillian Smith, Michael Smith, Rick Kelley, Carmine, Todd Zboyan & Tim Leadingham.

ABOUT THIS DOCUMENT

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 16 September 2022

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2022

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved. The Logos and Photos used in this article remain the property of the organisations and individuals which own the copyright and are used here for educational and information purposes only.

ARLINGTON, USA - SEP 15, 2015: Interior view of the AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Texas, United States [Photo Credit; David J. Maldonaldo on Shutterstock.com]

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