Who Will Make the XFL Playoffs?

We’re right at the halfway point of the XFL season, and one team has distinguished themselves above the rest – the Houston Roughnecks. After that, there is a huge cluster of teams in that 3-2 or 2-3 range with five games left to play before the postseason.

The XFL Playoffs will include two teams each from the East and West Divisions; the winners of those games will play each other in the XFL Championship Game to be played at TDECU Stadium in Houston. Let’s take a look at the four teams we believe will make up the XFL Playoffs.

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East Division

1) St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2)+375

St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta'amu
St. Louis Battlehawks quarterback Jordan Ta’amu (10)

Despite losing in Week 5 to the DC Defenders, the St. Louis BattleHawks clearly have the most well-rounded football team in the East Division. Therefore, we think they’re a shoo-in for the XFL Playoffs.

Led by QB Jordan Ta’amu, St. Louis has an effective ball-control type of offense that is predicated on the RPO (run-pass option) system. That also opens up running lanes for the RB tandem of former NFL players Matt Jones and Christine Michael.

It’s also worth noting that St. Louis has allowed the fewest points (77) in the league this season. This is a team that has a definitive advantage of playing games at home in a dome, considering the fanbase has been hungry for football since getting their NFL team taken away in 2015.

2) New York Guardians (3-2)+750

It’s probably going to be a battle of defense in the East Division, considering three of the top units reside. One of those teams is the New York Guardians, who are allowing the second-fewest points (85) in the league. This team has one of, if not, the best secondaries in the XFL, which should make for a fantastic matchup against Houston in Week 6. New York has rebounded nicely since making the change to Luis Perez at QB. The Guardians have been able to run the ball effectively, which lets Perez do what he does best – manage the game and make easy throws. It’s not going to be the most glamorous brand of football, but New York will be effective in doing it this way to the XFL Playoffs.

West Division

1) Houston Roughnecks (5-0)+160

Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker (11)

The XFL’s most exciting, and only undefeated, had a little bit of a hiccup in Week 5 but rebounded nicely to get the win. Assuming he stays healthy, QB PJ Walker is a lock to win the league’s MVP award, leading the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns. Not even looking at the stat sheet, you can just tell Walker is miles above the rest of the QBs in this league, with his great passing touch and elusiveness in the pocket.

Also, Walker has the league’s best WR, Cam Phillips, to chuck darts to. Phillips is leading the XFL in nearly every receiving category and even posted another huge statistical day in Week 5. Look for Walker and Phillips to get NFL jobs next season.

Lastly, this Houston defense may not be the best unit in the league, but they do seem to come up with turnovers at the best time. In Week 4, they had four interceptions against former NFL QB Landry Jones. If all continues to go well, the Roughnecks will even have the benefit of playing the XFL Championship Game at home in Houston.

2) Los Angeles Wildcats (2-3)+750

LA Wildcats quarterback Chad Kanoff
LA Wildcats quarterback Chad Kanoff (3)

We haven’t seen too many comebacks in the XFL this season, but then Week 5 happened. The LA Wildcats were down 24-6 to the Tampa Bay Vipers before coming back and getting the 41-34 win. QB Josh Johnson has been the analytical darling of the league so far, taking more downfield shots and connecting on them with great effectiveness.

Despite missing WR Nelson Spruce these last two weeks, LA has managed to make it work with WRs Tre McBride and Jordan Smallwood stepping up and making big plays. It looked like this season was going to be an absolute disaster for the Wildcats, who fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson after only one game. However, the move ended up being the right one, and now LA is in a position to make the XFL playoffs.

Al Walsh
Al Walsh Chief Sports Writer