Along with the rest of the XFL, the New York Guardians kicked off their inaugural season over the weekend, with their game being played against the Tampa Bay Vipers at Metlife Stadium. The long anticipated alternative football league appears to be successful after one week of play, and no team other than the New York Guardians were nearly as dominant throughout their game with respect to the score.
The Guardians, led by former Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, defeated the Tampa Bay Vipers 23-3 in a very lopsided game. The Guardians forced three turnovers on Vipers’ quarterback Aaron Murray on their way to a blowout victory.
Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin was solid in his first outing. McGloin struggled a bit on passing, going 15/29 on pass attempts (completing 52% of his passes), but he didn’t have a turnover and threw a touchdown early in the second quarter to wide receiver Colby Pearson. Also, McGloin punched the ball into the end zone for the first touchdown in Guardians history. Towson alumni Darius Victor led the way for New York’s rushing game, totalling 32 yards on nine carries.
Although the offense was enough to blowout the Vipers on Sunday, Gilbride is going to need better production out of his offense in order to continue the winning streak. McGloin and the offense converted just one third-down on 10 tries and gained just 11 first downs. They also averaged 2.8 yards per carry.
The Guardians defense was dominant today in every aspect, with two turnovers and five sacks. Former Northern Arizona safety Wesley Sutton had two sacks, two additional quarterback pressures, and a tackle for loss in a stellar debut for the Guardians.
The Guardians will travel to the nation’s capitol next week to take on the DC Defenders, who are also 1-0. The Defenders are led by former Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones, who has yet to lose a start since graduating from high school. The Defenders beat the Seattle Dragons 31-19 to open their season.