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Abram Smith breaks free for 62 yard defender TD

Defender RB Abram Smith receives the handover and accelerates 62 yards for a touchdown.

Week 5 of the XFL season brought many big games and a big surprise.

The Houston Roughnecks received their first defeat of the season against the Seattle Sea Dragons with 21:14 on Thursday evening. Now the DC Defenders are the only unbeaten team in the league after defeating the St. Louis Battlehawks with 28:20.

The Orlando Guardians remain without a win after the Vegas Vipers have awarded them their fifth defeat of the season with 35:32.

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The games of this weekend

The Roughnecks are no longer unbeaten and the winning streak of four games at the beginning of the season is over.

The Roughnecks were down by a touchdown with five seconds left. As Houston quarterback Brandon Silvers turned his attention to a big game, Sea Dragons defenseman Niko Lalos intercepted his pass to seal Seattle’s excitement.

Silvers ended the game 25-to-47 with 227 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Ben Dinucci, Quarterback from the Sea Dragons, achieved 17 to 32 with 209 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.

The late INT of the Sea Dragons seals the first defeat of the Roughnecks

Sea Dragons defender Niko Lalos grabs a game-sealing interception when the Roughnecks lose their first game of the season.

And then there was another. Despite the Battlehawks’ efforts to stage a comeback, the Defenders are 5-0.

Battlehawks quarterback AJ McCarron’s 50-yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes left in the game helped level the score at 28-20. After forcing the Defenders to stab, the Battlehawks appeared to have a chance to come back. However, McCarron’s pass was intercepted by defender Michael Joseph with 55 seconds left, ending the chance of a late goal. The Defenders celebrated their fifth win of the season.

Defenseman running back Abram Smith had a good night with 23 carries for 218 yards and three touchdowns. His biggest evening was this 70 Yard touchdown to set up the defenders in the third quarter.

Abram Smith expands the leadership of the defenders with 70 YARDS TD

Defenseman RB Abram Smith rushes 70 yards for his third touchdown of the game.

This was a back and forth all night but the Vipers finally handed the Guardians their fifth loss of the season.

Vegas was led by quarterback Luis Perez, who went 20-28 for 269 yards and three touchdowns. While Guardians quarterback Quinten Dormady went 22-25 with 256 yards and two touchdowns.

As the Viper ended the game, wide receiver Jeff Badet caught up a 25-yard pass from Perez to give the Viper a nine-point lead. Here’s a look at the Vipers’ final touchdown that sealed the game:

Vipers contribute to the lead with a late TD

Luis Perez finds Jeff Badet for a 35-yard touchdown and after a failed one-point conversion, the Vipers go up to 35-26.

The Renegades are moving 3-2 into the season after a win over the Brahmas on Sunday night. This low-scoring matchup was made possible by the night’s big defensive plays.

San Antonio had two chances to take the lead in the final minutes of the game, but both ended in interceptions. On the night, Brahmas quarterbacks Reid Sinnett and Jack Coan went for a combined 20-for-34 for 127 yards, notching one touchdown and three interceptions.

Shakur Brown gets the crucial INT for the Renegades

Renegades’ Shakur Brown beats Jack Coan late in the game while Arlington retains the lead.

best plays

Back to back Ben

Ben DiNucci throws it 15 yards for the touchdown and then uses his arm again for the 3-point conversion.

How did he catch that?

Charleston Rambo made this catch look easy.

Charleston Rambo comes up with an incredible TD catch

Charleston Rambo is doing his part to keep Orlando in the game by clinching the amazing touchdown catch.

AJ ventilates it from 50 yards

Shall we start calling him “Big Play AJ”?

AJ McCarron’s 50-yard TD pass keeps the Battlehawks at bay

Battlehawks QB AJ McCarron hurls a 50-yard touchdown to Steven Mitchell while St. Louis makes it a one-score play.

Not on his watch

Darren Evans interrupts Brahmas’ comeback attempt with a game-ending pick.

Darren Evans’ INT seals the deal for Renegades as time runs out

Renegades’ Darren Evans comes up with an interception that seals Arlington’s 12-10 win over San Antonio.

top tweets

Undefeated who?

The Sea Dragons took to Twitter to troll the Roughnecks after their first loss of the season.

First landing. Then, griddy.

Sean Price not only grabbed that great touchdown pass but also delivered that perfect griddy to the fans.

Houston, we have a problem

Did the Roughnecks hack the official XFL account?

The sack that took his breath away

TJ Barnes is at a loss for words… and oxygen after his release.


“The fan base was incredible”

A week after an XFL attendance record was set, 35,000 turned out to support the Battlehawks this Saturday. Hear Coach Anthony Becht’s message to St. Louis.

‘Let’s Gooooooooooo’

Observe to the end; It’s worth it.

Coach Buckley wasn’t too happy

It’s safe to say that coach Terrell Buckley disagreed with that request.

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