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New York Guardians Steamroll Tampa Bay Vipers For Week One Win

The New York Guardians steamrolled the Tampa Bay Vipers in Week One of the XFL’s inaugural 2020 season.

New York hosted Tampa Bay from MetLife Stadium, where the Guardians took home a lopsided 23-3 victory. The charge was lead by a stellar performance from New York’s defense, who racked up five total sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and eight passes defended. New York’s offense was also impressive, led by signal-caller Matt McGloin.

McGloin finished the day with an 82.8 quarterback rating, passing for 182 yards off of 15 of 29 pass attempts, which was good for a 52 percent completion percentage. He also passed and rushed for a pair of touchdowns, throwing no interceptions.

Tampa Bay made a quarterback change midway through the game, as Aaron Murray simply wasn’t getting the job done. He finished the game with 231 yards and two interceptions thrown, with no touchdowns. That was good for a quarterback rating of 45.1. He was replaced by Quinton Flowers, who only completed one of two pass attempts for 37 yards, getting most of his work in on the ground, rushing for 34 yards on five attempts.

The Vipers offense was essentially shut down by New York, as Tampa only managed to score three points all day. New York now preps to head into what should be an exciting matchup against the DC Defenders next week, while Tampa hopes for redemption against the Seattle Dragons.

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