XFL LA Wildcats fire defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson after first game


Of course, there's still a long way to go as last season's National Football League games averaged over 16 million viewers.

The Washington Times reports that the XFL's weekend ratings already top the NBA's average regular season rating of 1.99 million viewers on ESPN, and 1.5 million viewers on TNT last season. The Houston Roughnecks had the best offense, scoring five touchdowns, and quarterback P.J. Walker emerged as the MVP favorite of the early league with his performance of four touchdowns.

DraftKings and FanDuel, the two leading daily fantasy sports sites, posted relatively large XFL DFS tournaments.

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Even before the Seattle Dragons and DC Defenders kicked off the season in the nation's capital on Saturday, it was evident there was a healthy appetite for non-NFL football less than one week removed from Super Bowl 54. The cornerback covering Smallwood slipped, so it would've been an easy catch but with the quarterback putting a little too much air on the ball, Brown was able to get there to make the highlight play.

Those of us who analyze Nielsen numbers also came away pretty impressed. We'll have to see how they do in the end, but they're not off to the worst start. XFL teams combined for 19 touchdowns in the season's opening weekend and converted point-after plays just seven times: 4-for-11 on 1-point tries and 3-for-8 on 2-pointers. The most bet game was, not surprisingly, the New York Guardians vs. the Tampa Bay Vipers.

In 2000, Johnson began his coaching his career, joining former Giants defensive coordinator Bill Belichick on the New England Patriots. The Defenders seemed strong at home in Week 1 when Cardale Jones delivered the best grade PFF (90.8) among all the QB. The Defenders took the turnover and turned it into points.