New York Guardians Open Up XFL 2020 With Win Over Tampa Bay Vipers 23-3

February 9, 2020

New York Guardians head coach Kevin Gilbride during
Photo: Howard Simmons

The New York Guardians, in their first game of the revamped XFL on Sunday, beat the Tampa Bay Vipers 23-3 at MetLife Stadium.

The announced attendance for Sunday’s game was 17,634. MetLife Stadium holds 82,500, and the Jets and Giants usually bring in around 70,000 fans to their games. Only the lower bowl was open for Sunday’s XFL game.

The Vipers led the Guardians in nearly every offensive category including passing yards, rushing yards, offensive plays, first downs, and third-down efficiency, but New York shined in the red zone and caused turnovers that amounted to the most important offensive stat.

Former Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt McGloin was 15 of 29 for 182 yards, with one passing and running touchdown for the Guardians, which is part of the eight-team league founded by Vince McMahon.

Vipers QB Aaron Murray, who ended the game completing 16 of 34 passes for 231 yards and two interceptions, was pulled in the fourth quarter with the game out of reach, but not even the play-making legs of backup Quinton Flowers could fix their red zone woes.

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