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XFL scores Week 1: Final results, highlights from Saturday’s games

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xfl01Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season began Saturday, with half of the league's eight teams in action.

The Seattle Dragons and D.C. Defenders got the action started, with Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones leading D.C. to a 31-19 comeback win. In the nightcap, Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker led a comeback of his own, dispatching the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17.

In this post, Sporting News covered the two Saturday games. Below, you'll be able to see videos from the game and stats from the best players. 

This is the first week of 10 for the XFL's regular season. The schedule is as such: Each team will play 10 regular-season games — one game against a team from the opposing division (four) and two games against teams from its division (six). Each week will feature two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The regular season started Feb. 8 and will end April 12. Fans will be able to watch games on various ESPN and Fox networks throughout the season.

The league is made up of eight teams, split into two divisions. The East Division features the Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers. The West Division features the Roughnecks, Wildcats and Dragons and Dallas Renegades.

Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks score, highlights

Recap: Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker was the standout, throwing for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-39 passing. Walker's performance was complemented by Houston's defense, which didn't allow a touchdown in the final 39 minutes of the game and shut out the Wildcats in the second half. Los Angeles, missing starting quarterback Josh Johnson because of an injury, benched backup Charles Kanoff for a series in the second half. Kanoff looked good early, pushing the Wildcats to a 14-6 lead with a pair of touchdowns — one on the air and one on the ground. But Houston took the lead just before halftime and never looked back.

FINAL: Roughnecks 37, Wildcats 17

Seattle Dragons at D.C. Defenders score, highlights

FINAL: Defenders 31, Dragons 19

Recap: Cardale Jones was the star on offense for the Defenders. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 291 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the team in rushing before taking kneeldowns at the end of the game. The real star for D.C., however, was the defensive unit. The Defenders were true to their name, picking up three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble). D.C. had two scores on defense/special teams: one was an interception return and the other was on a blocked punt. Austin Proehl shined for Seattle in the loss, finishing with five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Neither team could accomplish much on the ground.