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Former Chargers defenders enjoyed standout performances in XFL

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New York Guardians v St. Louis BattleHawks Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/XFL via Getty Images

On Sunday, the St. Louis Battlehawks got to celebrate a victory over the New York Guardians as the city of St. Louis welcomed professional football back for the first time since the Rams moved back to LA over four years ago.

A stingy defense and opportunistic special team unit helped pave the way for a 26-9 victory as the Battlehawks capitalized on the XFL’s first kickoff return touchdown of the short season. Former Chargers safety Dexter McCoil tied for the team lead in tackles with nine as the defense helped shutdown the Guardians offense and forced New York to make a change at quarterback halfway through the ball game.

In Sunday’s evening game, the Los Angeles Wildcats put a whooping on the formerly undefeated D.C. Defenders who are led by former Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones. Heading into the game, Jones was the XFL’s leader in passing yards but came crashing down to earth in a bad way. He was picked off four times by the Wildcats defense, including one from former LA DB Arrion Springs. Springs finished that game with three total tackles and another pass defended.

Wide receiver Nelson Spruce caught another 3 passes for 75 yards which sounds like a good game for some but was actually his least productive outing of the season. He is currently second in the XFL with 256 receiving yards.