XFL gets its first kickoff return touchdown

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The XFL promised that its kickoff rules would make the play both safer and more exciting, and on that promise, the league has delivered.

It’s obvious to anyone watching that the play is now safer: With the unusual formations that have the kicker and returner separate from the other 20 players on the field, and those other players lined up only five yards apart from each other, there simply isn’t the opportunity for as many high-speed collisions as NFL kickoffs have.

And in today’s game in St. Louis, we got a taste of the excitement that XFL kickoffs can provide. St. Louis BattleHawks returner Keith Mumphery caught the kickoff and ran to his left, then pitched it to Joe Powell on a reverse, and Powell ran along the right sideline for the touchdown.

It was the kind of exciting kickoff return we rarely see in the NFL anymore: The XFL got its first kickoff return touchdown in its 11th game, while in the NFL last season there were only seven touchdown returns in 256 games, or one in every 37 games.

The XFL has had its problems in its inaugural season, particularly with sloppy offenses and poor quarterback play. But the kickoff rule rules.

12 responses to “XFL gets its first kickoff return touchdown

  1. No-one watches football for the kickoff. One option is no different than another if the idea is to protect the players against themselves.

  2. How about a double-reverse with an option to do somersaults or cartwheels all the way down the field on the return… Worth an extra 4 points and free drinks & food for all the fans. — Make it a rule & it’ll happen… eventually.

  3. I watch the first two weeks and then I started washing today and I fell asleep, I felt like I was watching a bills game, knocked me right out

  4. BuckyBadger says:

    If a kickoff is returned for a TD and no one is there to see it does it still count?
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    Ask the Redskins. Or the Chargers, or the Rams, or the Bengals, or the Jaguars, ect ect ect…….

  5. The NFL just need to run the games exactly like the XFL. I don’t think I’ve even heard of one controversial on field call from the refs. In the NFL that’s the main storyline every week.

  6. BuckyBadger says:

    If a kickoff is returned for a TD and no one is there to see it does it still count?

    WELL someone had to kick it to the returner , so someone would have seen it.

  7. Watched again for the third week in a row… I still enjoy it. Some friends and I have been to a Dragons game at CenturyLink and will go again. Overall I think the QB play has improved for a few teams, and hopefully that trend continues as the season progresses and the weather improves.

  8. bigdogsolec says:
    February 23, 2020 at 7:47 pm
    BuckyBadger says:

    If a kickoff is returned for a TD and no one is there to see it does it still count?

    WELL someone had to kick it to the returner , so someone would have seen it.

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    OK, if the league is bankrupt before the season does it still count?

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