St. Louis BattleHawks 2020 Season Analysis

St. Louis BattleHawks 2020 Season Analysis

Written by on March 18, 2020

A few seasons after losing the NFL’s St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles – football was back in the city of St. Louis. The BattleHawks came in and immediately won over the hearts of the folks in St. Louis. The home game scheduled for March 21st was not only full in the lower bowl, but the BattleHawks owners owned up the upper bowl. Things were pretty, and the team was playing well. Then, the XFL season got canceled for the remainder of the season. Now, we look back at the St. Louis BattleHawks 2020 Season Analysis and their XFL Odds.

St. Louis BattleHawks 2020 Season Analysis

Ta’Amu Dynamite for BattleHawks

Jordan Ta’amu was fun, and athletic as the signal caller for the BattleHawks. The quarterback threw for more than 1,000 yards in the first 5 games, with 5 touchdowns and just 2 interceptions. His top target was L’Damian Washington, with 21 receptions, 252 yards and a touchdown. De’Mornay Pierson-El led the BattleHawks with 2 touchdown receptions.

The running game for the BattleHawks was what led the offense more than not. Matt Jones and Christine Michel combined for over 520 yards in 5 games, with 2 touchdowns. Ta’Amu also rushed the ball at will, with 41 carries, 217 yards and his 2 touchdowns on the ground.

Defense Wins Championships

Head Coach Jonathan Hayes was convinced that defense wins championships. That was what the BattleHawks were planning on doing in 2020. The defense recorded 9 sacks in 5 games, and picked off four passes. Will Hill led the team with just 2 interceptions, while combining for 39 tackles. The top defensive threat for opposing offenses was Dexter McCoil. He led the team with 51 tackles on the season. The sackmaster for the BattleHawks was Andrew Anrkah. The 6’3, 249lbs defensive end was a menace for opponents.

BattleHawks Looked to Represent East

The St. Louis BattleHawks looked like the team to beat in the Eastern Conference. While. St. Louis lost their last game before the break, more than not, they were the most talented team in the Eastern Conference. St. Louis won their season opener in Dallas with a 15-9 win. They fell in Houston in Week 2 in a rough and tough 28-24 battle to the Roughnecks. Week 3 was special for St. Louis with their first home game. The BattleHawks were all over the New York Guardians with a 29-9 blowout win. Things remained great in Week 4 with a win over Seattle. The BattleHawks beat the Dragons 23-16. All of that was silenced a bit with the Week 5; 15-6 loss to the D.C. Defenders.

The St. Louis BattleHawks had five games remaining on their 2020 schedule. They were to go to Tampa Bay to take on the 1-4 Vipers, before coming home and hoping Los Angeles, before going to New York. Finally, the BattleHawks were to host Tampa Bay and D.C. to finish the regular season.

St. Louis was the second biggest favorite to win the XFL title. The BattleHawks were top odds in the Eastern Conference, at +325, only behind Houston at +160.