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Like Thanos, Defenders annihilate Guardians

Because everything went about as well as possible for the D.C. Defenders in their season opening victory over the Seattle Dragons, it would be reasonable to expect a bit of a letdown in their follow-up act.

It’s safe to say that didn’t happen.

If the Defenders were good in their first game of the season, they were great in their second act — systematically destroying the New York Guardians, 27-0, to record their first shutout in XFL history.

New York was held to a paltry 137 total net yards on the day, as a swarming Defenders defense led the way with three sacks, two interceptions and a touchdown for the second-straight week.

On the other side of the ball, quarterback Cardale Jones threw for 264 yards with two touchdowns, one interception and a 90.4 quarterback rating. The Defenders, along with the Houston Roughnecks, remain perfect on the season as the now hit the road for consecutive games in Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.

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