Arlington Renegades vs. San Antonio Brahmas: Back to Back Texas Showdowns
For the second straight week, the Arlington Renegades will face off against their division and state rivals, the San Antonio Brahmas.
For Arlington, they are looking to safely position themselves in second place in the South, with the chance to have a share of first place if Houston falters against DC on Monday night.
There are plenty of storylines in this Week 6 matchup, but the biggest one is San Antonio's addition of former Packers QB Kurt Benkert.
After throwing to receivers and tight ends at the NFL Combine, Benkert was activated off the XFL's reserve list on Wednesday to return for the Brahmas. After spending time with the Falcons, Packers and 49ers in the NFL, Benkert takes his talent to America's favorite spring football league.
The Renegades have 25 different players that have NFL experience, which is a big reason for their 3-2 start. Under Bob Stoops and an experienced coaching staff, Arlington has impressed with flashes of impressive football to begin 2023.
While the Renegades offense may be last in the league, Arlington's defense, led by Jonathan Hayes, has kept them in games. Ranked 3rd in the league, Coach Hayes had used his decades of NFL coaching experience to limit opponents to 17.2 points per game.
Led by Shakur Brown, Will Hill and Marquette King, the Renegades have over 500 games of NFL experience under their belt, which makes them dangerous in close games and in a potential XFL South playoff matchup.
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