Houston Roughnecks fall in Monday night matchup of best records in XFL, DC Defenders still unbeaten

Houston and DC are the divisional leaders after the first five games of the season, with five more to go.

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
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HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Monday night football in March? Only the Houston Roughnecks served that up for the XFL's first-ever MNF contest in its history.

ABC13 sister network ESPN2 hosted the Roughnecks' face-off with the DC Defenders in the nation's capital, and while sports fans have generally been slow to gravitate towards the league's second resurrection, the game was billed as a heavyweight bout between the two best teams record-wise.

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In the end, though, the Defenders defended homefield on Monday, taking advantage of an early pick-six of Houston quarterback Brandon Silvers and pouncing on the Roughnecks' 12 penalties in a 37-26 game.

Houston falls to 4-2 but maintains its division lead. DC remains unbeaten at 6-0.

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