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A Way Too Early Breakdown of the 2023 Battlehawks Schedule

On January 5th, all XFL teams schedules were displayed for fans and media alike, for the upcoming season. With the Battlehawks beginning their schedule in San Antonio they will be on the road for three weeks, before returning back to the dome on March 12th, to take on the Dallas Renegades. The Battlehawks then spend weeks 4-5 in St Louis, before taking a hiatus for weeks 6 and 7 before ending the final three weeks in St. Louis.

Week One: Battlehawks at Brahmas

A lot of unknowns begin as Anthony Becht begins his tenure as the lead man in St. Louis. The Battlehawks stay local in the state of Texas as they take on Hines Ward’s San Antonio Brahmas. The easy travel from the “hub” camp in Arlington make the transition to begin the season for the Battlehawks an extremely easy task. As many have seen in the Alt-Football Universe, the first several weeks of play always yield extremely questionable Quarterback and Offensive Line play. For the Battlehawks with the recent additions of Vadal Alexander and Juwann Bushell-Beatty it could be the difference in coming out of Week one 1-0.

Week Two: Battlehawks at Sea Dragons

The Battlehawks head to Lumen field to take on Jim Haslett’s Seattle Sea Dragons. The Sea Dragons have the potential to become scary offensively with an NFL level Quarterback like Ben DiNucci, in Junes Jones Spread Air-Raid Attack. Like any team in the first half of the season, going to Seattle in February may force both teams to relay on the ground attack which seems to be St. Louis’ favor.

Week Three: Battlehawks at Defenders

A Jordan Ta’amu revenge game. As Mike Mitchell reported on January 4th, it’ll be a bittersweet moment to see Ta’amu return to the XFL in a non-Battlehawks uniform. The Battlehawks close out the first three weeks of the season with the anticipation of “filling the top” for week 4.

Week Four: Renegades at Battlehawks

The Battlehawks make their triumphant return to “The Dome” during Week 4. No matter the teams record at this point the Battlehawks look to take the field in front of a dynamic crowd. During this point of the Battlehawks look to be clicking on full cylinders.

Week Five: Defenders at Battlehawks

This marks Ta’amu’s return to St. Louis and the dome, it’s also the finale for the Defenders and Battlehawks. By this point in the season the Northern Division should be shaping up and the Battlehawks third divisional game should have major implications at the midpoint in the season.

Week 6: Battlehawks at Vipers

The second half of the season opens up with the Battlehawks going out to visit former USFL Quarterback’s Bryan Scott and Luis Perez. At this point the Vipers Quarterback room should be settled with Scott or Perez taking the reins of the starting job. Depending on who is QB1 at this point for the Vipers could yield a different approach for Defensive Coordinator Donnie Abraham.

Week 7: Battlehawks at Roughnecks

The Battlehawks remain on the road for their 3rd non-divisional game for the season. The Roughnecks will be an offensive led team coordinated by AJ Smith, however the team looks like a quarterback battle is brewing between Cole McDonald and Alt-League Alum Brandon Silvers.

Week 8: Vipers at Battlehawks

The Battlehawks begin the final three weeks with their divisional finale with the Vegas Vipers during Week 8 at The Dome. By this time both teams will understand the importance of the playoff implications during this point of the season.

Week 9: Sea Dragons at Battlehawks

The Sea Dragons and Battlehawks finish divisional play with a Week Nine game at the dome. While this could be a battle for the divisional title, or just a “playoff warm-up”, expect a large crowd for this highly anticipated match-up.

Week 10: Guardians at Battlehawks

The Battlehawks end the season at home, against the underwhelming Guardians. The Guardians led by HC Terell Buckley, go into the 2023 season with the most questions at the quarterback position. Expect the Battlehawks to take care of the Guardians and end the season on the high-note.

Wrapping Up:

The Battlehawks fanbase was one of the most dynamic markets in the XFL from 2020. With “The Dome” clearly starving for football and Battlehawks fan still bitter from the abrupt departure of Stan Kroenke’s Rams “The Dome” easily has the possibility of “filling the top come March. For a market longing for football, March 12th can’t come soon enough.

The Battlehawks play one game on ABC, four games on FX, and five games on ESPN/2. Tickets can be purchased at XFL Tickets Hub on XFL.com.

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Pat Rifino is a former Security Contractor turned writer. He began his writing career talking about geo-politics, and the defense industry. Now Pat writes about alt-league football, while hanging with his dogs in his off time.

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