For a league that we knew very little about, and had no totals to bet on at the time of writing, a 2-2 start is pretty good! On top of that, my Roughnecks future is off to a good start, as they won handily against the Wildcats, and look like one of the top teams in the XFL early on. Now to continue that momentum in Week 2.
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XFL Week 2
DC Defenders -6.5 vs. New York Guardians (-110)The Defenders owned the Dragons from start to finish last week, and will look to do the same against a Guardians team that was not challenged much at all in Week 1. Though New York won handily against the Vipers, it is easy to see where there could be some chinks in their armor. Matt McGloin was pressured on 46.7% of his dropbacks according to Pro Football Focus, despite being sacked zero times. McGloin only used play-action on 13.3% of his dropbacks, versus 32.3% for the Defenders’ Cardale Jones. DC is the better team from top to bottom and should show why here.
Tampa Bay Vipers -3 at Seattle Dragons (-110)It would be easy to just be out on the Vipers after getting destroyed by the aforementioned Guardians, but it is worth noting that they still had 394 yards of total offense in that game, 168 more than New York. An interesting wrinkle in this game is that both starting quarterbacks are currently not practicing. Aaron Murray has a foot injury, while Brandon Silvers is dealing with an ankle issue. The Vipers have an edge at backup, being able to split work between Taylor Cornelius and the XFL’s Taysom Hill in Quinton Flowers. B.J. Daniels would be at a disadvantage in this matchup.
Dallas Renegades -4 at LA Wildcats (-110)Both of these teams disappointed in Week 1, but at least one of them has a huge reason to expect a bounce-back in Week 2. Landry Jones is going to be back under center for the Renegades, and this represents a massive improvement at QB. Dallas dropped back to pass 77.4% of the time in Week 1, so that improvement will be extremely representative of their offensive success. The Wildcats, meanwhile, continue to look like a mess. Head coach Winston Moss already fired his defensive coordinator and lost his defensive captain, Anthony Johnson, in the process. With Moss now acting as the GM, head coach, defensive coordinator, and linebackers coach, and just looking overall overwhelmed on the sidelines on Saturday, I struggle to see this team competing on defense.
LA Wildcats and Dallas Renegades OVER 48.5 points (-110)While the Wildcats should struggle to stop Dallas on Sunday, they should be far more adept at scoring points. Starting QB Josh Johnson is expected to return for this game, though as of this writing he still needs to be officially cleared. Johnson is one of the faces of the league, and the QB with the most recent NFL experience, starting games for the Redskins in 2018. His mobility should especially be an asset to this team. With both Johnson and Jones back in the fold for their respective teams, this total comes in a few points on the low end, and should be bet up over 50 by Sunday. Get in while you still can.
Houston Roughnecks -8 vs. St. Louis Battlehawks (-110)If this line was posted before the St. Louis upset of Dallas, it would likely have been in the double-digits. However, beating a Philip Nelson-led Renegades team is not indicative of much, and the Battlehawks to do not play an optimal brand of football. They were the only team to run more than 50% of the time in Week 1, and likely do not want to get in a shootout with Houston. They likely will not have a choice, as June Jones’ run and shoot attack is likely the best in the league. This game could get ugly pretty quickly.
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