UPDATE: DraftKings Sportsbook unveiled their Week 2 XFL point spreads and money line odds. DK has not posted point totals yet.
NY Guardians (+180) vs. DC Defenders (-5, -225)
TB Vipers (-2.5, -141) vs. SEA Dragons (+117)
DAL Renegades (-4.5, -200) vs. LA Wildcats (+165)
STL BattleHawks (+255) vs. HOU Roughnecks (-8, -315)
We learned plenty after Week 1 of the XFL, but opening weeks are notoriously difficult barometers for season-long play — especially for a brand new football league. There is a lot we still don’t know, but it sure is nice to finally have some real data to go by as we move forward.
In Week 1, the under hit three times in four games and the underdog went 2-2 against the spread, with two wins. The Houston Roughnecks were the offensive stars, as they scored five touchdowns and put up 37 points while the Tampa Bay Vipers and Dallas Renegades couldn’t reach double-digit points.
Quarterback injuries to Josh Johnson and Landry Jones didn’t help two losing clubs, but Jones does look close to returning for Dallas, while Johnson could miss another week for L.A. The Wildcats also just fired their defensive coordinator and released a starting linebacker, so they are in disarray as they meet in LA this weekend.
One of the Vipers and Dragons will get their first win in Seattle in Week 2, as Marc Trestman tries to right the ship after an awful Week 1 loss to New York. The Vipers are still favored on the road, according to Circa Sports in Las Vegas, as most pundits believed they would be in the upper half of the league while the Dragons would be trailing. However, as we saw in Week 1, favorites don’t mean a whole lot in this fledgling league.
The BattleHawks upset the Renegades in Dallas and now take on the front running Roughnecks in Houston. It will be a tough challenge to be sure, but the oddsmakers have this game under a touchdown, which seems accurate.
The Defenders host the Guardians and are favored by -5.5. Both of these teams played well in their debut, so I am hoping for a close and hard fought game. At the moment, this line seems a little inflated based on expectations more than results.
Week 2 XFL point spread
|NY Guardians @ DC Defenders||Defenders -5.5||48|
|Tampa Bay Vipers @ Seattle Dragons||Vipers -2.5||48.5|
|Dallas Renegades @ LA Wildcats||Renegades -3||47|
|St. Louis BattleHawks @ Houston Roughnecks||Roughnecks -6||51.5|
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