- Two underdogs not only covered in Week 1 but won outright
- For a second straight week, those underdogs are the two biggest dogs on the board (New York and St. Louis)
- The Tampa Bay Vipers opened with the highest regular season win total (7.5) but scored a league-low three points in Week 1
The return of the XFL was a successful one as the product, the broadcast and the social media presence was all quite impressive. Home teams went 3-1 straight up and against the spread while three of the four games went “Under”. Now that the Week 2 lines are up on the board, let’s take a closer look at the lines of the week.
XFL Week 2 Odds
|New York Guardians||+5.0 (-110)||OFF||OFF|
|DC Defenders||-5.0 (-110)||OFF||OFF|
|Tampa Bay Vipers||-2.5 (-115)||OFF||OFF|
|Seattle Dragons||+2.5 (-105)||OFF||OFF|
|Dallas Renegades||-3.5 (-110)||OFF||OFF|
|Los Angeles Wildcats||+3.5 (-110)||OFF||OFF|
|St. Louis BattleHawks||+7.5 (-105)||OFF||OFF|
|Houston Roughnecks||-7.5 (-115)||OFF||OFF|
Odds taken Feb. 10.
Game Of The Week New York Guardians at DC Defenders
The game of the week will feature the Guardians and Defenders against each other. These were two of the most impressive teams in the first week of action. The Defenders have opened as a five-point favorite but we don’t have totals or moneylines on the board as of yet.
The Defenders opened as a seven-point favorite but ended up rolling the Seattle Dragons relatively easily. They won 31-19 as their defense was quite impressive. As for the Guardians, they were a dog in Week 1, opening at +2.5 and closing at +4 at some shops but they stunned the Tampa Bay Vipers.
— XFL (@xfl2020) February 9, 2020
We’re not quite sure if the Vipers were so badly overrated (highest regular season win total) or the Guardians are that good, but they controlled the game and won 23-3. Tampa Bay could get nothing going on offense.
It’s early in the week but my first thought with this game would be to play the “Under”. It looks like we have two good defenses on each side here.
Moneyline Underdogs Did Well in Week 1
One of the popular strategies among bettors in Week 1 was to bet the underdogs on the moneyline. After all, we hadn’t seen any teams in action before and a lot of the betting lines were somewhat speculative. Well, it turns out that strategy did quite well.
The Dallas Renegades, one of the league favorites to win the championship entering the season, were posted as a 10-point dog in their matchup with St. Louis. They ended up losing outright by a final score of 15-9. Along with the Guardians win, two of the four dogs not only covered but won outright.
For Week 2, the theme is just about the same as those two very teams are the two biggest underdogs once again. St. Louis is the biggest dog on the board as they’re getting 7.5 points at Houston. As for the Guardians, the oddsmakers still don’t have much faith as they’re a five-point dog at DC.
Vipers Favored Once Again
One of the key stories I’ll be watching in Week 2 is the Tampa Bay Vipers. They opened the year among the favorites to win the XFL Championship but I never really understood it given their roster. They had a really rough first week but the oddsmakers are still showing faith in them in Week 2.
This time, they’re a 2.5-point favorite at Seattle and we’ll have to see if Tampa Bay can play any better on offense. They scored a league-low three points last week. Quarterback Aaron Murray was perceived to be one of the better starting options in the XFL but he finished 16-of-34 for 231 yards and two picks – including one in the end zone.
As for backup Quinton Flowers, who was also hyped heading into the season, he was only one-of-two for 37 yards passing while picking up 34 yards rushing too. We’ll see if they can fare any better against a Seattle side that lost 31-19 in Week 1 in DC.
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