- The Tampa Bay Vipers travel to the Seattle Dragons as favorites on Saturday
- The Vipers entered the year with the highest regular season win total on the board at 7.5 but lost 23-3 in Week 1. Can they rebound in Week 2?
- Get the odds, analysis and best bet for this weekend’s XFL Week 2 game below
The Tampa Bay Vipers and Seattle Dragons put forth the two worst performances in Week 1. Now the two sides will meet up in Week 2 as they both search for their first win of the season on Saturday, February 15, 2020. The Vipers opened as a three-point favorite but the line is now down to -2.5. What’s the best bet in this game?
Tampa Bay vs Seattle XFL Week 2 Odds
|Tampa Bay Vipers||-3.0 (-105)||-147||45.0 (-110)|
|Seattle Dragons||+3.0 (-115)||+127||45.0 (-110)|
Odds taken Feb. 13
Tampa Bay Lays an Egg in Week 1
All eyes will be on the Vipers in Week 2 as they were one of the league’s biggest disappointments in Week 1. Tampa Bay entered the year tied as the favorite to win the XFL Championship. They actually had the highest regular season win total of any team at 7.5. However, they’ll now have to win eight of their next nine to go over.
The Vipers were supposed to have a fluid offense with pass-happy Marc Trestman at the helm and a respectable quarterback in Aaron Murray. Instead, the team mustered just three points as Murray finished with 231 passing yards, no touchdowns and two picks. The offense went 0-for-4 in the red zone.
It’s early but I’m going to tell you more of what I’ve already said (in previous previews): this is not a good team. They’re very overrated. The offensive line was terrible in Week 1, giving up five sacks. It’s early but it’s getting late for Tampa Bay as they now have the third-longest odds to win the championship.
Seattle Stunk it up In Week 1
There were few teams that can make a case that they looked worse than Tampa Bay but Seattle is one of them. They were whipped 31-19 by the DC Defenders and are now the league’s longest shot to win the championship at +1200.
There was some hype surrounding Brandon Silvers at quarterback (not sure why) but he finished with just 217 yards on 51% completions. He also had three touchdowns and two picks, one of which that went for a pick-six.
On the bright side, the running game was effective as Ja’Quan Gardner and Kenneth Farrow combined for 77 yards rushing while both averaging at least 4.0 yards per carry. They also seem to have an asset in wideout Austin Proehl, who had five catches for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
If the Dragons clean up the mistakes a little bit like the pick-six, they can maybe challenge for a win in Week 2.
Vipers vs Dragons Head-to-Head
|Marc Trestman||Head Coach||Jim Zorn|
|3.0||Points Per Game||19.0|
|23.0||Points Per Game Allowed||31.0|
What’s the Best Bet?
This is an ugly game overall and if I had to bet it, I would take the points with the dog. However, my overall pick is the “Under”. I just don’t see either of these offenses as being particularly effective, so I’m not expecting to see a ton of points here. This is the lowest total on the board this week and I still like the “Under”.
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