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Updated Odds to Win XFL Championship Ahead of Week 1 – Defenders Becoming a Top Contender, Wildcats Tanking

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in XFL

Updated Apr 14, 2020 · 11:41 AM PDT

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The Dallas Renegades, DC Defenders and Tampa Bay Vipers are all +350 co-favorites to win the XFL championship.
  • Sportsbooks list the Dallas Renegades, DC Defenders and Tampa Bay Vipers are all +350 co-favorites to win the XFL championship
  • When the XFL odds were first posted on Aug. 22, the Los Angeles Wildcats and New York Guardians were co-favorites at +300
  • The Defenders have improved from +800 since Jan. 15th – read below for our best bet

When it comes to the XFL championship odds, the DC Defenders are on the offensive.  However, the oddsmakers are no longer wild about the chances of the Los Angeles Wildcats.

On average across the leading sportsbooks, the Dallas Renegades are the +317 chalk to win the 2020 XFL title. The Tampa Bay Vipers are the second betting choice at +433.

With the XFL season preparing to kick off on Saturday, DC is making capital gains. When it comes to the biggest early mover, that’s the Defenders. The line on them has shifted from +800 on Jan. 15th to current status as #3 in this betting market at +517.

Multiple sportsbooks list the Renegades, Defenders and Vipers all as co-favorites to win the XFL championship at odds of +350.

2020 XFL Championship Odds

Team Total
Dallas Renegades +350
Tampa Bay Vipers +350
DC Defenders +350
Houston Roughnecks +700
Los Angeles Wildcats +700
St Louis BattleHawks +700
New York Guardians +750
Seattle Dragons +900

Odds taken Feb. 8th.

At the other end of the spectrum, the Wildcats are the biggest losers. When the XFL championship future books first opened on Aug. 22nd, LA was +300 co-favorites with the New York Guardians. On average today, the Wildcats are the fifth betting choice at +650, and can be found with odds as long as +700 at some sportsbooks.

Defenders on Rise

DC has put together a solid package on the field and should prove a tough out for any team.

Quarterback Cardale Jones won a national championship at Ohio State and was Big Ten championship game MVP in 2014. He can throw to wide receiver Eli Rogers, who caught 48 passes for 594 and three touchdowns with the 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers.

Defensively, safety Rahim Moore played three NFL playoff games with the Denver Broncos. Linebacker Jonathan Massaquoi was an Atlanta Falcon from 2012-14, starting in seven of his 39 NFL games.

The Defenders also recruited well from the defunct Alliance of American Football. Running back Jhurell Pressley was the AAF’s leading rusher with 431 yards. Rashad Ross led the league with seven TD receptions.

Wildcats Striking Out?

Los Angeles is an XFL rarity in that it is a city that has a history with the league. In the previous version of the XFL in 2001, the Los Angeles Xtreme won the championship.

This edition of the XFL has slanted its rules to promote more offense in the game. Therefore, most teams opted to put offensive gurus in charge of their fortunes as head coach.

Not the Wildcats. They went for Winston Moss. He’s a 12-season veteran NFL assistant coach who won a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers as assistant head coach and linebackers coach under Mike McCarthy with the Green Bay Packers.

LA hasn’t forgotten the offense. Norm Chow is offensive coordinator, the same role he filled at USC. In journeyman Josh Johnson, who’s been with 13 NFL teams over 11 pro seasons, the Wildcats suit up the most experienced QB in the XFL.

The fading of the odds on the Wildcats make them a very intriguing option as a value bet.

Looking For a Longshot

There are two schools of thought about the St Louis BattleHawks. Some prognosticators are of the opinion that this team could be a surprise entity. Others are adamant that they are the worst team in the XFL.

BattleHawks QB Jordan Ta’amu passed for 3,918 yards and 19 TDs with Ole Miss in 2018. He also was throwing to DK Metcalf and AJ Brown. Lean toward the latter opinion of this squad and stay away from St. Louis.

The Guardians have steadily faded in the XFL championship future book. From their opening at +300, they’ve currently slid to +583 on average. You can get +750 on the Guardians if you shop around.

Coach Kevin Gilbride was a two-time Super Bowl winner as an assistant with the New York Giants. Quarterback Matt McGloin played for the Oakland Raiders. He set school records at Penn State. Backup Luis Perez started in the AAF.

The Guardians could be a team to watch this season.

Pick: DC Defenders (+350)

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