- The 4-0 Houston Roughnecks are 13-point home favorites in their Week 5 matchup against the Seattle Dragons
- Can the DC Defenders end a two-game losing streak at home against the St. Louis Battlehawks?
- All of the point spreads, moneylines and totals are here, plus best bets for the week
As the XFL arrives at Week 5 of the regular season, Houston has no problem.
Houston is a city with the baseball team that’s being catcalled far and wide for cheating its way to the World Series. The NFL Texans are still trying to live down blowing a 24-0 lead to the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL playoffs.
The XFL Roughnecks, though, have yet to hit a rough patch.
Week 4 was supposed to be Houston’s big test as they faced cross-state rivals the Dallas Renegades. But it wasn’t the Renegades who had it made. The Roughnecks won 27-20 on the road to improve to 4-0 and remain favorites to win the XFL Championship.
Sportsbooks have opened with the XFL’s lone unbeaten team laying 13 points at home in Week 5 to the 1-3 Seattle Dragons.
XFL Week 5 Odds
|Seattle Dragons||+13 (-110)||+475||Over 46.5 (-115)|
|Houston Roughnecks||-13 (-110)||-750||Under 46.5 (-105)|
|New York Guardians||+7.5 (-105)||+280||Over 36.5 (-110)|
|Dallas Renegades||-7.5 (-115)||-375||Under 36.5 (-110)|
|St. Louis BattleHawks||-3 (-110)||-155||Over 39.5 (-110)|
|DC Defenders||+3 (-110)||+125||Under 39.5 (-110)|
|Tampa Bay Vipers||+1 (-110)||EVEN||Over 41.0 (-110)|
|Los Angeles Wildcats||-1 (-110)||-125||Under 41.0 (-110)|
Odds taken March 2nd.
Elsewhere, the reeling DC Defenders will try to right their ship at home against the St. Louis Battlehawks in a showdown for East Division supremacy. A pair of 2-2 teams meet in Dallas, as the Renegades play host to the New York Guardians. And the Vipers travel to Los Angeles to face another 1-3 team in the Wildcats.
XFL Game of the Week
Someone needs to come to the defense of the Defenders because evidently, they no longer have one. DC was whipped on the road for the second time in as many weeks by a previously-winless team.
The Defenders were shut out 25-0 by the Tampa Bay Vipers. A week earlier, they were drilled 39-9 in LA by the Wildcats.
A team that opened 2-0 with home victories over the Dragons and New York Guardians is reeling. DC will welcome a return to Audi Field. Even though they’re unbeaten at home, DC opens as three-point underdogs.
— DC Defenders (@XFLDefenders) March 2, 2020
The 3-1 East-leading BattleHawks don’t overwhelm anyone. They just keep getting the job done. Their only loss is to the Roughnecks, but they covered the spread in the setback. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is second in the XFL in passing yards (876) and fourth in rushing yards (186).
Expect St. Louis to get a lot of backing in this one, and the spread to grow in their favor.
Don’t Underestimate Dragons
Houston is the best team in the league without a doubt. Roughnecks QB PJ Walker leads the XFL in passing yardage (987) and touchdown passes (12).
The Roughnecks are 3-1 against the spread. That being said, 13 points is a significant amount to be giving away to any team. The one week they failed to cover, Houston was giving 7.5 points at home to St. Louis.
Last week, Seattle went to St. Louis as 12.5-point underdogs. The Dragons lost but they covered in a 23-16 setback.
Bettors will notice that. Expect early action on Seattle that results in this line shortening.
Guardians Aren’t Road Warriors
DC isn’t the only East Division team that struggles when away from home. The Guardians are 2-0 straight up and ATS at MetLife Stadium. New York is 0-2 both SU and ATS on the road.
Dallas played Houston tough but didn’t close the deal. The Renegades suffered both of their losses against first-place teams. New York has won twice at home against squads that are 1-3.
Even though Luis Perez’s performance was an upgrade at QB for the Guardians in Week 4, they still only netted 17 points.
Combined, the Guardians and Renegades score on average 31.75 points per game. Under 36.5 points looks like the way to play this contest.
Vipers Finally Strike
Tampa Bay pummeled DC into submission with a power running game. Both De’Veon Smith (24 carries, 122 yards) and Jacques Patrick (21 carries, 108 yards) went over the century mark as the Vipers won for the first time this season.
Against the Guardians, LA simply couldn’t finish. Wildcats QB Josh Johnson passed for 330 yards and two TDs. LA was a dismal 2-for-11 on third down conversions.
The loser of this game can forget about the playoffs. The Vipers are one of five XFL teams that are 0-2 on the road. Tampa Bay has been outscored 40-12 in away games. The Vipers haven’t scored an offensive TD on the road.
Look for the money to be on LA, and for the line to enlarge in favor of the Wildcats.