XFL Week 2 Best Bets
February 13, 2020
By Brian Bitler
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XFL Week 1 Betting Results
Straight Up - SU, Against the Spread - ATS
Home/Away: 3-1 SU, 3-1 ATS
XFL opened up to a very successful viewership in its first week on TV with over 3.3 million viewers. I gotta say I watched almost all of the action and I was impressed for the most part. The different rules that the XFL has specifically the way they take you in on all the instant replays and what goes on in the booth along with the different extra point attempts after a touchdown.
Favorites/Underdogs: 2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS
XFL Week 2 Betting Opening Odds
New York at DC (-5.5, Total 48.5)
Tampa Bay (-2.5, Total 46.5) at Seattle
Dallas (-4.5, Total 47) at Los Angeles
Houston (-8.5, Total 51.5) at Houston
Through the first week of XFL action, I was on my way to a 3-1 weekend but Dallas just did not show up in its opener and I finished 2-2. The Renegades were down their starting quarterback Landry Jones and even though it did not move the line, I would’ve faded Dallas if I had known Jones was not playing.
In any case, the futures have changed for almost all teams heading into Week 2 of the XFL, as the DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks are the new favorites at 7/2 odds.
Future Odds to Win 2020 XFL Championship
per Las Vegas Westgate SuperBook
D.C. Defenders 7/2
Houston Roughnecks 7/2
New York Guardians 9/2
Dallas Renegades 5/1
Tampa Bay Vipers 6/1
St. Louis Battlehawks 7/1
Los Angeles Wildcats 12/1
Seattle Dragons 20/1
We've got four games loaded for Week 2 and below are my "Best Bets" and analysis.
XFL Week 2 Best Bets
Games for Saturday Feb. 15
New York at DC (ABC, 2:00 p.m. ET)
First game on the card for Saturday might be my favorite game all weekend and the line that really jumps off the page to me. Both New York and DC looked very good in Week 1, but New York is one of the favorites to win it all and they are getting 6.5 points this week on the road.
Normally this would send up red flags to me, but this New York team looked well coached and hungry on both sides of the ball. Matt McGloin looks like a good ball control quarterback and I think you will see more from him this week and a better rushing output from Darius Victor.
This early in the season I am biting on this value. We will go with the Guardians plus the points here.
Best Bet - New York +6.5
Tampa Bay at Seattle (FOX, 5:00 p.m. ET)
Tampa Bay travels all the way up to Seattle after their horrendous start to the season by losing at New York as a three-point favorite. I watched that entire game and I just do not see laying any points with this Tampa team no matter who they are playing.
Seattle is the worst team in the XFL, but I feel like the refs will do everything in their control to keep this game within reach. I think this game is very low-scoring and comes down to a field goal for either side give me the points and Seattle.
Best Bet - Seattle +3
Games for Sunday Feb. 16
Dallas at Los Angeles (ABC, 3:00 p.m. ET)
Game 1 for Sunday has the Dallas Renegades, the premier team in the XFL traveling to face the Los Angeles Wildcats. Now QB Landry Jones is still questionable and I do not see him playing in this game, but the line just like last week says he is going to start. Either way if its Landry or Philip Nelson at quarterback, I see this LA Wildcats team showing up in a big way.
Wildcats' quarterback Chad Kanoff had some flashes in week one by throwing for 214 yards and a touchdown. I am all over this home 'dog in L.A.
Best Bet - Los Angeles +4
St. Louis at Houston (FS1, 6:00 p.m. ET)
A game that on paper looks like the biggest mismatch, but if we learned anything from Week 1 its that you can not count out the BattleHawks in any game this season.
BattleHawks' quarterback Jordan Ta’amu is under rated and really sees the field well, while Matt Jones ran the ball with a purpose (85 yards) and I will gladly take all these points with this hungry road underdog.
I see Houston winning but this game staying easily 'under' then number. Take St.Louis and the points here.
Best Bet - St. Louis +8
Odds Subject to Change
8-0 Guarantees, 15-3 Picks TY
9-2 NFL Week 2, 3-0 G-Plays TY
7-0 Win Streak, 4-0 G-Plays
9-2 L2 Weeks, 16-4 NFL Picks TY
2-0 Thurs, 7-3 Last Sun, 5-2 G-Plays
9-3 L12 G-Plays, 2-0 Mondays TY
4-0 G-Play Run, 15-8 L23 Picks
3-0 L3 Guarantees, 5-2 L7 Picks
4-1 Week 2, 7-4 L11 G-Plays
8-3 L11 Picks, 3-1 L4 G-Plays
3 Guaranteed Wins in a Row
9-4 Record Last 2 Sundays