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The third iteration of the XFL started on February 18, 2023, and has eight teams.
The season is 10 weeks long, with half of the league making the postseason.
The XFL Championship will take place in San Antonio, at the home of the Brahmas.
Here, we’ll look at the futures odds for the XFL teams, using odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
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Odds taken from FanDuel Sportsbook. Come back to WSN for updated odds and predictions throughout the XFL season.
|St. Louis Battlehawks
|Seattle Sea Dragons
|San Antonio Brahmas
Leading the way are the Roughnecks after a 33-point performance in Week 1 against the Orlando Guardians. Not only did they score the most points in the league, but their defense held the Guardians to just 12.
Coached by former NFL defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, it’s not a massive surprise that he had his team prepared for one of the more underwhelming quarterback rooms in the Guardians—they started former NFL first-round draft pick Paxton Lynch who played terribly.
Their quarterback, Brandon Silvers, played quite well, completing 26-of-42 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. There’s some former NFL talent here, including wide receiver Deontay Burnett, but it’ll be interesting to see how this team performs against better offenses down the stretch.
At +350, there’s better value elsewhere.
Considering their first half against the Vegas Vipers in Week 1, these odds could be slightly inflated as they scored just three points before a second-half comeback.
In the second half, the Renegades defense stepped up with two pick-sixes. Their defense also came up big with a sack on Vipers quarterback Luis Perez as they attempted a game-tying two-point conversion.
The Vipers had the better offense here, if not for some errant throws by their quarterback.
Renegades quarterback Drew Plitt threw for 172 yards on 25 attempts. He had zero touchdowns and one interception.
Their defense played well, but there’s not enough to go off here to place money on them at +400.
Down 15-3 with just over three minutes to go, the St. Louis Battlehawks found a way to win in Week 1.
How? Well, thanks to some XFL rules, they pulled it off.
The Battlehawks scored a touchdown and were down 15-9. They then attempted a three-point conversion, scoring from the 10-yard line, and were now down 15-12.
Then they converted the XFL equivalent of an onside kick, converting a 4th and 15 from their 25-yard line. They then scored another touchdown to win.
Coached by former NFL player Anthony Becht, you must admire this comeback. Still, we cannot overlook how poor the Battlehawks looked throughout the game with former NFL backup quarterback AJ McCarron.
Yes, the comeback was incredible, including 10 straight completions from McCarron and the game-winning touchdown to Austin Proehl, but receiving the third-best odds here does give some pause, especially with how tight some of these lines are.
I’d wait to see how their offense clicks in Week 2 against the Seattle Sea Dragons.
The Defenders may not have the most reputable coaching staff in the XFL, but their Week 1 performance demonstrated that they are a team that wants to run the ball with authority.
They ran the ball a total of 33 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns. The yards per carry weren’t great, but the 33 times points to what they want to do on offense.
This may be their best bet as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu played poorly, completing just eight passes for 86 yards and an interception.
Their backup quarterback is former Miami Hurricane D’Eriq King, who may be able to add a spark to this rushing attack—he did have eight carries for 14 yards and a score in this game.
They did come away with the win over the Sea Dragons, and they have some solid players in the backfield, but it may be best to wait to see how they respond to subpar play from Ta’amu if he repeats in Week 2 against the Vegas Vipers.
If Ta’amu didn’t play as poorly as he did, the Defenders would be our team of choice, but that gives a little pause.
Heading into the season, this team was quite exciting, mainly because of quarterback Ben DiNucci and his Dallas Cowboys experience, along with wide receiver Josh Gordon, a one-time NFL phenom who continuously suspended his way out of the NFL.
DiNucci attempted 52 passes in Week 1, and Gordon led the way with six catches for 74 yards and a score.
However, their running game averaged just three yards per carry, DiNucci had fumble trouble, and he threw two interceptions.
The DiNucci-Gordon tandem might be exciting, but it’s not enough to lead the Sea Dragons to a championship.
At +700, this is the best value for XFL Championship futures wagers.
The Vipers got off to a bad start, dropping to 0-1 on the season, but their offense is capable of some intriguing things.
Their quarterback, Luis Perez, had three touchdown passes and threw for nearly 250 yards. He also has a collection of former NFL receivers like Jeff Badet, Geronimo Allison, and Martavis Bryant.
Their running game didn’t do much, but they needed to throw here as the Renegades stormed back in the second half.
Their defense held them in check in the first half, but Perez did commit two pick-sixes.
If not for that, the Vipers win in Week 1 and are likely toward the top of this list.
Roll the dice on Vegas and this offense.
The team hosting the championship, the Brahmas, were mere minutes away from a Week 1 before a massive comeback by the Battlehawks.
While we want to root for the team hosting the XFL Championship, especially one that draws so much fanfare, it’s hard to do so.
Their quarterback is former Notre Dame signal caller Jack Coan, and he’s toward the bottom of the quarterback rankings in the XFL, perhaps only ahead of Lynch on the Guardians.
Their rushing attack has former Miami Dolphins running back Kalen Ballage, but Coan’s 5.8 passing average isn’t great, and he doesn’t exactly have the best weapons to work with.
Ballage will need to lead them to victories consistently, and that’s not something I’d bet on, especially with the Vipers so close by at +700.
The Guardians are at the bottom for a reason, and it starts with the quarterback.
Lynch hasn’t been able to compete at any level of football since coming out of college. He completed 15-of-21 passes in this game for 136 yards, one touchdown, and one interception before the team let Quinten Dormady play some.
The team does have former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and a former Miami Hurricanes standout in Charleston Rambo, but this team won’t go anywhere with perhaps the worst quarterback room in this small league.
Pass on the Guardians.
After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Journalism, Richard Janvrin has been covering iGaming and sports betting since December 2018. Richard has covered betting at Bleacher Report, Gambling.com, The Game Day, Forbes, and more.More info on Richard Janvrin
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