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XFL Week 2 Best Bets, Odds, Picks

Written by: Richard Janvrin
Updated February 24, 2023
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XFL Week 2 Best Bets

The second week of the XFL season is here. It started with another come-from-behind victory by the AJ McCarron-led St. Louis Battlehawks over the Seattle Sea Dragons.

The matchups this week include the following:

  • Vegas Vipers vs. D.C. Defenders
  • San Antonio Brahmas vs. Orlando Guardians
  • Houston Roughnecks vs. Arlington Renegades

Interestingly, these games include battles of 1-0 vs. 0-1, 0-1 vs. 0-1, and 1-0 vs. 1-0, respectively.

Below, we’ll diagnose each game with the best bets to make. 

Vipers vs. Defenders

Best Bet: Vipers -3 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook

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 If not for some terrible pick-sixes in Week 1, the Vipers would be 1-0 right now. Their offense, led by quarterback Luis Perez and receivers like Martavius Bryant, Jeff Badet, Geronimo Allison, and Cinque Sweeting, should be able to score here. 

The Defenders are a team that clearly wants to run the ball, and while that may be effective if they manage a lead, the Vipers have a passing attack that’s capable of not allowing that to be the case.

Should the Defenders get in a spot where they need to throw the ball, it isn’t easy to trust either Jordan Ta’amu or D’Eriq King, both of which are excellent runners, however.

Look for the Vipers offense to continue posing a threat, and hopefully, Perez cools it on the interceptions. 

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Brahmas vs. Guardians

Best Bet: Under 38.5 (-120) at FanDuel Sportsbook

We’ll take the under here even with the total coming under 40. The Brahmas and Guardians are both 0-1, and it’s easy to see why—the quarterback play for both is subpar. 

The Brahmas have Jack Coan, and the Defenders have a combination of Paxton Lynch, Quinten Dormady, and Deondre Francois. 

Sure, this could turn into a battle of two bad teams in a shootout. Still, we should temper our expectations with these quarterback rooms and the lack of notable receiver talent outside of Cody Lattimer, Lynch’s former teammate when they were on the Denver Broncos, and Eli Rogers. 

Don’t trust the Guardians quarterbacks to get it done here. Take the under. 

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Roughnecks vs. Renegades

Best Bet: Under 40 (-115) at DraftKings Sportsbook

After Week 1, the Roughnecks looked like the team to beat in XFL. Not only did they score 33 points, but they also allowed just 12. Sure, they played the Guardians, perhaps the worst team in the league, but we can’t overlook the Roughnecks coaching staff led by Wade Phillips.

Phillips has high defensive prowess dating back to his time as the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams, and that appears to be continuing here in the XFL. 

The Renegades are also 1-0, just beating out the Vipers after a 19-point second half—they scored 22 points in all.

Bet on the Roughnecks to hold the Renegades in check here, and that be the catalyst for holding this total under 40. 

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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.

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