Week one of the XFL is in the books, and this weekend will see the eight teams in the league go at it again in week two action.
There’s also a chance to play some “action” on the games, and below we give you the lines provided by FanDuel and a quick look at the games.
New York Guardians at DC Defenders
FanDuel Spread: Defenders -6.5
Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET on Saturday
Probably the best matchup on the board, as both teams are coming off wins in week one, with the Guardians scoring 23 points while the Defenders put up 31.
The New York defense was a force last week, getting to the quarterback with five sacks, they picked off two passes, and had a fumble recovery, scoring a touchdown. This will be a good test for the Defenders to try and find cracks in that New York defense.
Prediction: The Defenders offense led by Cardale Jones has their work cut out for them in this contest. Expect some fireworks on both sides, and look for an early candidate as one of the best games of the year in the XFL. DC Defenders 20 New York Guardians 17
Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons
FanDuel Spread: Vipers -3
Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET on Saturday
Two 0-1 teams will do battle at CenturyLink Field in Seattle looking to get in the win column. Tampa Bay’s ground game was impressive in the week one loss, rushing for 150 yards. The team though has to be better putting up points, as the three points they scored against New York just isn’t going to get it done.
As for the Dragons, they traveled to D.C. last week and were soundly beaten by the Defenders, and now with a an extra week of work and an home game should be a lot more polished. Brandon Silvers threw for 217 yards and three scores in the setback in D.C.
Prediction: The Dragons were considered the worst team in the league in week one in power rankings, (a blocked punt and an errant kickoff will do that), but they should be better this week. They are a slight home favorite and we think it’s safe to lay the points. Seattle Dragons 17 Tampa Bay Vipers 10
Dallas Renegades at Los Angeles Wildcats
FanDuel Spread: Renegades -4
Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET on Sunday
Carson, California will be the site as a pair of 0-1 teams take the field looking for their first win of the 2020 XFL season. The Wildcats were a loser in week one to the Houston Roughnecks by 20, falling 37-17. They made headlines firing DC Pepper Johnson after one game, and hope to be a lot more stable on that side of the ball for week two.
The Renegades were a 15-9 loser to St.Louis, and were only able to put up 267 yards of offense and nine points in their opening day setback. We will see what changes might have come in one week on offense for the Renegades. Philip Nelson threw for 209 yards in the loss.
Prediction: The Renegades come into Carason as slight four-point favorites in this battle of two 0-1 teams, and the hope for them is that they will be able to find their groove on offense. As for Los Angeles, they have to eliminate mistakes and protect the football, as they turned it over three times last week. Dallas Renegades 21 Los Angeles Wildcats 13
St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks
FanDuel Spread: Roughnecks -8
Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET on Saturday
The final week two game is a showdown of 1-0 teams, as the Battlehawks of St.Louis (coming off a 15-9 win over Dallas) will travel to Houston to play the 1-0 Roughnecks who beat up Los Angeles 37-17. The Houston offense put up 315 yards in their week one win (265 passing, 50 rushing), and P.J. Walker threw for 272 yards and four scores in the big win.
St.Louis’ defense will be tested in this one, but their offense also needs to come up with more points than the 15 they scores in week one. Jordan Ta’amu threw for 209 yards and a score, and as a while that St.Louis offense needs more big plays downfield. If they can do that they might be able to keep it within the eight-point spread.
Prediction: Houston looked a lot more like a finished product in the week one win, and while there can be massive changes from week one to week two, it would be surprising to see the BattleHawks having done enough to pull off the upset at TDECU Stadium. Houston Roughnecks 27 St. Louis BattleHawks 14
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