The primary week of the XFL got here and went, and what every week it was.
XFL week ONE had:
A number of F-Bombs on nationwide tv
On-field projectile vomiting
Replay officers utilizing x-box controllers
Followers within the stands consuming rally cheese
A drunk streaker
Submit-game shotguns of laborious seltzer
THAT DOESNT EVEN INCLUDE THE FOOTBALL! #XFLfootball
— Jessi Davin (@jessithebuckeye) February 10, 2020
The East Division got here away the strongest with three groups beginning 1-0, whereas the West Division has three groups at 0-1. The Houston Roughnecks had the very best wanting offense, scoring 5 touchdowns, and quarterback P.J. Walker emerged as the early league MVP favourite together with his four-TD efficiency.
The Dallas Renegades have been an enormous letdown. As early-season favorites to win all of it, they struggled in opposition to the St. Louis Battlehawks. Dallas entered the sport as a 9.5-point favourite and did not even rating that many factors.
We went 2-2 with our Week 1 picks, going 2-Zero on Saturday and getting each Sunday video games incorrect. We’ll attempt to enhance with our alternatives in Week 2.
All odds are courtesy of BetOnline.ag through Sports activities Insider.
XFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 2
New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders
Unfold: Guardians +5 (-110), Defenders -5 (-110)
That is considered one of two video games this week between undefeated golf equipment. The Defenders seemed robust at house in Week 1 as Cardale Jones delivered the greatest PFF grade (90.8) amongst all QBs. He went 16-of-26 (62 %) passing for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. D.C. additionally made a lot of performs on protection, as Rahim Moore and Bradley Sylve got here up with interceptions (Sylve returned his for a landing), and the particular groups returned a blocked punt for a landing.
Regardless of the massive performs, D.C. gave up three touchdowns to Seattle, so the protection is not fairly as robust as we thought it will be.
New York delivered one of many league’s most well-rounded wins final week, scoring three touchdowns whereas permitting none. The Guardians’ offense wasn’t too spectacular, as Matt McGloin had the fewest passing yards amongst all beginning QBs and operating again Darius Victor completed with simply 32 yards on the bottom. We’ll see if the protection could be dominant once more this week or if it simply performed in opposition to a nasty offense in Week 1. It should definitely be a harder take a look at with Jones at QB.
This ought to be an in depth sport, and a enjoyable one to observe. We have the Defenders beginning the season 2-0.
Prediction: Defenders 26, Guardians 22
Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons
Unfold: Vipers -2.5 (-115), Dragons +2.5 (-105)
The Vipers and Dragons each began the season with a loss, though one sport was rather a lot nearer than the opposite. Seattle might not have received, however the Dragons seemed good in opposition to the Defenders, scoring three touchdowns whereas solely permitting two scores on protection. (They gave up 4 complete, however one was a pick-six and the opposite was a blocked punt.) What value Seattle was its three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble), 4 in case you embrace the blocked punt returned for a landing. If the Dragons would have cleaned up their sloppy play, they may have pulled off an upset in Week 1.
The Vipers had an unpleasant general sport final week. They have been considered one of simply two groups that failed to attain any factors, they usually allowed three touchdowns. Quarterback Aaron Murray struggled, ending with no scores and two interceptions for a 45.1 QB ranking, the bottom amongst starters on opening weekend. Tampa Bay turned to backup QB Quinton Flowers, who can be listed on the roster as a operating again. The group appeared to maneuver the ball with him at quarterback, however the Vipers nonetheless stored going again to Murray.
That is the closest unfold (2.5 factors) of all of the video games this week, which is smart. However Seattle seemed a lot better than Tampa Bay within the first week, and it is laborious to see a group committing so many turnovers once more. We anticipate the Dragons to bounce again with a win at house.
Prediction: Dragons 18, Vipers 6
Dallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats
Unfold: Renegades -4.5 (-110), Wildcats +4.5 (-110)
This shall be an attention-grabbing matchup between two groups coming off ugly losses. The Renegades dissatisfied in Week 1, as they have been unable to attain a landing and completed with three discipline targets (9 factors). It wasn’t all dangerous, although, as Dallas solely gave up two touchdowns. Regardless of not scoring a TD, the Renegades solely misplaced 15-9. Dallas was with out star quarterback Landry Jones in Week 1, so if he is capable of begin in Week 2, anticipate the offense to maneuver the ball and rating some factors.
The Wildcats additionally performed their opener with out their beginning quarterback, Josh Johnson. LA’s issues, although, fell extra on protection. The Wildcats gave up 5 touchdowns, probably the most amongst all groups in Week 1, after which fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson. We anticipate them to play higher in Week 2, as Johnson ought to be lively, however the defensive points are worrying.
Jones was lively for Dallas final week regardless of not beginning, so he ought to be on tempo to play in Week 2. Assuming he begins, we like Dallas to bounce again and choose up its first win of the season.
Prediction: Renegades 22, Wildcats 18
St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks
Unfold: BattleHawks +7.5 (-105), Roughnecks -7.5 (-115)
That is the second matchup of the week between undefeated groups. The BattleHawks grounded and pounded their method to a win in Week 1. Operating again Matt Jones led all rushers with 85 yards on 21 carries, and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was third amongst all rushers with 77 yards on 9 carries. Even backup RB Keith Ford had a strong 4-26-1 outing for St. Louis. In the meantime, the BattleHawks’ protection allowed no touchdowns in opposition to title-favorite Dallas in Week 1. A tricky protection mixed with an offense dominating the play clock is a harmful combo.
The Roughnecks got here away from Week 1 as the brand new title favorites. Houston’s offense lists 4 receivers as starters on offense with no tight ends on the roster. This technique labored of their favor as quarterback P.J. Walker completed with 4 touchdowns on 272 yards passing. This shall be a battle between two very totally different offenses, and it ought to be a enjoyable sport to shut out the second week of the XFL.
Prediction: Roughnecks 24, BattleHawks 16