XFL Week 2 Betting lines and Game Previews
2020 XFL Week 2 Preview – DC, Seattle, LA and Houston Look to Take Care Of Business at Home
The DC Defenders, Seattle Dragons, LA Wildcats and Houston Roughnecks will all be looking to take care of business at home when they take to the gridiron for their respective Week 2 XFL matchups.
Now, with Seattle and LA looking to bounce back from their season-opening losses last weekend and DC and Houston both looking to remain unbeaten, let’s find out which quartet of teams is offering the best value against their XFL betting odds.
New York Guardians at DC Defenders
- When: Saturday, February 15 at 2:00 PM ET
- Where: Audi Field, Washington, DC
- TV: ABC
- XFL Odds: DC -3
New York rolled all over Tampa Bay en route to a 23-3 win in their debut last weekend as quarterback Matt McGloin tossed one TD pass and ran for another and the Guardians picked off Aaron Murray twice. DC also cruised en route to a commanding 31-19 smackdown win over Seattle last weekend as former LA Chargers signal-caller Cardale Jones tossed two TD passes and the Defenders defense picked off quarterback Brandon Silvers twice.
For this Week 2 matchup, I like DC to take care of business at home simply because I believe Cardale Jones is far better than Matt McGloin at quarterback. For some perspective, McGloin went a mediocre 15 of 29 for 182 yards while Jones went 16 of 26 for 227 yards. DC wins and narrowly covers the chalk.
Pick: DC 27 New York 21
Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons
- When: Saturday, February 15 at 5:00 PM ET
- Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle, WA
- TV: FOX
- XFL Odds: Tampa Bay -2.5
Tampa Bay looked almost completely clueless on offense in their dismal 23-3 season-opening loss against New York last weekend as quarterback Aaron Murray struggled mightily by throwing two picks and no TD passes. Conversely, while Seattle was on the wrong end of a humbling 31-19 loss against DC last weekend, at least quarterback Brandon Silvers managed to toss three TD passes, although his two interceptions were very costly.
For this Week 2 matchup, I like Seattle to hold down the fort at home simply because Tampa Bay looked really inept last weekend. I’m expecting to see Quentin Flowers under center a bit more this weekend, particularly if Murray struggles early on.
Pick: Seattle 23 Tampa Bay 14
Dallas Renegades at LA Wildcats
- When: Sunday, February 16 at 3:00 PM ET
- Where: Dignity Health Sports Park, Carson, CA
- TV: ABC
- XFL Odds: Dallas -4
Dallas put up a great effort but eventually fell to St. Louis 15-9 in the most competitive game on the Week 1 XFL docket. Quarterback Phil Nelson completed 33 of a whopping 42 passes for 209 yards but failed to throw a touchdown pass in the loss while tossing one interception. LA got completely man-handled in their humbling 37-17 season-opening loss against Houston last weekend, but at least they can claim they didn’t have starting quarterback Josh Johnson under center. In his place, backups, Charles Kanoff and Jalan McClendon went a combined 25 of 45 passing. Kanoff tossed one TD and one interceptions while McClendon added a pick in the loss. More importantly, LA’s defense gave up 272 passing yards and four TD passes to Houston’s P.J. Walker in the loss.
After seeing the way Los Angeles got completely overwhelmed on defense, I’ve got to go with the Wildcats to get the win against a Dallas team that struggled to find the end zone in a big way in their opener. Josh Johnson should be back on the field for this affair, but even if he’s not, I liked what I saw out of Charles Kanoff last weekend and I genuinely believe LA is the far better team in this matchup.
Pick: LA 26 Dallas 17
St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks
- When: Sunday, February 16 at 6:00 PM ET
- Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
- TV: FS1
- XFL Odds: -7
St. Louis got past Dallas 15-9 last weekend as quarterback Jordan Ta’amu passed for 209 yards and one touchdown while adding 77 rushing yards in the win. The BattleHawks also shut down Dallas by limiting the Renegades to just 58 rushing yards while picking off quarterback Phil Nelson once. Houston throttled Los Angeles 37-17 in their opener as former Temple University signal-caller P.J. Walker went 23 of 39 for 272 yards and four touchdowns.
For this Week 2 matchup, I’ve got to go with Houston after seeing the way walker lit up LA last weekend in head coach June Jones’ explosive offensive system. If the Roughnecks play any sort of defense in this affair, Walker and the offense will carry them to the win and ATS cover.
Pick: Houston 31 St. Louis 23