XFL Championship Odds: DC Defenders Favored Big Over Arlington Renegades

Written By Mo Nuwwarah on May 12, 2023
XFL Championship

The XFL season comes to its conclusion on Saturday, with the league’s championship game. The heavily favored DC Defenders, who ran roughshod over the league with a 9-1 record, take on the Arlington Renegades, making a Cinderella playoff run after a 4-6 regular season. How should you go about wagering on XFL Championship betting odds?

Read on for more info about the XFL Championship, along with odds via online betting sites.

Defenders A Touchdown Favorite

XFL Championship Betting Odds Strategy

The Defenders enjoyed a tremendous season and an equally dominating playoff opener. They overpowered the surging Sea Dragons 37-21 in the Division Championship.

On the other hand, the upstart Renegades, led by former OU boss Bob Stoops, pulled off an upset, besting the Houston Roughnecks 26-11.

DC is led by Jordan Ta’amu. A dual-threat QB out of Ole Miss, Ta’amu finished third in the XFL in passing yards and seventh in rushing yards, respectively. He led the league in yards per attempt through the air by a large margin at 8.3. For context, the next best among starters was 7.5 YPA.

Additionally, the Defenders boast the top rusher in the XFL in Abram Smith, who piled up 791 yards, more than 300 clear of his nearest competitor.

If that sounds like a tall order for the Renegades to overcome, that’s because it probably is. The Renegades only recently settled on a QB after giving snaps to several players during the season. Luis Perez emerged as top dog and rewarded the coaching staff with 276.3 YPG over the past three matchups. That included a narrow 28-26 loss to DC in the penultimate regular season game.

DC defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his aggressive scheme will look to take advantage of Perez with big plays. Perez took 11 sacks in eight games despite splitting snaps in some spots. He also threw seven picks.

The total is one of the higher ones of the year in a league in which most games sported numbers in the low 40s. However, note that the game takes place in the Alamodome, which should mean favorable indoor conditions for offense.

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Mo Nuwwarah got his start in gambling early, making his first sports bet on his beloved Fab Five against the UNC Tar Heels in the 1993 NCAA tournament. He lost $5 to his dad and got back into sports betting years later during a 15-year run in the poker industry. A 2011 journalism graduate from Nebraska-Omaha, he combines those skills with his love of sports and statistics to help bettors make more informed decisions with a focus on pro football, baseball and basketball.

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