XFL odds are back. Again. Now under leadership of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the XFL launches for the third time after two failures, the last abruptly ended by the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. The St. Louis Battlehawks are favorites to win this year’s title, closely followed by the Seattle Sea Dragons. Sportsbooks released XFL Week 1 odds, which we’ll look at below.
Top games include the Las Vegas Vipers at Arlington Renegades and the Battlehawks at San Antonio Brahmas. Bet on any of the games by clicking on XFL Week 1 odds below.
Las Vegas Vipers at Arlington Renegades
Saturday, February 18, 3:00 pm ET
Choctaw Stadium, Arlington, Texas
This XFL 3.0 ribbon-cutting matchup features two teams potentially best suited to upend the preseason-favorite BattleHawks.
The Vipers sport an offense that has intriguing pedigreed names at key positions. Brett Hundley, who finished the NFL regular season on the Ravens practice squad and started 10-games for the Packers in 2017, lines up under center for Vegas. Veteran running back Rod Smith was a solid complementary option behind Ezekiel Elliott on the Cowboys. He joins Hundley in the backfield, while receivers Geronimo Allison and Martavis Bryant form a high-upside duo. Allison notably played alongside Hundley in Green Bay.
The Renegades aren’t devoid of recognizable talent by any stretch, beginning with QB Kyle Sloter. He recently turned in an impressive season with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL last spring and boasts plenty of preseason NFL experience. Running backs Keith Ford and De’Veon Smith both have some pro football skins on the wall, as does top wideout Jordan Smallwood. Sloter has athletic tight end Sal Cannella, one of his top Breakers targets, at his disposal.
Oddsmakers give the Renegades the slight home field edge.
Orlando Guardians at Houston Roughnecks
Saturday, February 18, 8:30 pm ET
TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas
These two teams will be competing for cellar-dweller status, according to many preseason projections. For some, this season-opening clash holds a bit of extra intrigue.
First-time head coach Terrell Buckley leads the Guardians. They also sport some interesting names at the skill positions. Paxton Lynch, the former first-round pick of the Broncos, is slated to start at quarterback. He most recently plied his trade for the USFL’s Michigan Panthers last spring. Among his more accomplished targets will be Dontez Byrd– who spent time in the AAF, XFL 2.0 and IFL– and Eli Rogers, who produced a 78-822-4 line with the Steelers from 2016-18. Former Oklahoma Sooner Charleston Rambo slates to operate as the No. 1 wideout.
The Roughnecks had one of the more prolific offenses during the XFL’s pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign under the auspices of the pass-happy June Jones, now offensive coordinator with the Sea Dragons. Starting quarterback Brandon Silvers isn’t without experience or talent, having spent time in the AAF, NFL (offseason only), XFL 2.0 and the Spring League. Top wideout Deontay Burnett has 15 regular season receptions over eight NFL games. Running back Nick Holley is a proverbial team elder statesman by the XFL’s unique standards – he recorded 21 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns for Houston’s 2020 squad.
The Roughnecks hold one-point favorite status in XFL Week 1 odds.
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St. Louis BattleHawks at San Antonio Brahmas
Sunday, February 19, 3:00 pm ET
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
The BattleHawks were one of the last XFL’s most intriguing stories three years ago. Although the names have changed, they may well have the talent to replicate their success. A.J. McCarron, a 2014 fifth-round pick of the Bengals with 17 games of NFL experience, replaces Jordan Ta’amu, one of the XFL 2.0’s best stories. He’ll have a number of teammates with some tenure at the highest level, including running back Brian Hill, receivers Marcell Ateman and Hakeem Butler, and tight end Jordan Thomas. Thomas showed some promise as a rookie with the Texans back in 2018.
The Hines Ward-led Brahmas sit near the top of the futures leaderboard. They appear set to open the season with former Wisconsin/Notre Dame quarterback Jack Coan leading the offense. Coan will have a talented running back tandem of Kalen Ballage, who enjoyed some success across 52 games over five NFL seasons, and Jacques Patrick. Patrick spent time with the 49ers and Bengals and accrued 303 total yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns with Tampa Bay in the XFL 2.0 (five games). Landen Akers, T.J. Vasher, and Jalen Tolliver are wideouts with nominal NFL experience as well. Tight end Deon Yelder played 26 games alongside Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs
The visiting BattleHawks have notably been installed as -2.5 (-110) road favorites.
Seattle Sea Dragons at DC Defenders
Sunday, February 19, 8:00 pm ET
Audi Field, Washington, D.C.
The Sea Dragons appear to have the potential to sport one of the league’s best offenses if coordinator June Jones replicates his success from past stops. Ben DiNucci gets the first crack at running Jones’ typically-prolific offense. DiNucci logged three games at one of the most visible positions in all of sports – quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys – back in 2020. He’ll have the most pedigreed receiver in the league, Josh Gordon, as his top target. The one-time 1,600-yard receiver is admittedly a long way removed from that memorable 2013 season with the Browns, but he could certainly thrive at this level.
The Defenders roster the aforementioned star Jordan Ta’amu. But, it appears they’ll open 2023 with dual-threat Eric Dungey, who spent time with the league three years ago as a member of the Renegades. Running back Ryquell Armstead, who saw action in 18 games with the Jaguars in 2019 and 2021, helms the ground attack. He is joined by former Bears running back Artavis Pierce. Receiver Chad Hansen, a fourth-round pick of the Jets back in 2017, could be one of Dungey’s top targets and has 26 receptions over 20 NFL games.
DC is a -1.5 (-115) home favorite. Even with Jones calling the plays for Seattle, the projected 35.5 points (-110) is the lowest of the slate.
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