We’ve reached the halfway point of the 2023 XFL season, and betting on XFL odds continues to be an intriguing week-to-week endeavor as each team’s strengths and weakness come into clearer focus. Sportsbooks have now released XFL Week 6 odds, which we’ll break down momentarily.
The Week 6 ledger kicks off Saturday afternoon with a Seattle Sea Dragons-Orlando Guardians showdown and caps off with a Houston Roughnecks-DC Defenders clash in the nation’s capital Monday night. Bet on any of the games by clicking on XFL Week 6 odds below (odds as of March 21).
XFL Week 6 Odds
Seattle Sea Dragons at Orlando Guardians
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
The Sea Dragons remained hot and scored a signature win in the process in Week 5, knocking off the previously unbeaten Roughnecks by a 21-14 score Thursday night. The Guardians gave their best effort yet but still came up short, dropping a narrow 35-32 decision against the Vipers.
The Sea Dragons’ suffocation of what had been a prolific Roughnecks attack was certainly noteworthy. And the offense also continues to show encouraging signs each week. QB Ben DiNucci showed impressive chemistry with yet another target, Damion Willis, in his diverse repertoire during the Week 5 win. Seattle now faces a Terrell Buckley-coached Guardians team that’s ironically been poor in preventing big plays through the air and is allowing the third-most passing yards per game (213.8).
Buckley pulled Paxton Lynch for Quinton Dormady late in the first half against the Vipers and the decision nearly led to a rousing first win of the season for Orlando. Dormady misfired on only three of 25 attempts and tossed a pair of touchdowns without an interception, offering at least some reason for optimism the struggling Orlando offense may have found its man under center. However, the Sea Dragons defense presents a formidable challenge, allowing just 17.6 points per game and 171 passing yards per contest.
Despite Orlando’s improved play in Week 5 and its homefield edge, Seattle is still an 8.5-point road favorite.
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St. Louis Battlehawks at Vegas Vipers
Cashman Field, Las Vegas, Nevada
The Battlehawks gave the undefeated Defenders a formidable test before falling by a 28-20 score in front of another strong crowd at The Dome. The Vipers finally got into the win column by toppling the Guardians, albeit barely, 35-32.
St. Louis was able to muster a respectable 310 total yards and 16 first downs against a tough Defenders defense. A.J. McCarron threw another two touchdowns and connected with top wideout Hakeem Butler on nine more occasions. The matchup is a lot easier on paper in Week 6 for both the passing game and Brian Hill-led ground attack. Vegas ranks last in the league in rushing yards per game (142.8) and second to last in passing yards per game (223.4) surrendered.
The Vipers do have plenty to be excited about offensively, however, as Luis Perez has taken firm control of the starting quarterback job from Brett Hundley for the time being. Perez’s 269-yard, three-touchdown effort in Week 5 and continued chemistry with receiver Jeff Badet in particular sets up Vegas well to perhaps make a stretch-run surge. Yet, the matchup sets up better for the talented running back trio of Rod Smith (two TDs in Week 5), John Lovett and DeAndre Torrey – St. Louis is surrendering 133.8 rushing yards per contest after allowing DC’s Abram Smith over 200 in Week 5.
Despite Week 5 outcomes, the Battlehawks check in as 3-point road favorites.
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San Antonio Brahmas at Arlington Renegades
Chocotaw Stadium, Arlington, Texas
The Brahmas continued to struggle on offense despite a change at quarterback in Week 5, dropping to 1-4 with a 12-10 loss to the Renegades on Sunday night.
The Brahmas have to be concerned about the state of the offense at the halfway point of the season. Even the switch to Reid Sinnett didn’t produce any tangible improvement, although he was much better than Jack Coan, who threw two interceptions while completing under 50.0 percent of his passes. San Antonio mustered just 181 total yards at 3.6 yards per play and both signal-callers threw back-breaking interceptions against a Renegades defense now allowing the thidr-fewest yards per game (255.8).
The Renegades aren’t exactly lighting up the scoreboard themselves but stuck with Kyle Sloter from wire to wire in Week 5. Sloter threw for only 148 yards without a TD while adding 17 on the ground. He did just enough, in conjunction with the De’Veon Smith-Kenneth Farrow combo, to pull out a victory against a Brahmas defense that’s been nearly as stingy as Arlington’s (276 YPG allowed).
Following last week’s first installment of the home-and-home series, the Renegades are up 3-point home favorites.
Houston Roughnecks at DC Defenders
Audi Field, Washington, DC
The Roughnecks finally suffered the first loss in franchise history Thursday night, falling to the Sea Dragons by a 21-14 score. The Defenders remained undefeated and earned their fifth win in the tough road environment of The Dome, escaping St. Louis with a 28-20 win over the Battlehawks.
Houston’s Brandon Silvers and his teammates on the offensive side of the ball got a bit of a humbling in Week 5 and suffered a significant loss with the season-ending shoulder injury to explosive wideout Jontre Kirklin. Houston does have plenty of other weapons including Travell Harris and Deontay Burnett, however. Nevertheless, they’ll have to protect Silvers from a Defenders pass rush almost as ferocious as the Roughnecks’.
The Defenders leaned heavily on Abram Smith (218 rushing yards) and defense to record yet another victory in Week 5. QB Jordan Ta’amu didn’t even clear 100 passing yards. There could certainly be another run-heavy gameplan afoot in this matchup, considering the Roughnecks’ pass rush has been unforgiving for the most part. Ta’amu’s line and his own impressive mobility have kept him mostly upright, however – he’s been sacked just twice.
The Defenders are profiling as 2.5-point home favorites early in the week in the game that holds the most betting interest this week.