We’re going into the final three weeks of the 2023 XFL season with seven of the eight teams still technically alive for postseason spots, setting up another exciting week of betting on XFL odds. Sportsbooks have now released XFL Week 8 odds, which we’ll break down momentarily.
The Week 8 ledger kicks off Saturday afternoon with a Vegas Vipers-St. Louis Battlehawks showdown and concludes with what could well be the best game of the week, a D.C. Defenders–Seattle Sea Dragons showdown on Sunday night. Bet on any of the games by clicking on XFL Week 8 odds below.
XFL Week 8 Odds
Vegas Vipers at St. Louis Battlehawks
Saturday, April 8, 1:00 pm ET
The Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
The Vipers were able to notch their second win of the season and in impressive fashion at that, knocking off the Brahmas by a 26-12 score. The Battlehawks recorded another impressive victory, besting the Roughnecks by a 24-15 margin to move to 5-2.
Vegas rolled with Jalan McClendon at quarterback in Week 7, a move that reaped plenty of dividends when the mobile signal-caller amassed 289 total yards and two passing touchdowns. McClendon displayed instant chemistry with numerous Vipers pass catchers, but he’ll have a tough assignment against a Battlehawks defense that’s allowed a league-low 164.7 passing yards per game.
St. Louis’ offense continued humming in Week 7, with A.J. McCarron posting his second straight three-touchdown game. The Battlehawks may boast the most balanced offense in the league at the moment, setting them up for a potential breakout against a Vegas defense that’s allowed an XFL-high 337.9 total yards per game.
The Battlehawks are unsurprisingly 7-point favorites for another game in what should be a raucous home environment.
Arlington Renegades at Orlando Guardians
Saturday, April 8, 4:00 pm ET
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
The Renegades opened the Week 7 slate with a home loss, dropping a 24-15 decision to the Sea Dragons and losing quarterback Drew Plitt to a season-ending knee injury in the process. The Guardians notched the upset of the year with a 37-36 win over the previously unbeaten Defenders.
With Plitt now down, Luis Perez, traded to Arlington shortly after Week 6, appears likely to draw the start for this contest. The Renegades’ typically moribund offense did demonstrate some improvement in Week 7, with Plitt ironically playing his best game of the season and recently signed Victor Bolden recording his first three receptions. Running back De’Veon Smith also scored two touchdowns and averaged over 5.0 yards per carry for the first time, and the entire unit could be in line to carry over the momentum against an Orlando defense yielding the second-most total yards per game (319.7).
The Guardians may still be basking in the glory of their very noteworthy first win come Saturday. Quarterback Quinten Dormady particularly played a game for the XFL ages, scoring six total touchdowns (three passing, three rushing). The Central Michigan product has a passer rating of 110.8 over the last three games and is showing excellent chemistry with what’s turning out to be a deep group of pass catchers. However, the matchup against the Renegades defense is anything but palatable, as Arlington is allowing a league-low 258.9 total yards per game.
Given the Renegades’ quarterback uncertainty and Orlando’s recent play, the Guardians are 1.5-point favorites, the first time this season they’ve enjoyed that distinction.
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Houston Roughnecks at San Antonio Brahmas
Sunday, April 9, 3:00 pm ET
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
The Roughnecks fell for the third straight contest in Week 7, dropping a 24-15 decision to the Battlehawks on Sunday afternoon. The Brahmas took a double-digit loss, with the Vipers surprisingly throttling them by a 26-12 score and quarterback Kurt Benkert suffering a rib fracture that will keep him out the rest of the season.
The Roughnecks went with Cole McDonald under center in Week 7 after Brandon Silvers was benched in Week 6 and also was beset by an undisclosed injury. McDonald couldn’t come close as a starter to replicating the spirited effort he’d offered in defeat a week prior, and it remains to be seen who’ll take the reins of the offense for a matchup against a San Antonio defense that showed some surprising vulnerability to the pass against the Vipers.
It’s desperation time for the two-win Brahmas, who still have just a -13-point differential despite last week’s 14-point loss. The loss of Benkert extends what’s been a season of upheaval at quarterback for Hines Ward’s squad, which claimed Paxton Lynch off the Guardians’ roster Wednesday. Jack Coan (ankle) and Jawon Pass are the other two options under center for San Antonio, but the outlook isn’t bright for any of them against a Roughnecks defense that’s recorded a league-high 23 sacks and nine interceptions.
Despite the Roughnecks’ recent struggles, Houston is up to a 5-point road favorite at mid-week.
D.C. Defenders at Seattle Sea Dragons
Sunday, April 9, 7:00 pm ET
Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington
The Defenders finally suffered their first loss of the season and to a previously winless team at that, as the Guardians edged them on the road by a 37-36 score in Week 7. The Sea Dragons kept rolling, notching their fifth straight win with a 24-15 victory over the Renegades.
Despite the Defenders’ defense poor showing in Week 7, quarterback Jordan Ta’amu put together another impressive performance that included a season-high 285 yards and three touchdown passes. The likes of Lucky Jackson, Josh Hammond and Chris Blair helm a pass-catching corps that may finally be fulfilling its potential, but the matchup against a Seattle defense yielding just 185.6 passing yards per game could make for a long night.
Ben DiNucci, who’s accumulated a league-high 1,771 passing yards, also figures to have his hands full when dropping back, considering D.C. has just one sack fewer than the Roughnecks’ XFL-high 23. However, if he’s able to consistently get the ball off to what shapes up as the deepest receiving corps in the league, he could well continue to rack up production against a Defenders unit surrendering a league-high 248.3 passing yards per game. Meanwhile, the ground game will be up against D.C.’s league-best rush defense (75.7 RYPG allowed) but gets a notable addition this week in one-time Pro Bowler Phillip Lindsay. In what shapes up as the game of the week, Seattle is actua