XFL Week 9 Odds: Betting Preview For Spring Football League

Written By Juan Carlos Blanco on April 13, 2023
XFL Week 9

Just three weeks remain in the 2023 XFL season. Seven of the eight teams are still alive for postseason spots, setting up another exciting week of betting on XFL odds. Sportsbooks have now released XFL Week 9 odds, which we’ll break down momentarily.

The Week 9 ledger kicks off Saturday afternoon with a Vegas Vipers-Houston Roughnecks showdown and concludes with a Seattle Sea Dragons-St. Louis Battlehawks matchup Sunday that has significant postseason implications. Bet on any of the games by clicking on XFL Week 9 odds below (odds as of April 13).

XFL Week 9 Odds

Vegas Vipers at Houston Roughnecks

Saturday, April 15, 12:30 pm ET
TDECU Stadium, Houston, Texas

The Vipers fought hard but came up short thanks to another Battlehawks comeback in Week 8, dropping a 21-17 decision to St. Louis. The Roughnecks were able to snap their three-game losing streak, albeit barely, getting past the Brahmas by a 17-15 score.  

Vipers QB Jalan McClendon continued to put good play on film despite the loss, compiling 221 total yards and a passing touchdown along the way. Rod Smith also continued to do a good job helming the running game and tallied 71 total yards. The rushing threat posed by Vegas at both the QB and RB position could certainly spell trouble for a Houston defense that’s been struggling against the run recently.

The Roughnecks’ offense has largely been struck in neutral for several weeks, even with QB Brandon Silvers regaining his starting job in Week 8. Silvers threw for 146 yards and two touchdowns, but also tossed a pair of interceptions on the way to the narrow victory. Nevertheless, Vegas could escape the doldrums considering the Vipers are allowing the second-most rushing yards (117.0) and passing yards (220.1) per contest.

Despite their recent struggles, the Roughnecks are 6.5-point home favorites.

Orlando Guardians at San Antonio Brahmas

Saturday, April 15, 7:00 pm ET
The Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas

A week after knocking off the then-undefeated Defenders, it was right back to tough luck for the Guardians. They were edged by the Renegades, 18-16, in Week 8. The Brahmas gave the Roughnecks plenty of trouble but also fell by two points, 17-15.

Guardians head coach Terrell Buckley alluded to the possibility of replacing QB Quentin Dormad under center in Week 9 after losing three fumbles against Arlington. He essentially cost Orlando a chance at a second straight win. His replacement, if there is one, would likely be Quinton Flowers, who would offer the same degree of mobility as Dormady. The matchup against the Brahmas doesn’t shape up as particularly appealing on paper, considering they’re allowing the third-fewest passing yards (182.8).

The Brahmas went back to Jack Coan at quarterback in Week 8, but the Notre Dame alum didn’t exactly stand out with just 190 passing yards and two interceptions. On the brighter side, WR Landen Akers put together another solid performance (5-62) and Jacques Patrick shined as a lead back with 134 total yards. The Guardians have a vulnerable defense against both the run and pass, which could make it a more productive all-around performance for San Antonio.

In what could well be the closest game of the week, San Antonio is fittingly a narrow 1.5-point home favorite.

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Arlington Renegades at DC Defenders

Sunday, April 16, 12:00 pm ET
Audi Field, Washington, DC

The Renegades saw QB Luis Perez lend some life to their passing game in his first start, and it was enough to squeak by the Guardians by an 18-16 score. The win evened Arlington’s record to 4-4. The Defenders were able to get back in the win column a week after a one-point loss to the Guardians with a one-point win over the Sea Dragons, 34-33.

Perez threw for 190 yards in his Week 8 debut and displayed reasonably good rapport with his new group of pass catchers, while RB De’Veon Smith rushed for 44 yards and a score. While Smith could certainly find running room at a premium this week against a Defenders defense allowing a league-low 72.9 rushing yards per contest, Perez could see a nice bump in production versus a unit that’s also conceding an XFL-high 254.9 passing yards per contest.

DC QB Jordan Ta’amu continued to thrive in Week 8, posting his seventh straight interception-free game and throwing another four touchdown passes. He continued to receive plenty of support from the Abram SmithRyquell Armstead backfield duo as well despite a tough matchup against the Sea Dragons defense. But, it shapes up as another uphill battle in Week 9 – the Renegades are surrendering an XFL-low 265.1 total yards per game.

Given the disparity between the two offenses, the Defenders are unsurprisingly the largest favorites of the week at 8.5 points.

Seattle Sea Dragons at St. Louis Battlehawks

Sunday, April 16, 3:00 pm ET
The Dome, St. Louis, Missouri

The Sea Dragons gave it all they had against the league’s best team but couldn’t convert a last-minute two-point try, leaving them with a 34-33 loss in Week 8. The Battlehawks were involved in their own close battle but came out on top in trademark fashion, edging the Brahmas by a 17-15 score.

QB Ben DiNucci and one-time Pro Bowl RB Phillip Lindsay combined for four touchdowns against the Defenders. The mobile DiNucci continued to display excellent chemistry with the team’s deep group of pass catchers. However, the matchup shapes up much better for the ground game by the numbers in Week 9, considering the Battlehawks are allowing an XFL-high – by a wide margin – 132 rushing yards per contest.

St. Louis was forced to play without QB A.J. McCarron in Week 8 due to the latter’s shoulder’s injury. It remains to be seen if the veteran will have to sit out this contest, as well. Backup Nick Tiano acquitted himself reasonably well under the circumstances with 194 yards and a touchdown as well as 51 rushing yards. He did throw a pair of picks, but given Seattle just conceded four touchdown passes and 247 passing yards to the Defenders’ Ta’amu, whoever is under center for the Battlehawks could be in for a productive afternoon.

In what shapes up as the game of the week, the Battlehawks are thin 1-point favorites.

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Juan Carlos Blanco has served as a freelance writer for a wide variety of online publications and websites, with an intensive focus on fantasy sports. Juan has provided analysis and comprehensive coverage of the MLB, NBA, NFL, CFL, AAF and AFL while also reporting on news and developments in the daily fantasy sports and online gaming industries.

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