XFL Week 2 Odds Preview: More Drama and More Scoring?

Can Scoring Keep Trending in XFL’s Second Week?

Totals Creep Up for Sunday’s Games

As far as excitement went, the XFL’s 2023 season started off hot. All but one game went down to the wire with one game, the St. Louis Battlehawks versus the San Antonio Brahmas, ending with an epic comeback. Three of the four games also saw higher scores than the totals indicated, which has prompted the books to increase some of this XFL Week 2 odds’ totals. Week 2 starts this Thursday as the league looks to keep things electric.

XFL Betting Report For Week 1

The beginning of the 2023 XFL schedule was a big hit for those betting on XFL chalk: all three won and two covered the point spread. The only favorite that failed to cover was the Arlington Renegades. The team edged Vegas by just two points as a 3.5-point favorite. It also needed a second-half comeback to win.

Speaking of comebacks, the Battlehawks scored 15 points in the final minutes of their game against the Brahmas. It was an awesome backdoor cover for those who backed St. Louis as 2.5-point favorites. But for those who bet the Brahmas, it was a bad beat. The line also moved to three points for St. Louis in some books so this would have been a push instead.

As for the totals, three of the four games hit the 40-point mark. In fact, the Roughnecks nearly covered the 36.5-point total by themselves. They scored 33 points, which was the highest of Week 1, and easily blew past their 3.5-point cover with a 21-point victory.

St. Louis Battlehawks (1-0) vs Seattle Sea Dragons (0-1)

Date & Time:
Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
Streaming: FX, ESPN+

The Battlehawks and Sea Dragons face each other in an abbreviated week for both. The two teams played on Sunday with St. Louis winning and Seattle losing. This will be Seattle’s home opener. St. Louis continues to travel and will be the underdog on the XFL Week 2 odds this time. It will be a chilly 31 degrees Fahrenheit in Seattle. The total is set at the standard of 36.5 as each team scored 18 points last week.

D.C. Defenders (1-0) vs Vegas Vipers (0-1)

Date & Time:
Location: Cashman Field, Las Vegas, NV
Streaming: FX, ESPN+

The Vipers host the Defenders in their home opener and will look to go 2-0 on the spread, this time as a favorite (-3.0) Vegas lost to the Renegades thanks to plenty of turnovers but scored late to cover. Speaking of turnovers, forced Seattle’s Ben DiNucci to fumble in the fourth quarter to clinch their win. The total is also set at 36.5 as these teams’ defenses could make it hard to score yet again.

San Antonio Brahmas (1-0) vs Orlando Guardians (0-1)

Date & Time:
Location: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Streaming: ESPN, ESPN+

The Brahmas look to shake off their stunning defeat by thumping the Guardians. San Antonio is favored (-3.0) as a visitor as Orlando has their home opener. Quarterback Paxton Lynch got benched for the Guardians as he threw a costly pick. But his replacement, Quinten Dormady, also threw two more as Orlando got whooped. Seeing that Orlando allowed 33 last week, the total here is set at 38 points.

Arlington Renegades (1-0) vs Houston Roughnecks (1-0)

Date & Time:
Location: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Streaming: ESPN2, ESPN+

This All-Texas showdown pits two unbeaten teams in the highest-scoring game per the XFL Week 2 odds (total of 40). The Renegades overcame a slow start to win in Week 1 while the Roughnecks picked up where it left off in 2020 with a dominating win. The Roughnecks made life miserable for the Guardians as they forced three interceptions and seven sacks led by linebacker Trent Harris’s four. Houston is thus the biggest favorite this week at four points.
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