The primary week of the XFL got here and went, and what per week it was.
XFL week ONE had:
A number of F-Bombs on nationwide tv
On-field projectile vomiting
Replay officers utilizing x-box controllers
Followers within the stands consuming rally cheese
A drunk streaker
Publish-game shotguns of exhausting seltzer
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The East Division got here away the strongest with three groups beginning 1-0, whereas the West Division has three groups at 0-1. The Houston Roughnecks had the perfect trying offense, scoring 5 touchdowns, and quarterback P.J. Walker emerged because the early league MVP favourite together with his four-TDperformance.
The Dallas Renegades have been an enormous letdown. As early-season favorites to win all of it, they struggled towards the St. Louis Battlehawks. Dallas entered the sport as a 9.5-point favoriteand did not even rating that many factors.
We went 2-2 with our Week 1 picks, going 2-Zero on Saturday andgetting each Sunday video games fallacious. We’ll attempt to enhance with our alternatives in Week 2.
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XFL odds, picks, predictions for Week 2
New York Guardians at D.C. Defenders
Unfold: Guardians +5 (-110), Defenders -5 (-110)
That is one among two video games this weekbetween undefeated golf equipment. The Defenders seemed robust at house in Week 1 as Cardale Jones delivered the best PFF grade (90.8) amongst all QBs. He went 16-of-26 (62 p.c) passing for 235 yards with 2 touchdowns and no turnovers. D.C. additionally made quite a few performs on protection, as Rahim Moore and Bradley Sylve got here up with interceptions (Sylve returned his for a landing), and the particular groups returned a blocked punt for a landing.
Regardless of the massive performs, D.C. gave up three touchdowns to Seattle, so the protection is not fairly as robust as we thought it might be.
New York deliveredone of the league’s most well-rounded wins final week, scoring three touchdowns whereas permitting none. The Guardians’ offense wasn’t too spectacular, as Matt McGloin had the fewest passing yards amongst all beginning QBsand working again Darius Victor completed with simply 32 yards on the bottom. We’ll see if the protection can bedominant once more this weekor if it simply performed towards a foul offense in Week 1. It would definitely be a more durable take a look at with Jones at QB.
This ought to be a detailed recreation, and a enjoyable one to look at. Wehave the Defenders beginning the season 2-0.
Prediction: Defenders 26, Guardians 22
Tampa Bay Vipers at Seattle Dragons
Unfold:Vipers -2.5(-115), Dragons +2.5(-105)
The Vipers and Dragons each began the season with a loss, though one gamewas loads nearer than the opposite. Seattle might not have gained, however the Dragons lookedgood towards the Defenders, scoring three touchdowns whereas solely permitting two scores on protection. (They gave up 4 whole, however one was a pick-six and the opposite was a blocked punt.)Whatcost Seattle was its three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble), 4 in the event you embrace the blocked punt returned for a landing. If the Dragons would have cleaned up their sloppy play, they may have pulled off an upset in Week 1.
The Vipers had an unpleasant total gamelast week. They have been one among simply twoteams that failed to attain any factors, and so they allowed three touchdowns. Quarterback Aaron Murray struggled, ending with no scores and two interceptions for a 45.1 QB ranking, the bottom amongst starters on opening weekend. Tampa Bay turned to backup QBQuinton Flowers, who can be listed on the roster as a working again. The staff appeared to maneuver the ball with him at quarterback, however the Vipers nonetheless stored going again to Murray.
That is the closest unfold (2.5 factors) of all of the video games this week, which is smart. However Seattle seemed a lot better than Tampa Bay within the first week, and it is exhausting to see a staff committing so many turnovers once more. We count on the Dragons to bounce again with a win at house.
Prediction: Dragons 18, Vipers 6
Dallas Renegades at L.A. Wildcats
Unfold:Renegades -4.5(-110), Wildcats +4.5 (-110)
This will probably be an attention-grabbing matchup between two groups coming off ugly losses. The Renegades disappointedin Week 1, as they have been unable to attain a landing and completed with threefield objectives (9 factors). It wasn’t all unhealthy, although, as Dallas solely gave up two touchdowns. Regardless of not scoring a TD, the Renegades solely misplaced 15-9. Dallas was with out star quarterback Landry Jones in Week 1, so if he is in a position to begin in Week 2, count on the offense to maneuver the ball and rating some factors.
The Wildcatsalso performed their opener with out their beginning quarterback, Josh Johnson. LA’s issues, although, fell extra ondefense. The Wildcatsgave up 5 touchdowns, essentially the most amongst all groups in Week 1, after which fired defensive coordinator Pepper Johnson. Weexpect them to play higher in Week 2, as Johnson ought to be lively, however the defensive points are worrying.
Jones was lively for Dallas final week regardless of not beginning, so he ought to be on tempo to play in Week 2. Assuming he begins, we like Dallas to bounce again and decide up its first win of the season.
Prediction: Renegades 22, Wildcats 18
St. Louis BattleHawks at Houston Roughnecks
Unfold:BattleHawks +7.5(-105), Roughnecks -7.5(-115)
That is the second matchup of the week between undefeated groups. The BattleHawks grounded and pounded their option to a win in Week 1. Operating again Matt Jones led all rushers with 85 yards on 21 carries, and quarterback Jordan Ta’amu was third amongst all rushers with 77 yards on 9 carries. Even backup RB Keith Ford had a stable 4-26-1 outing for St. Louis. In the meantime, the BattleHawks’ protection allowed no touchdowns towards title-favorite Dallas in Week 1. A troublesome protection mixed with an offense dominating the play clock is a harmful combo.
The Roughnecks got here away from Week 1 as the brand new title favorites. Houston’s offense lists 4 receivers as starters on offense with no tight ends on the roster. This technique labored of their favor as quarterback P.J. Walker completed with 4 touchdowns on 272 yards passing. This will probably be a battle between two very totally different offenses, and it ought to be a enjoyable recreation to shut out the second week of the XFL.
Prediction: Roughnecks 24, BattleHawks 16