It's Time to Follow the XFL Chalk

Published on 22-Feb-2020 by Sportbet Staff

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It's Time to Follow the XFL Chalk

With the XFL only playing a 10-game season, trends and traits need to be identified quickly.

This is starting to happen with the league's two Texas teams, and this weekend, expect them to produce a solid payday, for them and us.

The Houston Roughnecks are undefeated, and only a rough start against the defensive-minded St Louis Battlehawks has kept the Dallas Renegades from being so.


Right now, those two clubs are living up to their end of the deal.

Here are a couple of other observations after only two weeks of XFL action:

  • Dallas, Houston, and DC have all been favored in every game.
  • New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle have been underdogs in each contest.
  • Favorites and underdogs are both 12-12 ATS.
  • The over has only hit in 4 of the 12 games.


Maybe so, but we're going with it to offer our ATS suggestions for today's games based on lines set by Bovada.

Houston Roughnecks -6 at Tampa Bay Vipers

The Roughnecks have scored 3 more TDs than their opponents in the first two weeks. In contrast, the Vipers have scored 4 less TDs than their opponents.

It hasn't helped that Tampa Bay hasn’t yet figured out who’s their top QB. Aaron Murray's still out with injury, and both Quinton Flowers and Taylor Cornelius bombed last week. Cornelius threw a couple of picks while completing less than 60% of his passes. Flowers threw a pick and completed 43% of his passes.

The Vipers are a mess. Houston isn't. Lay the points on the Roughnecks.

Result: Houston 34 Tampa Bay 27 ... Roughnecks cover


Dallas Renegades -4½ at Seattle Dragons

The Renegades rely on NFL experience at both RB and QB. Former Pittsburgh backup Landry Jones threw for 305 yards. Sure, dude tossed a couple of picks, but he completed 70% of his passes. That outweighs the picks.

Curtis Artis-Payne has rushed for 99 yards from 14 carries. That’s a 7.1 per carry average.

The Dragons have a decent defense but that's about it. Their only victory was at home against the toothless Vipers’ offense. Renegades win and cover.

Result: Dallas 24 Seattle 12 ... Renegades cover

Bet at 5dimes


Sportbet Columnist: Josh Bailey ... Today: 2-0 ... Overall: 9-1

Aspiring to become the Mark Twain of sportswriting, Josh has been labelled as the up-&-coming sportswriter of the year by absolutely nobody and the new heavy hitter in sports handicapping by his mother.