XFL Rollout Features Two More Mysteries

Published on 9-Feb-2020 by Sportbet Staff

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XFL Rollout Features Two More Mysteries

Not sure how the XFL judges its start to the season based on its first-ever games yesterday, but we're happy with how our XFL betting adventure has begun.

Our picks are 2-0 ATS.

Maybe we identified the right clues to influence our conclusions. Maybe we just guessed right. At least, we didn't resort to merely flipping coins in the absence of any real data to consider.


Given that past performance does not guarantee future results ...


It's still good to be cash-up to start a season -- any season -- though.

So we're back to build on it by making two more XFL suggestions, not just because we're on a one-day roll ...


Tampa Bay Vipers -3½ at New York Guardians

If it’s a New York football team, it sucks. Is that the rule? The Guardians are the sole home underdog in Week 1. The reason? Aaron Murray plays for the Vipers. Not only that but Marc Trestman coaches them.

However, for this league, anyway, the Guardians do have talent. Matt McGloin's got a strong arm; dude's just had issues with his reads at NFL game speed. Based on what we saw on Saturday, the XFL is not game speed.

Tampa Bay may be loaded everywhere else, but it says here that McGloin's the difference. The Guardians can get it done.

Result: New York 23 Tampa Bay 3 ... Guardians cover


St Louis BattleHawks +6½ at Dallas Renegades

Bob Stoops --yes, that Bob Stoops -- coaches the Renegades. He’s also the general manager. That's become too much for any one person in the NFL, and while this isn't the NFL, it's likely dude bit off too much.

The first thing he did was go out and grab former Sooner QB Landry Jones, who started all of five games in five years for the Steelers. Well, as Neil Young so famously sang, Rust Never Sleeps.

Those facts alone have me leaning toward the BattleHawks. They're notable for assembling a strong secondary, one that features West Virginia CB Kenny Robinson, who jumped from college to the XFL in an attempt to improve his NFL Draft stock. Ballsy. Enough for me to take St Louis.

Result: St Louis 15 Dallas 9 ... BattleHawks cover

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Sportbet Columnist: Josh Bailey ... Today: 2-0 ... Overall: 4-0

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.