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Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship: Defenders and Roughnecks Co-Faves After Week 2

XFL Championship Odds February 17 2020

The XFL has wrapped up another week of its inaugural season and after Week 2, it’s clear that two teams – the DC Defenders and Houston Roughnecks – are standing above the rest. The two squads are both 2-0 to start the year and oddsmakers have tabbed them as co-favorites to win the XFL championship.

DC is listed at +200 to win the title according to online sportsbook Bovada after shutting down the New York Guardians 27-0. The Roughnecks are also +200, although they needed to stave off a fourth-quarter rally from the St. Louis BattleHawks to stay undefeated.

Walker And Jones Are The Cream of The QB Crop

Despite not being successful in the NFL, PJ Walker and Cardale Jones are easily the best two quarterbacks in the XFL right now. Walker had another fabulous day tossing the pigskin with three passing touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception through two games for the Roughnecks.

Jones, meanwhile, had another calm and collected day with 276 yards passing and two touchdowns, although he did throw an interception in the red zone late in the game. Jones may also get a boost going forward as his No. 1 receiver Deonte Thompson returned from injury after missing the opener and had six catches for 92 yards and a touchdown.

The Defenders lead the XFL with five forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns in two games.

Walker may be playing slightly better than Jones but the DC quarterback hasn’t really had to win games himself yet because the Defenders are living up to their name. DC skunked the Guardians and made NY QB Matt McGloin so frustrated that he slammed his team’s game plan speaking to a sideline reporter during halftime.

The Defenders forced McGloin to throw two interceptions, with one of them going back for a pick-six, and now lead the XFL with five forced turnovers and three defensive touchdowns in two games.

Renegades Paced By Run Game

The Dallas Renegades were thought to be the best team in the XFL coming into the season and after two weeks, they may be lucky to be 1-1. They got walloped in the opener when starting QB Landry Jones missed the game and needed a huge rally in the fourth quarter in Week 2 vs the Los Angeles Wildcats to escape with the victory.

While Jones may be still working off the rust and limited due to injury, the Renegades relied on the run game and RB Cameron Artis-Payne showed he may still have some NFL chops. The former Carolina Panther was huge in the fourth quarter as he scored twice and finished the game with 99 rushing yards to get the W.  

Now might be the time to get on the Renegades if you think they can win the XFL championship because they have a fairly easy matchup in Week 3 vs the Seattle Dragons before a showdown with the Houston Roughnecks in Week 4.

Odds to Win the 2020 XFL Championship
Team (Record)Odds
DC Defenders (2-0)+200
Houston Roughnecks (2-0)+200
St. Louis BattleHawks (1-1)+600
Dallas Renegades (1-1)+750
Tampa Bay Vipers (0-2)+1200
New York Guardians (1-1)+1300
Seattle Dragons (1-1)+1300
Los Angeles Wildcats (0-2)+1500

Odds as of February 21 at  Bovada

Some New Rules In Place

Bettors need to take note of some of the rule changes for the XFL in 2020 in comparison to the first incarnation of the league in 2001 or how they deviate from NFL rules. 

One of the interesting rule changes for the revamped league is that PATs have been tossed to the side and, instead, teams have the option to run a play from different spots to convert it into points. For example, a two-yard attempt after a touchdown is worth one point, a five-yard attempt is worth two points and a 10-yard attempt is worth three points. This new rule will legitimately change how bettors approach XFL football totals for the upcoming season.

The pace of the game seems to be a trending issue for the XFL too. Each team gets only two timeouts per half, replay reviews are limited to 60 seconds and there are no coaches’ challenges as a sky judge/replay booth initiates reviews.

There are a lot more rule changes in effect but these are likely the ones that will impact betting lines the most and should be incorporated into your handicapping. You could also find an edge for the spreads or totals by line shopping so make sure to check out our sportsbook reviews before locking in your bets.