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XFL Week 1: Opening Spreads

XFL Week 1 Opening Lines February 6 2020

After a hiatus of nearly 20 years, the XFL is back! Football fans thirsting for action won’t need to wait long as Week 1 is set to kick off this weekend with four games on tap. Are you looking for Week 1 XFL opening lines? Look no further! Spreads have hit the board for each of the four games, with totals currently off the board.

Check out which team is favored to win the XFL championship or if you need a refresher on some of the new rules in place for the league. If you want to lock in some bets for a team to win the championship, check out our sportsbook review page to get you started.

Here are the opening lines for each Week 1 XFL game via Bovada along with some betting information to assist you with your bets.

Seattle Dragons vs D.C. Defenders
  • Spread: Defenders -7
  • Total: N/A
  • Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: ABC
  • Stadium: Audi Field 

Betting Notes

Led by former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn, the Seattle Dragons’ QB is Brandon Silvers, who was also a signal-caller in the defunct AAF league.  Dragons starting running back Kenneth Farrow has NFL experience as a member of the Chargers, and the Dragons thought highly enough of him to make him their second-round pick in the XFL draft.

The Defenders, on the other hand, may have one of the best quarterbacks in the league in Cardale Jones. Jones won a national championship with the Ohio State Buckeyes and was 11-0 as a starter in college. With NFL talent up and down the roster, it makes sense to have D.C. as the home fave for the opener.


Los Angeles Wildcats vs Houston Roughnecks
  • Spread: Roughnecks -5.5
  • Total: N/A
  • Date/Time: Saturday, February 8, 5 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: Fox
  • Stadium: TDECU Stadium

Betting Notes

The Los Angeles Wildcats have a head coach with a ton of experience on the sideline in Winston Moss, who was an assistant to former Packers coach Mike McCarthy for 11 years. Moss will have former NFL QB Josh Johnson leading the way but he may miss Week 1 due to a thigh injury. Most of the skill players for the ’Cats have had stints in the AAF or a cup of coffee on an NFL roster but none of them were game-breakers.

The Roughnecks have two players on offense who stand out as potential threats with former Steelers WR Sammie Coates and Raiders draftee QB Connor Cook forming a QB-WR duo that might end up being the best in the league. They also have a pass-rush specialist in Kony Ealy, who NFL fans may remember was a beast in Super Bowl 50 with the Carolina Panthers.


Tampa Bay Vipers vs New York Guardians
  • Spread: Vipers -2
  • Total: N/A
  • Date/Time: Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: FOX
  • Stadium: MetLife Stadium

Betting Notes

The Vipers are an interesting team mainly because of the coaching staff. Former Bears head coach Marc Trestman leads the way but had way more success as a bench boss in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes. He’s trotting out Aaron Murray as the quarterback and the Georgia Bulldog product is the school’s all-time leader in touchdown passes.

Matt McGloin is the starting quarterback for the New York Guardians and he made seven starts for the Oakland Raiders after going undrafted out of Penn State. The Guardians are significantly short-handed for skill players going into Week 1 with three receivers on injured reserve, so they may need to rely on the defense and first-round pick CB Jamar Summers to slow down Murray and the passing attack.


St. Louis BattleHawks vs Dallas Renegades
  • Spread: Renegades -10
  • Total: N/A
  • Date/Time: Sunday, February 9, 5 p.m. ET
  • TV Coverage: ESPN
  • Stadium: Globe Life Park in Arlington

Betting Notes

The Dallas Renegades have been favored to win the XFL championship since the draft and are the biggest favorite of Week 1. The Renegades feel confident at the most important position after taking former Steelers and Oklahoma Sooners QB Landry Jones. Jones has played in big games for most of his career and will have the luxury of relying on former NFL running backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Lance Dunbar.

The BattleHawks lean on QB Jordan Ta’amu, who was decent in two seasons at Ole Miss but failed to get drafted into the NFL. If he struggles, at least he can rely on running backs who had some flashes in the NFL – Christine Michael and Matt Jones had stints as starters with the Seahawks and Redskins, respectively. Not much is expected from St. Louis in the first year of the XFL, with oddsmakers putting their OVER/UNDER win total at 3.5, the lowest of the eight teams.