Last week’s 1-3 ATS showing against the XFL odds made it back-to-back putrid weeks for my parlay picks. Every single loss was worse than the next. It all started with the St. Louis Battlehawks who an hour or so before kick-off let it be known that QB A.J. McCarron would be unavailable and Nick Tiano would be making his first start of the season. St. Louis was lucky to send the game to overtime before ultimately coming out triumphant against Vegas. I knew the game between Arlington and Orlando would be ugly, and it was exactly just that with eight combined turnovers in a game the Renegades mercifully pulled out to prevent me from taking the collar. Sunday was a nightmare! All Houston needed to do late was get a couple first downs and the game was over. It didn’t and the Brahmas rattled off 10 points in the final minutes to send the game to overtime. The Roughnecks won, but didn’t cover. Then Seattle put a bow on the weekend by losing a game it just as easily could’ve won had QB Ben DiNucci finally come to terms with not being reckless with points there for the taking. But just like he has so many times this XFL betting season, he threw a soul crushing interception that killed all the momentum the Sea Dragons attained to get back in the game.
Another gross showing moves us to a disgusting 14-18 ATS for the season. It’s painful to accept considering how solid a handle I’ve had on this league since Week 1. We’ve unfortunately been the beneficiaries of some mind-numbing defeats. I’m still not over that loss with the Vipers in Week 3! I don’t even care about cashing the parlay. A winning week must be attained – it’s been a minute!
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Vegas Vipers +7 -113
Orlando Guardians +110
Arlington Renegades +9.5 -108
St. Louis Battlehawks -1 -113
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Vegas Vipers +7
I simply just don’t understand what’s happened to Houston ever since getting out to that perfect 4-0 SU and ATS start. I get that WR Jontre Kirklin was an integral piece to the offensive puzzle and his absence really took the wind out of the unit’s sails, but the offense has been horrendous going on a month now. The output is down to 18.0 points per game during that stretch, and I’m baffled as to why. This however is a trend with legs and I’m fading this squad coming off a physical matchup with the Brahmas; a game they were lucky to come out with an overtime win in. On the flipside, Vegas has been spry ever since the QB1 reins were handed over to Jalan McClendon. The running game has blossomed in a big way under his watch which has resulted in the Vipers smashing San Antonio at home followed by giving the Battlehawks all they could ask for sans McCarron. Vegas hasn’t quit so I’ll take a stab with Rod Woodson’s troops in the Week 9 opener.
Orlando Guardians +110
Don’t want the points! Don’t need the points! This one is all about backing what I deem to be the better overall team playing with revenge. While the Brahmas possess one of if not the best defenses in the entire XFL, the offense is nothing short of offensive. The unit has hit the 20-point plateau only once this season, and it occurred way back in Week 2 when it went into Camping World Stadium and handed the Guardians an ugly 30-12 defeat as 3-point road favorites. But that was before Quinten Dormady put his stamp on the offense and turned Orlando into one of the more menacing attacks in the league. Armed with stud pass catchers Eli Rogers and Cody Latimer, I foresee Orlando pushing the petal to the metal in this rematch and produce too much offense for the Brahmas impotent attack to keep up with. I get that San Antonio needs to win to have any shot of qualifying for the playoffs, but that doesn’t mean they will. Guardians pull the upset!
Arlington Renegades +9.5
It bothers me that stud LB Donald Payne will miss the rest of the season for the Renegades, but this is a big number to be offering an Arlington team that’s dealt with numerous injuries to key defensive personnel all season and still rates out as one of the best stop units in the league. While the other side of the ball hasn’t been much to speak of, I’ll bank on QB Luis Perez being a bit more comfortable running the show after getting a start under his belt in Orlando last week. Arlington has got some nice pass catching targets to get the ball to, and the Achilles heel of D.C. thus far has been its inability to temper opposing passing attacks (No. 8). With Arlington in-line to lock up a bid to the South Division Championship with a win, I expect Bob Stoops’ side to put forth a max effort and put a scare in a Defenders squad that could come in a bit fatigued after just playing in a pair of hotly contested road battles that were each decided by a single point.
St. Louis Battlehawks -1
The Sea Dragons and Battlehawks have been my kryptonite this season. I’m 4-4 ATS betting Seattle games and 3-5 ATS betting St. Louis games. Naturally, it only makes sense for each to meet in Week 9 with a bid to the North Division Championship on the line. It’s tough to be confident about this position on the Battlehawks not knowing whether McCarron will get the start or not, but I can’t envision him missing this game with so much on the line. I still have no clue why he sat last week’s game out! Supposedly it was due to a shoulder injury sustained in Houston the week prior. I don’t know man; he looked pretty good in completing 26 of 34 passes for 222 yards and a 3:0 TD/INT ratio that played to a stellar 122.1 QB rating. Regardless, the main reason I lean to the home team is because DiNucci is a loser. The dude simply just doesn’t get it. He’s killed his team with backbreaking turnovers all season and you know another is in store on Sunday with this being the Sea Dragons biggest game of the year. I’ll sidestep the heartbreak altogether and back the streaking Battlehawks instead!
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