- The XFL season is officially in full swing as the first week comes to a close.
- Week one has betting lines changing as two of the top three teams favored were completely blown out.
- The XFL is proving to be difficult to wager on as it is so new sports bettors cannot gauge which teams will be good yet.
STAMFORD, Conn. – The opening weekend for the newly returned XFL season was anything but predictable as teams hit the fields for the first time this season.
The drastic results of the first set of games completely shifted XFL betting odds, as teams who were originally favored to take home the XFL Championship, are being looked at in a different light. The XFL has so far proven to be too new for sports bettors to properly wager as the betting lines continue to show movement.
The Odds Are Changing
Before the season began, the Dallas Renegades were early favorites to win it all this XFL season. Following their 9-15 loss against the St. Louis BattleHawks, they are no longer ahead in sportsbooks.
Dallas has moved from +350 to +500 to win the XFL Championship, while the BattleHawks who came in as +700 favorites have gone up to +600. The Renegades were -9.5 favorites against the spread heading into the game.
Another stand out underdog victory is the New York Guardians Blow Out 23-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Vipers. Before the game started, the Vipers were a 3-point favorite and were coming into the game at +500 odds to win the chip while the Guardians were +750 odds to take home the league’s ultimate prize.
Following the statement win, NY is now +600, dead even with the Vipers whose odds got longer following the loss.
Other line changes include the D.C. Defenders moving up from +350, to +300 to win the XFL Championship following their 31-19 victory over the Seattle Dragons. The Dragons were already last on the list coming into this game in terms of XFL Championship odds and simply moved from +1100 to +1200 following the game.
The Los Angeles Wildcats also dropped from odds of +700 to +800 after a 17-37 loss to the Houston Roughnecks. Houston is now at +350 odds to win the XFL Championship after starting +600, making them second favorites to win it all and the biggest jump in the league.
The XFL Is Too Early To Predict
The line movement from week one showcases that the XFL is simply too new for sports bettors to properly wager on.
Going into the Renegades vs BattleHawks game, Dallas was viewed as having the best defense in the league yet were unable to prevent St. Louis from scoring in the 4th quarter, leading to the 9-15 defeat.
Sports bettors were also high on Tampa Bay as the Vipers Quinton Flowers was seen as a difference-maker. Any time he was on the field he was a threat as he had the potential to be used on a double forward pass.
Instead, Flowers contributed nothing on Sunday as the Guardians only allowed a field goal all game.
Sports bettors and online oddsmakers have a lot to think about going forward. But as the season progresses and teams become more consistent, betting lines are sure to begin to stabilize.
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