XFL Best Bets – Playoffs: First Round

Sea Dragons @ Defenders

Abram Smith leads the XFL in rushing, with 345 more yards than anyone else. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports

After ten weeks of play, the field has been set for the XFL playoffs. Due to tiebreakers, the Sea Dragons beat out the St. Louis Battlehawks for the final playoff spot in the North division.

So, the Defenders will host the Sea Dragons in the North Division Championship game. Although DC dominated their divisional rival throughout the regular season, Seattle proved to be a formidable opponent. The Defenders narrowly won by four points in Week 1 and by only one point in Week 8, indicating this should be a closely contested matchup between the two teams.

Seattle allowed the fewest points in the regular season, but they were unable to prevent the DC from scoring 56 points against them.

As the two teams prepare to compete for the third time, it is anticipated that they will continue to display a high-scoring pace. Although they may not match the 67 points scored in Week 8, they only need 49 to cash this weeks over.

Over 48.5 (-110)

As for the outcome, bettors would be wise to look to the underdog. DC took care of this team twice in the regular season, but it’s unlikely they will be able to come out with a third W. Seattle has played them tough, and considering how narrow the margin of victory was for DC, Seattle will pick up the win when it matters most.

Save the points for the next guy, and take the moneyline.

Seattle (+145)

Renegades @ Roughnecks

The Roughnecks lead the league with 35 sacks — 9 more than second place DC. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The South was an incredibly weak division; as a result, the (7-3) Roughnecks are taking on the (4-6) Renegades in the South Division Championship Game.

Houston has blown out Arlington twice this season with a point differential of 48-23. So while defeating a team three times in one season is typically a hard thing to do, the Roughnecks should be fine in this one.

There isn’t much to say about this one, the Roughnecks should run roughshod over the Renegades to advance to the finals.

Houston -6.5 (-110)

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