Get ready for more football! The XFL season kicks off this weekend with four high-stakes games. Can this second professional football season succeed after so many have failed?
XFL Week 1 Odds & Analysis
Seattle Dragons at DC Defenders
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: Audi field, Washington, D.C.
Spread: DC -6½
Seattle is led by former longtime Seattle Seahawks legendary quarterback Jim Zorn with former Oregon State and Nebraska head coach Mike Reilly serving as offensive coordinator. The Dragons signed a bunch of former AAF players to their roster including starting quarterback Brandon Silvers, a former starter at Troy from 2014-2017. There are a bunch of question marks surrounding whether or not Silvers is a legitimate starter, but only time will tell at this point.
DC is led by former NFL and collegiate offensive coach Pep Hamilton, who has worked with a ton of quarterbacks in his career. Hamilton did some fantastic work with Andrew Luck after Bruce Arians departed and now he’ll have former Ohio State and LA Chargers signal-caller Cardale Jones leading his offense. Jones will have some proven talent at the skill positions, starting with former New Mexico running back Jhurell Pressley, who led the AAF in rushing yardage last year and former Eagles backup Donnel Pumphrey.
Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks
When: Saturday, February 8, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
Spread: Houston -5
Los Angeles is led by former longtime Green Bay Packers linebackers coach Winston Moss with former longtime USC offensive coordinator Norm Chow serving as OC. Chow will have arguably the best quarterback in the XFL running the show in former NFL performer Josh Johnson, who definitely should have been on someone’s NFL roster after all of the awful quarterback play we saw across the league this past season.
Houston looks like another team that could put up plenty of points under former Falcons, Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones. Former L.A. raiders backup Connor Cook is the starter under center in Houston and he’ll have a seasoned wide receivers to throw to in former Steelers third-round pick Sammie Coates.
Tampa Bay Vipers at New York Guardians
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 2:00 PM ET
Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
Spread: Tampa Bay -3½
The Vipers are led by former NFL head coach Marc Trestman and will have former Georgia signal-caller Aaron Murray as the starter under center. The Vipers will also use former South Florida star Quinton Flowers at quarterback and running back, serving in a similar role to New Orleans’ do-it-all backup Taysom Hill. Whoever is passing the ball will have some excellent talent at the wide receiver position in former Cleveland Browns wideout Antonio Callaway, Stacey Coley and Tanner McEvoy.
New York is coached by former NFL offensive assistant and head coach Kevin Gilbride and will have former Penn State star Matt McGloin as the starting quarterback with Marquise Williams and Luis Perez ready to step in if the former Raiders backup struggles.
St. Louis BattleHawks at Dallas Renegades
When: Sunday, February 9, 2019 at 5:00 PM ET
Where: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, TX
Spread: Dallas -6½
St. Louis will be led by former longtime Sooners and Bengals tight ends coach Jonathan Hayes with former Iowa signal-caller Chuck Long serving as the team’s offensive coordinator. The BattleHawks will have former Ole Miss signal-caller Jordan Ta’amu as the starting quarterback and a pair of running backs in Matt Jones and Christine Michael that have combined for over 500 carries in the NFL.
Dallas is led by former NCAA championship-winning head coach Bob Stoops and he’ll have a familiar face as his starting quarterback in former Sooners star and Steelers backup Landry Jones. Former Carolina Panthers backup Cameron Artis-Payne will be the starting running back, but Jones doesn’t have the best talent at the wide receiver position.