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2020 XFL Week 1 Predictions for Every Game

| February 4, 2020 12:34 am PDT
XFL Predictions for Week 1 - Defenders to Beat Dragons and More

Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season is officially here this week. Vince McMahon’s XFL reboot is wasting no time capitalizing on the popularity of pro football, immediately starting its second run the very weekend after Super Bowl 54.

So much for that lull in pro football action, huh?

I’m not complaining, of course. Professional football in any capacity is worth tuning into, while the AAF was surprisingly fun to watch. With a more focused vision, arguably superior talent, and better funding, there’s plenty of reason to think the XFL can succeed where the AAF did not.

That, and we can bet on it and play XFL DFS.

I’m game for all of this, but it’s coming at us hard and fast. Week 1 arrives on Saturday with two games, followed by two more on Sunday. Everything is happening at warp speed, so much so that there literally aren’t even week 1 XFL odds as I write this.

There is still a lot of interest in betting on the XFL, though, so I thought I’d hand out my XFL week 1 predictions before any lines dropped.

Here’s a quick look at all four games and who I think will win.

Defenders to Beat Dragons

The DC Defenders enter week 1 of the 2020 XFL season with the third-best XFL title odds.

Pep Hamilton promises to piece together a strong game plan that capitalizes on Cardale Jones’ strong arm and the speed of Rashad Ross. The Defenders also have one of the most talented backfields in the XFL, while their defensive talent ranks fairly high, as well.

DC just looks too talented for Seattle. Brandon Silvers is competent on the other side, but I’m not sure he can match wits with Jones in a shootout.

Roughnecks to Beat Wildcats

Houston is my pick to win the 2020 XFL title when you factor in coaching, raw talent, and betting value.

It’s so early in the season that things can (and will) change greatly numerous times before the playoffs arrive. That said, I am very excited to see what June Jones puts on the field with the Roughnecks.

Connor Cook isn’t the most reliable quarterback, but he’ll be dropped into an awesome system, while deep threat Sammie Coates will give him a dangerous weapon right out of the gates.

Houston also has a living legend running their defense in Ted Cottrell, while their running back tandem of Andre Williams and De’Angelo Henderson could also prove dangerous.

LA has better XFL title odds to start the year, but I am not seeing a lot to get excited about beyond quarterback Josh Johnson. If Houston can get out to an early lead, I think this could be a decisive victory.

Guardians to Beat Vipers

New York holds the second-best XFL Championship odds, as they have some of the best coaching and what figures to be a very balanced offense.

The jury is absolutely out on just how much upside quarterback Matt McGloin has to offer, but he does have NFL experience and has flashed ability in the past. New York’s probably aiming to be balanced with a sound defense, though, so at least in this week 1 matchup, perhaps none of that will matter.

It doesn’t hurt that the Guardians face the Vipers, who go into week 1 down their top wide receiver in Antonio Callaway.

I still respect Marc Trestman’s offensive mind, and he could turn Aaron Murray into a star in this league, but he’ll need to establish his weapons first. I’m also not totally sold on a perhaps outdated Jerry Glanville defense shutting the Guardians down.

Battle Hawks to Beat Renegades

Lastly, we have the Renegades, who have perhaps the best head coach in Bob Stoops. He enjoyed a ton of success at Oklahoma, and he’s a bright offensive mind.

Dallas looks very stable across the board and is favored to win it all this year. The problem? Starting quarterback Landry Jones will at best be less than 100%, and at worst, he may not be able to suit up this week.

The Renegades can always lean on their solid running backs or get by on defense, but potentially going to their backup quarterback makes this an upset special (assuming they are indeed the underdogs).

St. Louis has the worst XFL odds of anyone, but they do have an elite rushing attack on paper. It’s possible they could exploit the quarterback weakness for Dallas this week and grind out a hard-earned win.


With no pricing to work with in week 1, I’m tentatively going off of what we know from how these coaches have operated in the past. The players are in new systems and need to get their timing down with their teammates, too.

That all leads to some craziness for the first week of the 2020 XFL season. Due to that, you should absolutely consider picking an upset or two, or at least have serious interest in betting on underdogs to beat point spreads.

Of course, the week 1 XFL odds will come in due time. For now, just study up on these coaches and players as much as you can. That way, once you can officially bet at the best XFL betting sites, you’ll be ready to rock and be confident in your wagers.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.

When it comes to the NFL, Noah's favorite team is the Cleveland Browns. He enjoys cheering them on with his wife and daughter.

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