I read an article during the week about the theory that the NFL should join up with the XFL, where both should listen to the other’s strategies so they could combine to make a better product going forward.
Now, if you’re like me, you’re stumped by this. You also have a very funny visual of Vince McMahon falling backwards in his chair due to a euphoria overload.
And while most will laugh at the thought that anyone should take too much notice of the XFL, least not a similar product who evidently have all but monopolised the entire market, it does raise a question.
Is the XFL actually becoming legitimised this time ‘round after such a failed initial regime all those years ago? There’s good reason for that, too. It’s an entertaining product that doesn’t rely on gimmicky players who are just versions of themselves turned up to 200, or silly rules that just make the game more dangerous.
The general football public understand the game better than they did during the original run. Colour commentary has gotten better. Insight is stronger from analysts.
People just want football – and the XFL is delivering just that this time ‘round.
Let’s look ahead to Week 4.
Houston Roughnecks @ Dallas Renegades – Under 50.0 (-104)
1st March @ 4PM
This line is just too high for an offence that depends so much on a single playmaker that isn’t a quarterback.
The Roughnecks’ entire offence has been about dictating formation to get Cam Phillips in one-on-one matchups, and that’s honestly not an exaggeration.
The two-time Star of the Week (already!) has demolished defences, but I suspect Dallas will plan for this and double him up.
It will take Houston some time to adjust to this and while they’re busy reworking a gameplan, seconds tick away. Under totals are best friends with a winding clock – don’t forget that.
As for Dallas? There’s an average of four touchdowns total in their games thus far. Don’t worry about them for now. Bet on the under with CanPlay.
DC Defenders (-2.5) @ Tampa Bay Vipers (-109)
1st March @ 7PM
I understand that the steady improvements the Tampa Bay Vipers have made have created this line, and I know teams will slowly begin to figure out Cardale Jones can only throw to certain parts of the route tree – but this line is too low.
As far as trips go, too – this is nowhere near the worst.
Jones did indeed lose his first game of football since high school last week, but his character is one that emits leadership and inspires confidence.
They’ll bite back here. Back the Defenders with CanPlay.
Seattle Dragons (+12) @ St. Louis Battlehawks (-116)
29th February @ 5PM
I just can’t give any team 12 points, no matter how impressive these Hawks have looked at various points of the last few weeks.
Seattle might have the most one-dimensional play-caller in the XFL, but defensively, they’re not miles off being a top team – and being in the West – which looks a stronger division – will probably be the thing that costs them in the long run.
That’s not something you have to contend with when betting a single game, though.
Take the points.