Houston Leaps to Top of XFL Championship Odds Board Following DC’s Blowout Loss
By: Brent Booher
After three weeks of play in the inaugural season of the XFL, the Houston Roughnecks (3-0) are the lone unbeaten team left standing, and as a result, have moved to the top of the odds board at +200 to bring home the XFL Championship.
The current theme of the XFL has been offenses struggling to find a rhythm leading to some disjointed play for large stretches of time.
That’s not the case with the Houston Roughnecks however, as behind early XFL MVP favorite QB PJ Walker, the Roughnecks offense is sizzling to the tune of 33 points per game.
Walker has been downright stellar in his first three games as starting QB, throwing 10 touchdown passes without a single interception to begin the year.
As good as the Roughnecks offense has been though, their defense does look to be a concern going forward, as their defensive unit has surrendered nearly 23 points per game in their first three contests.
Houston’s offense has been so electric though, it hasn’t caught up to them just yet.
The Roughnecks face their biggest challenge of the season to date when they face off against Dallas on Sunday.
XFL Championship Odds
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Defenders Fall Down XFL Championship Odds Board After Being Eviscerated in First Road Game
Following the Roughnecks on the odds board are last week’s favorite to win the XFL title, the DC Defenders.
The Defenders (+350 XFL Championship Odds) are led by former Ohio State sensation Cardale Jones and were flying high with two convincing victories at home, but those two games were quickly erased by an ugly 39-9 loss against the Los Angeles Wildcats on Sunday.
Jones lost for the first time in his career as a starting quarterback, and may have played his worst game yet after going 13-for-26 passing with four ugly interceptions.
The Defenders hope to get back to their winning ways on Sunday when they travel to Tampa Bay to face the Vipers, who are currently the only team in the XFL without a victory.
Watch out for the BattleHawks
The BattleHawks boast the XFL’s leading rushing attack, led by former Washington Redskin and Florida Gators star Matt Jones.
St. Louis also has received outstanding quarterback play from starting QB Jordan Ta’amu, who is second in the XFL in passing yards.
What may be the most impressive part of the BattleHawks though comes on the defensive side of the ball. In St. Louis’s two victories, the BattleHawks defense has held the opposition to just 9 points in each game.
The only offense that bested this defensive unit? None other than the Houston Roughnecks.
With their current odds at +500, the St. Louis BattleHawks pose great value at this juncture in the season.
Preseason XFL Championship Odds Favorite Dallas Wins Second Straight Game
Behind former Steelers QB and Oklahoma Sooners star Landry Jones, the Renegades have won two consecutive games to climb back above .500 on the season.
However, head coach Bob Stoops is hoping that his offense wakes up soon, especially when the XFL-leading Houston Roughnecks coming to town on Sunday.
The Renegades were expected to boast the most dynamic offense in the XFL at the start of the year, but have only scored six touchdowns in the first three games.
By comparison, the Seattle Dragons, a team expected to do nothing this season, have scored seven.
So, there’s a lot of room for improvement, but top to bottom you may not find a better roster in the XFL, and the preseason favorites are currently have their XFL Championship odds at +550, down from +325 to start the season.
Handicapping the Rest of the League
Rounding out the current odds board list are the LA Wildcats (+800), New York Guardians (+1200), Seattle Dragons (+2000) and Tampa Bay Vipers (+2000).
The Wildcats are far and away the best team from this group, their biggest issue though is that they are 1-2 in the same division that boasts Houston and Dallas.
In the XFL, only two teams per conference will make the postseason, so the Wildcats have some ground to make up at the top of the XFL West standings.
The Guardians, Dragons and Vipers all look to be set to bring up the rear of the XFL standings, as all three teams pale in comparison to the teams with at least two wins to their credit.