Sportsbooks for US players favor the DC Defenders over the Tampa Bay Vipers by 2.5 points, as the spread goes for their XFL Week 4 regular-season game on Sunday, March 1, with kickoff scheduled for 7:00 p.m. at Raymond James Stadium.
DC Defenders vs. Tampa Bay Vipers XFL Odds by Xbet.ag
|Defenders||-2½ (-110)||44 (-110)||-135|
|Vipers||+2½ (-110)||44 (-110)||+115|
Betting DC Defenders
The Defenders were upset 9-39 by the LA Wildcats in Week 3 as eight-point road favorites, per the best online sportsbooks. Starting QB Cardale Jones went 13 of 26 for 103 yards with four picks and three sacks. Tight end Khari Lee had 38 yards on three receptions. Running back Nick Brossette rushed for 75 yards and one TD on eight carries. The run offense complied 200 yards on the ground. The Defenders went 2 of 13 on third down conversions. DC held LA to just 56 rushing yards but allowed 278 through the air. They also lost 54 yards due to penalties. In addition to Jones’s four interceptions, the Defenders lost a fumble.
“It’s not about how bad you lose, but how you respond. We won’t allow each other to give up. Everyone can blame LA for what we are about to do to the rest of the league,” Jones said.
Betting Tampa Bay Vipers
The Vipers lost a third straight game, 27-34 to Houston in Week 3, as six-point home dogs, according to sportsbooks for US players. QBs Taylor Cornelius and Quinton Flowers went 20 of 37 for 244 yards with one TD, one pick, and two sacks. Flowers also ran for 29 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jalen Tolliver had 104 yards on eight catches. Running back De’Veon Smith had 49 yards on 15 carries. TB outgained Houston in the ground 129 to 115. However, the Vipes lost almost 100 yards as a result of penalties.
“Credit to the offensive line and the quarterback and my receivers. We just gotta keep pushing and moving forward. … It was all about tempo this week. Get on the line, tire them out. We just fell short on that this week, so we need to head back to the drawing board,” wide receiver Dan Williams said.
Tampa Bay Vipers head coach Marc Trestman said that Cornelius is expected to start under center in Week 4 against the Defenders. Not because he’s better than Flowers, but because Flowers “has left the team for personal reasons.” Trestman’s definition of “left” must be different than mine, because Tampa Bay.com reports that Flowers “is still a member of the team and his status is considered day to day”. Moreover, “Trestman did not rule him out for Sunday night’s home game against the D.C. Defenders.” Meanwhile, The Oklahoman reports that “Cornelius was booed by many in the Tampa crowd of 18,117, which apparently wanted to see Quinton Flowers at quarterback.” When asked “How tough is it … when everybody in the stadium doesn’t want to see you on the field?” Corny “laughed nervously” and said, “I don’t think it was everybody”. Well, yeah; hot dog vendors probably didn’t care either way.
With Aaron Murray still injured, the Vipes will have to stick with Cornelius for the time being. “We decided to stick with the plan and keep Taylor in there, and certainly, as we look back, that’s part of getting to work through this process,” said. “We will look back. You have to stand behind what you call and the plays that you run.”
DC Defenders vs. Tampa Bay Vipers XFL Pick
Regarding Cardale Jones’s warning, I don’t know about the rest of the league. But the Vipers are certainly an easy target for the Defenders to take their frustrations out on. Customers of sportsbooks for US players should take DC and the points.