DC Defenders vs. Los Angeles Wildcats XFL Week 3 Best Bets & Picks
The best sportsbooks favor the DC Defenders over the Los Angeles Wildcats by eight points, as the spread goes for the Week 3 XFL regular-season game on Sunday, February 23, with kickoff scheduled for 3:00 p.m. PT at Dignity Health Sports Park.
DC Defenders vs. Los Angeles WildCats XFL Odds by Xbet.ag
|Defenders||-8½ (-110)||44 (-110)||-340|
|Wildcats||+8½ (-110)||44 (-110)||+280|
Betting DC Defenders
The Defenders shutout the NY Guardians 27-0 in Week 2 as five-point home faves, per the best online sportsbooks. Starting QB Cardale Jones went 23 of 37 for 276 yards with two TDs and one pick. Wide receivers Ross and Thompkins combined for 187 yards and one TD on 10 catches. Running back D. Pumphrey rushed for 52 yards on 12 carries. DC held NY to just 137 total yards, 95 passing and 71 rushing. The Defenders scored two defensive TDs in Week 1, and the one against the Guardians makes it three this season.
“We always have a lot to play for, but one of the guys that always put it on the lines for his teammates is Eli Rogers. It was a tough week for not just Eli, but for myself and the rest of our locker room and coaching staff. Just the thought of playing a game and making the ultimate sacrifice and missing out on his mother’s funeral. Even after the game, it warmed me up to see Eli enjoying the victory with his teammates and it’s just a testament to his character,” Defenders head coach Pep Hamilton said of the win.
The Defenders are going on the road for the first time ever. League passing leader Cardale Jones (511 yards, four touchdowns) has gotten the best grade from Pro Football Focus in each of the first two weeks. Defensive end Anthony Johnson opened the season as a captain for the Wildcats was traded to DC for cornerback Bradley Sylve. DC has an XFL-best plus-4 touchdown differential.
Betting Los Angeles WildCats
The Cats lost 18-25 to the Dallas Renegades in Week 2 as 4.5-point home dogs, according to the best sportsbooks. Starting QB J. Johnson went 18 of 34 for 196 yards with two TDs and two sacks. Wide receiver N. Spruce had 89 yards and two TDs on six receptions. Spruce’s is turning into one of the most dependable wideouts in the league. He had 11 receptions out of 15 targets in Week 1, and has accumulated 192 yards in two games. LA’s rushing unit could only gain a measly 57 yards. Overall, the Wildcats were held to 251 total yards while allowing 444, including 305 through the air. Additionally, the Wildcats lost 103 yards on penalties and lost two fumbles as well. On defense, linebacker Will ‘Big Willie Style’ Smith had one of LA’s two interceptions, defended another pass and recorded six total tackles.
“We’re making progress. We got better today. The guys have to stay the course. They have to take care of their bodies. They have to do the little things. The little things get you beat. The turnovers, the penalties, the good teams that win games do not beat themselves,” Wildcats head coach Winston Moss said.
Johnson, who passed for 196 yards and two touchdowns versus Dallas, faces a tough challenge against DC. The Defenders have held opposing signal-callers to an XFL-worst 54.4 passer rating.
DC Defenders vs. Los Angeles Wildcats XFL Pick
LA’s defense has allowed the most TDs in the league (8). This is a dream come true for Cardale Jones. Well, actually, the very existence of the XFL is a dream come true for him. But you get the idea. Users of the best sportsbooks should take DC and the points.