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Battlehawks Lean on Home Field in Playoff Match vs Brahmas

Unsurprisingly, the San Antonio Brahmas and St. Louis Battlehawks are matched up in the XFL Conference championship game. We have known for weeks that these were the top two teams in the XFL conference, making the UFL odds for this game very interesting.

In addition, knowing that they would be matched up in the playoffs, these teams faced each other in Week 10, with the winner getting home-field advantage. The Battlehawks beat Brahmas 13-12 in their home stadium, ensuring that Sunday’s playoff matchup will also take place in St. Louis. The Brahmas did have a chance to win the game on their final drive but missed the field goal from 51 yards.

Battlehawks Lean on Home Field in Playoff Match vs Brahmas
A.J. McCarron #10 of the St. Louis Battlehawks | Ronald Cortes/Getty Images/AFP

 

Winning hold-field advantage will be crucial for the Battlehawks because they have had the biggest crowd in the UFL. Furthermore, the UFL Championship will be played in St. Louis, providing some extra motivation for the Battlehawks to win this week.

 

Brahmas vs Battlehawks Game Information

  • Game: Brahmas (7-3) vs. Battlehawks (7-3)
  • Location: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
  • Day/Time: Sunday, June 9, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Brahmas vs Battlehawks Live Stream: fubo.TV

 

Brahmas vs Battlehawks Odds and Spreads

Brahmas
Battlehawks
+130
Moneyline
-160
+3
Point Spread
-3
Over 43
Total Game
Under 43

 

  • Brahmas are 6-4 ATS
  • Battlehawks 5-5 ATS

 

Brahmas Defense Shows Up In Back-To-Back Weeks

In the season’s final two weeks, the Brahmas faced two of the best teams in the UFL and arguably the top offenses. In Week 9, the Brahmas beat the Birmingham Stallions, who were undefeated at the time, 18-9. They then lost to the Battlehawks but held them to just 13 points.

The Stallions and Battlehawks were the two highest-scoring offenses in the UFL during the regular season. The Stallions led the UFL in points per game, at 26.5, while the Battlehawks were not that far behind in second, scoring 26 points per game. The Brahmas held the top-scoring offenses to less than half of their usual output in back-to-back weeks, which is a big statement.

It makes sense, given that Brahmas were arguably the best defense in the UFL during the regular season. They allowed the fewest yards (256.7) and points (15.8) per game. While the Brahmas’ defense was great last week, it will be tested again by the Battlehawks, which could use the film from Week 10 to gain an advantage.

What is somewhat concerning for the Brahmas is how poor their offense was last week. They started the game with quarterback Chase Garber, but after 40 yards on 11 attempts and an interruption, Quinten Dormady came in and was much better.

Dormady completed 15 of 27 passes for 188 yards and touchdowns. It might be smart to start Dormady for this playoff game instead of waiting for Garber to struggle and then make the switch. The Brahmas could also not get the ground game going, rushing for 56 yards in 17 attempts.

 

Battlehawks Have Strong Home-Field Edge

Winning last week and gaining home-field advantage was crucial for the Battlehawks. In St. Louis, the Battlehawks are undefeated in five games, as opposed to a 2-3 record on the road. They might no longer be favored if they had to go on the road for the XFL championship game.

However, winning at home last week was not easy. Yes, it featured the return of star quarterback AJ McCarron, but that did not lead to much. McCarron struggled, having not played since Week 7 on May 11. He only completed 10 of 24 pass attempts for 115 yards while throwing a touchdown and interception. It was a poor return to the field for McCarron, who will need to be much better in this playoff game.

The ground game saved the Battlehawks. Jacob Saylors and Wayne Gallman combined for 91 of the team’s 105 yards on 18 carries, finding a way to move the ball against San Antonio’s strong defense. The balance of the Battlehawks’ offense could put the Brahmas’ defense in a bind if McCarron can find consistency in this game.

Given that the Brahmas don’t have one of the best offenses in the UFL, ranked fifth in yards (296.6) and sixth in points (19.3) per game, the Battlehawks’ defense should hold up again. They are third in yards (259.8) and fourth in points (20.2) allowed per game and were able to contain the Brahmas last week. But again, given that these teams played each other in Week 10, both could come back with different game plans.

 

Brahmas vs Battlehawks Prediction

This game for UFL picks is complicated because these teams just played in Week 10. Both teams could have saved things for this matchup and completely changed the game plan early on, now having credible film to look back on. However, the Battlehawks should have the advantage. Their defense was still strong against the Brahmas last week, and they won the game despite McCarron’s struggles.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions Of The Day

Will this game hit the over?


Based on the number of points scored last week, there is a good chance this game will be under. Both teams have a strong defense, and with it being the playoffs, it should lean towards a low-scoring game.

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