High Stakes in XFL North Clash
A battle between the Seattle Sea Dragons (5-3) and the St. Louis Battlehawks (6-2) on Sunday will cap Week 9’s slate of games. This is easily the top matchup of the week with plenty of stakes on the line.
The Battlehawks and Sea Dragons sit in second and third place in the XFL North. This game could decide who appears in the postseason alongside the D.C. Defenders, who lead the conference at 7-1. Seattle’s five-game winning streak was snapped in Week 8. St. Louis is riding a three-game winning streak while going 2-1 against the spread (ATS). Here’s everything you need to know before placing your XFL picks.
Sea Dragons in Must-Win Situation
After winning five consecutive games, Seattle fell to the D.C. Defenders 34-33 in Week 8. Join the club, many have fallen to the Defenders’ red-hot offense. However, Seattle remains an excellent online gambling choice. It is 5-1 ATS over the last six games.
Week 9 is an absolute must-win. If the Sea Dragons lose, the Battlehawks will clinch the final playoff spot in the North. This game will also have a big impact on the sportsbook’s title odds. Seattle is the fourth choice (+450), and St. Louis is the third choice (+400).
The Sea Dragons’ secondary struggled last week, allowing 247 passing yards. The Battlehawks have one of the XFL’s top passing attacks led by quarterback A.J. McCarron, who is one of the favorites to win the MVP Award in XFL lines.
MVP Candidate Expected To Return for Battlehawks
St. Louis managed to sneak by the Vegas Vipers in Week 8 with a 21-17 win in overtime. The offense was without McCarron, who was absent due to a shoulder injury. Backup quarterback Nick Tiano was shaky with two interceptions. He also sustained a season-ending foot injury, which was one of the most notable stories in XFL news this week. Fortunately, McCarron has not been listed on the injury report ahead of Sunday’s showdown.
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McCarron has stolen the spotlight for most of the season, but the Battlehawks’ defense has been instrumental. It ranks second in allowed points per game and leads the league in opponent passing yards per game. Seattle boasts the XFL’s top passing offense. This will be a must-see matchup.
St. Louis’ run defense could decide this matchup. It allows 132 rushing yards per game, which ranks last. The Sea Dragons’ run game often goes unnoticed but it is second in yards per carry. Seattle could look to lean on the run. The Battlehawks must turn in a complete defensive performance.
Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Head-to-Head
In Week 2, the Battlehawks beat the Sea Dragons 20-18. McCarron led a game-winning drive, which ended with a converted field goal as time expired.
Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Game Information
- Game: Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks
- Date/Time: Sunday April 16 3 p.m. ET
- Location: The Dome at America’s Center, St. Louis, MO
- Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Live Stream: fubo.TV
Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Game Weather Conditions
The Dome at America’s Center will shield the Sea Dragons and Battlehawks from a potential thunderstorm.
Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Betting Lines
Sea Dragons vs Battlehawks Picks and Prediction
Predicted Score: Sea Dragons 23, Battlehawks 20
Worth Betting ATS?
The Las Vegas XFL odds view this game as a near pick ‘em with the Battlehawks favored by one point and the Sea Dragons as even money outright. This could come down to turnovers. St. Louis has five turnovers over the last two games. Seattle has only two turnovers in the last two, which is surprising as quarterback Ben DiNucci leads the XFL in interceptions. Look for the Sea Dragons to win the turnover battle, leading to a win and cover.
Worth Betting on the Totals?
Sunday’s showdown features the highest total of the week at 46. Many expect fireworks with two of the league’s top passing offenses colliding. However, St. Louis has not allowed 20 points in three straight contests, and Seattle has allowed 20 points once since Week 4. Take the under.
The Sea Dragons are listed at +100 in our Vegas XFL lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Sea Dragons, you have a chance to win $100. The Battlehawks are -120, offering a chance to win $83 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Sea Dragonsa 50.00% chance to win, with Battlehawks at 54.55%