Revenge on Vipers’ Mind
The XFL caps its regular season with a primetime Sunday battle between the Vegas Vipers (2-7) and the Seattle Sea Dragons (6-3). The Vipers were eliminated from playoff contention several weeks ago, but they have a chance to avenge Week 3’s close loss against the Sea Dragons. Plus, Vegas could end Seattle’s season, which is in a tight battle for the XFL North’s final playoff spot.
The Sea Dragons remain one of the league’s hottest teams, going 6-1 over the last seven games. The Vipers are 2-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last three games. Let’s check the latest XFL news surrounding Sunday’s matchup.
Vegas Ending Season on Positive Note?
Despite its 2-7 record, XFL picks favoring Vegas have performed well in recent weeks. The Vipers nearly covered their third consecutive game in Week 9 but fell half of a point short. They even led the Houston Roughnecks 12-0 in the second quarter. Vegas outgained the Roughnecks by over 70 yards and still managed to lose thanks to turnovers. Houston totaled two defensive touchdowns, which made the difference in the 28-21 loss.
The Vipers are still ending the season on a positive note. They have been far more competitive. The secondary has taken major strides, holding the last three opposing quarterbacks to under 200 passing yards. At one point, this was perhaps the XFL’s worst secondary. We will see just how much it has improved against the Sea Dragons, who rank first in passing yards per game.
Steady quarterback play has also helped boost Vegas’ performance against XFL lines. Jalan McClendon has reached over 240 passing yards in two of the last three, and he has zero interceptions over the last three games.
Sea Dragons Rising to Occasion
There are two playoff spots available entering Week 10, one in each conference. The North’s final spot could get confusing, as the Sea Dragons are knotted with the St. Louis Battlehawks at 6-3. Seattle’s chances are more favorable than the Battlehawks. If the Sea Dragons win, they are likely in with more points scored. They have a 19-point lead over St. Louis. It would take a dramatic shift in Week 10. Seattle’s fate will look clearer when it’s time to kick off, as the Battlehawks play on Saturday.
If the Sea Dragons make the postseason, they could be the most popular title pick in XFL predictions. Seattle has been red-hot since an 0-2 start and has stepped up in the big moments. The Sea Dragons would be eliminated from the playoffs if they lost in Week 9 against the Battlehawks. They responded with a 30-12 win, outgaining St. Louis by nearly 150 yards.
— Seattle Sea Dragons (@XFLSeaDragons) April 17, 2023
According to Las Vegas XFL odds, Seattle is a sizeable favorite against the Vipers (-8½). The Sea Dragons are in good shape following their crucial Week 9 win.
Vipers vs Sea Dragons Head-to-Head
The Vipers and Sea Dragons dueled in a back-and-forth affair in Week 3. Seattle came out on top 30-26 after scoring a touchdown with one minute remaining.
Vipers vs Sea Dragons Game Information
- Game: Vipers vs Sea Dragons
- Date/time: Sunday, April 23, 7:00 pm ET
- Location: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
- Vipers vs Sea Dragons Live Stream: fubo.TV
Vipers vs Sea Dragons Game Weather Conditions
Sunday’s game will have cloudy conditions with temperatures in the low 40s. There is an 84% chance of rain, but low winds should leave the passing attacks unaffected.
Vipers vs Sea Dragons Betting Lines
Vipers vs Sea Dragons Picks and Prediction
Predicted Score: Sea Dragons 24, Vipers 18
Worth Betting ATS?
The Vipers’ season may be over, but don’t expect them to roll over without a fight, especially in a conference rivalry game. Vegas has turned it around over the last three weeks, going 2-1 ATS. Seattle’s quarterback Ben DiNucci totaled 377 passing yards in the last matchup, but the Vipers’ secondary has been much better over the last month. Plus, McClendon is providing good QB play. Take Vegas to cover.
Worth Betting on the Totals?
The sportsbook has the projected total at 47. The Sea Dragons will score their points, as they rank third in points per game. The Vipers also rank second-to-last in allowed points per game. The over will likely come down to Vegas’ offense. McClendon has played well, but Seattle has allowed 20 points only once since Week 4. The under seems like the better wager, but this is a tough one. Avoid the totals and lean on the point spread.