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XFL: Defenders vs Sea Dragons Odds, and Picks (Apr 9)

By · April 5, 2023
  • The Defenders lost their first game of the year, falling 37-36 to the Guardians.
  • Seattle picked up their 5th straight win, defeating Arlington by a score of 24-15.
  • These two teams last met on February 19, in a game that the Defenders won 22-18.

The Defenders (6-1) and the Sea Dragons (5-2) face off for a top-tier XFL rematch. Both teams have won the majority of their games as of late, but have work to do to make the playoffs in a brutally tough division.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA
  • When: Sunday, April 9, 2023, at 7 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: ESPN2

Odds

TeamMoneylineSpread
Defenders+115+1.5
Sea Dragons-135-1.5

Game Preview

The Defenders finally took their first loss of the season last week. After a stellar 6-0 start to the year, they lost in the most unlikely game, against the 0-6 Guardians. It was an incredibly close and exciting game between the best and worst team, which is a testament to the parity of the XFL. Nonetheless, DC took a loss in that game, and is now 1 game from falling out of a playoff spot. They need to bounce back quickly.

Seattle picked up their 5th straight win last week, improving to 5-2 on the season. After a tumultuous 0-2 start, the Sea Dragons have emerged as one of the XFL’s most dangerous teams. Unfortunately, in the brutal north division, their 5-2 record is only good enough for 3rd place, which would not qualify them for a playoff spot. The pressure is on for Seattle to avenge their opening-week loss against the Defenders here.


Picks

When these two teams first met in the season-opener, the Defenders managed to win by 4 points at home. That narrow margin bodes well for the Sea Dragons’ ability to win the rematch in Seattle, especially with how well they’ve been playing as of late. Their next two games against DC and St. Louis will determine the fate of their season, and I predict a strong start to that stretch with a 26-22 win over DC.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.