XFL: Vipers vs Roughnecks Odds, and Picks (Apr 15)

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  • The Vipers blew a late lead, falling 21-17 to the Battlehawks in OT.
  • Houston won their game in OT, defeating the Brahmas, 17-15.
  • This will be the very first matchup between these two teams this season.

The Vipers (2-6) and the Roughnecks (5-3) face off for the first time in a somewhat meaningless XFL matchup. Vegas has been eliminated from playoff contention, while Houston has already clinched a spot.

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How to Watch

  • Where: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
  • When: Saturday, April 15, 2023, at 12:30 p.m ET
  • Howย toย Watch: ABC



Game Preview

Vegas led the Battlehawks 17-8 late in the 4th quarter last week. When it seemed like they were going to close the game out, they allowed St. Louis to score a 64-yard touchdown on a 4th down fake punt. They went backwards 20 yards on their next drive, punting, and allowing the Battlehawks to get a quick field goal and then win in overtime. The Vipers are eliminated, but will still aim to rebound from their collapse.

The Roughnecks led the Brahmas for much of their game on Sunday, but allowed San Antonio to surge back into the game and force overtime late. Fortunately for Houston, they were able to hold them off in OT, getting a very important win. The victory snapped a 3-game losing streak for the Roughnecks, and clinched a playoff spot for them as well. They’ll seek to build more momentum before the postseason.


Having been officially eliminated, the Vipers are only playing for pride at this point. Meanwhile, the Roughnecks may have clinched a playoff spot, but they are still fighting for home-field advantage. They’re at home in this game, as the better team, and with more to play for. Barring any major surprises, Houston should be able to walk away with another solid win in this game. I’ll take them to win it by a score of 25-17.



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.