2020 Roughnecks vs Vipers XFL Week 3 Odds, Preview & Pick

2020 Roughnecks vs Vipers XFL Week 3 Odds, Preview & Pick

Written by on February 20, 2020

The Dallas Roughnecks head to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Saturday to battle the Vipers. The Roughnecks are -7 favorites in this game. Can Dallas win and cover on the road? Or, will Tampa play well enough to get at least the ATS victory? Check out XFL odds, analysis, and a free pick for Roughnecks vs Vipers!

Roughnecks vs Vipers Week 3

  • When: Saturday, Feb. 22 at 2:00 pm ET
  • Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL
  • TV: ABC
  • Live Stream: ESPN+
  • ATS Odds:  Roughnecks -7

Why Houston Roughnecks are a good bet -7

After the XFL’s first couple of weeks, the Roughnecks are 2-0. In Week 1, Houston dominated the L.A. Wildcats 37-17. Houston quarterback P.J. Walker has thrown the second-most passing yards in XFL. He’s thrown the most touchdowns, 7, in the league. Walker could put a beating onto the 0-2 Tampa Bay Vipers on Saturday.

Player Statistics

Offensive Yard Leaders

  • Passing: QB P.J. Walker 442
  • Rushing: RB James Butler 58
  • Receiving: WR Cam Philips 130

Defense Leaders

  • Tackles: LB Beniquez Brown 15
  • Sacks: LB LaTroy Lewis 2
  • Interceptions: CB Deatrick Nichols 1

Why Tampa Bay Vipers are a good bet +7

Tampa Bay has yet to get on track. That could happen on Feb. 22, though. Vipers’ quarterback Aaron Murray threw for 241 yards, but he tossed 2 picks in Week 1. In Week 2, Tampa Bay backup Taylor Cornelius didn’t play any better. But things could turn around for the Vipers at the quarterback position in Week 3. Murray might play. If he doesn’t, Tampa could run a more QB/RB system with Quinton Flowers. Not only that but Tampa’s defense only yielded 17 points to Seattle in Week 2. The Vipers have a shot to cover.

Player Statistics

Offensive Yard Leaders

  • Passing: QB Aaron Murray 231
  • Rushing: RB Jacques Patrick 105
  • Receiving: WR Dan Williams 145

Defense Leaders

  • Tackles: S Marcelis Branch 17
  • Sacks: None
  • Interceptions: S Tavarus McFadden 1

Roughnecks vs Vipers Final XFL Betting Analysis

Tampa Bay’s offense is a mess. The defense has played well, but the offense is in shambles. Not only is Aaron Murray hurt but when he did play, he didn’t play well. Almost as important? Neither Taylor Cornelius nor Quinton Flowers has stepped it up. Flowers has been a huge disappointment rushing the football.

Things wouldn’t be so bad if the Vipers didn’t play the Roughnecks on Saturday. Houston sends one of the top 3 quarterbacks in the league to battle on Feb. 22. P.J. Walker has a 7 TD to 1 INT ratio. His QB rating is a monstrous 107.4. Even if Tampa’s offense turns it around, the Vipers won’t keep up with the Roughnecks’ on the scoreboard. Houston rolls to an easy win and cover.

XFL Week 3 Free Pick: Roughnecks -7

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