DC Defenders vs. Los Angeles Wildcats XFL Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions: Will D.C. Move to 3-0?


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Feb 23, 2020, 04:18 PM EST
  • The D.C. Defenders (-8) have looked like the XFL's best team over the first two weeks of the season. Will they cover a big spread against L.A. on Sunday?
  • Our experts break down the game's top matchups in their full betting analysis of Sunday's marquee matchup.

Defenders at Wildcats Odds

  • Spread: Defenders -8
  • Total: 44
  • Kickoff: 6 p.m. ET on Sunday
  • TV: FS1

Odds as of Saturday and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.

Our staff previews Sunday’s game, complete with their projected spread and a pick.

Defenders-Wildcats Injury Report

For the Defenders, wide receiver Malachi Dupre (shoulder) practiced on a limited basis on Friday and is tentatively expected to play through his questionable tag. Rotational defensive end Tavaris Barnes (thigh) missed practice on Friday and looks to be on the doubtful side of questionable.

For the Wildcats, starting quarterback Josh Johnson (thigh) was limited in practice this week, but he’s expected to play through his questionable status after making his season debut last week. Backup quarterback Chad Kanoff (shoulder/head) will miss his second straight week.

The Wildcats will also be without starting edge defender Willie Mays (neck), starting cornerback Harlan Miller (thigh) and backup center Kahlil McKenzie (ankle).

Starting wide receiver Saeed Blacknall (thigh) and starting cornerback Jaylen Dunlap (thigh) are expected to return to action after missing Week 2. Tony Marquis

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Key Matchup

Defenders QB Cardale Jones vs. Wildcats Pass Defense

It helps the Wildcats that quarterback Josh Johnson got on the field in Week 2, but they have allowed a league-high 62 points this year and are ranked last with their 54.6 defensive grade (per Pro Football Focus). They are likely to have their hands full with Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones.