St. Louis BattleHawks vs. DC Defenders XFL Odds, Betting Pick: St. Louis’ Rush Offense Should Thrive


Credit: Scott Kane/XFL via Getty Images. Pictured: Christine Michael and Jordan Ta’amu

Mar 08, 2020, 01:19 PM EDT
  • Updated betting odds for Sunday's BattleHawks vs. Defenders XFL game have St. Louis favored by 5.5 points with a total of 39.
  • The BattleHawks enter this game at 3-1, and are in first place in the East, one game ahead of the 2-2 Defenders.
  • Check out our betting breakdown below, complete with our projected odds, an injury report, analysis and a pick on the spread.

St. Louis BattleHawks at DC Defenders Odds

  • Spread: BattleHawks -5.5
  • Total: 38.5
  • Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET on Sunday
  • TV: FS1

Odds as of Saturday morning and via FanDuel. Get up to a $500 risk-free bet at FanDuel today or see more offers and reviews for the best online sportsbooks.

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

BattleHawks vs. Defenders Injury Report

The BattleHawks have listed every player on their injury report as questionable except for running back Sherman Badie (knee), who was just added to the roster this week.

When it comes to their elite usage of the questionable tag, the BattleHawks are the New England Patriots of the XFL.

Running backs Matt Jones (knee) and Christine Michael (illness) both practiced fully on Friday and yet are still listed as questionable. For a solid month, Jones has been technically questionable after practicing on a limited basis early in the week. The BattleHawks are just managing his workload in practice and playing coy with his injury status. He’s fully expected to suit up.

On defense, the BattleHawks might be without starting perimeter cornerback Robert Nelson (illness), who missed practice on Friday but is officially questionable. Rotational cornerback Marquez White (illness) practiced fully on Friday and should play through his questionable tag.

The Defenders are healthy on offense, but they are dealing with issues in their secondary. Starting left corner Elijah Campbell (abdomen) missed Week 4 even though he was a limited practice participant last week. He’s shaping up to be another game-time decision, but he looks to be on the doubtful side of his questionable tag.

Rotational corner Doran Grant (hip) started at left corner last week in Campbell’s place — but he’s now dealing with an injury, as is starting right corner Desmond Lawrence (back). They’re both questionable after practicing limitedly on Friday.

There’s an outside chance the Defenders could be without their three top perimeter corners. — Matthew Freedman

Key Mismatch

BattleHawks Rush Offense vs. Defenders Rush Defense

This St. Louis team has a distinct advantage against a Defenders defense that has struggled mightily so far against the run.

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