XFL Week 4 Team Match Up, Odds, Predictions, & Rules

Updated: February 29, 2020

By: Anthony "Ace" Michael

Happy Weekend Guys,

So the Roughnecks stay undefeated and the Vipers are and will stay at the bottom! It has been exciting so far and it will only get better. Let's keep these winning ways up and continue to cash in on this games:






The XFL consists of eight league-owned teams split into two geographic regions. Below is the division alignment along with the team names.


Tiebreakers will be used to determine (in case of tied W-L records) seeds for playoffs and home team for championship game. The following is a chart of tiebreakers:

1. Head-to-head
2. Net Touchdowns from all games
3. Total points in head-to-head matchups
4. Best won-lost percentage in games played within the division
5. Strength of victory (best won-lost percentage of opponents beaten)
6. Best ranking among division teams in net points
7. Coin toss

Note: If two or more teams remain tied after a third (or more) team is eliminated, the tiebreaker reverts to step one comparing the remaining teams.


Saturday, February 29


Time (ET)


Los Angeles at New York



Seattle at St. Louis



Sunday, March 1


Time (ET)


Houston at Dallas



DC at Tampa Bay




Wildcats at Guardians Odds

  • Spread: Wildcats -8
  • Total: 39
  • Kickoff: 2 p.m. ET on Saturday
  • TV: ABC

The Wildcats looked great last week, but that doesn't seem to mean anything in the XFL! The Guardians only scored 9 points in their last 2 games. QB Josh Johnson is healthy and ready for this match up. As for the Guardians, who knows who will be QB for them as they used 3 QB's in the first 3 games. In the end I have to go against my word and take the 8 points with the Guardians as they will get something going to keep it close!

Prediction: Guardians +8



Dragons at BattleHawks Odds

  • Spread: BattleHawks -11.5
  • Total: 38
  • Kickoff: 5 p.m. ET on Saturday
  • TV: FOX

The BattleHawks are good and the Dragons are bad! It is simple! Now the point spread could be tough. We all know who is going to win this match up, but by how many? The BattleHawks only loss was to the undefeated Roughnecks in a close game. They should dominate this match up and I would expect a blowout here!

Prediction: BattleHawks -11.5




Roughnecks vs. Renegades Odds

  • Spread: Roughnecks -3
  • Total: 50.5
  • Kickoff: 4 p.m. ET on Sunday
  • TV: FS1

This is the match up I been waiting for. As I  said all along, I think the Roughnecks will win the title this year! But in the match up the Renegades are getting better and better each and every week. I like the flow to their game and I do think it will be very close. Walker to Phillips has been fun to watch and both are league leaders! Landry Jones is undefeated as he did not play in week 1's loss. He has been amazing to watch also. That being said, I will take the the points here!

Prediction: Renegades +3




Defenders vs. Vipers Odds

  • Spread: Defenders -2.5
  • Total: 44
  • Kickoff: 7 p.m. ET on Sunday
  • TV: ESPN2

Looks like Marc Trestman's last game to me! They are simply out matched at nearly every position every game. This will be the shortest write up, meaning go cash in on it!

Prediction: Defenders -2.5






The XFL Playoff Schedule begins on Saturday, April 18 with the first-place East Division team hosting the second-place East Division team at 3:00pm ET on FOX. Then on Sunday, April 19, the top team in the West Division will host the second-place team from the West Division and it will be televised by ESPN at 3:00pm ET.

Winners of the two playoff games will advance to the 2020 XFL Championship Game, which will be played on Sunday, April 26. The game will be televised at 3:00pm ET by ESPN at a site to be announced.



The XFL will be similar to other American professional football leagues, but there are some differences. As in most American football, touchdowns will be worth six points and field goals will be worth three points.

The main differences will be on the kickoff, point after touchdown, punt, double-forward pass, and overtime. Those rules are listed below with explanation from the XFL:



  • The kicker kicks from the 30-yard line and must kick the ball in the air and in play between the opponent’s 20-yard line and the end zone.
  • The coverage team lines up on the return side 35-yard line and the return team lines up on the 30-yard line. Each team must have exactly 3 players outside the hash marks on both sides of the ball and cannot move until the ball is caught by the returner.
  • Out of bounds kicks and kicks that fall short of the 20-yard line will result in an illegal procedure penalty, taking the ball all the way out to the kicking team’s 45 yard line.
  • Players can move when the ball is touched by the returner or 3 seconds after the ball touches the ground (when the official waves his hand down).
  • If the ball is kicked into the end zone and is downed it is a “Major” touchback and the ball is placed at the return side 35-yard line.
  • If the ball bounces in bounds and then out of the end zone or is downed in the end zone, the ball is placed at the return side 15-yard line.
  • If a player on the return team touches the ball and it goes out of bounds, the ball is spotted where it went out of bounds.
  • If a team wishes to run an onside kick, it must indicate this to the official before the play and the two teams will be permitted to line up using traditional NFL rules (i.e. 10 yards apart from the kicking team). There will be no surprise onside kicks.


Point-After Touchdown

  • After a touchdown, the team has the option of running a play from the 2, 5, or 10-yard line, worth 1, 2, or 3 points respectively. The team must run an offensive play and no kicking plays are allowed.
  • If the defense is able to cause a turnover and return the ball to the opponent’s end zone, the resulting score is equal to the number of points the offense was attempting to score on its PAT.



  • Punting team cannot release past the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • Gunners must line up at the line of scrimmage and are permitted to move laterally once the ball is snapped until it is kicked.
  • Defenders over the gunner cannot cross the line of scrimmage until the ball is kicked.
  • If the ball goes out of bounds inside the 35-yard line, it is a “Major” touchback and the ball goes to the 35-yard line.
  • If a punted ball lands in the opponent’s end zone or goes out of the end zone the result is a “Major” touchback, and the ball goes out to the 35-yard line.
  • Fair catches are permitted.

Double-Forward Pass

  • If a team completes a forward pass behind the line of scrimmage, that team may throw a second forward pass, as long as the ball has at no time crossed the line of scrimmage.
  • Once the ball has passed the line of scrimmage, no forward passes are permitted.


  • Overtime shall consist of 5 “Rounds”, staged in alternating single-play possessions as is customary in NHL shootouts or MLS penalty kicks. A “Round” will consist of one offensive play per team. Each possession starts at the opponent’s 5-yard line and the offensive team has one play to score. The team with more points after 5 rounds is the winner.
    • If a team has been mathematically eliminated before all 5 rounds have been completed, the game ends immediately (e.g. If Team A scores on its first 3 attempts and Team B is stopped on its first 3 attempts, then no subsequent plays are necessary).
    • If teams are tied after 5 rounds, then rounds continue until one team is leading at the conclusion of a round, and that team will be the winner.
  • For scoring purposes, each successful overtime score is worth 2 points.
  • The defensive team cannot score. If the offensive team commits a turnover, the play is over immediately.
  • If the defensive team commits a penalty, the offensive team will be allowed to re-attempt from the 1-yard line.
    • Any subsequent penalty committed by the defensive team on any subsequent play, including in future rounds, will result in a score awarded to the offensive team.
  • If the offensive team commits a pre-snap penalty, the ball will be moved back from the original spot, pursuant to regular rules and the play will be re-attempted.
  • If the offensive team commits a post-snap penalty, the play will end and no score will be awarded.
  • There will be a minimum of 20 seconds between plays with the ball-spotting official working in conjunction with TV and Official Review to signal when the next play begins.
  • All Overtimes will have the visiting team on offense first and home team on defense first.
    Every round will repeat this format.
  • In Overtime the end zone where the overtime takes place will be determined at the 90 minute meeting.






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