XFL Week 9 Odds and Picks: San Antonio Brahmas vs. Orlando Guardians Targets Include Quinten Dormady, Cody Latimer, and Landen Akers

    What can we expect in Saturday's XFL battle between the San Antonio Brahmas and Orlando Guardians? Here are the odds, picks, and predictions.

    XFL Week 9 Odds and Picks: San Antonio Brahmas vs. Orlando Guardians Targets Include Quinten Dormady, Cody Latimer, and Landen Akers

    If you’re looking for Week 9 XFL San Antonio Brahmas vs. Orlando Guardians odds, picks, and predictions for this important Saturday matchup, then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve analyzed each team’s highest-probability game scripts to assess the most likely outcomes, including which players are in line to thrive more than anticipated or fall short of expectations.

    Brahmas vs. Guardians Week 9 Odds and Betting Lines

    The following odds and betting lines for the Brahmas vs. Guardians are as of Thursday, April 13, and come from DraftKings Sportsbook. Clearly, they’re subject to change. That said, barring an unforeseen injury to a significant starter, we should assume that these lines will remain largely intact.

    • Point Spread: Brahmas (-2)
    • Moneyline: Brahmas (-125), Guardians (+105)
    • Over/Under: 39.5 (-110)

    Brahmas vs. Guardians Picks and Predictions

    Full disclosure, as always. Week 8 was a mixed bag, as I went 1-3 in picks against the spread, 2-2 on moneylines, and 4-0 on over/unders. That late and unexpected scratch of St. Louis QB AJ McCarron didn’t help, as backup Nick Tiano floundered vs. one of the league’s worst defenses. The XFL is a bit shallow when it comes to talent, and taking the same team -7 points with a backup QB is never a savvy move.

    That said, we take the good luck with the bad. And the good news is that over/unders are making a lot more sense these days. Here’s hoping I snap back into shape on point spreads.

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    A popular philosophical question concerns the unstoppable force vs. the immovable object. Which side wins?

    In a sense, we’re about a find out. Because as rough as San Antonio’s offense has looked on most possessions, its defense remains one of the league’s best. They’ve surrendered the fewest points per game and the second-fewest yards.

    Oh, and they’ve done this despite having an offense frequently doomed by turnovers, sacks, incompletions, and two-yard runs. In other words, their defense has faced enormous pressure to keep them in games — often dealing with poor field position — and have generally thrived in spite of it.

    We might assume, then, that they’ll contain Orlando, which took a huge step back last weekend after seemingly turning a corner midseason. Wouldn’t you know it: Right after I pushed Quinten Dormady as a near-elite XFL quarterback, he took a huge step back, committing four turnovers and taking four sacks.

    Granted, the opposing Renegades have yielded the fewest yards per game in the league. But Dormady’s mistakes cost them a long-shot chance at the postseason. Now they’re officially eliminated, despite an offense that often can score in buckets.

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    I’m fascinated by how this game will play out. San Antonio beat Orlando 30-12 in Week 2. But in hindsight, that looks more like a fluke. Jack Coan lit up the Guardians’ D with three TDs. Granted, they didn’t have Landen Akers back then, and Akers’ presence has been a boon for this passing attack in recent games.

    However, that Orlando team was helmed by Paxton Lynch. Charleston Rambo still hadn’t gotten going. The defense was an unmitigated mess.

    If we believe (as I do) that Orlando is better than what we saw in Week 2, and if we believe (as I do) that a Coan-led Brahmas offense cannot realistically replicate its earlier brief success, then we’re left with the Guardians’ “unstoppable force.”

    Yes, as long as Dormady plays remotely better than he did against the likely playoff-bound Renegades, then Orlando should have the tools to crack 20 points. And against San Antonio, that usually means victory.

    • Recommended Point-Spread Bet: Guardians (+2)
    • Recommended Moneyline Bet: Guardians (+105)
    • Over/Under: Under 39.5 (-110)

    B.J. Rudell is a betting and fantasy analyst at Pro Football Network. You can read all of BJ’s work here and follow him on Twitter: @BJRudell.