Renegades vs Defenders Prediction, Odds & Best Bets for Week 9 (D.C. Doesn't Break a Sweat)

Arlington Renegades vs DC Defenders prediction, odds and betting insights for XFL regular season game.
Arlington Renegades vs DC Defenders prediction, odds and betting insights for XFL regular season game. / (AP Photo/Will Newton)

Renegades vs Defenders Week 9 Game Info

2023 XFL Regular Season Game
Arlington Renegades (4-4) vs. D.C. Defenders (7-1)
Date: Sunday, Apr. 16, 2023
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Venue: Audi Field — Washington, D.C.
Coverage: ESPN, ESPN+

The 2023 XFL season has now reached Week 9, bringing another exciting slate of matchups. Sunday, April 16 features two intriguing showdowns, including one between the Arlington Renegades and D.C. Defenders.

The Renegades have been playing well away from home, winning their last two road games. They got the job done on the road in their latest outing — an 18-16 win over the Orlando Guardians. Meanwhile, the Defenders bounced back from their first loss of the campaign with a 34-33 shootout win against the Seattle Sea Dragons.

Are the Renegades destined for more road success? Or will the Defenders prove, once again, why they're the XFL's top team?

Renegades vs Defenders Odds & Spread

All XFL betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: ARL (+330) | DC: (-410)
Spread: ARL: +8.5 (-110) | DC: -8.5 (-110)
Total: 41.5 —Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

The Defenders enter this contest as clear home favorites on the moneyline and spread on FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 12 p.m. ET matchup also features an over/under of 41.5 with -110 odds on each side.

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Renegades vs Defenders Prediction & Pick

The Renegades' success this season has mostly stemmed from their solid defense, which ranks first and second, respectively, in total yards and points allowed per game. Having said that, they'll have their hands full with a D.C. squad that has the XFL's top offense and has scored 34-plus points in each of the last three games.

If the Defenders get on a roll early on, the Renegades just don't have the tools to catch up. Arlington has the worst offense in the league, proven by its having yet to score more than 18 points since Week 1. In fact, the road team is averaging an unimpressive 12.5 PPG clip over the last six outings.

At the end of the day, the Defenders are No. 1 for a reason this season. The Renegades' defense is solid, but it won't be good enough to slow down the championship favorites (+115 per FanDuel Sportsbook).

Final Score Prediction: Defenders: 31 | Renegades: 15

Renegades vs Defenders Best Bet

For the best Renegades vs. Defenders bet, I'm going with the over on the 41.5-point total. The Renegades might not score a ton of points, but they won't need to with the Defenders doing most of the heavy lifting. Besides, five of D.C.'s last six games have gone over 41.5 points, including each of the last four.

Expect some fireworks in this one, even if it's mostly from one side.

Bet: Over 41.5 Points (-110)

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