Tampa Bay Vipers vs. St. Louis BattleHawks - 3/14/20 XFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tampa Bay Vipers vs. St. Louis BattleHawks - 3/14/20 XFL Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Mary Holt-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis BattleHawks (3-2) vs. Tampa Bay Vipers (1-4)

XFL Football: Saturday, March 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm (Raymond James Stadium)

The Line: Tampa Bay Vipers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 42

TV: FS2

The St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers meet Saturday in XFL action at Raymond James Stadium.

The St. Louis BattleHawks look for a win after splitting their last four games. The St. Louis BattleHawks have lost two of their first three road games. Jordan Ta'amu is completing 72 percent of his passes for 1,050 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Ta'amu has one touchdown pass in his last three games. L'Damian Washington and De'Mornay Pierson-El have combined for 461 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Alonzo Russell has 15 receptions. The St. Louis BattleHawks ground game is averaging 155.8 yards per contest, and Matt Jones leads the way with 314 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, St. Louis is allowing 15.4 points and 260.2 yards per game.  Dexter McCoil leads the St. Louis BattleHawks with 36 tackles, Terence Garvin has one sack and Will Hill has two interceptions.

The Tampa Bay Vipers need a victory here to rebound from a rough 1-4 start to the season. The Tampa Bay Vipers have split their first two home games. Taylor Cornelius is completing 63 percent of his passes for 858 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. Cornelius has four touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last three games. Dan Williams and  Jalen Tolliver have combined for 635 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Reece Horn has 27 receptions. The Tampa Bay Vipers ground game is averaging 165.6 yards per contest, and DeVeon Smith leads the way with 365 yards on 90 carries. Defensively, Tampa Bay is allowing 23 points and 258.8 yards per game.  Marcelis Branch leads the Tampa Bay Vipers with 33 tackles, Terrance Plummer has one sack and Tarvarus McFadden has two interceptions.

The St. Louis BattleHawks have had issues on the road this season and are fresh off a game against the DC Defenders where they scored just six points. The Tampa Bay Vipers may be the worst team in the East record wise, but they've been on the wrong side of some competitive losses and just went toe-to-toe with the Los Angeles Wildcats on the road last week. These are the top-two defensive and rushing teams in the league, so expect a tight, low scoring and physical game. I want the points with the Vipers at home.

Randy’s Pick Tampa Bay Vipers +2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.