Houston Roughnecks vs Seattle Dragons Prediction & Preview
The Seattle Dragons (1-3) are desperate to get back into the win column after a 23-16 loss to the St. Louis BattleHawks in Week 4. However, to do so, they must travel to Houston to face the XFL’s best team the Roughnecks.
The Roughnecks are 4-0 and a big reason for their success has been their high-octane offense. Houston has the XFL’s highest-scoring offense by averaging 31.5 points per game. And this offense has bailed them out of a lot of jams including a 27-20 victory over the Dallas Renegades in Week 4.
Saturday’s contest takes place from TDECU Stadium with kick-off slated for 2 p.m. EST. The game airs on ABC.
Can Seattle’s offense find another gear?
The Dragons have been struggling to find the end zone this season. Seattle is tied for sixth in the league in scoring offense with 16 points per game, they rank seventh in passing and total yards per game.
One bright spot for Seattle has been its rushing attack. The Dragons are third in the XFL in rushing yards gained per game with 109. Leading this charge has been Kenneth Farrow who averages over four and a half yards per carry. They need Farrow’s legs too, as they continue to receive inconsistent quarterback play where they only complete 51% of their passes.
He could be in for a spectacular performance on Saturday when he goes against a Houston defense that struggles at times. The Roughnecks are seventh in the XFL in scoring defense by allowing 22 points per game. Therefore, if there’s a week for the Dragons’ offense to get it together, this would be the week to do so.
And they’ll need these extra points too to hang with the XFL’s most potent offense.
Houston’s offense aims to slay the Dragons
The Roughnecks are the XFL’s last undefeated team. At 4-0, they have a two-game lead in the Western Conference. Through four weeks, they’re the only team that’s had the distinction of scoring more than 100 points.
What makes Houston so dangerous offensively is they employ an air-raid offensive attack led by the arm of Phillip Walker. Walker has thrown for 987 yards, 12 touchdowns against two interceptions. Walker leads the XFL in yards and touchdowns thrown, and he’s third in overall efficiency.
Cam Philips has emerged as one of Walker’s favorite targets. He has snatched 21 receptions good for 333 yards and he’s averaging over 15 yards per reception, highlighting his ability to get open deep in the secondary.
On Saturday, this duo looks to shred a Seattle defense that’s struggled to stop opponents’ air-raid attacks. The Dragons are seventh in the league in passing yards allowed per game and they’re allowing opponents to complete over 66% of their passing attempts, setting up Walker to have a huge performance.
Seattle is 0-2 SU in last 2 road games
Houston is: 2-0 SU in last 2 home games