Seattle Dragons vs Dallas Cowboys Prediction & Preview
A pair of teams from the West Division take the field in a Week 3 matchup on the XFL gridiron in the Pacific Northwest. The Dallas Renegades are on the road as they travel to face the Seattle Dragons Saturday afternoon. Dallas earned their first win in team history by taking down Los Angeles 25-18 on the road Sunday. Seattle rallied to earn a 17-9 home win over Tampa Bay last Saturday to earn their first win in the history of the franchise. Which team earns the win and maintain their position in the West Division race?
Dallas Renegades Look for Second Straight Win
Dallas dropped their season opener at home against St. Louis without quarterback Landry Jones. With him under center in Week Two, the Renegades found their offense and came up with the first win in team history on the road. The Renegades were on a roll offensively, rolling up a 444-251 edge in total offense, including 305 (290 net) through the air. Dallas held a 26-18 edge in first downs and overcame three turnovers in part by forcing two. The Renegades’ defense stiffened in the red zone, limiting the Wildcats to just one touchdown in four goal to go situations. Dallas forced two turnovers inside their own 10-yard line, which proved critical in a seven-point game. The Renegades will have to clean up the turnover game as the game could have easily gotten away from them had they faced a more capable offensive team.
Landry Jones is 28 of 40 passing for 305 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He adds four carries for 13 yards on the ground. Philip Nelson started in week 1 with Jones out of the lineup and hit 33 of 42 passes for 209 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. Cameron Artis-Payne is one of one for 10 yards. In the ground game, Artis-Payne leads the way with 16 carries for 105 yards and two scores. Lance Dunbar (11 carries, 69 yards) is a solid secondary option on the ground. Dunbar has caught a team-leading 11 passes for 63 yards. Jeff Badet (nine grabs, 59 yards), Artis-Payne (nine catches, 45 yards), tight end Donald Parham (nine catches, 116 yards, TD), Flynn Nagel (eight receptions, 56 yards) and Sean Price (five receptions, 70 yards) each are solid options in the passing game. Austin MacGinnis has hit all five of his field goal attempts with a long of 45 yards this season.
Seattle Dragons Go for Back-to-Back Home Wins
Seattle bounced back from a season-opening defeat by taking care of business at home against Tampa Bay. The Dragons rallied in the second half with a couple of big plays to turn the tide after falling behind 9-0. Seattle’s defense came up with the big plays to earn the win. The Dragons were outgained 289-199, allowed 19 first downs while picking up 14, and converted only two of 10 third-down situations in the contest. On the plus side, Seattle did win the turnover battle 3-1 though both teams had a pick-six in the contest. The two biggest plays in the game came in the third quarter. Two plays after the pick-six by Tampa Bay that put them in a 9-0 hole, Brandon Silvers hit Keenan Reynolds on a 68-yard scoring pass to get Seattle on the board. Later in the quarter, Marcel Frazier picked off a pass and returned it one yard for the go-ahead score. Silvers connected with Reynolds on the two-point conversion for a 14-9 lead. The Dragons’ defense made a critical stop early in the fourth quarter as they held Tampa Bay scoreless after the Vipers had first and goal at the one-yard line.
Brandon Silvers is 28 of 58 passing for 308 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions while running the ball once for one yard. B.J. Daniels misfired on his lone pass attempt. Kenneth Farrow leads the team on the ground with 17 carries for 86 yards on the season. Ja’Quan Gardner contributes 19 carries for 63 yards while Trey Williams contributes 14 carries for 61 yards. Austin Proehl leads the team with six receptions for 86 yards and two scores. Williams (five receptions, 23 yards, TD), Farrow (four grabs, 14 yards), Dontez Byrd (two catches, 32 yards) and Keenan Reynolds (five catches, 92 yards, TD) are other options in the passing game. Ernesto Lacayo connected on his lone field goal attempt this season, which came from 27 yards. Seattle’s defense has been good at disrupting plays as they have recorded five sacks and 19 tackles for loss so far this season.