St. Louis BattleHawks vs Seattle Dragons Prediction & Preview
The Seattle Dragons are hoping to earn their first road victory on the season when they travel to face the St. Louis BattleHawks on Saturday. The Dragons enter this contest fresh off a disappointing 24-12 loss to the Dallas Renegades in Week 3.
Meanwhile, the BattleHawks are hoping to keep their undefeated home record intact. St. Louis is coming off an impressive 29-9 victory over the New York Guardians in Week 3. And at 2-1, they’re tied with the DC Defenders for first place in the XFL East Division.
Saturday’s game takes place from The Dome at America’s Center with kick-off slated for 5 p.m. EST. The contest airs on Fox.
Can the Dragons earn their first road victory?
For the Dragons to win on the road, their offense must show better consistency. Through three weeks, it hasn’t been stellar as Seattle is seventh in the XFL in yards gained per game with 269.7, seventh in passing yards with 165.3 per game average, and sixth in scoring as they average 16 points per game.
Leading the helm for the Dragons is quarterback Brandon Silvers. Silvers has thrown for 512 yards and his favorite target is wide receiver Austin Proehl, who has 168 reception yards on the season.
While the passing game has struggled a bit, one bright spot has been the rushing attack. The Dragons are 5th in the XFL in rushing yards gained per game with 104. Shouldering the brunt of that load is running back Kenneth Farrow
who has 100 rushing yards on the season, though he’s coming off a rough performance where Dallas held him to 2.2 yards per rush.
The Dragons need this balance as they go against one of the XFL’s toughest defenses. The BattleHawks is tied for first in the league in scoring defense, holding opponents to 15.3 points per game. Given the Dragons are only averaging 16 points per game and they’re playing on the road against a very good defense, points will be tough to come by for Seattle.
St. Louis has been bulldozing their opponents
The key to the BattleHawks’ success has been dominating the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Offensively, they’re the league’s best rushing offense as they average 157 yards per game on the ground.
Running back Matt Jones
has emerged as one of the stars of the league. He’s first in the XFL in rushing yards through three games with 224, good for an average of close to 75 yards per game.
When he’s not running over would-be tacklers, Jordan Ta’amu punishes secondaries with his arm. He has thrown for 612 yards so far this season. This balanced offensive attack scores 22 points per game, good for third-best in the XFL.
On Saturday, they face a Seattle defense that allows 21 points per game, so points will be easy to come by at home for the BattleHawks.