Saturday’s contest between the Dallas Renegades and the Seattle Dragons is a critical game for both teams. While it’s early in the season, having two losses in the first three games puts you at a disadvantage for the rest of the season. Both teams are riding high from their week two wins against the Tampa Bay Vipers and the LA Wildcats.
The Renegades will be challenged to stop the rushing attack and deal with the home field advantage of Seattle. On the other end, the Dragons must stop one of the best passing attacks in the XFL.
- Dallas Renegades vs. Seattle Dragons
- Date/Time: Saturday, February 22nd at 5:00 pm EST
- Location: CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
- Network: Fox
Bob Stoops, Dallas Renegades
Stoops’ Renegades were able to bounce back from their week one loss with an impressive road win against LA. While Landry Jones’ performance was up and down, the running game showed signs of life as they ran for over 150 yards. Jones was able to settle down and threw the ball well. Defensively, the team looked better but struggled in the fourth quarter. It’ll be a tough road game for the Renegades, but with Seattle’s defense being prone to giving up big pass plays, that could work in favor of the air raid offense of Dallas.
Jim Zorn, Seattle Dragons
There are quarterback concerns for Jim Zorn and his Dragons, but the running game has been carrying this offense so far. If Brandon Silvers can find a way to play consistently well, the offense should be one of the best in the XFL. Defensively, the team has performed well as they dominated the Tampa Bay Vipers offense all game last week. Their front seven provided plenty of pressure on Tampa Bay’s quarterbacks and never let the running game pick up. Zorn will need to work with the offense to fix their passing issues in order to keep up with the Dallas passing attack.
Landry Jones, Dallas Renegades
Last week’s debut for Landry Jones could be seen as a mixed performance. Two interceptions doesn’t look good on paper, but if you watched his play on the field, he was accurate. Jones almost completed 70 percent of his passes while becoming the first XFL quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in a game. Things aren’t perfect for Jones, but for someone who played for the first time in over two years, he might be on his way to a stellar season.
Brandon Silvers, Seattle Dragons
Both weeks for Brandon Silvers has been a roller coaster ride for the Seattle starter. He threw three touchdowns in week one against DC, but couldn’t hit 100 yards passing in week two. There are some things that Silvers needs to work on, but getting consistent is the most important part. Having a banged-up receiving core doesn’t help. His strong running game should provide him with what he needs to succeed. The arm strength is there and the skills are there, but more is needed from him to move the Dragons to the next level.
Keys to Victory
Running the football must become a major priority for the offense as they move forward through the season. Cameron Artis-Payne was one yard away from 100 yards last week. He and Dunbar had provided the spark the offense needed in the fourth quarter. A more balanced attack like the one shown in the fourth quarter could be the key for the offense to move the ball. Jones has plenty of weapons to throw it to, but it appears as Jeff Badet and Donald Parham are his number one targets right now.
Seattle has one of the best backfields in the league and Dallas’s defense will need to be on their A-game. The last time they played a run-heavy offense, St. Louis ran for almost 200 yards and won the time of possession. Dallas will need to avoid that at all costs. The front seven will be key since they are losing defensive lineman Winston Craig for the game. That means Frank Alexander and Gelen Robinson will need to come up big.
Brandon Silvers must gain confidence early in the game to set the tone for the rest of the day. Kasen Williams is out once again for the passing attack, but Austin Proehl and Keenan Reynolds provides plenty of big-play potential to help out. There’s no secret as to how good their three running backs are. Getting them going early and often could help open up the passing game.
Seattle’s defense was so good with providing pressure on the quarterback and creating turnovers against the Vipers. More of the same will need to be done against Dallas. The secondary will be put to the test against the speed of the Renegade receivers. The linebacking core must be ready to stop the Renegades running game that picked up last week.
- Winston Craig, DT – Knee, Did not participate, Out
- Jeff Badet, WR – Hip, Full participation, Probable
- Pace Murphy, OT – Foot, Full participation, Probable
- Donald Parham, TE – Foot, Full participation, Probable
- Sean Price, TE – Hand, Full participation, Probable
- Isaiah Battle, TE – Ankle, Did not participate, Out
- Cam Clear, TE – Did not participate
- Michael Dunn, OT – Calf, Did not participate, Doubtful
- Anthony Moten, DT – Ankle, Did not participate, Out
- Kasen Williams, WR – Quad, Did not participate, Out
- Dontez Byrd, WR – Knee, Limited participation, Probable
- Kenneth Farrow, RB – Rib, Limited participation, Probable
- Ja’Quan Gardner, RB – Ankle, Full participation, Probable
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