Dallas Renegades Defeated the Seattle Dragons 24-12

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Dallas Renegades wide receiver Flynn Nagel catches a touchdown pass from Landry Jones in the first quarter (Photo by Joe Nicholson/XFL via Getty Images).

The Dallas Renegades scored the last 18 points of the game as they beat the Seattle Dragons at CenturyLink Field 24-12. The Dallas offense got off to another slow start, but Landry Jones and the running game gained traction in the second half. They combined with the defense’s ability to shut out the Dragons in the second half to get the win.

First Half

After the Renegades’ offense stalled out on their first offensive possession, Brandon Silvers got off to a hot start as he led the team down to the Dallas 21. Austin Proehl continues his excellent season catching a 21-yard touchdown from Silvers to make the score 6-0. Dallas is known for their slow starts this season. After two defensive penalties, the Renegades produced a 13-play drive ending with a Flynn Nagel touchdown catch.

After a failed two-point conversion, both teams traded punts until Silvers threw a costly interception to Josh Hawkins. Jones responded with his first interception of the game. Seattle took advantage of the turnover and drove down the field, leading to Kenneth Farrow catching a 19-yard score to make it 12-6.

Jones went on to throw a second consecutive interception on another underthrown ball. The Dragons decided to run the clock out with just under a minute to go in the first half. Seattle went in with momentum as they lead by six going into halftime.

Second Half

Seattle had a nice drive to start the second half but failed to convert a fourth and three at Dallas’ 35-yard line. Dallas’s offense got into a rhythm with Lance Dunbar and Cameron Artis-Payne contributing in the passing game. Tight end Donald Parham found the end zone for the second straight week as he caught a ten yarder to tie the game at 12-12.

The Dallas defense then showed off their dominance, forcing a three and out with the offense picking up steam heading into the fourth quarter.

Cameron Artis-Payne ran the ball well to get Dallas to the Seattle one-yard line. The offense would face disappointment as they had to settle for a short field goal to take a 15-12 lead. After another three and out for Seattle, Jones connects with Parham on a pretty 65-yard touchdown pass to make the score 21-12. Seattle struck out again with a four and out.

The Dragons’ defense came up with a third turnover as Marcel Frazier forces a Jones fumble on a pass and recovered the ball. The Seattle offense would again go four and out, failing to capitalize.

Dallas took control of the ball and scored what would be the final score of the game, another field goal with 47 seconds left. The Renegades held on to win their second straight game 24-12.

Game Analysis

Dallas Renegades

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It was once again another slow start for Landry Jones in the first half. He missed a lot of open receivers. His deep balls never were accurate, mostly underthrown passes. He was again much improved in the second half, including hitting Donald Parham on a long bomb for six. Jones finished the game with three touchdowns and 274 yards passing.

Parham had another big game as he went for over 100 yards and two scores. Cameron Artis-Payne had another big game with 80 yards rushing and 30 receiving. Lance Dunbar has become Jones’ safety blanket on dump-offs and screen passes.

The Renegades defense struggled in the first half overall. Silvers threw both of his touchdowns in the first half and Seattle’s run game, with mainly Ja’Quan Gardner and Trey Williams, also got it done the first half. The second half would be a different story.

Defenders like Asantay Brown and Greer Martini stepped up with big tackles and excellent coverage in the second half. Seattle could not do anything offensively as the coverage was strong, and the front seven shut down the running game. Josh Hawkins has a lot to do with how good the coverage was creating an interception in the game.

Seattle Dragons

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Brandon Silvers got off to a good start in the first half as he was accurate, aside from the one interception he threw in the second quarter. Ja’Quan Gardner and Trey Williams were able to run the ball effectively. Austin Proehl had another stellar game with 81 yards receiving and a touchdown.

Then the wheels fell off in the second half as only two drives saw first downs being made. Numerous times the offense was shut down. More questions will be asked with the fall off of Silvers play in the second half as Dragon fans will be calling for BJ Daniels taking over.

The defense produced sufficient pressure on Landry Jones in the first half. Both of his interceptions were caused by pressure, forcing Jones to throw bad passes. Jones’ fumble in the fourth quarter was also caused by pressure as Marcel Frazier came off the edge to cause havoc.

The second half did not go as well as they allowed a big 65-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that lost them the game. After a strong game last week, the defense showed some issues coming from the secondary heading into the next two games. Those games feature the St. Louis BattleHawks and Houston Roughnecks. Both are stellar offenses.

Key Stats

Dallas Renegades

  • Landry Jones (Passing): 30-41, 274 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions
  • Cameron Artis-Payne (Rushing): 13 carries, 80 yards
  • Donald Parham (Receiving): five catches, 101 yards, two touchdowns

Seattle Dragons

  • Brandon Silvers (Passing): 21-34, 204 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
  • Ja’Quan Gardner (Rushing): eight carries, 37 yards
  • Austin Proehl (Receiving): six catches, 81 yards, one touchdown

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