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XFL North Division Playoffs: Seattle Sea Dragons (7-3) Preview, Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Sea Dragons are returning to where their season began, at Audi Field in Washington D.C., taking on the Defenders. This will be the third time these teams have met this year, with the Defenders winning both previous matchups. However, Seattle’s losses came by four points or less and were determined in the game’s final seconds. The North Division Championship should be an exciting matchup between two of the XFL’s best teams.

Seattle Sea Dragons (7-3) at D.C. Defenders (9-1)

Kickoff: Sunday, April 30th at 12:00 pm PT.

Where: Audi Field, Washington D.C.

TV: ESPN / ESPN+ / ESPN Deportes / ESPN Xtra on Sirius/XM

Broadcast Team: Tom Hart (Play-By-Play), Greg McElroy (Booth Analyst), Cole Cubelic (Sideline Analyst), Katie George (Sideline Reporter)


Sunday’s forecast calls for rain throughout the day, with potential thunderstorms leading up to kickoff. Temperatures are expected to be around 67 degrees, with winds up to 10 mph.

Betting Odds Per DraftKings Sportsbook


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: +3
  • D.C. Defenders: -3


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: +145
  • D.C. Defenders: -170

Over/Under: 48.5

Depth Charts

Seattle Sea Dragons North Division Championship Depth Chart

QBBen DiNucci – 6 (Captian)Stephen Montez – 12Harrison Frost – 14
RBPhillip Lindsay – 30Brenden Knox – 28
WRJosh Gordon – 0Damion Willis – 15
WRJahcour Pearson – 3T.J. Hammonds – 19Kelvin McKnight – 86
WRBlake Jackson – 80McLane Mannix – 82
WRJuwan Green – 4Jordan Veasy – 88
TECharlie Tamoepeau – 89
OTBarry Wesley – 69
OGMike Menet – 72Paul Gratten – 65
OCJared Thomas – 73Tejan Koroma – 56
OGChris Owens – 55Josh Seltzner – 70
OTColin Kelly – 67
DENiko Lalos – 97Daniel Joseph – 96
DNAntwuan Jackson – 52Sama Paama – 50Markell Utsey – 90
DTAustin Faoliu – 58Tariqious Tisdale – 99
OLBElijah Ponder – 44Shareef Miller – 48
ILBTre Walker – 8Jordan Evans – 26
ILBTyrell Adams – 53Clarence Hicks – 9
OLBTuzar Skipper – 51Sharif Finch – 22
CBChris Payton-Jones – 5Rojesterman Farris – 17Mykael Wright – 16
CBLinden Stephens – 21Zafir Kelly – 36Shabari Davis – 24Olaijah Griffin – 27
SBryce Thompson – 1Qwynnterrio Cole – 32
SAntoine Brooks – 2Alijah Holder – 33
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KDominik Eberle – 11
PCameron Nizialek – 10
LSThomas Fletcher – 45
KRKelvin McKnight – 86
PRKelvin McKnight – 86Jahcour Pearson – 3

D.C. Defenders North Division Championship Depth Chart

QBJordan Ta’amu – 10D’Eriq King – 3Eric Dungey – 2
RBAbram Smith – 4Ryquell Armstead – 23Pooka Williams Jr. – 13
WRLucky Jackson – 11Chris Blair – 1
WRJaquez Ezzard – 12Jazz Ferguson – 8
WRJosh Hammond – 0Brandon Smith – 16
TEEthan Wolf – 82Briley Moore – 88Alex Ellis – 18
OTKyle Murphy – 53Antonio Garcia – 62
OGLiam Ryan – 63
OCTy Clary – 66
OGLiam Fornadel – 77Bruno Reagan – 64
OTD’Marcus Hayes – 78Gunnar Vogel – 72
DEJacub Panasuik – 96
NTCaruan Reid – 97Gabe Wright – 98
DTJoe Wallace – 99Jarrell Owens – 95
DEFadol Brown – 6Malik Fisher – 92
Mike LBFrancis Bernard – 43Jamal Brooks – 20
Will LBReggie Northrup – 5Anthony Hines III – 57Ferrod Gardner – 27
EdgeDavin Bellamy – 17Andre Mintze – 48
CBMichael Joseph – 15Travon Fuller – 22Isaiah Johnson – 33
CBDeJuan Neal – 26Anthoula Kelly – 24Nydair Rouse – 38
SSantos Ramirez – 39Montae Nicholson – 21D.J. Swearinger – 36
SKentrell Brice – 29Cam Lewis – 31
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KMatt McCrane – 34
PDaniel Whelan – 19
LSTrae Berry – 80
KRJaquez Ezzard – 12
PRJaquez Ezzard – 12

Injury Report

Seattle Sea Dragons

  • Blake Jackson – Shoulder – Questionable
  • Josh Seltzner – Illness – Doubtful
  • Linden Stephens – Ankle – Doubtful
  • Damion Willis – Shoulder – Doubtful

D.C. Defenders

  • Pooka Williams Jr. – Elbow – Available
  • K.J. Sails – Hamstring – Probable
  • DeJuan Neal – Shoulder – Probable
  • Kentrell Brice – Lower Leg – Probable
  • Michael Joseph – Adductor – Probable
  • Francis Bernard – Lumbar – Probable

Seattle Sea Dragons (7-3) – D.C. Defenders (9-1) Prediction

The Seattle Sea Dragons are headed into the playoffs after a win over the Vegas Vipers. Despite a slow first half offensively and two turnovers in the 4th quarter, an excellent 3rd quarter performance set Seattle up for the win. While they punched their ticket to the post-season with the W, the Sea Dragons must get off to a significantly better start against D.C. if they want a real shot to compete for the XFL’s Championship. Luckily, Seattle’s talent-loaded squad is well-equipped to take on their North Division rival for the 3rd time this season.

Turnover issues have been on the rise again for quarterback Ben DiNucci, but the Sea Dragons continue to win. Additionally, their 3 losses on the year came by a combined 7 points. Jahcour Pearson, Josh Gordon, and the rest of Seattle’s talented receiving core have shown time and again they’re the best unit in the league, but a rainy weekend at Audi Field may force Seattle to lean a bit more on the run game than offensive coordinator June Jones particularly enjoys.

While running the football hasn’t been a consistent strength for the Sea Dragons this season, they’ve made it work in recent weeks between Ben DiNucci’s legs, T.J. Hammonds, and the more recently signed veteran, Phillip Lindsay. Additionally, running back Brenden Knox is back in the lineup this weekend after spending most of the season on IR. Knox’s return should bring some additional stability to Seattle’s ground game, as he was starting to hit his stride before the injury.

Seattle’s defense has played better as the season’s gone on, partly because of some excellent additions to the roster and partly because the team’s built chemistry after playing together for 10 games. Linebacker Tuzar Skipper has been one of the brightest spots on Seattle’s defense throughout the year, ending the regular season tied for 2nd in the XFL in forced fumbles (3) and 4th in sacks (6). Safety Qwynterrio Cole has also been a highlight of Seattle’s defense, ending the regular season tied for 3rd in interceptions (3).

The Sea Dragons haven’t beaten the Defenders in their previous encounters this year, but they’ve only lost by a combined 5 points, and both games were decided in the final seconds. Rainy weather throughout this Sunday’s game won’t make things easy against D.C.’s dangerous rushing attack, but I still think the Sea Dragons have the talent on all three phases to pull it off.

Prediction: Seattle Sea Dragons 26 – D.C. Defenders 24

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Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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