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Seattle Sea Dragons Week 2 Stats, Top Performers, & Post-Game Thoughts

St. Louis Battlehawks (2-0) at Seattle Sea Dragons (0-2) Final Score: 20 – 18

In Week 2, The Seattle Sea Dragons took on the St. Louis Battlehawks in the XFL’s first Thursday night matchup of the year. It was a cold night in Seattle, with temperatures around 30 degrees, but that didn’t keep things from getting exciting in another game that came down to the wire. Unfortunately, three fumbles lost, communication issues on defense, and some questionable coaching decisions led the Sea Dragons’ to their second loss of the season.

Top Performers


  • QB – Ben DiNucci
  • WR – Jahcour Pearson
  • RB – Morgan Ellison

Honorable Mention: WR – Blake Jackson, RB – Brenden Knox


  • ILB – Emmanuel Smith
  • OLB – Shareef Miller
  • OLB – Tuzar Skipper

Honorable Mention: CB – Chris Jones, DE – Niko Lalos


Offensive Stats


##Seattle Sea DragonsComp/Att (%)YdsTDIntLGSack – Yds
6Ben DiNucci19/2919620540-0


##Seattle Sea DragonsAttYdsAvgTDLG
25Morgan Ellison10505.00014
28Brenden Knox3155.00011
6Ben DiNucci8384.75014


##Seattle Sea DragonsRecYdsAvgTDLGTgts
0Josh Gordon13333.000332
3Jahcour Pearson47819.501548
80Blake Jackson5265.200196
88Jordan Veasy188.00183
25Morgan Ellison4246.000134
19T.J. Hammonds155.00051
15Damion Willis2136.50074
89Charlie Taumoepeau199.00091


##Seattle Sea DragonsFumLostRec
6Ben DiNucci110
25Morgan Ellison110
3Jahcour Pearson110

Defensive Stats

##Seattle Sea DragonsSoloAstTotalSacks – YdsTFLINTFFFR
#32Qwynnterrio Cole5160-00000
#26Jordan Evans1340-00000
#58Austin Faoliu2020-00000
#17Rojesterman Farris0220-00000
#52Antwuan Jackson1010-00000
#97Niko Lalos2460.5-32000
#50Sama Paama0110-00000
#51Tuzar Skipper3141-52000
#43Emmanuel Smith37100-00000
#8Tre Walker2570-00000
#96Daniel Joseph0110-00000
#2Antoine Brooks5490-00000
#92PJ Hall0220-00000
#21Linden Stephens3030-00000
#27Bryce Thompson1010-00000
#33Alijah Holder0220-00000
#48Shareef Miller3031-71000

Thoughts & Performance Grade

The XFL’s first Thursday night matchup was another one that came down to the wire. Seattle’s passing attack was more efficient than in the league’s opening weekend, with quarterback Ben DiNucci not throwing any interceptions in week 2. Another bright spot on offense was the Sea Dragons’ o-line not allowing a single sack. However, poor clock management heading into halftime and three fumbles lost throughout the game really swayed things in the Battlehawks’ direction. Additionally, Seattle could have leaned into the run game more, as both running backs Morgan Ellison and Brenden Knox averaged 5 yards per carry, but only ran the ball 13 times between the two.

Defensively, the Sea Dragons’ pass rush played a much better game than they did in Week 1. While they only recorded 1 sack in their opening game which came on a 2-point conversion attempt, Seattle sacked Battlehawks quarterback A.J. McCarron 3 times throughout the game. Unfortunately, the Sea Dragons couldn’t stop St. Louis in the crucial moments, and communication seemed to be an issue based on what we heard from defensive coordinator Ron Zook at halftime. Seattle’s defense had their moments, but they’ll need to tighten things up moving forward.

Final Thoughts

Overall, the Seattle Sea Dragons played a hard-fought game. Ben DiNucci looked better than he did in week 1 and cleaned up the turnovers, Jahcour Pearson continued to establish himself as Seattle’s number-one target, and the offensive line didn’t allow a single sack in their second outing. However, when both your running backs are averaging 5 yards per carry, giving them the ball more than 13 times might be a smart idea.

The defense came out of the gates hot, and their pass rush racked up a couple of sacks early in the game. However, communication and missed assignments seemed to be an issue among defensive players as the game went on, and the Battlehawks could do whatever they needed to on offense late in the game.

Regarding what the Sea Dragons should work on moving forward, short-yardage playcalling and clock management must improve. For example, Seattle recorded a 3rd down sack with more than a minute left in the first half and only a 4-point lead. The Battlehawks were set to receive the ball to start the second half, but coach Jim Haslett let an entire minute run off the clock to go into halftime despite rules which stop the clock on first downs under the two-minute mark and all 3 timeouts remaining.

On top of better coaching decisions, Seattle needs to work on cleaning up the penalties and turnovers. While Ben DiNucci didn’t throw an interception this week, the team lost three fumbles between DiNucci, Morgan Ellison, and Jahcour Pearson. Hopefully, a long week heading into their matchup against the Vegas Vipers will give Seattle the time they need to clean things up.

Some Improvement From Week 1, But Can’t Get Out Of Their Own Way.

Performance Grade: B-

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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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