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Seattle Sea Dragons Week 3 Stats, Top Performers, & Post-Game Thoughts

Seattle Sea Dragons (1-2) at Vegas Vipers (0-3) Final Score: 30 – 26

In Week 3, the Seattle Sea Dragons traveled to face the Vegas Vipers in what would be the highest-scoring matchup of the XFL season so far. Despite Seattle’s turnover issues continuing for the 3rd straight week, quarterback Ben DiNucci and the offense played a great game, gaining 377 yards and 4 touchdowns through the air, and 143 yards on the ground, leading to their first win of the season and a 1-2 record.

Top Performers


  • QB – Ben DiNucci
  • WR – Josh Gordon
  • RB – Morgan Ellison

Honorable Mentions: WR – Blake Jackson, WR – Juwan Green, WR – Jahcour Pearson


  • DE – Daniel Joseph
  • LB – Tre Walker
  • DT – Austin Faoliu

Honorable Mention: LB – Clarence Hicks


Offensive Stats


##Seattle Sea DragonsComp/Att (%)YdsTDIntLGSack – Yds
6Ben DiNucci29/37 (78.3%)37741651-1
##Team29/37 (78.3%)37741651-1


##Seattle Sea DragonsAttYdsAvgTDLG
25Morgan Ellison171036.1035
19T.J. Hammonds284.006
6Ben DiNucci6325.309


##Seattle Sea DragonsRecYdsAvgTDLGTgts
0Josh Gordon611819.72657
3Jahcour Pearson79914.10339
88Jordan Veasy46315.80185
80Blake Jackson5448.81265
19T.J. Hammonds4235.80105
4Juwan Green12222.01223
15Damion Willis284.0063


##Seattle Sea DragonsFumLostRec
6Ben DiNucci211

Defensive Stats

##Seattle Sea DragonsSoloAstTotalSacks – YdsTFLINTFFFR
58Austin Faoliu347.00-00000
9Clarence Hicks336.00-01000
8Tre Walker235.00-00000
32Qwynnterrio Cole404.00-00000
97Niko Lalos224.00-00000
44Elijah Ponder224.00-00000
21Linden Stephens123.00-00000
52Antwun Jackson112.00-00000
5Chris Jones112.00-00000
43Emmanuel Smith202.00-01000
27Bryce Thompson112.00-00000
36Zafir Kelly101.00-00000
50Sama Paama101.00-00000
96Daniel Joseph101.01-11000
2Antoine Brooks101.00-00000
92PJ Hall101.00-00000
6Ben DiNucci101.00-00000
33Alijah Holder101.00-00000
48Shareef Miller101.00-01000

Thoughts & Performance Grade

What many expected to be another rough outing in Vegas due to windy conditions ended up as the highest-scoring game of the season so far and the Seattle Sea Dragons’ first win of the year.

It wasn’t a perfect game by any means, the turnover issues continued, and playcalling ahead of halftime can still improve, in my opinion. However, quarterback Ben DiNucci and the offense played a great game, throwing the ball with ease and leaning on the run game significantly more than the previous two weeks.

DiNucci threw for a professional career high of 377 yards, 4 touchdowns, and an interception, finding 3 different targets in the endzone. Wide receiver Josh Gordon had a breakout performance, grabbing 6 receptions for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. Additionally, running back Morgan Ellison had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season, taking 17 carries for 103 yards before leaving the game with what appeared to be an upper leg injury.

Hopefully, Ellison can return to the lineup soon, as his violent running style added an element to Seattle’s offense that was missing in the first two weeks. Additionally, their other back, Brenden Knox, is already missing time due to an injury.

Defensively, this might’ve been Seattle’s weakest game of the season so far as they allowed 344 yards of total offense, 2 touchdowns through the air, and 1 touchdown from Vipers quarterback Brett Hundley on the ground. The Sea Dragons only sacked Hundley once all game, and the Vipers’ offense easily moved the ball for a large part of the matchup.

It didn’t help that Sea Dragons defenders made some simple mistakes; for example, a Vipers wide receiver who caught the football on the ground was never touched down, then got up and ran for a 56-yard play.

Luckily, Seattle’s defense got two big stops on both the Vipers’ final two possessions late in the 4th quarter to seal their victory. However, the Sea Dragons’ defense must clean things up if they want to beat a talented San Antonio Brahmas team in Week 4.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Seattle’s figuring things out offensively despite the turnovers. Ben DiNucci’s starting to look much more comfortable in this offense, and feeding their violent runner Morgan Ellison added the piece they were missing.

Short yardage playcalling was much improved this week, but there was still some issues with clock management ahead of halftime. Maybe I’m missing something, but I feel like if you’re near mid-field with 29 seconds on the clock and 2 timeouts in a tied game with the opposing team getting the ball to start the 3rd quarter, it’d be wise to at least try and get in field goal range? Maybe!? That’s way too much time left to call it a half when the clock stops on first downs.

Something else I should note, it might be time for Seattle’s offense to try something besides the three-point conversion attempts. I genuinely love the aggressiveness and understand the idea of giving yourself more space to work with. If the Sea Dragons converted the play more often, I’d be all for it, but they’ve only converted 2/8 three-point attempts so far this season. So, while it isn’t something that never works, maybe it’s time to start leaning on the 2 or 1-point play in certain situations.

The defense has a lot to clean up moving forward. They can’t leave guys as open as they were, and mistakes like not touching an opposing player down can’t happen. In the end, they made stops when needed, but the defensive unit must strive for fewer mistakes if they want to beat some of the better teams in the league.

Amazing Comeback Win, But A Bit Messy On Defense.

Performance Grade: A-

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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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