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Seattle Sea Dragons Week 5 Stats, Top Performers, & Post-Game Thoughts

Houston Roughnecks (4-1) at Seattle Sea Dragons (3-2)

In Week 5, the Seattle Sea Dragons hosted the Houston Roughnecks in what would be the biggest upset of the season so far. The Sea Dragons’ offense continued to deal with turnover issues, with quarterback Ben DiNucci throwing 3 interceptions throughout the game. Fortunately, Seattle’s defense played their best game of the year, holding Houston’s offense without a score through the first three quarters, sacking Houston’s quarterback Brandon Silvers three times (one of which was a strip sack), and picking him off once. Additionally, special teams came up big for Seattle, with outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper and safety Alijah Holder each blocking a punt. While there’s plenty to clean up moving forward, particularly on offense, Seattle played well enough to get the win and moves to a 3-2 record on the year.

Top Performers


  • WR – Jahcour Pearson
  • WR – Damion Willis
  • WR – Jordan Veasy

Honorable Mention(s): RB – T.J. Hammonds, QB – Ben DiNucci


  • OLB – Tuzar Skipper
  • DB – Antoine Brooks
  • DL – Niko Lalos
  • S – Alijah Holder

Honorable Mention(s): DB – Bryce Thompson, DL – Daniel Joseph


Offensive Stats


##Seattle Sea DragonsComp/Att (%)YdsTDIntLGSack – Yds
6Ben DiNucci17/32 (53.1%)20913332-11
##Team17/32 (53.1%)20913332-11


##Seattle Sea DragonsAttYdsAvgTDLG
25Morgan Ellison6152.5005
19T.J. Hammonds4287.00014
23Darius Bradwell9121.3315
6Ben DiNucci4338.25120


##Seattle Sea DragonsRecYdsAvgTDLGTgts
3Jahcour Pearson58216.400338
80Blake Jackson111.00013
15Damion Willis56112.201238
0Josh Gordon2157.500157
4Juwan Green2178.500122
88Jordan Veasy23316.500172
19T.J. Hammonds000.00001


##Seattle Sea DragonsFumLostRec
25Morgan Ellison110

Defensive Stats

##Seattle Sea DragonsSoloAstTotalSacks – YdsTFLINTFFFR
32Qwynnterrio Cole55100-00000
97Niko Lalos3250-00100
1Bryce Thompson3250-00000
36Zafir Kelly2240-00000
43Emmanuel Smith2240-00000
58Austin Faoliu1231-51000
9Clarence Hicks2130-00000
5Chris Payton-Jones2020-00000
2Antoine Brooks1121-71010
44Elijah Ponder0220-00000
33Alijah Holder0220-00000
26Jordan Evans1010-01000
22Sharif Finch1010-00000
51Tuzar Skipper1011-121010
8Tre Walker0110-00000
16Mykael Wright1010-00000
21Linden Stephens1010-00000
48Shareef Miller1010-00000

Thoughts & Performance Grade

The Seattle Sea Dragons and Houston Roughnecks met in one of the league’s most anticipated matchups of the season so far. Many expected this to be one of the highest-scoring games of the year due to these teams having the league’s top two offenses. However, this ended up as much more of a defensive battle than anyone anticipated, and the Sea Dragons pulled off the upset win, moving to 3-2 on the year and keeping their win streak alive after starting the season 0-2.

Seattle’s offense continued to struggle with turnovers, with quarterback Ben DiNucci throwing 3 interceptions on the day. Fortunately, Seattle’s wide receivers came to play, with Jahcour Pearson adding to his league-leading receiving totals and Damion Willis having his best game of the season. The outlier in the receiving core was Josh Gordon, who was basically shut down by Houston and only hauled in 2 receptions for 15 yards on 7 total targets.

Running back Morgan Ellison was active, but it was clear he’s still dealing with a lingering injury, so Darius Bradwell and T.J. Hammonds took over the majority of the rushing duties. Seattle’s three running backs only totaled 55 yards on the ground, but DiNucci helped add to the rushing totals with 33 rush yards and a rushing touchdown.

Defensively, this was Seattle’s best game of the year so far, which was a little easier with the Roughnecks’ top receiver, Jontre Kirkland, out for the game. The Sea Dragons held Houston’s offense without a score through the first three quarters, recorded three sacks (one of which was a sack/fumble), and picked off Roughnecks quarterback Brandon Silvers once. Additionally, Seattle’s front seven tipped or batted down several of Silvers’ passes at the line of scrimmage.

Seattle’s special teams unit also showed up in a big way, with outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper and safety Alijah Holder each blocking a punt.

Final Thoughts

Overall, Seattle’s defense and special teams played a great game and hopefully continue to build on this week’s success. The Sea Dragons’ wide receivers came to play, but the offense still needs to clean up the turnovers, which somehow didn’t ruin their chances of beating Houston.

Playcalling and game management seem to have improved again, but the run game is tough to lean on when both of your top two running backs are dealing with injuries.

Hopefully, the long week before Seattle’s next game against the Orlando Guardians will give the team enough time to rest and get their lead back closer to 100%, as they’ll definitely need Morgan Ellison down the stretch.

Defense & Special Teams Played Lights Out; Offense Still 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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