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Seattle Sea Dragons Week 6 Stats, Top Performers, & Post-Game Thoughts

Seattle Sea Dragons (4-2) at Orlando Guardians (0-6)

In Week 6, the Seattle Sea Dragons traveled to Orlando to face the Guardians in what was a tightly contested matchup.

Through the first two quarters, Ben DiNucci played his worst half of football all season. While he only threw one interception, he should’ve thrown at least 3 in the first quarter alone, but the Sea Dragons’ offense pulled things together enough in the second half to get the win.

Most of the credit for the win should go to Seattle’s defense and special teams. Despite struggling against Orlando’s air and ground attacks, the Sea Dragons’ defense made some big plays with the game on the line, totaling 2 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.

The defense might’ve helped seal the victory with big plays, but special teams was the real difference in this matchup. Wide receiver Kelvin McKnight would set Seattle’s offense up in excellent field position on multiple kick and punt returns. A blocked punt by safety Alijah Holder also set the offense up for an easy score.

While it was stressful, Seattle held on to their winning streak for another week, moving to a 4-2 record after starting the season 0-2.

Top Performers


  • WR – Blake Jackson
  • WR – Juwan Green
  • WR – Jahcour Pearson

Honorable Mention(s): N/A


  • S – Antoine Brooks
  • CB – Rojesterman Farris
  • DB – Zafir Kelly

Honorable Mention(s): DT – Elijah Ponder

Special Teams

  • WR – Kelvin McKnight
  • K – Dominik Eberle
  • S – Alijah Holder


Offensive Stats


##Seattle Sea DragonsComp/Att (%)YdsTDIntLGSack – Yds
6Ben DiNucci18/35 (51.4%)17721241-3
##Team18/35 (51.4%)17721241-3


##Seattle Sea DragonsAttYdsAvgTDLG
6Ben DiNucci6437.2024
23Darius Bradwell12322.7024
19T.J. Hammonds231.503


##Seattle Sea DragonsRecYdsAvgTDLGTgts
80Blake Jackson67913.21207
4Juwan Green55010.01248
88Jordan Veasy22211.00137
3Jahcour Pearson4184.50117
15Damion Willis188.0082
23Darius Bradwell000.0001
0Josh Gordon000.0002


##Seattle Sea DragonsFumLostRec

Defensive Stats

##Seattle Sea DragonsSoloAstTotalSacks – YdsTFLINTFFFR
2Antoine Brooks55100.5-30.0010
32Qwynnterrio Cole5160-01.0000
5Chris Payton-Jones4260-00.0000
17Rojesterman Farris2350-00.0001
36Zafir Kelly3251-82.0000
8Tre Walker4040-00.0000
16Mykael Wright1230-00.0000
44Elijah Ponder0330.5-30.0000
1Bryce Thompson3030-00.0000
33Alijah Holder1230-00.0000
48Shareef Miller1230-00.0000
9Clarence Hicks1120-00.0000
58Austin Faoliu0110-00.0000
22Sharif Finch0110-00.0000
97Niko Lalos0110-01.0000
51Tuzar Skipper1010-00.0000
42Chris Smith1010-00.0000

Thoughts & Performance Grade

The Seattle Sea Dragons and Orlando Guardians kicked off Week 6 of the XFL with what many expected to be a pretty one-sided affair. However, Orlando stayed in the game until the very end but fell short on the game’s final drive. Seattle’s 4th straight victory moves them to a 4-2 record on the year and keeps them from falling behind in the North Division playoff race.

It was a slow first quarter for both teams, but it was likely the worst half of football we’ve seen from Sea Dragons’ quarterback Ben DiNucci all season. DiNucci only threw one interception throughout the game, but terrible decision-making and forcing the ball into double and triple coverage multiple times in the first half should have resulted in at least 2 or 3 more. It’s safe to say Seattle lucked out in regard to turnovers this week.

Wide receiver Josh Gordon was completely shut down by Orlando’s defense, getting targeted only twice all game and not recording a single reception. The XFL’s leading receiver, Jahcour Pearson, was also a bit quiet compared to usual. Luckily, wide receivers Blake Jackson and Juwan Green held things down in the air attack, each scoring a touchdown.

Seattle’s ground attack looked a lot different in the absence of running back Morgan Ellison. While Darius Bradwell did have a few nice runs in the second half, he was shut down for the majority of the game, only totaling 32 yards on 12 carries. Ben DiNucci was actually Seattle’s leading rusher on the day, taking 6 carries for 43 yards.

Defensively, Seattle had trouble slowing down Orlando’s quarterback Quinten Dormady, who completed 24/44 passes for 243 yards but was held without a passing touchdown. While they’d record 2 sacks on the day, Seattle’s pass rush was basically non-existent through the first half of the game. Things picked up in the second half when defensive coordinator Ron Zook started dialing up the blitzes, but Dormady still had plenty of time in the pocket for a large portion of the game.

Guardians’ running back, Devin Darrington, was also a problem for Seattle’s defense, taking 7 carries for 82 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Dormady also added to Orlando’s rushing totals, taking 5 carries for 43 yards on the day.

Big plays on defense, like a forced fumble by Antoine Brooks and recovery by Rojesterman Farris, did play a part in helping to seal the win. However, Seattle’s special teams unit, led by coordinator Ty Knott, was the real difference-maker against the Guardians. To start, wide receiver Kelvin McKnight returned multiple kick and punt returns for massive yardage, totaling 204 return yards on the day. Additionally, safety Alijah Holder blocked a punt, setting Seattle up on the Guardians’ 6-yard line, which they’d convert into an easy touchdown. That would be the Sea Dragon’s 3rd blocked punt over the last two weeks.

Final Thoughts

Between Ben DiNucci forcing the ball into double coverage and the lack of a real run game without Morgan Ellison, Seattle’s offense has taken a few steps backward this week. Josh Gordon was held without a catch and the league’s leading receiver, Jahcour Pearson, was held under 20 yards.

Defensively, the team made some big plays when the game was on the line, but got picked apart through the air and on the ground. The defense will have to play better if the Sea Dragons want to seriously contend for a championship.

Special teams really bailed Seattle out this week, not only with the big returns and blocked punt, but kicker Dominik Eberle made 4 of 4 field goal attempts, with the longest being from 54 yards out.

At this point, the majority of Seattle’s issues are caused by DiNucci’s poor decisions. If he doesn’t start taking care of the football better, he might just play his way out of an NFL opportunity. Forcing the ball downfield won’t be as forgiving when Seattle faces a great Arlington Renegades defense in Week 7.

Special Teams & Big Defensive Plays Carried Seattle; DiNucci Needs To Play Smarter Football.

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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