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XFL Week 3 Preview & Depth Charts: Seattle Sea Dragons (0-2) at Vegas Vipers (0-2)

Coming off their second straight loss, the Seattle Sea Dragons head to Vegas in Week 3 to take on the Vipers. Both teams have gotten off to an 0-2 start, but a win on Saturday could be the spark one of them needs to begin turning their season around.

Seattle Sea Dragons (0-2) at Vegas Vipers (0-2)

Kickoff: Saturday, March 4th, at 4:00 pm PT

Where: Cashman Field, Las Vegas, NV

TV: FX, ESPN+, and ESPN Xtra on Sirius/XM

Broadcast Team: Matt Barrie (Play-By-Play Analyst), Joey Galloway (Analyst), Eric MacLain (Sideline Analyst), Tiffany Blackmon (Sideline Reporter)


Saturday afternoon’s forecast around Cashman Field calls for partly cloudy skies with temperatures around 62 degrees and winds up to 21 mph. No precipitation is expected, and there will be around 22% humidity.

Betting Odds Per DraftKings Sportsbook


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: -3
  • Vegas Vipers: +3


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: -165
  • Vegas Vipers: +140

Over/Under: 38.5

Seattle Sea Dragons Week 3 Depth Chart

QBBen DiNucci – 6 (Captian)Stephen Montez – 12Harrison Frost – 14
RBBrendan Knox – 28 (OUT)Morgan Ellison – 25
WRJosh Gordon – 0Damion Willis – 15
WRJah’cour Pearson – 3TJ Hammonds – 19Kelvin McKnight – 86
WRBlake Jackson – 80McLane Mannix – 82
WRJuwan Green – 4Jordan Veasy – 88
TECharlie Tamoepeau – 89
OTLiam Jimmons – 71Barry Wesley – 69
OGMike Menet – 72Paul Gratten – 65
OCJared Thomas – 73Tejan Koroma – 56
OGChris Owens – 55Josh Seltzner – 70
OTColin Kelly – 67
DENiko Lalos – 97Daniel Jones – 96
DNAntwuan Jackson – 52PJ Hall – 92Sama Paama – 50
DTAustin Faoliu – 58Trayvon Hester – 93
OLBElijah Ponder – 44Shareef Miller – 48
ILBTre Walker – 8Emmanuel Smith – 43
ILBJordan Evans – 26 (Captian)Clarence Hicks – 9
OLBTuzar Skipper – 51
CBChris Jones – 5Rojesterman Farris – 17Zafir Kelly – 36
CBLinden Stephens – 21Shabari Davis – 24Mykael Wright – 16
SBryce Thompson – 1Qwynnterrio Cole – 32
SAntoine Brooks – 2Alijah Holder – 33
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KDominik Eberle – 11
PCameron Nizialek – 10
LSThomas Fletcher – 45
KRJeylon Redd – 13 (IR)Morgan Ellison – 25
PRJah’cour Pearson – 3Kelvin McKnight – 86

Vegas Vipers Week 3 Depth Chart

QBLuiz Perez – 12Brett Hundley – 3Jalan McClendon – 2
RBRod Smith – 15John Lovett – 8DeAndre Torrey – 5Brian Burt – 18
WRGeronimo Allison – 19Matthew Sexton – 10
WRJeff Badet – 13
WRMartavis Bryant – 4Cinque Sweeting – 14
TE/HBrandon Dillon – 86Sean Price – 80Travis Koontz – 16Cam Sutton – 89
OTQuinterrius Eatmon – 77Jamil Demby – 65
OGIsaiah Williams – 71Michael Miller – 64
OCKahlil McKenzie – 69Dohnovan West – 61
OGMichael Miller – 64Jamil Demby – 65
OTLarry Williams – 56Antonio Garcia – 53
DERobert Winsor – 88LaRon Stokes – 97
NGJah’Sheem Martin – 90Bryant Jones – 95Kelvin Pickney – 96
DTDestiny Vaeso – 99LaRon Stokes – 97
SAM – LBPita Taumoepenu – 0Max Roberts – 23
MIKE – LBD.J. Calhoun – 48P.J. Dawson – 46
WILL – LBVic Beasley – 44Martrell Spaight – 45
BUCKC.J. Avery – 28Juwuan Johnson – 20
CBAdam Sparks – 22 Nijuel Hill – 27
CBKeylon Kennedy – 6Antonio Phillips – 21
SDeontay Anderson – 9Stephen Roberts – 30
SMister Harriel – 1Will Adams – 24
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KBailey Giffen – 47
PMichael Carrizosa – 17
LSAdam Higuera – 40
KRMatthew Sexton – 10Cinque Sweeting – 14
PRMatthew Sexton – 10Cinque Sweeting – 14

Injury Report

Seattle Sea Dragons

  • RB – Brenden Knox – Foot – Out
  • LB – Jordan Evans – Hip – Doubtful
  • DT – Austin Faoliu – Knees – Questionable
  • RB – TJ Hammonds – Ankle – Probable
  • S – Roe Farris – Lumbar – Doubtful
  • DT – Antwuan Jackson – Thumb – Probable
  • CB – Linden Stephens – Foot – Probable
  • WR – Jordan Veasy – Knee – Probable
  • LB – Elijah Ponder – Ankle – Probable

Vegas Vipers

  • DB – Marwin Evans – Concussion – Out
  • DT – Destiny Vaeao – Lower Leg – IR
  • DB – Will Adams – Toe – Probable
  • LB – Pita Taumoepenu – Shoulder – Probable
  • WR – Geronimo Allison – Shoulder – Probable
  • RB – Rod Smith – Hip – Probable
  • WR – Cinque Sweeting – Knee – Probable

Seattle Sea Dragons – Vegas Vipers Prediction

Both of these teams have gotten off to a rough start this season. Seattle could just as easily be 2-0, rather than 0-2, if it weren’t for turnovers and some questionable coaching decisions.

A similar thing could be said for Vegas, who lost their Week 1 matchup against the Arlington Renegades by only 2 points, then had to deal with monsoon-level rain and wind in their Week 2 matchup against the D.C. Defenders.

Seattle’s quarterback Ben DiNucci currently leads the league in passing yards, with wideout Jahcour Pearson leading the league in receiving yards. However, turnovers and converting short-yardage situations have been significant weaknesses for the Sea Dragons.

With DiNucci slinging the ball and how well both of Seattle’s running backs have played through the first two games, Seattle could have one of the most balanced offensive attacks in the league. Unfortunately, they’ve struggled to lean on the run game as much as they probably should and have fallen apart late in games in part to it. Additionally, running back Brenden Knox has been ruled out for their Week 3 matchup, so expect Morgan Ellison to take on the lead back role, with TJ Hammonds likely getting some touches as well.

Defensively, Seattle’s played well at times, but their recent matchup with the Battlehawks showed they’ll need to tighten some things up moving forward. That said, Emmanuel Smith, Chris Jones, and Tuzar Skipper have been a few of the bright spots on Seattle’s defense so far this season.

Despite their disastrous loss to the D.C. Defenders in Week 2, the Vegas Vipers have a talented roster and will not make things easy for Ben DiNucci and the Sea Dragons. The Vegas defense, headed by former NFL linebacker Vic Beasley, may have fallen apart in their Week 2 monsoon matchup, but they’ve forced turnovers in both games so far, which has been one of Seattle’s main issues.

Offensively, Vegas moved the ball well in Week 1 against the Renegades but couldn’t do anything after the second drive of their home opener against the Defenders. The Vipers have Luiz Perez listed as the starting quarterback heading into Week 3, but considering we saw Brett Hundley get playing time against D.C., it’s safe to assume we’ll see the NFL veteran again this week.

With this Saturday’s matchup in Vegas not plagued by terrible weather, we should be in for a more exciting game than Week 2’s debacle. While Seattle’s performance through the first two weeks hasn’t given them the results they’d like, I haven’t given up on the Sea Dragons yet. I think Seattle has a bit of an edge roster-wise in this matchup with the Vipers and should be able to come away with their first win of the year.

If the Sea Dragons continue to clean up the turnover issues and the team’s coaches make more intelligent decisions regarding clock management, they should be in a good spot to win this game. If the problems continue, Seattle could easily lose another winnable game.

Prediction: Seattle Sea Dragons 22 – Vegas Vipers 20

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