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XFL Week 8: Seattle Sea Dragons (5-2) Preview, Odds, Prediction, Depth Chart

The Sea Dragons return to Seattle in Week 8 for their second game of the year against the D.C. Defenders. Additionally, this is the most important game so far for both teams, with playoff seeding on the line in the super-competitive North Division.

D.C. Defenders (6-1) at Seattle Sea Dragons (5-2)

Kickoff: Sunday, April 9th, at 4:00 pm PT.

Where: Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington

TV: ESPN2 / ESPN+ / ESPN Xtra on Sirius/XM

Broadcast Team: Roy Philpott (Play-By-Play), Eric Maclain (Analyst), Tiffany Blackmon (Sideline Reporter), Dawn Davenport (Sideline Reporter)


Sunday’s forecast around Lumen Field calls for a 95% chance of rain leading up to kickoff, with winds up to 15 mph.

Betting Odds Per DraftKings Sportsbook


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: -1.5
  • D.C. Defenders: +1.5


  • Seattle Sea Dragons: -130
  • D.C. Defenders: +110

Over/Under: 46.5

Depth Charts

Seattle Sea Dragons Week 8 Depth Chart

QBBen DiNucci – 6 (Captian)Stephen Montez – 12Harrison Frost – 14
RBDarius Bradwell – 23Phillip Lindsay – 30
WRJosh Gordon – 0Damion Willis – 15
WRJahcour Pearson – 3T.J. Hammonds – 19Kelvin McKnight – 86
WRBlake Jackson – 80McLane Mannix – 82
WRJuwan Green – 4Jordan Veasy – 88
TECharlie Tamoepeau – 89
OTBarry Wesley – 69Liam Jimmons – 71
OGMike Menet – 72Paul Gratten – 65
OCJared Thomas – 73Tejan Koroma – 56
OGChris Owens – 55Josh Seltzner – 70
OTColin Kelly – 67
DENiko Lalos – 97Chris Smith – 42Daniel Joseph – 96
DNAntwuan Jackson – 52Sama Paama – 50
DTAustin Faoliu – 58
OLBElijah Ponder – 44Shareef Miller – 48
ILBTre Walker – 8Jardan Evans – 26
ILBClarence Hicks – 9Tyrell Adams – 40
OLBTuzar Skipper – 51Sharif Finch – 22
CBChris Payton-Jones – 5Rojesterman Farris – 17Mykael Wright – 16
CBLinden Stephens – 21Zafir Kelly – 36Shabari Davis – 24
SBryce Thompson – 1Qwynnterrio Cole – 32
SAntoine Brooks – 2Alijah Holder – 33
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KDominik Eberle – 11
PCameron Nizialek – 10
LSThomas Fletcher – 45
KRKelvin McKnight – 86
PRKelvin McKnight – 86Jahcour Pearson – 3

DC Defenders Week 8 Depth Chart

QBJordan Ta’amu – 10D’Eriq King – 3Eric Dungey – 2
RBAbram Smith – 4Ryquell Armstead – 23Pooka Williams Jr. – 13
WRJosh Hammond – 0Brandon Smith – 16
WRJaquez Ezzard – 12Jazz Ferguson – 8
WRLucky Jackson – 11Chris Blair – 1
TEEthan Wolf – 82Briley Moore – 88Alex Ellis – 18
OTKyle Murphy – 53Antonio Garcia – 62
OGLiam Ryan – 63
OCTy Clary – 66
OGLiam Fornadel – 77Bruno Reagan – 64
OTD’Marcus Hayes – 78Gunnar Vogel – 72
DEJacub Panasuik – 96
NTCaruan Reid – 97Gabe Wright – 98
DTJoe Wallace – 99Jarrell Owens – 95
DEFadol Brown – 6Malik Fisher – 92
MikeFrancis Bernard – 43Jamal Brooks – 20
WillReggie Northrup – 5Anthony Hines III – 57Ferrod Gardner – 27
EdgeDavin Bellamy – 17Andre Mintze – 48
CBMichael Joseph – 15Travon Fuller – 22Isaiah Johnson – 33
CBDeJuan Neal – 26Anthoula Kelly – 24Nydair Rouse – 38
FSKentrell Brice – 29Cam Lewis – 31
SSSantos Ramirez – 39Montae Nicholson – 21D.J. Swearinger – 36
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KMatt McCrane – 34
PDaniel Whelan – 19
LSTrae Berry – 80
KRJaquez Ezzard – 12
PRJaquez Ezzard – 12

Injury Report

Seattle Sea Dragons

  • Jahcour Pearson – Foot – Probable
  • Bryce Thompson – Hip – Questionable
  • Antwaun Jackson – Thumb – Probable
  • Niko Lalos – Shoulder – Probable
  • Jordan Evans – Hamstring – Out
  • Sharif Finch – Hamstring – Questionable
  • Liam Jimmons – Knee – Out
  • Daniel Joseph – Groin – Out

DC Defenders

  • Kentrell Brice – Toe – Probable
  • Michael Joseph – Adductor – Probable
  • Ethan Wolfe – Ankle – Probable
  • Caraun Reid – Knee – Probable
  • Trae Barry – Knee – Probable
  • Nydair Rouse – Ankle – Probable
  • Jequez Ezzard – Hamstring – Probable
  • Anthoula Kelly – Hamstring – Out

Seattle Sea Dragons (5-2) – D.C. Defenders (6-1) Prediction

Seattle comes into Week 8 on a 5-game winning streak, having just defeated the Arlington Renegades. The Sea Dragons still sit at 3rd place in the North Division, but they’ll have a real opportunity to shake up the playoff race with a win over the D.C. Defenders on Easter Sunday, who only sit 1 game ahead of them in the standings.

D.C. is coming off their first loss of the year, which came from the Orlando Guardians. While the Guardians have been the worst-ranked team in the league for most of the season, they’ve started to find their way with quarterback Quinten Dormady at the helm. Additionally, the Defenders didn’t play poorly against Orlando, they actually posted 488 yards of total offense and 5 total touchdowns, only to be outscored by a singular point in their loss. D.C. will undoubtedly be looking to hold their playoff positioning with a win this weekend.

Seattle’s offense has looked solid over the last few weeks, with Ben DiNucci playing some of his better ball of the year and not turning the ball over nearly as much. Additionally, the Sea Dragons’ deep wide receiver room continues to step up and make plays. In the ground game, Morgan Ellison has seemingly been phased out of the offense due to issues with fumbling and pass protection. However, Seattle’s run game should become a bit more stable with the addition of former NFL running back Phillip Lindsay, who signed with the Sea Dragons officially last Monday.

Seattle’s defense has played well in recent weeks, but they’ll have to improve against the run if they want to beat the Defenders. Over the last few games, D.C.’s continued their dominating season on the ground and started to unlock their passing game too. In their Week 7 loss to Orlando, the Defenders’ offense still threw for 297 yards and 4 touchdowns, gaining another 195 yards and 1 touchdown on the ground. Needless to say, the Sea Dragons will have their work cut out for them against their North Division rival.

Despite D.C.’s loss to the Orlando Guardians, the Defenders are still the best team in the XFL by many margins. The offensive ground attack has not slowed down, leading the league with 1,181 total rush yards and 13 rushing touchdowns on the season. Additionally, the Defenders’ have started to figure out their air attack, passing for 546 yards and 6 total touchdowns over the last two weeks.

Defensively, the team’s played well all season, ranking 3rd in the league in interceptions (7), 1st in forced fumbles (8), and 1st in fumble recoveries (8). Additionally, they’ve totaled the most interceptions returned for touchdowns out of any team this season (3). The team is getting banged up on the defensive side, but the recent addition of former NFL safety D.J. Swearinger should help on their path to the playoffs.

Overall, this should be a very exciting matchup between two of the XFL’s most prolific offenses. Seattle was very close to coming away with a victory the first time these two met, but with rain in the forecast, I expect the run-heavy team to come away with the win in this game. Expect Seattle to lean on running backs Phillip Lindsay and Darius Bradwell quite a bit, but don’t think that offensive coordinator June Jones will shy away from the passing game just because of some rain.

Prediction: Seattle Sea Dragons 22 – D.C. Defenders 28

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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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