Recap: Dallas Renegades 24, Seattle Dragons 12
DALLAS RENEGADES 24, SEATTLE DRAGONS 12
SEATTLE -- An unanswered 18-point run lifted the visiting Dallas Renegades (2-1) to a 24-12 win over the Seattle Dragons (1-2) at CenturyLink Field on Saturday, pushing Dallas into sole possession of second place in the West.
Dallas quarterback Landry Jones (30-for-41, 274 yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions) hit TE Donald Parham for two touchdowns (from 10 and 65 yards out, respectively), but the Renegades truly put the game away by leaning on the run after halftime for the second straight week. Cameron Artis-Payne wound up with 80 rushing yards and 30 receiving yards in another commanding performance.
Dragons quarterback Brandon Silvers looked efficient with two first-half TD tosses but was stymied by the Renegades starting in the third quarter, and while Seattle's run game again was strong (99 yards), it failed to sustain late drives.
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After his clutch red-zone grab for his first score, Parham followed that up with this muscling grab-and-scamper to move the Renegades closer to victory:
Silvers showed early life to give the Dragons early momentum, feeding Austin Proehl for his third TD catch of the season in the first quarter:
Renegades comment on win
"Glad to see us get things smoothed out in the second half. We ran the football better, we used more two-running-back sets more."
“I feel great. We came out with a win today. I wasn’t focusing on tackling or anything. It’s a team effort. We we’re coming down here looking for a win and we got one."
STAT OF THE GAME
Dallas' explosion on the ground in the second half led to a come-from-behind victory for the second straight week.
Parham's role is growing in Hal Mumme's Air Raid offense as he continues to pose matchup problems with his height and athleticism. He's been the most consistent option in a deep Renegades receiving corps, having averaged eight targets per contest so far.
Artis-Payne has chewed up 100-plus scrimmage yards in two straight games, averaging 6.6 yards per rush in that window.
Proehl returned to the gameplan, going 6-81-1 on seven targets. Despite a Week 2 dud, his combined ability to sit down in coverage and find space in tight confines should keep him involved in the game plan most weeks.
Linebacker Steven Johnson is one of the XFL's emerging defensive dynamos, and he once again imposed his presence on opponents. He gathered 14 more combined tackles (nine solo), two tackles for a loss, and a pass defensed.
Dragons discuss defeat
"Three 3-and-outs did not help. ... I thought we were running the ball well, we had a pretty good plan. All of us felt frustrated, we had a plan that was capable, but you only get one shot.“
“I was more comfortable out there today. I played better, in the first half. In the second half, a lot of 3-and-outs. We didn't play good as an offense.“
Up Next: Week 4
- The Renegades host the Houston Roughnecks (3-0) for supremacy in the West in the first installment of their divisional Texas two-step (Sunday, March 1; 4 p.m. ET, FS1).
- The Dragons will be the second team to visit the St. Louis BattleHawks this season (Saturday, Feb. 29; 5 p.m. ET, FOX).