Even though nestled far into its own little corner of the Pacific Northwest, far and away from much of the nation, Seattle is a city known for many things – Starbucks, grunge rock, salmon-throwing (?!) and all of the tech startups this side of Silicon Valley, Seattle takes one thing VERY seriously. Football. So, it only makes sense that there should be an XFL team in the Emerald City. And if you’re anything that resembles a ‘Hawks fan, it would only make sense that their first win of the season would come in a game decided by one score.
The Seattle Dragons managed to improve their record to 1-1 by beating the Tampa Bay Vipers 17-9 at home. This win came one week after suffering a heartbreaking loss to the D.C. Defenders. Unlike that game last week, the Dragons were able to impose their will upon a struggling Vipers offense for much of the game. In what is looking like the second coming of the Legion of Boom (one can dream, right?!), Seattle’s defense suffocated the Vipers.
Seattle’s Offense sputtered early on, but the defense makes a statement to follow.
The game started off a mess, both for the Dragons and the Vipers, as there would only be 3 points scored all half – those belonging to the Vipers. Dragon’s QB, Brandon Silvers, was not able to help generate any sort of offense through the air. Early in the 3rd quarter, Silvers took the abysmal play even further, by throwing an errant pass right into the hands of a waiting Tarvarus McFadden, who then made a 78-yard pick-6 to the house.
The home crowd in Seattle had had enough at this point, and in true Seattle fandom, it was made well known.
What happened next may have silenced the crowd’s rumblings for former Seahawk B.J Daniels to take over. Silvers responded with a 68-yard touchdown toss to another former Seahawk, wideout Keenan Reynolds.
What followed in the rest of the 3rd and 4th quarters eventually sealed the game for Seattle, as their defense dictated the pace from that point on. A short pick-6 interception from the goal line by Dragons end Marcell Frazier sealed the game away, along with a couple field goals by K Lacayo. The Seattle defense wrapped up its day with an impressive 3 turnovers (all interceptions) and 4 sacks.
The final score was 17-9 in favor of Seattle Dragons.
Seattle’s next game is a home game against the Dallas Renegades on February 22nd at 2 PM PT on FOX.
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