BY MATTHEW FEIMER
The Seattle Dragon fans did not let down their team. After last week’s crowd of 29k saw a come from behind win, another 22k came out for the second week in a row and for the time being led the league in attendance. This time however they went home disappointed. Despite the much-improved play from Brandon Silvers, it was Landry Jones and Cameron Artis-Payne that lead the 4th quarter take over and Dallas has now won two in a row.
For the second straight week Landry had a rough 1st half while still looking like he missed all of training camp. Another second half surge showed that Dallas Renegades are a second half team. Coach Bob Stoops says the skies is the limit for Landry Jones. He has done well for a guy who did not play in 18 months and missed training camp. Landry Jones still completed 73% of his passes but still had two interceptions. In the second half, they used the running game to free up Landry Jones and kept a back home to protect him. He went 30-41 for 274 yards and 3 touchdown passes. Donald Parham was the big play receiver with over 100 yards and two touchdowns. Artis-Payne for the second week in a row wore down the defense, with 110 yard in total offense and putting out the fire in Seattle.
Three 3 and outs hurt the Dragons offense in the second half and some penalties didn’t help them either. Jim Zorn did say his quarterback Brandon Silvers was much improved. The Seattle defense held Dallas to only 9 first half rushing yards and forcing Landry Jones to throw two interceptions. Brandon Silvers threw a decent 21-34 but only 204 yards with Austin Proehl catching 81 of those yards. The Seattle ground game had 99 yards rushing. I think their ground game should be doing better. Kenneth Farrow, Ja’Quan Gardner, and Trey Williams should give you more in that ground attack but are also effective catching the ball.
The Dragons came into the season as the team with the least chance to win the championship but continue to be competitive in every game. Jim Zorn says they continue to encourage each other and play hard while not giving up. There is enough talent in Seattle to have a good year. Overcoming penalties and staying out of 3rd and long would be a good start. I do like the way he is letting Brandon Silvers become the leader on his team.
Seattle now has the tough task of going into the Battle Dome in St. Louis in what should be another loud crowd of close to 30K. The silent count may come in handy for Silvers. They will need to beat the Battlehawks at their own game of balanced attack. Silvers will need to help his defense this week as the Battlehawks are an old school physical team.
Dallas will come home and play part one of the “Civil War” against their in state with division rival Houston Roughnecks. Landry Jones will need to play better. Houston makes you pay for too many mistakes and too many three and outs. I have had my eye on this game for some time now and can not wait for next weekend to get here already.
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