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USFL Week 2 Recap: Tampa Bay Bandits vs. New Orleans Breakers

Week 2 of the USFL’s season is in the books, and the New Orleans Breakers (2-0) remain undefeated after a blowout win over the Tampa Bay Bandits (1-1) with a final score of 34-3.

In one of the most anticipated games of the week, the Breakers put on a show on offense, with their defense keeping Tampa Bay unable to do much throughout the game.

New Orleans Breakers

Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter bounced back from his subpar Week 1 performance in a big way, completing 25/39 passes (64.1% Comp) for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns, also running the ball once for 1 yard and a rushing touchdown. Sloter earned Offensive Player of the Week for his performance. Additionally, New Orleans’ offensive line is the only unit in the league to not allow a sack through the first 2 games of the season.

Running backs Jordan Ellis and TJ Logan got things going in the ground game. Ellis ended the game with 21 rushes for 64 yards, while Logan finished the game with 10 rushes for 43 yards and 1 touchdown, also bringing in 4 receptions for 29 yards.

The team’s leading receiver was Jonathan Adams, who’d end the day with 5 receptions for 92 yards. Johnnie Dixon and Shawn Poindexter recorded the Breakers receiving touchdowns, with Dixon totaling 5 receptions for 42 yards and 1 touchdown, and Poindexter having 2 receptions for 26 yards and 1 touchdown.

The Breakers’ defense is establishing itself as the best unit in the USFL and picked up right where they left off in Week 1. The defense kept the Bandits’ offense in check for the entire game, holding them to only 3 points, and totaling 4 sacks and 2 interceptions on the day. Standout players for New Orleans include Defensive Player of the Week linebacker Vontae Diggs, defensive tackles Davin Bellamy, Kamilo Tongamoa, and Connor Christian, and cornerbacks Nevelle Clark and Mike Stevens.

Tampa Bay Bandits

The Bandits had a tough time against the Breakers’ on all phases and looked like a shell of themselves in Week 2. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu completed 8/18 (44.4% Comp) for only 62 yards and 1 interception, also taking 4 carries for 45 yards.

Running back BJ Emmons would take 14 attempts for only 39 yards against the Breakers and was the team’s leading receiver with only 3 receptions for 29 yards. Last week’s leading receiving yards leader for the Bandits, Cheyenne O’Grady, recorded only 2 receptions for 21 yards against New Orleans.

The Bandits defense struggled mightily against the Breakers’ offense, allowing 34 points on the day, and failed to get any pressure on quarterback Kyle Sloter.

Next Opponents

The New Orleans Breakers (2-0) are set to face the Birmingham Stallions (2-0) on Saturday, April 30th at 5:00 pm PT on Fox.

The Tampa Bay Bandits (1-1) will play their next game against the Houston Gamblers (1-1) on Saturday, April 30th at 1:00 pm PT on Fox.

Box Score

New Orleans Breakers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Sloter25/3964.12666.820101
TOTALS25/3964.12666.820
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
Ellis21643.0011
Logan Jr.10434.318
Sloter111.011
Thomas100.000
TOTALS331083.3211
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Adams59218.40299
Taylor5438.60165
Dixon5428.41169
Logan Jr.4297.20135
Poindexter22613.01185
Johnson22311.50182
Cannella11111.00113
Ellis100.0001
TOTALS2526610.622939
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Diggs10700000
Fernandez7402000
Saint-Amour7101000
Jacobs5400010
Elder5200000
Tongamoa3322010
Christian3212010
Patterson3200000
Clark3101110
Washington II3100000
Bellamy2211000
Miller2101000
Stevens2100120
Jones2100000
Adams1100000
Chavis1100000
Ellis1000000
Okoye1000000
Johnson0000000
TOTALS6134410260
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Thomas1000
Elder0001
TOTALS1001
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Logan Jr.12828.0280
Taylor11111.0110
TOTALS23919.5280
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dixon12323.0230
TOTALS12323.0230
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
MacGinnis2/366.7312/38
TOTALS2/366.7312/38
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
White435.010380
TOTALS435.010380

Tampa Bay Bandits

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Ta’amu8/1844.4623.40130.3
White3/1030.0343.4011.7
TOTALS11/2839.3963.402
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
Ta’amu44511.2022
Emmons14392.8016
Washington7273.9016
Franklin III4184.5013
White111.001
TOTALS301304.3022
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Emmons3299.70204
O’Grady22110.50193
Hampton22010.00143
Franklin III11919.00193
Davis188.0082
Lasley00005
Papale00004
Washington2-1-0.5004
TOTALS11968.702028
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Sam11700000
Beal8400020
Reed7500000
Feeney7300000
Meeks5200010
Abrams Jr.5100000
Melifonwu4400010
Neal4301010
Cioffi4301000
Campbell4300010
Howard4200000
Dawe3200000
Griffin3100010
Kaufusi2200000
Scott2200000
Robinson2100000
Washington1100000
Reaves1100000
Dillon1000000
TOTALS784702070
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Franklin III1100
TOTALS1100
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dillon37224.0270
Washington35217.3220
TOTALS612420.7270
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
TOTALS000
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Rausa1/1100220/03
TOTALS1/1100220/03
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
Wright548.420610
TOTALS548.420610

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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