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.
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.