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USFL Week 9 Recap: New Orleans Breakers vs. Tampa Bay Bandits (17-6)

In Week 9, The New Orleans Breakers (6-3) beat the Tampa Bay Bandits (4-5) with a final score of 17-6.

Both teams were off to a slow start, with neither team scoring in the 1st quarter. However, the Breakers turned things on in the 2nd quarter, scoring 17 unanswered points before halftime. Unfortunately, those would be New Orleans’ only points of the game.

Tampa Bay had a rough game, turning the ball over 4 times, and getting held out of the endzone throughout the game. Their only points of the game came on a 4th quarter touchdown from wide receiver Rashard Davis on a 31-yard play.

With the Breakers officially in the playoffs and a week left in the regular season, it will be interesting to see how Larry Fedora handles Week 10. New Orleans has looked rather sloppy recently and could continue to clean things up. However, with a banged-up team this late in the season, it might be wise to keep your best players limited before the playoffs.

New Orleans Breakers

Kyle Sloter got the start for New Orleans, but backup Zach Smith would also see a bit of playing time. Sloter finished the game completing 7/14 passes (50% comp) for only 48 yards and an interception, while Smith completed 5/6 passes (83.3% comp) for 51 yards and 1 touchdown, also running 4 times for 25 yards.

Leading the ground attack was running back Anthony Jones, who totaled 11 carries for 59 yards. However, Jordan Ellis would take a chunk of the workload as well, totaling 14 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown. Tight end Sal Canella led New Orleans’ air attack, totaling 3 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, the Breakers played a great game, keeping the Bandits out of the endzone until the 4th quarter. They’d total 3 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 9 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Top players on the Breakers’ defense include safety Greg Eisworth II, linebacker Jerod Fernandez, and defensive end Nigel Chavis.

Tampa Bay Bandits

Jordan Ta’amu got the start for Tampa Bay and had a rough day, being held out of the endzone until late in the 4th quarter. Ta’amu ended the game completing 22/39 passes (56.4% comp) for 288 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions, and also rushing 9 times for 86 yards.

The Bandits rushing attack struggled outside of Ta’amu, with Juwan Washington taking only 2 carries for 9 yards, also grabbing 1 pass for 7 yards. Leading the Bandits’ air attack was wide receiver Rashard Davis, who totaled 6 catches for 112 yards and 1 touchdown.

Tampa Bay played a solid game defensively despite the loss, totaling 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 4 pass deflections, 2 forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. In Week 9, Top players on the Bandits’ defense include linebacker Anthony Butler, cornerback Delrick Abrams Jr, and safety Antonio Reed.

Box Score

New Orleans Breakers

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Smith5/683.3518.510141.7
Sloter7/1450.0483.40128.3
TOTALS12/2060.0995.011
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
A Jones11595.4025
Ellis14453.217
Smith4256.208
Gray199.009
Sloter3-8-2.70-1
TOTALS331303.9125
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Cannella33411.31214
J Adams3268.70124
Ellis3206.7083
Dixon2147.00126
Poindexter155.0052
Gray00001
TOTALS12998.212120
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Eisworth II8801000
Fernandez8512000
Chavis7402000
Elder5300010
Diggs5200010
Clarke4400010
Alexander4300120
Stevens4300000
Patterson3301000
Bellamy3201000
Howard Jr.2212010
Saint-Amour2202000
Tongamoa2101000
Soto2101000
D Jones2100130
Washington II2000000
Christian1111000
P Adams1100000
Sam1000000
Johnson1000000
Absheer1000000
Gray0000000
TOTALS6846314290
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Sloter1000
A Jones1100
Sloter1000
Elder0001
Alexander0001
Eisworth II0010
Fernandez0020
TOTALS3132
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Gray12626.0260
TOTALS12626.0260
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dixon11515.0150
TOTALS11515.0150
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Bertolet1/1100260/13
TOTALS1/1100260/13
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
White640.720560
TOTALS640.720560

Tampa Bay Bandits

PASSINGCOMPCTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Ta’amu22/3956.42887.41267
TOTALS22/3956.42887.412
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGTDLNG
Ta’amu9869.6020
Washington294.5010
Emmons13-1-0.108
Franklin III1-2-2.00-2
Papale1-5-5.00-5
TOTALS26873.3020
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGTDLNGTGT
Davis611218.71406
O’Grady34615.30295
Papale34214.00224
Hampton33110.30164
Dillon3299.70145
Willies11616.00162
Washington177.0072
Emmons252.5036
Franklin III00002
Anderson00001
TOTALS2228813.114037
DEFENSIVETCKSOLSCKTFLINTPDTD
Butler11500110
Abrams Jr.7300000
Reed6500000
Neal5201010
Feeney5200010
Robinson4411000
Kelly Jr.4311000
Atkins4100010
McCulloch3310000
Reaves3300000
Dawe3200000
Beal2100000
Mack2100000
Cioffi2100000
Kamara2100000
Ta’amu1100000
Scott1100000
Meeks1100000
Jones1100000
Davis1100000
Causey1000000
Papale0000000
TOTALS694233140
FUMBLESFUMLSTFFREC
Ta’amu1000
Emmons1100
Davis1100
Butler0001
McCulloch0010
Reaves0010
TOTALS3221
KICK RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Dillon24723.5300
Franklin III24120.5210
TOTALS48822.0300
PUNT RETURNRETYDSAVGLNGTD
Davis3299.7200
TOTALS3299.7200
KICKINGFGPCTLNGXPPTS
Rausa0/100/00
TOTALS0/100/00
PUNTINGNOAVG20TBLNGBLK
Wright452.821600
TOTALS452.821600

Next Opponents

The New Orleans Breakers will face the Houston Gamblers on Sunday, June 19th, at 5:30 pm PT on FS1.

The Tampa Bay Bandits will take on the Birmingham Stallions on Saturday, June 18th, at 1:00 pm PT on FOX.

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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