New Orleans Breakers Top Houston Gamblers In USFL Shootout

New Orleans Breakers Top Houston Gamblers In USFL Shootout

Week two of the USFL kicked off this afternoon. The New Orleans Breakers hosted the Houston Gamblers, in a South Division showdown.

In week one, New Orleans picked up an important win over Pittsburgh. After getting off to a rocky start, they put it all together in the second half. QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for over 300 yards, finding a rhythm down the stretch for John DeFilippo.

On the other hand, the Houston Gamblers suffered a tough defeat at the hands of the Panthers. Kenji Bahar turned the ball over three times in the final two quarters, which put the team in a hole too deep to climb out of.

Let’s take a look at what happened, as this one came down to the wire.

First Quarter

New Orleans received the opening kickoff, meaning we saw Bethel-Thompson first. A strange decision to not field the kickoff made the team start at their own two yard line. This resulted in a punt, which was shanked by Matt White – and Houston had excellent field position.

Without Mark Thompson in the lineup again, T.J. Pledger would need to have a solid outing for Houston. The Gamblers got themselves into field goal range, but then Nick Vogel kicked it off the upright – and they came up empty.

New Orleans could not capitalize, going three and out again. It’s been intriguing to watch this offense through the first two weeks – despite having so much talent, they’ve started both games very flat.

Kenji Bahar got into a bit of a rhythm on their next drive, but the Gamblers ultimately stalled out midfield. With one quarter in the books, it was a 0-0 ball game.

Second Quarter


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