USFL Week 1 scores, takeaways: Gamblers, Breakers win shut Sunday games; Bandits-Maulers postponed - CBS sports

The USFL's first weekend of games is rarely somewhat comprehensive yet. Sunday's triple-header took a success as a result of the climate in Birmingham, Alabama. It began when the primary video game between the Michigan Panthers and Houston Gamblers become delayed an hour, and concluded with the nightcap between the Tampa Bay Bandits and Pittsburgh Maulers getting postponed (the online game will now be performed Monday at 7 p.m. ET). 

Sunday's two games that had been played didn't disappoint. the first noticed the Houston Gamblers narrowly hold off a livid comeback via the Michigan Panthers, whose would-be successful touchdown on the remaining play became juggled incomplete in the conclusion zone. The Gamblers received Sunday's opener 17-12 as Mark Thompson rushed 13 instances for 71 yards. Shea Patterson went 17 of 25 for 192 yards and a landing for the Panthers, however the quarterback also had three fumbles (losing one) in the defeat -- part of 9 fumbles Michigan had on the day. 

In Sunday's second of three scheduled games -- before the postponement -- the brand new Orleans Breakers capitalized off first-half miscues by means of the Philadelphia Stars to construct an early lead, then found their offensive flow in the 2d half and held on in a 23-17 victory. Jordan Ellis had the go-forward landing run from two yards out to delivery the fourth quarter that gave the Breakers the lead for good. the celebrities faced a 9-0 deficit earlier than rallying to tie the online game at 17-17 within the third quarter. Darnell Holland rushed for a 42-yard score to tie the video game within the third quarter, because the Stars scored 10 features within the quarter. 

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Miscues doomed Philadelphia all through the afternoon. Stars quarterback Bryan Scott threw an interception to Vontae Diggs that was lower back 37 yards for a landing to put the Breakers up 7-0. New Orleans also blocked a Matt Mengel punt for a security. Mengal also neglected two field goals, one from forty five yards and the other from 44 yards. The Breakers had six sacks in the win, with Davin Bellamy recording three of them. 

We had already viewed a thriller within the Birmingham Stallions' win in the season opener on Saturday nighttime, and each of Sunday's video games were additionally close. All three victors have been from the league's South Division to this point -- right here's a glance on the standings -- and the entire ratings had been inside six facets. here's a look at the rankings through Sunday's slate:

SATURDAYBirmingham Stallions 28, New Jersey Generals 24

SUNDAYHouston Gamblers 17, Michigan Panthers 12 (last)New Orleans Breakers 23, Philadelphia Stars 17 (closing)

MONDAY Tampa Bay Bandits vs. Pittsburgh Maulers, 7 p.m. ET, FS1, fuboTV (PPD from Sunday as a result of rain)

listed below are our takeaways from Sunday's games (which you could relive highlights and updates in the reside weblog under).

Why the Houston Gamblers gained

The Gamblers took capabilities of two turnovers by using a Panthers offense that did not ranking any elements in the first half, using a fumble through Shea Patterson and a different fumble via Paxton Lynch to score two touchdowns that developed a 17-0 lead at halftime. Michigan had 9 fumbles within the loss, two lost via the quarterbacks that had them dealing with a two possession deficit (in the USFL a group can score as much as nine features on a possession). 

Why the Michigan Panthers lost

The Panthers had three fumbles within the second quarter, highlighting the inconsistent quarterback play right through the afternoon between Patterson and Lynch. The Panthers in reality completed as many passes in the first half as they fumbled (five), which resulted in 14 features with the aid of the Gamblers. The 2nd-half comeback become too big to beat as a result of the first-half miscues. 

Why the brand new Orleans Breakers won

supply New Orleans' offense some credit score for discovering its rhythm within the second half after going scoreless on its first six possessions. The Breakers wore down a Stars defense on the ground, rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns en path to scoring touchdowns on consecutive possessions for the victory; fifty eight of these dashing yards came on those two scoring drives. 

Why the Philadelphia Stars misplaced

particular groups miscues cost the stars in this one. Two missed box desires took six features off the board and a blocked punt ended in a security by way of the Breakers -- hurting all the offensive progress Philadelphia made within the first half. Bryan Scott also threw an interception returned for a touchdown to place the celebs in a 7-0 gap early within the game. the celebrities gave the Breakers 9 facets and neglected a chance for six of them on offense. They lost with the aid of six. 

Play of the day

The Gamblers held a 3-0 lead with the Panthers riding within the crimson zone earlier than protective conclusion Ahmad Gooden pressured a Shea Patterson fumble as Reggie Northrup took the recuperation 87 yards the other way for the ranking and gave Houston a commanding 11-0 lead to delivery the second quarter. 

Patterson stumbled to delivery the play, however Gooden took potential of the situation. He entire with three forced fumbles and two sacks. 

Up next 

The Panthers (0-1) will play the new Jersey Generals (0-1) on Friday nighttime at eight p.m while the Gamblers (1-0) will play the Birmingham Stallions (1-0) on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET. the celebs (0-1) play the Pittsburgh Maulers (0-0) on Saturday at noon ET while the Breakers (1-0) play the Tampa Bay Bandits on Sunday at three p.m. ET. All games of the USFL's general season are in Birmingham, Alabama. 

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