Tampa Bay Vipers: Many Duds in Week 1

Week 1 of the XFL season has started. The Tampa Bay Vipers started their season on the road against the New York Guardians. The new rules and extra stuff may help the league survive. The game went completely in the opposite way it was supposed to. Many of the experts had the Vipers winning a close game. The Guardians dominated the Vipers all game.

Aaron Murray the quarterback of the Vipers looked off on their first drive. The Guardians’ defense made plays when they needed to. The Vipers had the first-ever ejection for the new XFL. Marc Trestman’s complicated offense may not work in this league. I know its week one and things can be adjusted. I saw many social media posts that said the team reminds them of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with all the mistakes and turnovers. In saying that, here are the duds for week one.

Aaron Murray

Watching the game in person Murray was rattled. He was moving out of the pocket when he didn’t need to. Murray also threw two interceptions. His first interception came on one the Vipers’ only good drive. Now the offensive woes were not all his fault. Many of his receivers had drops. He went 16 for 34 for 231 yards. That is only a 47% completion percentage. He was taken out of the game for a few drives and replaced by Quinton Flowers. Flowers only threw two balls completing one of them. Hopefully, Murray will take this game and say he makes better decisions.

Offense

Like I said above, it wasn’t all on Aaron Murray and why the Tampa Bay Vipers are now 0-1. The offense was 0-4 in their red-zone trips. The Vipers only scored three points. Outside of Murray’s two interceptions, they also had a fumble. Thus, a total of three turnovers. This, of course, was a big part of the 23 points the Guardians had. This game reminded me a lot of the USF Bulls games. The defense played well enough to give the offense a chance to win the game. The Vipers had nearly 400 yards of total offense. They also lead in third-down efficiency, first downs, and total plays. All of that normally adds up to a win. It just wasn’t meant to be. The Vipers will need to score when they get a chance against the Dragons.

Penalties

The Tampa Bay Vipers had the first player kicked out of a game. This hurts any team no matter professional or not. Other penalties came on offensive drives that would stall them. The funny thing is the only time the Vipers scored is when the Guardians committed penalties to set them up. This will also have to be fixed before next week. If it isn’t the Vipers will be in for a long season. I believe that it can be fixed for the Vipers to have a successful season.

The Vipers are once again on the road next week against the Seattle Dragons. After watching today’s performance I can see how you can compare this team to the other two teams that play at Raymond James Stadium.

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