Tampa Bay Vipers: Two Duds and One Stud Versus the Seattle Dragons

The Tampa Bay Vipers were trying to get in the win column in week two. They traveled to the loudest stadium in all of football. Their opponent was the Seattle Dragons who were also trying to get their first win. This game was a boring first half as the teams managed to just score three points. Those three points belong to the Vipers. In the second half, both teams combined to score 23 points. The Vipers got their first touchdown of the season on a 63-yard kickoff return. At the time this sparked the Vipers as a team. The Dragons sustain some drives and score 17 points enough to escape with a win 17-9. The Vipers continued to struggle on offense. They hade many mistakes, turnovers, and penalties. At this point, they have no offensive touchdown and still haven’t found a starting quarterback. Here are one stud and two duds.

Offense

Someone might need to tell Marc Trestman that it’s time to figure out who is the starting quarterback. Aaron Murray who started in week one against the New York Guardians was out due to a foot injury. Trestman decided to start Taylor Cornelius. Cornelius didn’t have a bad game he went 16 for 27 for 154 yards and two interceptions. One of those interceptions came on the last play of the game as the Tampa Bay Vipers were trying to get the tying score. It seemed to me that when Quinton Flowers was in the game the offense moved more fluently. This team now is coming home in week three. Maybe just maybe the first offensive touchdown will happen at Raymond James Stadium. This offense will have to find an identity because it once again looked lost. Trestman will have to decide on who is starting quarterback will be.

Mistakes and Turnovers

Once again, the turnovers were a big reason why the Tampa Bay Vipers lost. For the second time in two weeks, they had three turnovers again. This is one of the reasons why the team is 0-2. Cornelius and Flowers combined to throw three interceptions. This always puts a team behind the eight ball. What it also does is stop drives. The Vipers also had 99 penalty yards. That means this team is just downright undisciplined. We all know that teams commit penalties but for two weeks this team has shot themselves in the foot. The Vipers will have to clean this up in week three. The team also allowed four sacks which also hurts drives. The 24 yards lost kept them off the scoreboard. All these aspects are going to need to improve if the Vipers want to get their first win.

Defense

This is the one positive from yesterday’s game. Just like in week one this unit gave the offense chances. They held the Dragons to 199 total yards. In two weeks, that have held their opponent under 200 yards. The Dragons also punted six times. The Tampa Bay Vipers also got one interception. This defense also got two sacks. The Dragons run game was only able to obtain 117 yards on the ground. That is big when the offense puts them in tough situations. The defense also had 4 quarterback hits and six pass deflections. The Vipers defense made it out of a game with no one being ejected. Let’s hope they can stand strong next week, and the offense can get into a rhythm and they can get win number one.

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