Tampa Bay Vipers: Three Studs vs the DC Defenders
Under a cooler than usual, Sunday night at Raymond James the Tampa Bay Vipers were looking for their first win. This is coming off a week where quarterback Quinton Flowers left the team and asked for an outright release. During warmups, the Vipers look like the chemistry was good. All the players were still in their routine.
So, the quarterback situation is now in the hands of Aaron Murray and Taylor Cornelius. The receivers need to do a better job of making sure they make the catches and help the quarterbacks. The crowd like we thought was down for the Vipers home opener for many reasons. One being that Flowers isn’t playing, two it being late on a work night, three its cooler for most Floridians. The Vipers need to find a way to get their first win. Great news they got their first win.
Despite all the controversy surrounding Quinton Flowers, Taylor Cornelius had a great game. He stepped up and move the Tampa Bay Vipers offense up and down the field. He only made one mistake and that was an interception. Other than that he was great. Cornelius used his feet and arm. In the passing game, he went 24/31 for 211 yards and one touchdown pass. He averaged 6.9 yards per pass.
Cornelius also used his legs he had four rushes for 36 yards and one touchdown. On that touchdown, he dislocated his left shoulder. He was interviewed after the injury and he said I had worse. Cornelius finished the game and he was a big factor in the win. The question is if Flowers return and Aaron Murray gets healthy I am not sure how Marc Trestman does not stay with Cornelius as his starter and use Flowers as a back-up.
Patrick was running on an emotional train. Just a week ago on Friday, he buried his father. The same father that taught him the game. When he scored his touchdown he broke down in the end zone. He was interviewed and asked why and he said that his father wasn’t here in person but he knew him watching down. Patrick had 21 carries for 108 yards.
He averaged 5.1 yards a carry and had the longest carry at 18 yards. It was an awesome moment to see him score and hold it together during the interview. He kept the ball and I am sure he will cherish it forever Patrick is part of the third-best running game in the XFL. The Tampa Bay Vipers are happy he is doing so well. Let’s hope he can continue this week as the Vipers travel to Los Angeles to play the Wildcats.
Smith like Patrick also had a stellar night. He rushed for 122 yards on 24 carries and averaged 5.1 yards per carry. Even though he didn’t have a touchdown he still had the most yards. The Tampa Bay Vipers rushing attack had success all night. See when you can run the ball like they did you don’t have to worry about throwing the ball. Smith had a long run of 14 yards. Look for Patrick and Smith to continue to carry the load especially with Cornelius banged up. Things are looking up for the Vipers as they hit the road.
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