Tampa Bay Vipers: Three Keys vs the LA Wildcats

It was great to see the Tampa Bay Vipers finally get their first win of the season. They did it in a dominating fashion. The Vipers shutout the D.C. Defenders 25-0. All three sides of the ball the Vipers dominated. The mistakes that were made in the first three weeks were not present in this one. Tampa Bay only made two mistakes an interception and one missed field goal. In this writer’s eyes, I stand corrected. I didn’t think they would win against D.C.

The team that I saw in the first three weeks wasn’t the team I saw last Sunday night. If they play like that against the Wildcats, they will get win number two. Taylor Cornelius played his butt off and so did the defense. Cornelius did it with both his arm and legs. The defense didn’t allow anything.

Chemistry

If anything, I thought would be an issue last week with Flowers leaving would have been team chemistry. During warmups, I saw the complete opposite. The team came out as cool as a cucumber. It showed right off from kickoff as the Vipers elected to kick off. The defense came out and made the Defenders look elementary. On the first offensive drive, they mixed in the run and pass. The Tampa Bay Vipers found themselves in unfamiliar territory with a lead. They never let their foot off the accelerator. The running game with Peyton and Smith was downright awesome. Both backs had over 100 yards against the Defenders. The chemistry is at an all-time high. This good as they now focus on the L.A. Wildcats. Both teams have the same record of 1-3 but I would favor the Vipers. Trestman has the Vipers moving in the right direction.

 

Offense

Last week the Tampa Bay Vipers had 407 total yards against D.C. Out of those 407 yards, 266 of those years came on the ground. It was courtesy of De’Veon Smith, Jacques Patrick, and Taylor Cornelius. Both Smith and Patrick had over 100 yards. It was emotional for Patrick he scored his first pro touchdown. When he scored, he knelt on one knee in tears. The reason is the week before he buried his father. This took a lot of pressure off the passing game. The Vipers did have 211 yards in the air. They had two rushing touchdowns one by Cornelius and the other by Patrick. Cornelius also threw for one touchdown. The offense didn’t make too many mistakes like penalties and an interception. The offense showed that it didn’t need Quinton Flowers. He has returned so let’s see how he responds.

 

Defense

This was the third game that the Tampa Bay Vipers defense held their opponent under 200 total yards. The other was against the New York Guardians and Seattle Dragons. This game kept Cardale Jones on his toes all night. He never looked comfortable. The Defenders only had 107 yards. The Vipers after turning the ball over got an interception right back. They forced seven punts and only allowed six first downs. The Vipers hit Jones four times and in key situations. This defense will bring the same pressure this week against the Wildcats. This will lead to more wins.

 

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