USFL Week 10: Houston Gamblers steam down New Orleans Breakers

USFL Week 10: Houston Gamblers steam down New Orleans Breakers

USFL Week 10: Houston Gamblers steam down New Orleans Breakers

Week 10 of the inauguration USFL season ended on FS1 on Sunday, when the Houston gamblers dominated the New Orleans Breakers 20-3 at Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama.

The Gamblers finish the season 3-7, while the Breakers — the No. 2 seed in the South who have already punched their ticket to next weekend’s playoffs — finish with a 6-4 regular season record.

Earlier Sunday, the Michigan Panthers got the Pittsburgh Maulers33-21, in a hard-fought battle, winning first-choice in every round of next year’s USFL Draft.

Here are the best plays.

Houston Gamblers 20, New Orleans Breakers 3

Difficult start

Breakers QB Zach Smith was picked on the first drive of the game in New Orleans by Gamblers linebacker Donald Payne, who made it home 12 yards with ease. Houston led 7-0 early.

Donald Payne picks Zach Smith for a Gamblers TD

Donald Payne picks Zach Smith for a Gamblers TD

Gamblers Donald Payne picked out New Orleans Breakers QB Zach Smith and took it home, while Houston took an early lead.

Duplicate issues

On the Breakers’ next drive, Smith was knocked out again, this time near midfield in third deficit.

So won, so run

Shea Patterson — the No. 1 overall pick in the inaugural USFL Draft released by the Panthers in May — closed the first quarter for New Orleans, going three-and-out on his first ride with his new team.

Taking over

The Gamblers’ defense kept going as the first half wore on, knocking the Breakers out with ease. The New Orleans offense also clicked, adding three points on a quick field target halfway through the second quarter, they took a 10-0 lead.

Big game!

Breakers linebacker Vontae Diggs came in late in the frame with a massive third-down stop for New Orleans that kept the Gamblers out of the end zone and pitted them against another field target before the break.

They will take that

Gamblers cornerback Will probably muffled the catch, and the ball was scooped up by Breakers TE Sal Cannella.

Blocked!

Gambler’s defense Chris Odom came with his fourth blocked field goal of the season as the Breakers tried to get on the board. Then DB Jeremiah Johnson took it 77 yards the other way for a touchdown. Houston took a 20-0 lead early in the third quarter.

Gamblers Chris Odom blocks Breakers’ field goal

Gamblers Chris Odom blocks Breakers' field goal

The Houston Gamblers took a 20-0 lead over the New Orleans Breakers after a Chris Odom punt blocked and Jeremiah Johnson scooped a 77-yard scoop.

Shutdown avoided

The Breakers finally got on the board late in the third quarter with a monstrous 50-yard field goal.

breaker’s ball

A drive that started well for Houston in the fourth quarter soon took a bad turn when QB Kenji Bahar fiddled with the ball near the red zone and it was won back by New Orleans.

In the end, it wasn’t enough to make a comeback, and there it ended, 20-3.


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