Tampa Bay Bandits overtake Michigan Panthers, 27-20

Posted: 14/05/2022 in Sports, USFL
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Week 5 of USFL action kicked off with the Tampa Bay Bandits defeating the Michigan Panthers, 27-20. Both teams sat outside of second place in their respective divisions entering tonight’s matchup. The top two teams in each division will advance to the playoffs.

The Panthers and Bandits were tied up through the first and second quarters. Tampa Bay scored a touchdown part way through the third and Michigan was unable to respond, with Shea Patterson throwing an interception. The Bandits entered this week with just one takeaway, last in the USFL. They had two tonight, that interception as well as a fumble recovery on Michigan’s final drive to seal their victory. 

Tampa Bay, who moves to 3-2, had just 273 total yards compared to 409 for Michigan. The Bandits’ touchdown plays accounted for nearly half of their total yardage with three of their four touchdowns coming on 30-plus yard plays, including a 50-yard completion from quarterback Jordan Ta’amu to wide receiver Derrick Dillon. Running back Juwan Washington led the Bandits in rushing, with 48 yards including two rushing touchdowns. Wide receiver John Franklin III had five receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The Bandits’ defense was able to shut down Michigan’s run game and running back Reggie Corbin, who led the league in rushing entering Week 5. Corbin, who averaged 100 yards a game after Week 4, rushed for just 28 yards in 12 carries tonight.

Michigan moves to 1-4 with another close defeat. The Panthers’ four losses have come by a total of 17 points. Quarterback Shea Patterson did seem to find his rhythm in the passing game, completing 23 of 37 attempts for 306 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to tight end La’Michael Pettway

Head coaches for Michigan Panthers and Tampa Bay Bandits

The two teams are led by two of the more prominent coaching resumes with 64-year-old Jeff Fisher leading the Panthers and 55-year-old Todd Haley leading the Bandits.

Panther’s head coach Jeff Fisher spent 22 years as an NFL head coach with the Oilers/Titans and Rams. This is his first head coaching job since leaving the Rams during the 2016 season. Meanwhile Tampa Bay’s Todd Haley spent 22 seasons as an NFL coach, including three seasons with the Chiefs. He has worked as the offensive coordinator for the Cardinals,Steelers and Browns. The Cardinals appeared in Super Bowl XLIII during his tenure. Haley also had coaching stints with the Bears and Cowboys.

Fisher and Haley faced each other once as NFL head coaches. In Week 16 of the 2010 season, Haley Chief’s defeated Fisher’s Tennessee Titans, 34-14. The Chiefs went on to officially clinch the AFC West title later that day.

Panthers vs. Bandits score, results, highlights

Final score: Tampa Bay Bandits 27, Michigan Panthers 20

1st quarter, 8:42 (Panthers): J.Walker pass complete to TB 30. Catch made by R.O’Malley at TB 30. Gain of 30 yards. R.O’Malley for 30 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

1st quarter, 8:33 (Bandits): J.Ta’amu pass complete to TB 50. Catch made by D.Dillon at TB 50. Gain of 50 yards. D.Dillon for 50 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

2nd quarter, 10:11 (Panthers): C.Murphy 36 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Griffin, Holder-.

2nd quarter, 4:06 (Bandits): J.Washington rushed to MICH End Zone for 3 yards. J.Washington for 3 yards, TOUCHDOWN. The Replay Official reviewed the runner broke the plane and the play was upheld.

2nd quarter, 0:17 (Panthers): C.Murphy 41 yard field goal attempt is good, Center-S.Griffin, Holder-.

3rd quarter, 8:44 (Bandits): J.Ta’amu pass complete to MICH 43. Catch made by J.Franklin at MICH 43. Gain of 43 yards. J.Franklin for 43 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 6:08 (Panthers): S.Patterson pass complete to TB 25. Catch made by L.Pettway at TB 25. Gain of 25 yards. L.Pettway for 25 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

4th quarter, 3:46 (Bandits): J.Washington rushed to MICH End Zone for 30 yards. J.Washington for 30 yards, TOUCHDOWN.

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