XFL: NY Gaurdian and Tampa Vipers

Amanda Palazzolo, Author and Writer

The New York Guardians and the Tampa Bay Vipers play in one of the first games on Sunday. And the Guardians demolish the Vipers 23 to 3 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  

Marc Trestman’s on the Vipers were vehemently outplayed for about an Hour against a Guardians team they were favored to beat by 3.5 points. But it took the Vipers awhile to run the game and get going, but when they handed the ball to De’Veon  Smith and Jacques Patrick it became a positive gain by the end. Smith received the start for the Vipers, and a healty share of the total carries. Smith had 16 carries for 4.9 AVG, with a long 12-yards. Patrick received eight carries for 32 yards. One major factor on why the run game opened up is our second up from Sunday.  

If you were following the Vipers throughout training camp, there’s a good chance you found yourself asking why Flowers wasn’t more involved in the game plan early in the game. But in the second half it seemed like Flowers played more snaps then Murray, but neither made much of their time as the team only managed three-points all game. Flowers helped to open up the run game, and rarely dropped back to pass. He finished the game 1 of 2 for 37 yards through the air and added five carries for 34 yards on the ground. The former University of South Florida standout finished the game with a quarterback rating of 95.8, more than double that of Murry who finished with a rating of 45.1. Many, including myself expect Flowers to be a bigger part of next week’s offensive game plan whether or not Murry remains the starter.