USFL Week 1 score: Jordan Ta'amu, Tampa Bay Bandits roll Pittsburgh Maulers on Monday night

USFL Week 1 score: Jordan Ta’amu, Tampa Bay Bandits roll Pittsburgh Maulers on Monday night

The conclusion of Week 1 of the 2022 USFL season was pushed into Monday, as the Sunday matchup between the Pittsburgh Maulers and Tampa Bay Bandits was postponed due to weather. It gave football fans an offseason taste of Monday night football, and the Bandits escaped with a 17-3 victory.

Tampa Bay jumped out to a quick lead and didn’t look back. Sparked by No. 2 overall pick quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, Tampa Bay went 68 yards on eight plays on its first drive, and BJ Emmons punched it in from three yards out for the first score of the game. Ta’amu later found Jordan Lasley for his first USFL touchdown towards the end of the second quarter to push the lead to 17. In all, he completed 18 of 30 passes for 164 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Maulers started slow but rebounded in the second half to put some good things on tape. Both quarterbacks in Josh Love and Kyle Lauletta played, but Love got the majority of the reps. He finished Week 1 completing 9 of 16 passes for 121 yards. This offense never got into rhythm, though, and went 0 of 3 in the red zone.

Below, we will dive more deeply into what went down in the USFL on Monday night. Check back soon!

Here are our takeaways from Saturday night’s opener, as well as Sunday’s two games, and also be sure to check out the USFL standings and season schedule.

Birmingham Stallions 28, New Jersey Generals 24

Houston Gamblers 17, Michigan Panthers 12
New Orleans Breakers 23, Philadelphia Stars 17

Tampa Bay Bandits 17, Pittsburgh Maulers 3

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