The stars take advantage of the Gamblers’ battles at the end of the game

from RJ Young
FOX sports writer

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – No matter how hard you try, the Houston Gambles I just can’t catch a break.

They did a lot of things on Sunday against the Philadelphia Stars. They tried a new quarterback. They got an early lead from their defense. They even built a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter.

Yet, as is often the case in this first season of the USFL, the Gamblers lost the lead late, this time allowing the Stars to gain a stunning 22-0 lead in the final quarter on the road to a 35-24 victory.

For the Gamblers (1-6), this was their sixth consecutive defeat, each of which looked more shocking than the last. In Week 4, they lost in despair to New Orleans quarterback Kyle Slaughter with 10 seconds left. In weeks 5 and 6, they lost games with the expiration of time, first from Pittsburgh, then from New Jersey.

On Sunday, they entered the fourth quarter with a lead of 24-13, only to see their drives in the last period as follows:

– Missed attempt for a goal of 49 yards

– Interception

– Stir

– Safety

Meanwhile, the Stars received a 39-yard pass from Case Cucus to Jordan Suwell, 3 yards from Darnell Holland and two flights from Louis Aguilar – not to mention safety – to turn the Gamblers’ big advantage into a narrow game and then into fled to Phila.

Philly wears D

The stars have been stable lately, winning three of their last four games. The only loss in this section was the 30-17 Week 5 defeat by Birmingham, which is the ideal 7-0. The Stars took the lead with 17-14 in the half, but like the rest of the USFL, they failed to stop the stallions in the second half.

Philadelphia’s defense turned out to be huge on Sunday against Houston, causing a couple of confusions and taking advantage of the sweet cross of the corner kick defender Channing Stribling, who almost failed to score six, only to cancel it with a penalty.

Stribling, a 27-year-old Michigan product, leads the league with five interceptions, although he has played in only five of his team’s seven games. He has received attention from several NFL teams in the past and was on the Chargers coaching team in 2018.

Another great defense game for Houston

Houston entered Week 7, tied with Birmingham for the league’s lead in terms of turnover, at plus-5. And the Gamblers started Sunday’s game with more than the same when midfielder Donald Payne picked up a Cookus pass and returned it 39 yards for a touchdown.

A defensive shot by Domenik Davis pierced Kukus during the game, causing the ball to bounce in the air and fall into the hands of the waiting Payne.

Donald Payne of Houston chooses the house

Donald Payne of Houston chooses the house

Houston midfielder Donald Payne intercepted Case Kukus and sent him back for a touchdown for a quick 7-0 lead over the Philadelphia Stars.

Payne, who entered Week 7 as the USFL leader in wrestling, also has two layoffs this season. This was his first interception of the season and gave the Gamblers a 7-0 lead. He would make a second grip later in the game.

Rough introduction

The Gamblers gave their first real look at Sunday’s playing time and it was a bit of a struggle for the 24-year-old from Monmouth.

At first glance, his numbers look pretty solid – Bahar completed 76.9% of his passes (10 for 13) for 101 yards and a touchdown. His rating for the passors was a solid 92.1.

But he also gave up two turns and both came in the fourth quarter. His choice of Stribling brought Philadelphia an easy goal from the game and a 30-24 lead. And his confusion came in the first play of the subsequent reign, when he was fired by Adam Rodriguez.

Four playoffs later, another goal from the field made the score 33-24 and essentially froze the game.

Despite the late fading, it will be interesting to see if Bahar will get another look in Week 8. Thorson entered Sunday’s game fifth in the league with 917 yards. But he completed only 56.2% of his passes and threw seven interceptions.

RJ Young is a national football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and a podcast host.Ranked show № 1 with RJ Young“Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Youngand subscribe to “The RJ Young show“on YouTube. It’s not on StepMill.


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