Watch ! USFL Panthers vs Bandits live on Friday, May 13, 2022 at 8:00 PM ET on USA
Kickoff: 8 p.m. ET
TV channel: USA
Live stream: fuboTV (free trial)
The Bandits and the Panthers are both coming off close losses with the Panthers' defeat being the more painful of the two. Michigan lost in the waning seconds against Philadelphia after Michael Carrizosa missed a potential game-winning 21-yard field goal. The kick doinked off the left upright and led the Panthers to release the former San Jose State punter, who found little success as a kicker in the USFL.
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Can the Panthers Find a Solution at Placekicker?
Anyone who has been watching the first four weeks of the new USFL season has most likely noticed that the special teams portion of this new league is hit or miss with most of these eight teams, but for the Michigan Panthers it has been all “miss” with horrendous place kicking so far.
It was never more apparent how desperate the Panthers were for a kicker than on Friday night when the game came down to a final field goal that would have put Michigan ahead of the Stars, 28-26, but instead Michael Carrizosa single-doinked the 21-yard chip shot for the 1-point loss.
It has been an ongoing story for the Panthers since Week 1, to the point where HC Jeff Fisher has been opting for mostly 2-point conversion attempts, a strategy that might be a short term fix, but this team needs a reliable placekicker if they expect to compete for the playoffs in June.