BLISS EXPERIENCE WORST SEASON IN FRANCHISE HISTORY, LOSE TO KNIGHTS 8-6
(CHICAGO, IL – SUNDAY, JULY 28) The Chicago Bliss Dynasty is in the rearview mirror after the franchise suffered another loss in their 2019 campaign.
Four losses and zero victories sum up Chicago’s year as the Bliss experienced their worst season to date. The Bliss had never finished a season winless, and 2012 was the prior worst year for the Bliss where they finished 1-3 after Coach Keith Hac made his return to the coaching ranks. In fact, the four losses the Bliss suffered this season totaled the same amount the Bliss lost in the prior six seasons combined.
Heading into the Week 13 contest between Chicago and Nashville, the Bliss were heavily favored. After nearly defeating Atlanta and Nashville losing to Omaha, it appeared Chicago was a more rounded team.
As much of a surprise as a Bliss 0-4 finish is, the fact that Nashville is one win from a return to the postseason should not be overlooked. The Knights have proven that at 2-1, they can’t be counted out yet.
In a game which consisted of ugly offense- fumbles, interceptions, and penalties Nashville put together a winning performance. Danika Brace and Head Coach Yuri Howard have this team in position to potentially finish with a 3-1 record and a trip to the postseason for the second year in a row.
Late in the first quarter after a poorly handled snap, Nashville brought down Bliss quarterback Chaz Duson for the sack and safety to take a 2-0 lead.
The Nashville offense also found the endzone next after Richardson connected with Bre Mosely for a 32-yard touchdown connection. A failed extra point kept the lead at 8-0.
At the half, Nashville had struggled with the running game but found success through the air with 94 passing yards and only 2 rushing yards. Chicago, on the other hand, rushed for 54 yards and passed for only 22.
Nashville’s Molly Richardson had a solid first half passing with throwing for 6-of-8 completions, 94 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
Both teams struggled on 3rd and 4th downs, and a large part was due to solid defensive play on both sides.
The second half was much like the first. Chicago found the endzone on their first drive after Chaz Duson capped a 9-play scoring drive on a 2-yard rush. A failed extra point kept the Bliss behind 8-6.
The fourth quarter was all defense and mistakes from both offenses, as the Knights held on to upset Chicago on their own turf.
Disorganization, poor conditioning, and bad execution are the culprits for the Bliss this year. Some of the bright spots are areas of the defense. Emma Vanderheyden will be a force on this team for many seasons to come. She is certainly in the realm of rookie of the year and defensive player of the year awards.
Duson finished the game 8-of-19 for 62 yards, zero touchdown passes, and two interceptions. Quarterback is an area the Bliss need to solidify going into the 2020 season. Duson is not a franchise quarterback and will be much better suited at another position.
Another question will be whether or not Head Coach Sid Lewis will return or should return. There are areas of promise, but overall it was a horribly run 2019 campaign and the leaders are responsible.
Nashville (2-1) will wait for their Week-16 game against Austin (2-0). The Knights will host the Acoustic to close out the regular season on their own turf. Expect Nashville to be well prepared as the underdogs and put up a great fight.
|Passing Yards (Net)||124||62|
|Total Offense Plays-Yards||38-134||41-118|