Milwaukee’s playoff aspirations were dealt a blow with a 27-17 loss to the New Orleans Nightmare.
It was a rough night for the offensive line as they were especially porous, allowing 6 sacks, three courtesy of left tackle Shon Coleman. That led to quarterback Matt Barkley running for his life all night and fumbling the ball five times.
“I don’t know what else to say except that our effort was simply unacceptable,” said Milwaukee coach Dave Dickenson. “We’re not going to go anywhere if we can’t fix our problems in the trenches.”
Defenses ruled the first half with neither team finding the end zone. Elliott Fry hit a pair of first quarter field goals as Milwaukee led 6-0. New Orleans got on the board in the second with a pair of kicks, and Fry hit his third of the game to stay ahead 9-3 at the half.
New Orleans kicked into the gear in the third quarter, scoring a pair of touchdowns in the frame, then pushed their lead to 27-9 early in the fourth quarter on a fumble recovery and return.
The Warriors offense finally scored with 8 minutes to play on a 7-yard pass from Barkley to Antonio Brown. A successful two-point conversion made it a 27-17 game, but they would not score again.
Despite facing immense pressure, Barkley managed passable numbers through the air, completing 26 of 37 for 274 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception.
Antonio Callaway was his top target, catching 7 for 85 yards. Brown added 6 for 80 and a score.
Andrew Harris ran for 45 yards on 12 carries.
Foye Oluokun paced the defense with 12 tackles. Joe Ostman added 6 tackles and a sack.
Sitting at 5-7, the Warriors can’t afford anymore losses. This week they face a stiff test as they travel to play the 7-5 Nashville Renegades. Nashville won their week 8 meeting 38-34.