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Storm rises in offensive rankings

It hasn't taken long for coach Fran Curci and his crew to catch on to the ways of Arena Football. Just two weeks into its debut season, the Tampa Bay Storm is leading the league in scoring and offensive yardage. Tampa Bay, one of six teams tied for second place in the eight-team league at 1-1, is averaging 45.5 points per game. And, for the second straight week, wide receiver Anthony Howard is leading the league in receptions (16) and receiving yardage (221).

"We're playing fairly efficient ball on offense," Curci said. "You always hope for another player or two to make you better, but I like this team right now. The quarterbacks are performing very well."

Jay Gruden has completed 33 of 48 passes for 330 yards and four touchdowns while fellow quarterback Chip Ferguson is 6-of-11 for 112 yards and three touchdowns. They each have two interceptions.

"When you throw as much as you do in this league, you're going to have interceptions," Curci said. "But we do have too many."

Tampa Bay is on the road Saturday against the New Orleans Night (1-1). The Storm beat New Orleans in an exhibition game in Jacksonville last month.


Avg Rank

Yards per game 259 1

Points per game 45.5 1

Rush yds per game 62 1

Pass yds per game 189.5 2

Kickoff returns 15.0 2