The first month of the USFL season has flown by. Through four weeks of action, the Birmingham Stallions stand alone as the only undefeated team in the league. The Stallions appear to be the championship favorites as we approach the halfway mark of the 2022 season.
Week 4 was full of great USFL action. We will cover all the events from last week right here in our weekly USFL update. Also, we will take a look at the betting odds for Week 5 in the USFL from our top-rated sportsbook. Keep reading for more on everything you need to know before placing your USFL bets.
Week 4 USFL Game Recaps
Last week’s USFL action was full of great football. Every game was within one score and multiple games came down to the final drive. With any luck, the excitement from Week 4 will continue again this week. Let’s take a closer look at the events from last week’s games.
Philadelphia Stars – 26 at Michigan Panthers – 25
Week 4 kicked off with a Friday night matchup between the Philadelphia Stars and the Michigan Panthers. This back-and-forth thriller was arguably the best game of the weekend. The scoring started slow, with Philly putting up a 21-yard FG for the only points in the first quarter.
Michigan and Philadelphia gave us one of the most evenly matched games of the season so far. The teams had nearly identical times of possession, total yards, and total plays. Both teams had exactly 10 drives and averaged 5.5 yards per play. However, the way each team moved the ball was drastically different.
The Stars used their passing game to move down the field. Michigan on the other hand relied on its running game. In total, the Panthers earned only 51 yards through the air. Their other 250 yards came on the ground. For his efforts, Michigan RB Reggie Corbin earned Player of the Week honors despite the loss.
New Jersey Generals – 21 at Pittsburgh Maulers – 13
Week 4’s action continued with a matchup between the Generals and the Maulers. The inaugural season of the USFL has not been kind to the Pittsburgh team so far. Unfortunately, the Maulers’ misfortune continued last week. Pittsburgh is still the only team in the league that has yet to win a game.
New Jersey took an early lead with a 62-yard passing TD in the first quarter. Pittsburgh answered with a FG early in the second, but the Generals put another TD on the board. The Maulers got their first TD of the game to cut the lead to 14-10 at halftime.
Once again, Pittsburgh’s offense sputtered in the second half. The Maulers’ only score after halftime was a fourth-quarter field goal. The Generals improved to 3-1 with the 21-13 victory. New Jersey dominated the game in almost every metric, including time of possession and total yards.
The Maulers’ offense did show some signs of life despite losing once again. WR Tre Walker pulled in nine receptions for 110 yards. Pittsburgh also had a chance for a game-tying drive. However, they failed to convert a fourth down with just over a minute to go in the final quarter.
Tampa Bay Bandits – 10 at Birmingham Stallions – 16
Saturday’s finale pitted the Bandits against the undefeated Stallions. This low-scoring slugfest came down to the wire. Tampa Bay gave Birmingham fans an early scare. However, the Stallions were able to mount a comeback in the second half and improved to 4-0.
The Bandits took an early and scored the only points in the first quarter with a field goal. Tampa Bay and Birmingham each put up a touchdown in the second quarter. Both scores came with less than two minutes left in the half. The bandits entered halftime with a 10-7 lead.
The Stallions’ defense was a big part of their win last week. Birmingham’s efforts did not go unnoticed. LB Scooby Wright was awarded Defensive Player of the Week honors for last week’s performance.
Houston Gamblers – 16 at New Orleans Breakers – 23
The final game of Week 4 was a showdown between the Gamblers and the Breakers. After 59 minutes of play, New Orleans was able to punch the ball into the endzone for the game-winning touchdown. At 3-1, the Breakers remain just 1.5 games behind the league-leading Stallions (4-0).
New Orleans took an early lead in this one with a 50-yard FG in the first quarter. The Breakers had a chance to extend their lead, but they lost a fumble on Houston’s 30-yard line. New Orleans’ turnovers would be a story throughout this game. In total, the Breakers threw 3 INTS and fumbled six times, losing two of them.
The Gamblers were able to take advantage of some of the Breakers’ turnovers and put points on the board. At halftime, Houston led 13-10. Both defenses stepped up in the third, with the only score being a game-tying field goal.
Both teams trade another set of late field goals, setting up a 16-16 tie in the fourth quarter. The Breakers’ passing game proved to be too much for the Gamblers. A 29-yard passing TD won the game for New Orleans. In total, QB Kyle Sloter raked up 414 yards passing.
USFL Week 5 Best Bets
Week 5 in the USFL officially kicks off tomorrow. It will mark the halfway point in the inaugural regular season. This milestone should not go uncelebrated. Other leagues, such as the AAF, have struggled to get much farther than this point. The coming weeks could be very telling of the USFL’s future. Let’s take a look at the betting odds for this week’s USFL games provided by BetUS.
Michigan Panthers (1-3) at Tampa Bay Bandits (2-2)
This week’s action kicks off with a matchup between the Panthers and the Bandits. The oddsmakers at BetUS have the Bandits (-2) as a slight favorite. BetUS has the over/under set at 33.5 points. Both teams are coming off of tough losses, and a win could keep them in the playoff picture.
New Orleans Breakers (3-1) at New Jersey Generals (3-1)
One of the best matchups heading into Week 5 should be the Breakers and the Generals. BetUS has the Breakers (-3) as the favorites in this battle of 3-1 teams. The over/under is set at 36.5 points, the highest of the weekend.
Once again, we have a strong passing attack against a great running team. New Jersey has the second-most potent rushing attack in the league. Meanwhile, New Orleans QB Kyler Sloter has more than a 400-yard lead in the passing title race. I think the Breakers get it done this week and cover the point spread.
Birmingham Stallions (4-0) at Philadelphia Stars (2-2)
Sunday’s double-header starts with the Stallions taking on the Stars. So far, no one has quite been able to finish off Birmingham. BetUS has the Stallions (-6) as sizeable favorites in this matchup. The over/under is set at 36 points.
I have stuck with the Stallions in recent weeks, and it has worked out well for me. Philly is coming off of a hard-fought win in Week 4. However, I think the Stallions get it down once again. Birmingham wins, but I believe Philadelphia will cover the spread.
Pittsburgh Maulers (0-4) at Houston Gamblers (1-3)
Week 5’s finale pits the winless Maulers against the Gamblers (1-3). This may be Pittsburgh’s last best chance to get into the win column and salvage any playoff hopes. BetUS the Gamblers (-5.5) as the second-largest favorite of the weekend. The over/under is set at 34 points.
The Maulers fought hard last week and were able to cover the spread. This week, I think Pittsburgh takes it a step further and finally wins a game. Houston has not won since Week 1, so either way, the winner will break a long losing streak.
The midway point of the 2022 USFL season officially kicks off this weekend. With another full weekend of action, there are plenty of real money betting opportunities. Check back next week for another USFL weekly update and betting predictions.
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