The first week of the 2022 USFL postseason has arrived. After 10 weeks of action and continuing development, we’re about to enjoy some postseason football. For those who have just tuned into the spring league’s inaugural campaign, this is an especially exciting time.
Last week’s action was inconsequential to the playoff seeding since everyone was already locked in but that doesn’t mean we didn’t score on several key games. That’s the beauty of betting. We can still win even when teams are only playing for pride.
Our full coverage of the 2022 USFL season continues as we’re recapping the results from Week 10 and previewing the point spreads and lines of the playoffs’ first round. Everything you need to know about betting on the United States Football League is right here at OddsTrader.
Let’s dive into what happened last week first.
USFL Week 10 Results
Houston Gamblers 20 – New Orleans Breakers 3
- What Did We Learn About the Breakers?
So much for the New Orleans Breakers’ first look at Zach Smith’s quarterback potential. Credit to the Breakers even as Smith was benched for Shea Patterson, though. Giving Smith a shot after he outplayed Kyle Sloter was risky, but Sloter had also worn out his welcome after a string of terrible performances in a row.
Patterson didn’t do much better, and New Orleans enters the postseason with no clarity at the key position. Houston dominated this game with their defense and special teams. A pick-six by Donald Payne set the tone early. The Gamblers’ offense did next to nothing besides take care of the ball and that was the game.
The Gamblers’ sudden improvement on defense is notable after a rough start to the year. This team will need to overhaul their offense this offseason, but one side of the ball is set. New Orleans totaled just 64 passing yards and 72 rushing yards.
This was an ugly game but our prediction that Houston would cover hit, and we also got the Under as well.
New Jersey Generals 26 – Philadelphia Stars 23
- What Did We Learn About the Generals?
The game of the week did not disappoint. Even though the Generals and Stars were only playing for pride, we saw a fun game that came down to the wire. New Jersey survived thanks to a 14-point first quarter.
The Generals received one of the most dominant ground game performances of any team all season when Trey Williams scurried for 114 yards on 14 carries. Their offense was cruising all game though, as the passing game produced a 78.6% completion rate for 250 yards and 3 scores between Luis Perez and DeAndre Johnson.
This was the first time the Generals’ passing game looked as dangerous as we saw midseason. Johnson was especially stellar, completing 8 passes for 112 yards and adding 33 more yards on the ground. The receiving trio of Alonzo Moore, Darrius Shepherd, and Kavontae Turpin did the majority of the receiving damage.
- What Did We Learn About the Stars?
Philadelphia had some promising results as they enter the playoffs as well. Case Cookus didn’t get much help from his ground game, so he created 277 yards and 2 scores on his own.
His interception hurt, though, and Philadelphia will only go as far as he’ll take them. Bug Howard broke out with an impressive 101-yard game that was headlined by a 40-yard gain.
Birmingham Stallions 21 – Tampa Bay Bandits 18
This was a game of runs. Birmingham, coming off their lone loss of the season, needed to make a bit of a statement against the best USFL team to not make the playoffs. Tampa Bay almost won after scoring all 18 points in the second half but the Stallions fended them off.
Alex McGough had a big night as the Stallions needed to see some production from the passing game. J’Mar Smith struggled dearly again, completing just 3 passes for 72 yards and one interception. McGough had issues with consistency but stabilized the unit without relying too much on check-downs.
The Stallions have enough of an identity to continue winning but they’re not the best overall team despite their record. Their run game is solid and their passing game can create just enough to win close battles. Their defense is their best asset, and it showed again this week.
Jordan Ta’amu will rest easy after this season where he carried this Bandits team.
He totaled 267 yards and 2 scores this game but did cede playing time to Brady White as Tampa looked to see what White could give them. White couldn’t match what Ta’amu was capable of with their barren roster.
Michigan Panthers 33 – Pittsburgh Maulers 21
Michigan should have started Paxton Lynch much earlier than now, as he stood out with a stellar performance.
The question is whether his 22-of-30 performance for 275 yards and 3 scores was enough to win the job for next year. Maybe it wouldn’t be wise to overvalue his showing against such a bad Pittsburgh team.
The game between the bottom-feeders in the USFL guaranteed the Pittsburgh Maulers the top overall pick in next year’s draft.
This was a blowout until Pittsburgh scored 18 points in the fourth quarter. Michigan eased off in the second half, and Maulers’ backup quarterback Roland Rivers amassed solid passing numbers in the meantime.
USFL Playoffs Betting Preview
Philadelphia Stars vs. New Jersey Generals
Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Tom Beston Hall of Fame Stadium
- Point Spread: Generals -4.5 (-115)
- Moneyline: Generals (-215)
- Total Over/Under: 47.5 (-110)
Birmingham Stallions vs. New Orleans Breakers
Saturday, June 25, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Tom Beston Hall of Fame Stadium
- Point Spread: Stallions -5 (-110)
- Moneyline: Stallions (-215)
- Total Over/Under: 44.5 (-110)