USFL Week 5 Preview and Best Bets

Woody Brandom of the New Jersey Generals. Image taken from USFL’s official Facebook page.

Time is flying with the 2022 USFL season. Week 5 is already here, kicking off the second month of action.

We’ve seen the league develop significantly since opening kickoff, and our predictions have continued to be on the money.

Week 4 was a fun-filled slate thanks to two comebacks. There’s only one undefeated team left after all this action. Could this be the week the Birmingham Stallions fall?

We’ve chosen two games to highlight for our Week 5 preview and best bets. Hopefully, top sportsbooks will continue to offer enticing spreads and totals as they did in Week 4. Since the opening kickoff, the USFL has been wonderfully profitable for us. 

USFL odds are courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook and BetMGM.

Tampa Bay Bandits vs. Michigan Panthers

Friday, May 13, 2022 – 08:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

Week 4 Recap

Both Tampa Bay and Michigan are coming off painful losses. The Bandits had the undefeated Birmingham Stallions on the brink of defeat, and their defense did a wonderful job of restricting Alex McGough and company. Their job will be easier against Michigan but the Panthers are surging.

Bandits Analysis

The 2-2 Bandits haven’t shown the efficiency or explosiveness expected out of them. Quarterback Jordan Ta’amu simply doesn’t have the playmaking around him to reach his potential. His completion rate has hovered under 60% all season and the Panthers’ defense is fantastic.

Panthers Analysis

The problem with betting on Michigan is their own lack of a passing game and turnover issues. They continue to cough up the ball and lose games because of that. However, Tampa Bay won’t be able to score, and this will be a razor-tight game.

Bandits vs. Panthers Best Bet

I’ll take the Panthers and the points as Reggie Corbin has emerged as a massive rushing threat for Michigan. Don’t expect there to be a lot of points, though.

USFL Pick: Panthers +2.5 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook

USFL Pick: Under 34 (-110) at Caesars Sportsbook

New Orleans Breakers vs. New Jersey Generals

Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 03:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

Week 4 Recap

The matchup of the week belongs to the offensively gifted New Orleans Breakers and New Jersey Generals. Both 3-1 teams have unique approaches and solid playmakers across their roster.

Birmingham may be undefeated, but these two teams have the chance to win the title at the end of the season. As expected, this has a near-even betting line.

Breakers Analysis

New Orleans quarterback Kyle Sloter exploded for 397 yards last week but also tossed 3 interceptions. He was aided by rusher Jordan Ellis, who eclipsed the 100-yard mark. This type of potential has been there with Larry Fedora’s offense but to see it in action and clicking was truly special.

Generals Analysis

New Jersey is also coming off an impressive win. While they failed to cover against lowly Pittsburgh, the Generals gritted out a win despite their vaunted rushing game struggling. Getting a 62-yard touchdown from receiver Alonzo Moore tipped the scales.

Their two-quarterback system is still strange but it works to keep defenses off-balance. The biggest wild card every week is DeAndre Johnson. He’s the most entertaining and effective singular talent in the league.

Breakers vs. Generals Best Bet

We’ll take the underdog Generals to win. New Orleans is very good, but the hot hand of Johnson is too enticing with value.

USFL Pick: Generals ML (+120) at BetMGM is your sports betting command center. Read featured betting strategy compiled from a panel of leading sports betting experts.

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