The USFL 2.0’s second season is underway, and sportsbooks have already released Week 4 odds.
The Week 4 ledger kicks off Saturday afternoon with the improved Houston Gamblers taking on the Philadelphia Stars on and concludes with the Birmingham Stallions-Pittsburgh Maulers Sunday evening showdown. Bet on any of the games by clicking on USFL Week 4 odds below.
Houston Gamblers at Philadelphia Stars
The Gamblers continued to surge offensively in Week 3, impressively coming from behind to knock off the Showboats by a 30-26 score. The Stars surprisingly fell flat against what was considered an inferior opponent coming in, dropping a 21-13 decision.
The Gamblers’ Kenji Bahar has now thrown for five touchdowns in the last two games, and although he’s still throwing too many interceptions, he seems to be developing excellent rapport with the likes of the explosive Justin Hall, who’s already posted 16 receptions for 220 yards and four touchdowns through three games. The Stars will present a stiff test, however, considering they’re allowing a league-low 146.3 passing yards per contest.
Philadelphia’s Case Cookus hasn’t exactly been able to duplicate last year’s success, but he’s still working with a talented group of skill-position players that includes Corey Coleman and Devin Gray. The Gamblers’ defense may be the cure for what ails the Stars’ offense, however. Houston is allowing 31 points and 336 total yards per contest, including a league-high 256.7 passing yards per game.
Despite Week 3 outcomes, the Stars are 2.5-point favorites.
Memphis Showboats at Michigan Panthers
The Showboats bounced back from a Week 2 embarrassment against the Stallions but still came up short against the Gamblers, blowing a late lead to fall by a 30-26 score. The Panthers underperformed in their matchup against the Generals, struggling offensively during a 28-13 defeat.
The Showboats got quite the boost from the swap at quarterback, going from Brady White to Cole Kelley, who threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. Kelley spread the ball around well versus Houston by hitting nine different targets, and although the backfield duo of Alex Collins and Kerrith Whyte was shut down against the Gamblers, they could be poised for a resurgence against a Panthers defense that’s allowed 113.7 rushing yards per contest.
Michigan had a particularly disappointing showing against the Generals, accruing 265 total yards and 4.1 yards per play. The Panthers’ Josh Love threw for just 101 yards and completed 48.4 percent of his passes. He lost some playing time to Carson Strong late in the first half in the process. Stevie Scott and Reggie Corbin did combine for a solid showing on the ground overall, however. They could be poised for an explosive performance going up against a Memphis squad surrendering the second-most rushing yards per game (132.7).
The Panthers are favored by 6.5 points despite the unfavorable Week 3 result.
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New Orleans Breakers at New Jersey Generals
The Breakers remained undefeated in Week 3 with an impressive 45-31 victory over the Stallions. The Generals were able to atone for a poor Week 2 showing, coming out on top by a 28-13 score over the Panthers.
The Breakers’ offense appears to be maximizing its deep group of talent under the guidance of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who’s blistered opposing defenses for 837 yards and a 6:1 TD:INT through three games. Running back and fellow CFL alum Wes Hills has been just as impressive. He racked up an outstanding 301 rushing yards and six touchdowns along with six receptions over the last two games. The Generals project to test New Orleans through both the ground and air, however, considering they’re allowing a USFL-low 247 total yards per contest.
New Jersey has been a tough team to figure out so far. The Generals looked out of sorts offensively in their Week 1 loss to the Stallions but bounced back to outscore the Maulers and Panthers by a 48-16 margin in the next pair of contests. Darius Victor has been the clear-cut leader of the ground attack and a cornerstone of the offense with 7.1 yards per carry. He also had a pair of receptions, including a 51-yard touchdown catch in Week 3. The Breakers shape up as an interesting matchup, however, considering they’ve allowed just the second-fewest rushing yards per contest (75.7).
The Breakers are narrow 2.5-point favorites despite their unblemished mark.
Birmingham Stallions at Pittsburgh Maulers
The Stallions were atypically manhandled defensively in Week 3, getting outgunned by the Breakers, 45-31. The Maulers overcame their underdog status to pull a noteworthy 21-13 upset of the Stars.
The Stallions’ unexpected lopsided loss may prove the detriment of the Maulers, which didn’t exactly look dominating on offense in their first win of the season. Pittsburgh does have a strong defense that’s surrendered a league-low 64 rushing yards per contest. But, the Maulers are allowing 207.7 passing yards per game. They will face a hot Alex McGough, who’s passed for 539 yards with six touchdowns and one interception over his first two starts following the season-ending finger injury sustained by position mate J’Mar Smith.
The Maulers have a serious lack of firepower through the air. Pittsburgh averages a microscopic 78.3 passing yards per game. The Maulers haven’t been much better on the ground either with 96.3 rushing yards per contest, while Birmingham still sports a staunch defense despite the Week 3 outlier. The Stallions did show surprising vulnerability to the Breakers’ Wes Hills on the ground. But, they’ve been largely effective against the pass by allowing only 189 yards through the air per contest despite McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s – an early odds-on favorite for MVP – 283-yard, three-touchdown effort in Week 3.
Despite Week 3 outcomes, the Stallions are touchdown favorites.
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