USFL Week 9 Odds: Spreads, Moneyline, Totals, Game Previews
The USFL 2.0’s second season is nearing its conclusion and sportsbooks have already released odds for a Week 9 slate that has significant postseason implications, given all eight teams remain in the playoff hunt.
The Week 9 ledger kicks off Saturday afternoon with the Michigan Panthers taking on the Pittsburgh Maulers and concludes with the Philadelphia Stars facing the New Jersey Generals on Sunday evening.
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USFL Week 9 Odds
Michigan Panthers at Pittsburgh Maulers
The Panthers narrowly fell to the Breakers by a 24-20 score in Week 8, while the Maulers had an even more heartbreaking defeat in the form of a 20-19 stumble against the Gamblers.
The Panthers remain just one game back of the Stars in the North Division despite their loss. And Josh Love has hit his stride under center with three straight games of better than 200 passing yards. Reggie Corbin could be in for another big workload on the ground as backfield mate Stevie Scott continues to deal with a toe injury. But, the Maulers have been solid against the run with just 82.6 rushing yards per game allowed.
Pittsburgh went back to struggling offensively in Week 8, although the running game was marginally better than usual. Michigan has been vulnerable defending the ground game (106.2 YPG allowed). So, perhaps Madre London, who has shown some spark from time to time, can help the Maulers establish some rare balance.
The Panthers are narrow favorites for a matchup critical to both teams’ slimming postseason hopes.
New Orleans Breakers at Memphis Showboats
The Breakers were able to snap their three-game skid with a 24-20 win over the Panthers, while the Showboats took their fifth straight with a 25-16 victory over the Generals.
The Breakers air attack hit on all cylinders in Week 8 after a couple of uneven performances. Both Johnnie Dixon and Jonathan Adams eclipsed the 100-yard mark receiving. Wes Hills was held to a season-low 1.6 yards per carry, however. And New Orleans must now deal with a Memphis squad leading the league in both sacks (20) and interceptions (11).
The Showboats offense will get a good litmus test in the Breakers, which have been solid all around on defense as well. They boast eight interceptions, 19 sacks and just 268.9 total yards per game allowed. Quarterback Cole Kelley is coming along but still prone to the occasional mistake. He hasn’t truly demonstrated the ability to keep pace with a prolific quarterback the likes of New Orleans’ McLeod Bethel-Thompson.
A matchup between two very evenly-matched squads is unsurprisingly listed close to a pick’em.
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Birmingham Stallions at Houston Gamblers
The Stallions continued their strong stretch-run play with a thrilling 27-24 comeback win over the Stars. The Gamblers jumped back into the win column by edging the Maulers, 20-19.
Alex McGough continued to play at an MVP level for the Stallions in Week 8 while throwing for 333 yards and three touchdowns. He now faces a Gamblers squad he burned for a couple of scores while adding 76 rushing yards on six carries back in Week 4. Houston has tightened up some on defense, particularly against the run (89.1 YPG allowed) over the course of the season.
Houston will continue riding Mark Thompson, who now has 13 rushing touchdowns in six games. Run defense has been the Achilles heel for Birmingham, as the Stallions allow 121 rushing yards per game.
The Stallions enter as 3.5-point favorites for this crucial divisional battle.
Philadelphia Stars at New Jersey Generals
The Stars narrowly failed to get past .500, falling 27-24 score to the Stallions. The Generals extended their league-high losing streak with their fifth straight defeat, a 25-16 loss to the Showboats.
The Stars’ Case Cookus now appears back to 2022 form. His chemistry with both Corey Coleman and Devin Gray has been especially impressive. Matt Colburn was banged up in Week 8 but capably replaced by Dexter Williams. Whoever leads the backfield in Week 9 will face a stingy Generals run defense (3.4 yards per carry allowed).
The Generals have now have a quarterback quandary to their issues. Dakota Prukop stepped in for the sidelined De’Andre Johnson (head) in Week 8 and was serviceable. He kept position mate Kyle Lauletta limited to four pass attempts. However, the air attack continues to remain middling most weeks. And the Stars have surrendered just 186.4 yards through the air per game.
The Stars are favored by a modest 2.5 points despite New Jersey’s skid.
Best of luck betting USFL odds in Week 9.