USFL Week 5 Preview and Best Bets

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J'Mar Smith #6 of the Birmingham Stallions. Image taken from USFL’s official Facebook page.

Week 5 of the 2022 USFL season is already upon us. After learning about how the inaugural season of the startup spring league, we’re now into a solid groove as the midway point of the 10-week season kicks off. We’re here to preview and unearth the best bets for Week 5 of the USFL season.

Last week’s action helped clear up some uncertainties about how the eight teams would fare this season. Birmingham is still the lone undefeated team. But, both New Orleans and New Jersey are 3-1 and on the prowl.

Our knowledge of these rosters, coaching staff, and the league itself has allowed us to prosper thus far. Join us again for our continued USFL coverage. See our Week 5 preview and best bets for our top two games of the week.

Birmingham Stallions vs. Philadelphia Stars

Sunday, May 15, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

Birmingham is the most well-balanced team in the USFL. Their defense answered the call when they had to suffocate Tampa Bay's offense to just 10 points last week. For as well as the Stallions' offense has performed, it was refreshing to see their defense takeover when needed.

The Stallions' run-first, dynamic ground game approach had incredible success until last week. Philadelphia doesn't have a good run defense, though, making this a horrible matchup for them. Quarterback Shea Patterson and rusher Reggie Corbin combined for over 200 yards. 

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Expect this week to go the same way, except the Stallions' defense will put the clamps on Philadelphia's new quarterback Case Cookus. Cookus has shown he'll find big plays but plays at low efficiency. That's not the recipe to beat the Stallions because they have quality cornerback play.

Across the USFL odds board, we're seeing the totals dip. Expectations were for games to be in the mid-40s overall, but no game has a higher total than this one at 36.5. We've seen offenses struggle to consistently perform despite rule changes that were put in place to supposedly help to score.

We'll avoid the total on this one.

USFL Pick: Stallions -6.5 (-110) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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Pittsburgh Maulers vs. Houston Gamblers

Sunday, May 15, 2022 - 04:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

The incredible part of the Pittsburgh Maulers is just how inefficient their offense continues to be. Their offensive line has been the biggest reason for their winless start, and recent weeks have shown progress in overcoming that through quicker route patterns. But, the passing game is still only completing 54.8% of their passes for only six yards a completion. 

The run game hasn't been better, either. It's hard to blame the playmaking talent. However, at what point does Pittsburgh try someone else at quarterback than Josh Love, or at running back besides Garrett Groshek?

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Pittsburgh covered their nine-point spread last week with a grittier performance. It's still not enough for me to pick them again this week at the best sportsbooks.

Houston has massive infrastructure issues as Pittsburgh does and they can't overcome their poor personnel choices on offenses at this stage of the season. 

At the same time, Houston is competitive against better teams and has been far from awful. I don't like giving this many points to them, but we won't try our luck after we hit on Pittsburgh covering last week.

USFL Pick: Gamblers -5.5 (-115) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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