USFL Week 7 Preview and Best Bets

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The final month of the 2022 USFL season begins this week. The 10-week season is moving quickly, and teams are adjusting by the week. Teams that were contenders just two weeks ago are facing critical junctions of their season, while some of the bottom-feeders are rising.

This league has a unique way of operating. Each game has a separate identity and flow and Week 7 will be no different.

Our knowledge of these rosters, coaching staffs, and the league itself has allowed us to prosper thus far. Join us again for our continued USFL coverage. Check out our Week 7 preview and best bets for our top two games of the week.

BMR’s Betting Pulse

The Generals haven’t found as much rushing success lately but this is an excellent opportunity for B.J. Emmons to re-establish himself.

The New Orleans Breakers have an effective run game and defense. The Michigan Panthers surrender countless opportunities for their foes to make plays.

The final month of the 2022 USFL season begins this week. The USFL Playoffs to begin on June 25th.

USFL Week 7 Odds and Matchup Analysis

Let’s glance over the Week 7 games for this Saturday and Sunday. All odds are via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).

  • Generals (-4) vs. Bandits (Saturday 28th – 12:00 PM ET)
  • Breakers (-6) vs. Panthers (Saturday 28th – 09:00 PM ET)
  • Stallions (-12) vs. Maulers (Sunday 29th – 02:00 PM ET)
  • Stars (-4.5) vs. Gamblers (Sunday 29th – 06:00 PM ET)

Now, let’s take a look at our Week 7 best bets and predictions for two excellent games!

New Jersey Generals vs. Tampa Bay Bandits

Saturday, May 28, 2022 – 12:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

What Is the Big Storyline for the Generals Ahead of Week 7?

The big storyline for the Generals will be how they fare without starter De'Andre Johnson. Johnson had earned his way out of a platoon role just last week as the staff saw his overall impact was worth investing into. It's not that backup Luis Perez is bad, but Johnson's passing had caught up to his impressive running ability.

We haven't received an injury update yet on Johnson though, so he may still play. For now, we'll have to project this game as if he'll be out. Perez is still good enough to lead this team to wins. He completed 18-of-24 passes for 159 yards and one score. 

New Jersey loses some of their potency with Perez but wins more consistency through the air. Expect the backs to see heavier boxes since Perez is more of a short thrower. Tampa Bay has the defensive ability to force turnovers, as well.

What Is the Easy Play?

The Bandits plus the points are the easy play in this one only because New Jersey is more vulnerable in this one. That's not even considering the Bandits' talent. We've been burned a few times by trusting their talent, including their upset loss last week, but the 3-3 Bandits have the offensive talent needed to win more often.

It's about consistency and discipline for Tampa Bay. Quarterback Jordan Ta'amu has needed to do it all lately, including 394 total yards and four scores last week. The fact his lone turnover changed the game says a lot about what the rest of this Bandits team did. They left him hanging.

The Smart Pick

The Bandits plus the points made sense at surface value but it isn't the smart pick. Tampa Bay has one great player and a struggling team. Take the Generals and the over.

The Stars beat the Bandits thanks to their run game effectiveness. Running back Matt Colburn II gashed them for 140 yards and three scores on only 18 carries. The Generals haven't found as much rushing success lately but this is an excellent opportunity for B.J. Emmons to re-establish himself.

USFL Pick: Generals -4 (-110) at BetOnline

USFL Pick: Over 42.5 (-110) at BetOnline

New Orleans Breakers vs. Michigan Panthers

Saturday, May 28, 2022 - 09:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

What Happened to the Michigan Panthers in Week 6?

The Michigan Panthers fell apart late again last week. Entering the fourth quarter down just two points, there was certainly a pathway for an upside bid against the undefeated Birmingham Stallions.

Instead, the game went awry and got out of control in a hurry. Stop us if you've heard that before about Jeff Fisher's squad.

The shocking part of their two-score loss is they were able to avoid some defensive mistakes. Allowing 105 yards and one score to Bo Scarborough wasn't great, but he was able to get 28 yards and his touchdown on one play. The rest of his game wasn't especially notable.

Are the Michigan Panthers Playing Well?

Michigan's defense played well enough to win. They limited the Stallions' passing game to a 50 percent completion rate and 181 yards. But they also failed to force a needed turnover to help their struggling offense.

Speaking of, the Panthers had a relatively decent offensive output compared to their standards. Shea Patterson was back as the primary quarterback and he did as well as he probably could. This offense lacks the reliable downfield playmaking they need, though, which is something we pointed out before the season began.

Every receiver averaged under 10 yards a catch. That's not acceptable. Especially against more potent offenses like their foe this week, New Orleans.

The Breakers and Panthers should trade quarterbacks. Kyle Sloter continues to take checkdowns at an alarming rate but it didn't hurt the team last week against lowly Pittsburgh. He averaged just 4.4 yards per completion this past week, a trend that cannot continue against quality teams.

What Team Will Cover the Spread?

New Orleans will take full advantage and cover the spread. The Breakers have an effective run game and defense and they don't have to do much to beat Michigan.

The Panthers give countless opportunities for their foes to make plays and the current betting odds seem to suggest that.

USFL Pick: Breakers -6 (-110) at BetOnline

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