USFL Week 9 Preview and Best Bets

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The USFL season went from offensive struggles early in the year to this league that generally features more consistent outputs. Week 9 of the USFL brings us the opportunity to learn even more and profit off favorable spreads.

We almost saw the Birmingham Stallions lose their first game of the year, but they pulled it out at the end. That’s the fun of this league. Every favorite is at risk of seeing their season change in a heartbeat. Each game has a separate identity and flow, and Week 9 will be no different.

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. Let’s take a look at our Week 9 best bets and predictions for two excellent games.

*Betting odds are via BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review).

Michigan Panthers vs. New Jersey Generals

Saturday, June 11, 2022 – 01:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

New Jersey Generals Analysis

It's hard to get too excited about the league's hottest team in New Jersey and the coldest team in Michigan. The New Jersey Generals have ripped off seven straight wins and continue to show dominance over their foes. Birmingham may have won their head-to-head Week 1, but that is a long time ago. 

One big key for the New Jersey Generals is their well-roundedness. No other offense besides what Philadelphia has shown over the last two weeks can match their ability to create opportunities on the ground and through the air. Perez completed a whopping 75% of his passes for 220 yards and one score. 

The Generals will run right through the middle of the Michigan run defense. Outside of Cookus's breakout 79-yard touchdown run last week, the Panthers' run defense is generally good. But the Generals have found a devastating one-two punch with Darius Victor and Trey Williams.

Michigan Panthers Analysis

Meanwhile, the Michigan Panthers have lost five straight and are coming off a beatdown against Philadelphia. The Stars punished the underpowered Panthers' defense as Case Cookus cooked Jeff Fisher's team.

It's unlikely Luis Perez would be as aggressive in attacking Michigan's defense as Cookus did last week but the well-oiled offense won't have issues moving the ball up and down the field based on what they've done over the last month.

Michigan Panthers vs. New Jersey Generals: Betting Pick

It's hard to imagine the Generals winning this game by less than 10 points. They're on a roll, whereas the Panthers are merely existing at this point.

They're playing for pride but don't have the talent or coaching level needed to play above their means.

We'll take the points and put faith into the best team in the league.

USFL Pick: Generals -7.5 (-115) at BetOnline

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Houston Gamblers vs. Birmingham Stallions

Saturday, June 11, 2022 - 06:00 PM EDT at Protective Stadium

Birmingham Stallions Analysis

The other game between a top USFL seed and bottom-feeder is only slightly more interesting from a matchup perspective.

The undefeated Birmingham Stallions take on the struggling Gamblers, and it's easy to say Birmingham will win. They likely will even as they've sputtered in recent weeks, but there's a spread discrepancy for bettors to jump on. 

The Stallions' defense has become fearsome over their previous few games as they're as opportunistic as any with sacks and turnovers. But we know turnovers are fickle to predict, so if the Gamblers start taking care of the ball better, it's likely this is not a blowout. It might be a close game regardless.

Houston Gamblers Analysis

The Houston Gamblers limited Jordan Ta'amu to just 98 yards passing last week and will again key in on a wounded J'Mar Smith this week.

Smith has gone from budding star to ineffective starter since suffering a leg injury three weeks ago. The Stallions should actually consider going with backup Alex McGough to stabilize their offense.

McGough entered the game last week for just one play and he ran 22 yards. Smith is still a terrific run threat as well, totaling 45 yards on seven carries. But whichever can throw it more effectively matters more. This would be a good time to see who is more suited to lead this team in the playoffs.

Houston Gamblers vs. Birmingham Stallions: Betting Pick

The point spread in this game is shocking. Yes, the Gamblers were just eviscerated by 22 points by the Stars. But Philadelphia had found a special magic that is unlikely to be repeated. The Stallions maybe could have covered this a month ago before Smith was banged up, but his current form has left this offense at risk of an upset more than a two-touchdown cover. 

We'll avoid this point trap and fade what the overall records might suggest. Houston is a "good" 1-7 bad team, and the Stallions are playing much more as a mediocre offense would. The difference here is not 14 points.

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USFL Pick: Gamblers +13.5 (-110) at BetOnline

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