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|Team||Point Spread||Points Total||Money Line|
|Birmingham Stallions||-3.5 (-115)
|Tampa Bay Bandits||+3.5 (-115)
It’s a Week 9 game that Birmingham does not need to win so they might sit their starters and the Bandits always struggle to score, so take the under here and expect a low score.
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The second matchup in the USFL’s Week 10 Saturday lineup has the hometown Birmingham Stallions coming off their first loss of the season taking on the Tampa Bay Bandits who will not play in the postseason, this game also a chance for all these players to showcase for the NFL.
This time the come from behind strategy of the Birmingham Stallions didn’t work against the Houston Gamblers in Week 9 and as a result HC Skip Holtz and company suffered their first loss of the season, 15-17, a clear sign that they had best figure out how to start faster.
The Bandits offense never got started in Week 9 and the team was kept scoreless for the first three quarters against the New Orleans Breakers in a 6-17 loss, and now with Tampa Bay eliminated from the playoffs, HC Todd Haley’s group gets one more audition for the big league.
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The Stallions HC Skip Holtz faces a pleasant dilemma – does he try and win a pointless game before his postseason run and risk one of his playmakers getting hurt, or does he rest his best players and give his backups a chance to steal a win but risk his team being playoff rusty.
It becomes a bigger choice after his previously undefeated team suffered a Week 9 loss when their strategy of coming back from a first half deficit finally failed to work, so if the Stallions don’t win this one that’s two losses in a row, not the kind of momentum to bring to the postseason.
The Stallions beat the Bandits by six points the last time they played in Week 4, but they needed ten points (including a 49 yarder) from their placekicker Aubrey to do it, so it will be a tough balance for Birmingham to keep healthy while trying to end the season on a win.
A trap game is any matchup that seems destined to go one way but because of reasons unseen or unknown or unpredicted it goes the way of the underdog, and in this case that could be Tampa Bay as they play one final game of their regular USFL season with no stakes involved.
The Bandits had to win last week to stay in the postseason hunt, but they failed to take care of the New Orleans Breakers and now they must use this Week 10 matchup against (arguably) the league’s best team as a showcase for the other pro leagues including the NFL and the XFL.
HC Todd Haley has NFL experience and understands the importance of ending the season on a win, so expect he and OC Bob Saunders to concoct a game plan built to take these Stallions by surprise as they most likely rest some key players to keep them healthy for the playoffs.
The 8th most productive RB in the USFL after nine games is the Stallions playmaker CJ Marable, a 25-year old dual threat who was signed by the NFL’s Chicago Bears last year as an undrafted free agent before they waived him at the end of camp, then drafted by Birmingham.
Marable was transferred to the team’s inactive roster on May 20 with a knee injury, but he has still posted solid numbers in the 8 games he’s played with 94 carries for 354 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and 4 rushing TDs plus 122 receiving yards as a checkdown receiver.
The former Coastal Carolina player is now a part of a Stallions offense that averages 137.4 rushing yards per game, the 3rd best rush attack in the USFL responsible for 10 of Birmingham’s total touchdowns, this final regular season game another chance for Marable to stand out.
Tampa Bay’s starter under center is QB Jordan Ta’Amu, a solid playmaker who grew up playing football in Hawaii and eventually ended up at Ole Miss, a 6’ 3” 214 pound hurler who has seen plenty of NFL camps (Texans, Chiefs, Lions, WFT, Panthers) as well as the XFL (Battlehawks).
At the start of the year, Ta’amu was taken in the 2022 USFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Bandits with the second pick overall, an honor that he has lived up to by becoming the second most productive QB in the league, so far with 155 completions for 1,790 yards and 12 TDs.
The other Ta’Amu stat that stands out is his 11 interceptions thrown in nine games, a shortcoming that has no doubt cost the Bandits some wins and that has kept them out of the postseason, a solid team leader who can come back and get a faster start next season.
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|Stallions vs Bandits Information|
|What||Birmingham Stallions vs Tampa Bay Bandits|
|Where||Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama|
|When||Saturday, June 18, 2022; 4:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||FOX|
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