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|Team||Point Spread||Points Total||Money Line|
|Philadelphia Stars||+2.5 (-110)
|New Orleans Breakers||-2.5 (-110)
Philly QB Bryan Scott has been there, done that in the TSL so expect him to find his USFL momentum early.
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USFL Player Brennan Eagles as a wide receiver on the Texas Longhorns
The second game of the USFL’s Week 1 Triple-Header Sunday features HC Bart Andrus’s Philadelphia Stars taking on HC Larry Fedora’s New Orleans Breakers, a cross-divisional matchup that will take place at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama.
Most of the players on these two teams have only known each other since the USFL Draft took place on February 22 and 23, so expect this first week of play to include a lot of workshopping as each franchise begins to figure out where their strengths and weaknesses lie.
In the meantime, spring football has gotten the attention of the oddsmakers and all the favorites and underdogs are beginning to emerge, so have a look at our breakdown of the predictions, odds, and picks of this Stars vs Breakers week one showdown to help you pick your best bets.
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Fans of the short lived The Spring League, or TSL, the pro football league that lasted from 2017 to 2021, might remember QB Bryan Scott who played under center for the Generals in 2020 when he led them to an undefeated 4-0 season and the 2020 TSL Championship.
Scott was a league MVP twice and also the only TSL QB to throw for 1,000 yards and complete 10 TD passes in a season, so the media hype he has been receiving has predicted him to excel in this USFL revamp since it is the perfect stage for the 26-year old to showcase his skills.
At Occidental QB Scott completed 63.3% of his passes (763/1,205) for 77 touchdowns and 22 interceptions over four seasons, a dual threat who can just as easily scramble for first downs and more that should make watching these Philly Stars even more fun.
Plenty of these talented USFL players have spent time in NFL camps and are probably one lucky break from getting back there, and once such athlete is New Orleans Breakers QB Kyle Sloter, a twenty-eight year old hurler who has been playing pro football since 2017.
Sloter was an undrafted free agent who bounced around various NFL camps from the Broncos in 2017 to the Vikings, Cardinals, Lions, Bears, Raiders, and Vikings again, so he is no doubt excited to land a home with the Breakers and become HC Larry Fedora’s star QB.
Helping Sloter will be a capable group of receivers including Chad Williams, Johnnie Dixon, and Jonathan Adams, and with Breakers RB Jordan Ellis (see below) also capable of catching balls, this passing attack coordinated by OC Noel Mazzone could find early success this first season.
For Stars QB Bryan Scott to be successful, he will of course need some soft hands to target, and receiver Brennan Eagles has a pair of those with size to boot, his 6’ 4” 229-pound frame giving him the edge in most jump ball situations, his speed giving him a quick step off the line.
In his last two years playing in the Big 12 for Texas, Eagles posted some impressive numbers there with 60 receptions for almost 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns, it’s no wonder that he got HC Bart Andrus’s attention, the pressure is now on Eagles to be a true number one wide receiver.
Besides Eagles in the Philly WR room is Devin Gray, Jordan Suell, Diondre Overton, and Maurice Alexander, all young players looking to prove they can play football at the pro level, this week’s one matchup against the Breakers an ideal time to get that showcase started.
Given that the USFL employs a 38-man active roster count, every player must contribute in multiple ways, and that is most likely why RB Jordan Ellis was drafted by the New Orleans Breakers, a dual-threat out of the backfield that can hurt you both on the ground and in the air.
When Ellis played football for Virginia between 2015 and 2018, he carried the ball 468 total times for almost 2,000 yards and 19 touchdowns on top of making 29 receptions for another 206 yards of offense and a touchdown catch, as well.
Breakers QB Kyle Sloter will no doubt depend on Ellis to pose a legitimate run threat out of the backfield to help give any play-action passes an edge, but also watch for the QB to use Ellis as a check down the receiver, a chance to gain yards after the catch and keep defenses on their toes.
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|Stars vs Breakers Information|
|What||Philadelphia Stars vs New Orleans Breakers|
|Where||Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama|
|When||Sunday, April 17, 2022; 4:00 PM ET|
|How to watch||USA|
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