The playoff race begins to heat up as the USFL enters Week 7. Two of the league’s teams have clinch scenarios that will guarantee a trip to Canton, Ohio for the USFL playoffs if they can win this weekend.
The New Jersey Generals only have to beat the Tampa Bay Bandits and they will secure one of the two spots in the North Division playoffs. The Generals can also guarantee passage to Canton if they lose, and both the Michigan Panthers and Pittsburgh Maulers also lose.
Meanwhile, the still-undefeated Birmingham Stallions could secure one of the two spots in the South Division playoffs if they win and get some help. The Stallions need to beat the Maulers, who have the worst offense in the NFL, but they also need the Bandits to lose to the Generals. So the loyal studs will line up for the Generals when week 7 kicks off on Saturday afternoon.
Also this week there is no Friday night game in the USFL, so all four games will be played on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about Week 7 of the USFL season:
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USFL Schedule Week 7: What games are taking place today?
Here’s the full schedule for week seven of the 2022 USFL season, including how to watch each game live.
Saturday May 28th
|Game||Kick off time (ET)||TV channel|
|New Jersey Generals (5-1) vs. Tampa Bay Bandits (3-3)||12 o’clock||USA, fuboTV|
|New Orleans Breakers (4-2) vs. Michigan Panthers (1-5)||21 clock||FS1, fuboTV|
Sunday May 29th
|Game||Kick off time (ET)||TV channel|
|Birmingham Stallions (6-0) vs. Pittsburgh Maulers (1-5)||14 o’clock||Fuchs, fuboTV|
|Philadelphia Stars (3-3) vs. Houston Gamblers (1-5)||6:30 p.m||peacock|
Saturday USFL Games TV Channel, Live Stream
Here’s how to watch the two USFL games that will be played on Saturday.
Generals against bandits
The Generals are poised to secure a playoff berth if all goes well for them in Week 7. All they have to do is win – or watch the Maulers and Panthers both lose – and they will reach the postseason tournament. However, quarterback De’Andre Johnson left last week’s game with a knee injury, so they’ll be counting on Luis Perez to carry them to that position.
New Jersey has top-notch defense and has conceded the second fewest points in the league this season with 105. The Generals need to get their A-game on this side of the ball as the Bandits have the third lowest points in the USFL at 112. Jordan Ta’amu and company have been playing better lately, however, and Tampa Bay is desperate for a win to keep up with the Breakers in the South Division playoff race. As such, this could be the marquee fight of the week.
Breaker vs Panther
Speaking of New Orleans, the Breakers have the league’s No. 1 defense and play against a Panthers team that has averaged just 17.3 points per game. That’s the second lowest in the USFL. Another complication is the fact that Michigan just cut their starting quarterback Shea Patterson and will have to rely on either Josh Love or Paxton Lynch to lead his passing game.
The Panthers have strong running game, but that may not allow them to keep up with a New Orleans offense that leads the league in passing yards. The Breakers have Kyle Sloter and if he’s healthy he could give the Panthers defensive attacks. If not, it will be The Zach Smith Show with Patterson as the new backup.
The Breakers clinched a 10-point win over the Maulers in which they ran the ball more often than in previous weeks. Meanwhile, the Panthers lose to the undefeated Stallions. The Panthers have just one win of the season, a 24-0 shutout over the Maulers.
Sunday USFL Games TV Channels, Live Streams
Here’s how to watch the two USFL games played on Sunday.
Stallions against Mauler
This is possibly the most one-sided matchup in the new USFL’s short history. The Stallions are still unbeaten and have ridden two quarterbacks — J’Mar Smith and Alex McGough — to a 6-0 record. Their defense is strong and Bo Scarbrough played very well last week to give the game a boost.
The Maulers are the only USFL team to be eliminated and have a league-low 76 points. By comparison, Birmingham has a league-high 162. Vad Lee was better quarterback for Pittsburgh than Josh Love and Kyle Lauletta, but they probably don’t have enough firepower to keep up with the Stallions.
Plus, the Stallions can secure a playoff spot with a win, so they have every motivation to beat the Maulers in this one.
Stars vs Players
- Kicking off: 6 p.m. ET
- Live broadcast: peacock
The Stars and Gamblers own the two worst scoring defenses in the USFL. That means this competition should score high, especially considering the stars love to hurl the ball with Case Cookus.
Philadelphia will be a pass-loving attack, and that will allow Chris Odom – who leads the USFL with eight sacks – to potentially hit double-digit sacks in this matchup. On the other side of the ball, the Stars have been fighting the run, so Gamblers running back Mark Thompson needs to do well in this game.
The Gamblers have incredibly blown a second-half lead in five straight games, losing all of them. For three consecutive weeks they have lost in a walk-off game with 10 seconds or less left on the clock. Each of Houston’s last two losses came from the last regulation game.