The first week of the USFL season gives the Philadelphia Stars and New Orleans Breakers a chance to start the year with a 1-0 record. Both teams are in the middle of the pack in terms of USFL championship odds, and a win here could help their causes in a big way. In our USFL betting picks for the first week of the season, we look at Stars vs Breakers in a game where quarterback play will go a long way in deciding things.
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Stars vs Breakers Betting Pick
This game will be played at Protective Stadium at 4:00 PM ET on Sunday, April 17, 2022.
Why Bet The Breakers:
✅ Philadelphia has a lack of proven quarterback talent, which could cost them early in the USFL season. Case Cookus and Bryan Scott are the options that Philadelphia has at their disposal. That will cost the Stars as they get their feet under them at the professional level, and Cookus looks to stay healthy, something he was unable to do consistently at the collegiate level.
✅ New Orleans, meanwhile, has a quarterback that fans may recognize in Kyle Sloter. Sloter spent some time on the active roster of the Minnesota Vikings and logged time for them in the preseason in the past. While he is not seen as an NFL-level quarterback at this point in time, he has more NFL experience than his Philadelphia counterparts, and that experience should help him hit the ground running.
✅ Breakers coach Larry Fedora is an offensive coach, and that should help the Breakers get off to a fast start in this contest. Expect an aggressive approach from New Orleans, which should help them get off the blocks with confidence. After the slow starts from New Jersey and Birmingham on Saturday night, that kind of start could make a clear difference.
The Philadelphia Stars are in the bottom half of the USFL championship odds to start the season, as they look for an answer at the quarterback position. In our first look at the Stars this year, it is possible that we see both of their quarterbacks on the field at different points in this game, a strategy that Birmingham used to beat the New Jersey Generals in the league’s inaugural game this weekend.
Something that will be interesting to watch in this game is how the continuity of the Stars offense helps them in this game. Nearly half of their offense was together in The Spring League under head coach Bart Andrus. That in no way guarantees success in the USFL, but could help prevent early season chemistry issues.
New Orleans Breakers
The New Orleans Breakers come into this season as a top-half team in the preseason USFL championship odds. Under Larry Fedora, they are expected to be one of the better offensive teams in the USFL, with former Minnesota Viking Kyle Sloter set to lead their offense. In this game, they will need to step up on the defensive side of the ball to make sure that they start their season with a victory.
In the early portion of the USFL season, defenses will still be figuring out how to work together as players are still developing familiarity with their teammates. The Stars do not have that problem on offense, for the most part, and the Breakers will need to avoid miscommunication to stop a continuity-laden Stars attack.