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USFL Playoff Preview & Prediction: New Orleans Breakers (6-4) vs. Birmingham Stallions (9-1)

The USFL’s playoffs are finally here, and the New Orleans Breakers (6-4) are set to face the Birmingham Stallions (9-1) in a game that will determine who moves onto the Championship.

New Orleans Breakers (6-4) vs. Birmingham Stallions (9-1)

Date: Saturday, June 25th, at 5:00 pm PT

Location: Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, Canton, OH

TV: NBC

Weather

The forecast at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, OH, calls for a high of 90 degrees with mostly sunny skies, 6 mph winds, and 40% humidity.

Betting Odds Per FoxBet

Spread:

  • New Orleans Breakers: +5
  • Birmingham Stallions: -5

Moneyline:

  • New Orleans Breakers: +160
  • Birmingham Stallions: -213

Over/Under: 44.5

New Orleans Breakers vs. Birmingham Stallions Matchup

Statistical CategoryNew Orleans Breakers (6-4)Birmingham Stallions (9-1)
Pass Yds1,881 pass yds (3rd)1,878 pass yds (4th)
Avg. Pass Yds/ Game188.1 avg pass yds/ game (3rd)187.8 avg pass yds/ game (4th)
Pass TDs11 pass tds (T-5th)13 tds (T-3rd)
Ints13 ints (T-5th)9 ints (T-3rd)
Sacks Allowed17 sacks allowed (2nd)25 sacks allowed (6th)
Rush Yds1,152 rush yds (4th)1,357 rush yds (2nd)
Avg. Rush Yds/ Game115.2 avg rush yds/ game135.7 avg rush yds/ game
Rush TDs9 rush tds (5th)12 rush tds (3rd)
Total Yds Allowed/ Game268.8 total yds allowed/game (1st)276.5 total yds allowed/game (3rd)
Pass Yds Allowed1,636 pass yds allowed (1st)1,733 pass yds allowed (4th)
Avg. Pass Yds Allowed/ Game163.6 avg pass yds allowed/game (1st)173.3 avg pass yds allowed/game (4th)
Rush Yds Allowed1,129 rush yds allowed (3rd)955 rush yds allowed (2nd)
Avg. Rush Yds Allowed/ Game112.9 avg rush yds allowed/ game (3rd)95.5 avg rush yds allowed/ game (2nd)
Extra Points13/14 XP (2nd)11/14 XP (6th)
FGs17/23 FGs (3rd)14/21 (5th)
Longest FG60 yds58 yds

Injury Report

New Orleans Breakers

The Breakers are still a bit banged up heading into the playoffs, but players like quarterback Kyle Sloter, linebacker Jerod Fernandez, and defensive end Davin Bellamy returning to the active roster is a great sign for New Orleans. However, with quite a few players listed as probable or questionable, fans will have to hope the team is truly healthy enough to play a good game.

Unfortunately, wide receiver Shawn Poindexter, running back Larry Rose III, cornerback Keith Washington II, and offensive lineman Toree Boyd will remain inactive for Saturday’s playoff game.

Birmingham Stallions

The Stallions are pretty healthy heading into the post-season, with wide receiver Michael Dereus and offensive tackle Mike Rodriguez returning to the active lineup this week. Additionally, linebacker Scooby Wright has been cleared to play, along with running back CJ Marable and wide receiver Marlon Williams.

Sadly, there’s still some uncertainty around quarterback Alex McGough, wide receiver Jeff Thomas, and offensive lineman Darius Harper playing this week, but they will likely be game-time decisions.

New Orleans Breakers vs. Birmingham Stallions Prediction

It’s been a rough end of the season for both these teams. The Breakers have lost 2 of their last 3 regular-season games, while the Stallions just lost their first game of the year to the 3-7 Houston Gamblers. They’ve also dealt with quite a few injuries down the stretch.

Both defenses have been great this season, but the Stallions have looked like the more complete team in recent weeks. Breakers quarterback Kyle Sloter’s dealt with turnover problems all season, and they’ve been playing some sloppy football in general lately. I expect a defensive and run-heavy game all around, but Birmingham will likely come away with the win.

Prediction: New Orleans Breakers: 14 – Birmingham Stallions: 20

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Matt Lyons is a Writer/Contributor for XFL News Hub, USFL News Hub, & CFL News Hub, covering the XFL, USFL, ELF, and TSL since August of 2020.

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