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USFL Week 5: New Orleans Breakers (4-0) Odds, Injuries, Preview, Prediction

On Sunday, May 14, 2023, an exciting football match is set to take place between the New Orleans Breakers and the Memphis Showboats at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama. The game, which starts at 3 p.m. ET, will be broadcast on FOX, allowing fans to watch every play from the comfort of their homes. The match is expected to be a thrilling, adrenaline-filled event.

Game Preview:

  • Game: Breakers (4-0) vs. Showboats (1-3)
  • Line: Breakers -7, Over/Under 46.5
  • Location: Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama
  • Day/Time: Sunday, May 14, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Weather Forecast: Rainy, 88 degrees, Humidity 72% Wind 4MPH
  • Breakers vs Showboats Live stream:

As we eagerly anticipate the Week 5 matchup between the New Orleans Breakers and the Memphis Showboats, there are several key storylines emerging on both sides that are sure to make this game a thrilling spectacle.

For the Breakers, all eyes will be on the dynamic offensive duo of quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson and tight end Sage Surratt. The synergy between these two players, coupled with the forceful running from Wes Hills, has been a major driving force behind the Breakers’ recent successes. Bethel-Thompson, coming off a commendable performance against the Generals where he completed 26 of 37 passes for 273 yards, will undoubtedly be looking to eliminate the interceptions from his game.

On the other hand, concerns remain around the recovery of Greg Eisworth, whose significant role in the Breakers’ defense cannot be understated. The Breakers’ focus in the run-up to the Week 5 game will be on maintaining their momentum and sharpening their offensive drives while ensuring better clock management.

Turning to the Memphis Showboats, the team will be coming into the game on a high, having secured their first win in Week 4 against the Panthers. The Showboats’ head coach, Todd Haley, has shown his tactical prowess, and his audacious fourth-quarter decision in the previous game was instrumental in their victory.

The Showboats’ offense, led by the dynamic partnership between quarterback Cole Kelley and Vinny Papale, will be crucial in taking on the Breakers. Their previous win showcased their strong connection, and replicating this success will be key. Not to be overlooked is the Showboats’ defense, with linebacker Jeff McCollough at the helm, which will be tested against the Breakers’ high-powered offense.

Injury Report:

In a concerning incident during the last game, New Orleans Breakers’ leading tackler, safety Greg Eisworth II, sustained an injury that led to his removal from the field. The incident occurred early in the second half when Eisworth was involved in a tackle on Victor.

Eisworth seemed to take a knee to the head during the tackle, which required immediate attention from the team’s medical staff. He was carefully attended to on the field, then helped up and transported off the field on a cart. However, he remained alert and was sitting upright throughout the process.

According to John DeFilippo, the Breakers’ head coach, Eisworth has been medically cleared and is moving all of his extremities. DeFilippo was on the field when Eisworth managed to sit up on his own, a positive sign for all concerned.

While he was unable to provide specific medical details, DeFilippo expressed optimism about Eisworth’s condition. He mentioned that the team doctors are very positive that Eisworth will recover fully from the injury. The team’s thoughts are with Eisworth during this time, and they look forward to his swift and safe recovery.

Breaking Even:

As the Memphis Showboats, with a seven-point spread, gear up to face the undefeated New Orleans Breakers, the betting stakes are high. The current over/under is set at 47.5, a number that has captured my attention for this upcoming clash.

The New Orleans Breakers, with an impressive undefeated 4-0 record, are entering this game as the league’s top-scoring team, averaging a formidable 31.25 points per game. This offensive prowess is largely credited to their quarterback, McLeod Bethal-Thompson. In his inaugural USFL year, Bethal-Thompson is leading in both passing yards and touchdown-to-interception ratio. The Breakers’ offense has consistently put up a minimum of 20 points in every game so far, and there’s a high probability they could easily break into the 30-point range in this match.

Conversely, the Memphis Showboats’ defense has struggled, conceding more yards per game than any other team in the USFL. They previously allowed a staggering 42 points against a Birmingham offense similar to the Breakers.

Nevertheless, it’s essential to mention that the Showboats will be riding the high of their first season win against Michigan. This victory may provide a confidence boost, but they’ll need more than self-assurance to counter the Breakers’ formidable offense.

Given these factors, a high-scoring game seems likely, potentially becoming lopsided in the Breakers’ favor quite quickly. My betting analysis indicates a lean towards New Orleans and the over. Preferred bet: Over 47.5.


Looking ahead to Week 5, we are set for an intriguing clash between the formidable New Orleans Breakers and the resurgent Memphis Showboats. Despite the disparity in their records, both teams have shown signs of brilliance that make this matchup one to watch.

With a flawless record of 4-0, the Breakers are unquestionably the team to beat this season. They have been consistently powerful, demonstrating both offensive and defensive prowess that has left their opponents reeling. If they manage to clinch a victory in Week 5, moving to a 5-0 record, their path to the playoffs will look increasingly clear. Their form suggests they are a safe bet to be back in Canton competing for a championship in July.

Meanwhile, the Memphis Showboats, with a record of 1-3, are coming into this game off the back of their first win in Week 4 against the Panthers. This victory, thanks to a bold fourth-quarter decision by their head coach, Todd Haley, has given them a momentum that they will be eager to capitalize on.

The Showboats’ offense, led by quarterback Cole Kelley and Vinny Papale, proved to be a formidable duo in their previous win. Their chemistry and connection on the field will need to be on full display to counter the Breakers’ strong defense. Furthermore, the Showboats’ defense, spearheaded by linebacker Jeff McCollough, will need to step up and limit the Breakers’ high-powered offense.

As we approach the face-off, predictions start to take shape. The Breakers, based on their impressive form, are the clear favorites. However, the Showboats, after their recent win, will not go down without a fight. As such, the final score prediction for this game is a win for the New Orleans Breakers, 35-27.

Yet, it’s crucial to remember that in the unpredictable world of football, anything can happen. So, let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy what promises to be a thrilling Week 5 game.

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