USFL schedule Week 6: TV channels, odds, picks, and predictions

With the USFL heading into the second half of the regular-season schedule, let's take a look at the Week 6 games.

The USFL progresses into the second half of the schedule, with Week 6 on the horizon. The Pittsburgh Maulers finally joined the party, earning their first victory of the season against the Houston Gamblers. Meanwhile, the Birmingham Stallions continue to steam ahead of the pack with their undefeated status intact after Week 5. Let’s look at the matchups in Week 6 of the USFL schedule.

USFL Week 6 schedule: TV channel, odds, and picks

After holding the Philadelphia Stars scoreless in the second half and surging back to take the lead, the Stallions are just two weeks away from defeating every team in the USFL. While Case Cookus is still starting for the injured Bryan Scott, the Stallions’ trademark slow start reared its head again. Head coach Skip Holtz switching back to QB J’Mar Smith from Alex McGough restarted the gears and pushed the Stallions to their fifth straight win.

The biggest winner from Week 5’s USFL schedule was the New Jersey Generals. The Generals’ win over the New Orleans Breakers pushed them to 4-1, creating a massive gap between first and second place in the North division of the USFL standings.

Before Week 5, the only game the Breakers lost was in Week 3 against Birmingham. The Generals’ defense shut down New Orleans QB Kyle Sloter while New Jersey HC Mike Riley received a phenomenal performance from QB De’Andre Johnson.

Lastly, the Tampa Bay Bandits outlasted the Michigan Panthers despite QB Shea Patterson’s best performance of the season. The Panthers QB has struggled to move the offense down the field with his arm. However, against the Bandits, Patterson went 23 of 37 for 304 yards and a touchdown. Alas, it wasn’t enough to take down Bandits QB Jordan Ta’amu, who connected on two 40+ yard touchdown passes. While the matchups may be a bit lopsided in Week 6, let’s look at what’s next on the USFL schedule.

Tampa Bay Bandits (3-2) vs. Philadelphia Stars (2-3)

  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET, May 21
  • Channel: NBC
  • Live stream options: Peacock
  • USFL Odds: (Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
    • Spread: Bandits -3
    • Moneyline: Bandits -160, Stars +140
    • Over/Under: 39.5

This will likely be the most exciting game of the USFL Week 6 schedule. The Bandits have been given an opportunity. After Tampa took down Michigan to move to 3-2, New Orleans lost, dropping them to the same record. The Bandits have been chasing the Breakers in the standings since their Week 2 embarrassment. With the teams even, Tampa Bay must keep pressure on New Orleans.

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With no breaking news on Scott’s return to the starting lineup for the Stars, the Bandits have to cash in. Cookus has done decent, but the offensive droughts have plagued the Stars, and the defense continues to be a sieve. Ta’amu will need to come out hot to keep the Bandits in the playoff hunt. Does Tampa Bay get the win from another strong performance from their QB? #Ta’amuTime, anyone?

Prediction: Bandits 27, Stars 15

Michigan Panthers (1-4) vs. Birmingham Stallions (5-0)

  • Start time: 7:30 p.m. ET, May 21
  • Channel: NBC
  • Live stream options: Peacock
  • USFL Odds: (Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
    • Spread: Stallions -6.5
    • Moneyline: Stallions -350, Panthers +270
    • Over/Under: 37.5

The Stallions continue to check off wins with each passing week of the USFL schedule. After sweeping the South, Birmingham has its eyes on completing its league sweep, and Michigan is next. While Patterson may have had his best performance of the season in Week 5, Tampa’s defense can be a mixed bag week to week. The Stallions’ defense, though, wreaks havoc.

A couple of close, high-scoring games to start the season have progressed into dominant performances. Over the last three weeks, the Stallions have allowed just 13.3 points per game. The pressure swarms the backfield and the secondary, covering well and forcing turnovers. It’s going to be a long, strenuous day for Patterson. The Stallions move to 6-0.

Prediction: Stallions 34, Panthers 10

Pittsburgh Maulers (1-4) vs. New Orleans Breakers (3-2)

  • Start time: 12 p.m. ET, May 22
  • Channel: FS1
  • Live stream options: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
  • USFL Odds: (Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
    • Spread: Breakers -8
    • Moneyline: Breakers -380, Maulers +270
    • Over/Under: 36

While the Maulers got their first win in Week 5, the celebrations might not last long. The Breakers’ loss to the Generals in Week 5 was the first loss a South division playoff team has sustained from a North division team. New Orleans will be out to prove they belong in the postseason tournament.

With the Bandits hot on their heels, Sloter will need to improve his play in Week 6 drastically. One of the USFL’s best signal-callers this season went just 15 of 36 for 155 yards with two TDs and two interceptions. A game against the Maulers may look appealing, but their defense can surprise some teams. Just ask the Gamblers.

The Bandits beat the Maulers by 14, and the Breakers beat Tampa by 31. While these are not the same teams from the beginning of the season, the Breakers should quickly dispatch the Maulers, even with new Pittsburgh QB Vad Lee.

Prediction: Breakers 30, Maulers 16

Houston Gamblers (1-4) vs. New Jersey Generals (4-1)

  • Start time: 4 p.m. ET, May 21
  • Channel: FOX
  • Live stream options: fuboTV, Sling, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV
  • USFL Odds: (Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
    • Spread: Generals -7
    • Moneyline: Generals -290, Gamblers +230
    • Over/Under: 38.5

While the Generals have excelled with their unique two-QB system, that went out the window in Week 5. Riley handed the keys to Johnson, and he did not disappoint. This doesn’t mean the end of Luis Perez, but Johnson has performed much better this season.

Meanwhile, the Gamblers are in a downward spiral. After winning the season’s first game, they’ve yet to notch another win. While the defense continues to fire on all cylinders, the inconsistent offensive play has held this franchise back. QB Clayton Thorson averages just 149.2 yards per game and has a TD to INT ratio of 7:6. If things don’t pick up soon — which they won’t this week — it might be time to discuss a QB change in Houston.

Prediction: Generals 35, Gamblers 17

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