As the USFL goes into the second half of its inaugural season, the Birmingham Stallions continue to stampede ahead as the top team. A few teams faltered in solidifying the top positions in each division in Week 5. The USFL heads into the second game of a three-week interdivisional schedule. How will the race for second place continue to change? Let’s look at how the USFL standings fall heading into Week 6 of the season.
Please note that we will update these standings at the end of each slate of games.
USFL 2022 standings after Week 5
The Stallions’ win over the Stars in Week 5 was not a surprise. However, Philadelphia’s early lead was a head-turner. The Stars jumped out to a 17-7 lead with 7:31 remaining in the second quarter. After a rough day, Stallions head coach Skip Holtz sat QB Alex McGough for J’Mar Smith, and the game flipped. Smith drove the Stallions 75 yards and connected with WR Marlon Williams on a 38-yard touchdown to bring the game within seven.
The victory keeps the Stallions comfortably on top of the South Division, but they received an added cushion following the New Orleans Breakers’ loss. The Breakers and New Jersey Generals clashed in Week 5 as two of the better teams in the USFL. With both squads sitting at 3-1, the game had implications for the loser. New Jersey HC Mike Riley outmatched New Orleans HC Larry Fedora in the Breakers’ worst game of the season so far.
Combine this with a win from the Tampa Bay Bandits, and New Orleans is now just tied for playoff contention in the USFL standings. They hold the lead with head-to-head advantages over the Bandits and Gamblers, but every week the Stallions win means a steeper hill to climb.
The Generals cemented their status as the North’s top team, with the Stars and Panthers falling in Week 5. Additionally, the Pittsburgh Maulers finally notched a tally in the win column, defeating the Houston Gamblers. The gap between first and second in the North is vast, but the ensuing competition for second place in the USFL standings will be interesting to watch.
- New Jersey Generals (4-1)
- Point differential: +26
- Philadelphia Stars (2-3)
- Point differential: -19
- Michigan Panthers (1-4)
- Point differential: +7
- Pittsburgh Maulers (1-4)
- Point differential: -52
- Birmingham Stallions (5-0)
- Point differential: +37
- New Orleans Breakers (3-2)
- Point differential: +25
- Tampa Bay Bandits (3-2)
- Points differential: -15
- Houston Gamblers (1-4)
- Point differential: -9
What do the USFL standings mean for Week 6?
Week 6 features some possible blowouts with the playoff contenders of each division teeing off against inferior talent. The Stallions face the Panthers in what could be a long day for Michigan QB Shea Patterson against Birmingham’s defense. The Breakers hope to bounce back against the Maulers after a lackluster Week 5 offensive performance. The defense had a rough day facing De’Andre Johnson, but can Pittsburgh’s third QB Vad Lee take advantage of New Orleans?
Speaking of the Generals, New Jersey takes on the Gamblers Sunday afternoon. The best game in Week 6 looks like the matchup between the Bandits and Stars. While the Stars are still without QB Bryan Scott, the offense can do some scoring without him. The issue for Philadelphia is their defense. Every team in the league has scored 23+ points against the Stars. Can QB Jordan Ta’amu and the Bandits continue the trend? If so, the Generals have a chance to push their North Division dominance even further in the USFL standings with losses from all its divisional counterparts.