The USFL will run through half of its regular season schedule this weekend. Saturday’s matchup will see two of the league’s top teams clash. The New Orleans Breakers and the New Jersey Generals are both 3-1. Only one team can win in an inevitably competitive game.
The biggest storyline for the Breakers is the emergence of quarterback Kyle Sloter, who leads the USFL in passing yards by a sizable margin. Meanwhile, the Generals have scored seven rushing touchdowns to three passing touchdowns.
New Orleans Breakers vs. New Jersey Generals Match Preview USFL Week 5
The Breakers put in a hard-fought contest in their Week 4 win over the Houston Gramblers. The Breakers’ offense is the strongest and most explosive in the league.
Sloter is the only quarterback in the USFL with over 1,000 passing yards. He is joined by league-leading rusher Jordan Ellis and league-leading receiver Sal Cannella on the Breakers offense.
Defensively they were just as great. They allowed the fewest points in four weeks (56). They are tied for the league lead (11) and have also conceded the lowest number of yards per game (226.3).
Meanwhile, the generals’ victories were not due to their temporary offensive setting the world on fire. They average 79.7 yards fewer passing yards per game than Sloter’s Breakers.
De’Andre Johnson and Luis Perez have split reps at the quarterback position, with the latter getting a little more work. Her connection to Alonzo Moore in Week 4 was a welcome sight.
The Generals are old school, leading the USFL in rushing yards per game (178.3). It will be fascinating to see the Breakers’ second-rate pass defense collide with the Generals’ dynamic charge.
Breakers vs. Generals USFL Week 5 Game Details
When: Sunday, May 14, 3 p.m. ET
From where: Guard Stadium, Birmingham, AL
Distribution: crusher -3.5
Breakers vs. Generals preview and prediction
The Breakers and Generals are arguably the two best teams in the league. The teams conceded just 29.8 points per game combined during the season. With that in mind, it seems unrealistic that the odds makers are predicting 37.5 points in this game.
The Generals can control the pace of the game with their Ground Attack. But the Breakers’ defense isn’t a cheap matchup for this strength. The Breakers’ pass-first offense is also preferable to the Generals’ run-first philosophy.
Both defenses will make this game a hard fought affair. However, Sloter is the best player in the league. The Breakers have won three straight games since losing in Week 1. You’re in a role that even the generals can’t stop.
Forecast: Interrupters 17 – 14 Generals