The United States Football League (USFL) was the last direct competitor of the NFL when it operated between 1983 and 1985. After folding in 1986, this year it is relaunched as a spring league, although not is affiliated with the original incarnation. The USFL Week 1 program begins with a Saturday night game at 7:30 p.m. ET before a triple header on Sunday. Sunday’s first game will see the Jeff Panthers-led Michigan Panthers as three-point favorites over the Houston Gamblers in the final U.S. Week 1 odds for Caesars Sportsbook. Fisher is expected to start former Michigan star Shea Patterson in QB, but also has former NFL first-round pick Paxton Lynch on the roster.
The Panthers have the top names in the league’s QB position, but how much will that mean on Sunday? Which team should you bow to with your USFL Week 1 bets and how should you rate the other rookie league games? All of the USFL 1 week lines are listed below, and SportsLine professional football expert RJ White has all the USFL betting tips and predictions you need to make the best picks. the USFL of week 1 now.
CBS Sports publisher Fantasy and Gambling White has consistently given a large volume of long-term options, returning bettors from $ 2,542 to $ 100 in more than $ 800 against differentiated selections since the start of the 2017 NFL season. Not surprisingly, White has twice beaten the world’s most prestigious football handicap competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
It also went 16-4 in every XFL ATS election before the league suspended operations in 2020. This included starting a 13-1 streak at first, as the books were struggling to properly assess the quality of the team in a league where little was known about the season. If anyone can spot value on the USFL lines, it’s him.
Now, White has focused his attention on the last odds of Caesars ’USFL Week 1 and has blocked the election for every USFL showdown. Go here to see all the elections.
Best USFL Week 1 Predictions
One of the best predictions of Week 1 of the USFL White recommends: the Tampa Bay Bandits cover as four-point favorites over the Pittsburgh Maulers. As the name suggests, the Maulers will want to hit the Bandits with a ground attack that includes a pair of former offensive NFL linebackers. Pittsburgh is also coached by Kirby Wilson, who was the Vikings ’RB coach for the last of Adrian Peterson’s (2015) career titles. However, there is no second comeback from Peterson on the Maulers and Tampa counters with a strong defense, as six Bandit defenders are former NFL players.
In attack, Tampa may have the best QB in the league for former Ole star Miss Jordan Ta’amu. He led the SEC in total yards (4,260) in 2018 and finished just behind Tua Tagovailoa in passing yards (3,918) that season. It offers a double-threat skill for which Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense is unprepared, and Ta’amu also has previous hits in the spring football leagues. He was one of the stars of the 2020 XFL season and finished second in the league in total yards.
Expectations are high for the Bandits as they are not only the top favorites of Week 1, but they are also among the top three co-favorites to win the USFL Championship. They’ll be out to prove Vegas is right from the start, and White has taken that into account when choosing Tampa to cover. He also expects Under (42) to hit the post.
Run the USFL Week 1 election
White has also called for the winner and cover in every other game on the USFL Week 1 calendar, and predicts that two favorites will fall sharply. You can only get all the options for each game on SportsLine.
So what choices can you make with the USFL? And which favorites fall hard? Take a look at the latest USFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which teams win and cover the spread, all from the professional football expert who was 16-4 in every XFL ATS election , and find out.
USFL Week 1 Odds (via Caesars)
Saturday, April 16
19:30 ET New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions (-3, 42.5)
Sunday, April 17th
Noon ET Houston Gamblers to Michigan Panthers (-3, 43)
16:00 ET Philadelphia Stars and New Orleans Breakers (-2.5 43)
20:00 ET Bandits from Tampa Bay to Pittsburgh Maulers (+4, 42)