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Stallions to Advance, Panthers to Cover Spread in UFL Playoffs

We have known for a while that the USFL Conference would be decided between the Michigan Panthers and the Birmingham Stallions. That made their Week 10 matchup so interesting. It was a preview for this playoff game and should help bettors with UFL picks.

In that matchup one week ago, the Stallions escaped with a 20-19 win after the Panthers kicker Jake Bates missed a 53-yard field goal at the end of the game. If the Panthers had won that game, it would have been the Stallions’ second loss of the season, but keeping the game so close still turned some heads before this playoff matchup.

Stallions to Advance, Panthers to Cover Spread in UFL Playoffs
Birmingham Stallions wide receiver Victor Bolden, Jr./Gaelen Morse/Getty Images/AFP

The Stallions (9-1_ have been the best team in the UFL all season, going undefeated until they lost in Week 9. The Panthers (7-3) have had their ups and downs this season, but they managed to win close games before almost beating the Stallions.

 

Panthers vs Stallions Game Information

  • Game: Panthers (7-3) vs Stallions (9-1)
  • Location: Protective Stadium, Birmingham, AL
  • Day/Time: Saturday, June 8, 3:00 p.m. ET
  • Panthers vs Stallions Live Stream: NBCSports.com

 

Panthers vs Stallions Odds and Spreads

Panthers
Stallions
+205
Money Line Game
-255
+5 -115
Point Spread Game
-5 -115
Over 43½ -115
Total Game
+5 -115

 

  • Panthers are 5-5 ATS
  • Stallions are 5-5 ATS

 

Panthers Almost Had It Last Week

Last week’s game may have surprised some people. The Panthers were a field goal away from handing the Stallions their second loss of the season, which would have been a surprise. It wouldn’t have changed where this game is played, but the Panthers would have been coming into this playoff matchup with their heads high.

They actually should still be coming into this matchup with their heads high. Bates has been one of the best kickers in the league this season, already converting a few game-winning field goals. Given a second chance, Bates would win the game for the Panthers, and he is hoping for that same opportunity this week.

In addition, the Panthers controlled last week’s game. They had 324 yards compared to 223 from the Stallions. The Panthers’ offense had a big game against one of the toughest defenses in the league, which allowed the second-fewest yards per game in the regular season (259.5). Michigan’s defense held an offense averaging the most yards per game (347.5) to well below its averages.

 

Quarterback Danny Etling had a solid game for the Panthers, throwing for 195 yards and a touchdown, but he only completed 16 of his 31 passes. Etling also rushed for 36 yards and a score. Siaosi Mariner was Etling’s top target, with seven receptions, 110 yards and a touchdown. The defense finished the game with five sacks but did not force a turnover.

 

Stallions: Reason to Be Concerned

Right now, the most important thing for the Stallions is not to overcorrect. There is a reason they had won 15 straight games dating back to last season in the UFSL before their Week 9 loss to San Antonio Brahmas. The Stallions are undoubtedly the best team in the UFL and have proved that over and over again this season.

 


However, the last two weeks could have been better for the Stallions. Quarterback and MVP favorite Adrian Martinez has struggled in his previous two games. He threw for 211 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the loss to the Brahmas. Martinez followed that up with 163 yards and a touchdown last week against the Panthers. He still finished as the UFL leading rusher, but the Stallions’ passing game was not as successful in the previous two weeks.

The biggest concern might be the defense. The Stallions allowed 259.5 yards and 18 points per game during the regular season. In the last two games, they have given up a combined 37 points, but they have been gashed for yards. The Panthers had 324 yards and the Brahmas put up 329 the prior week.

Now that the playoffs are starting, that should help motivate the Stallions’ defense to return to what they looked like earlier in the season. Plus, last week, knowing that it was not a must-win situation, the Stallions could have hidden some of their game plan, which they could use this week.

 

Panthers vs Stallions Prediction

In last week’s game, the Stallions were favored to win by eight points. UFL lines for this playoff game still favor the Stallions but now only by five points. Because the Panthers nearly won in Week 10, take them to cover the spread but don’t expect them to win. It’s very likely that the Stallions didn’t use every schematic advantage they could have, possibly saving it for the playoffs.

 

 

Question Of The Day

Which quarterback is going to have the better game?


The Stallions Adrian Martinez is the favorite to win the UFL’s MVP while being the All-UFL quarterback. He should have a big game after struggling the last two weeks.

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