The upcoming matchup between the New Orleans Breakers and the Birmingham Stallions marks their second encounter this USFL season, promising an exciting showdown.
The initial clash boasted a reminiscent atmosphere to the legendary 2019 LSU BAMA game. Can the New Orleans Breakers achieve a clean sweep against the Birmingham Stallions in the regular season? The answer lies just around the corner.
Date: May 27th
Time: 4pm EST/3pm SDT
Venue: Protective Stadium (Birmingham, AL)
New Orleans Breakers | John DeFilippo (1st Year)
Birmingham Stallions | Skip Holtz (2nd year, reigning champion)
Players To Watch
New Orleans Breakers
QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson: The starting quarterback for the Breakers has encountered some challenges in his past two games, although the entirety of the blame cannot be placed solely on him. MBT aims to bounce back against the formidable Stallions team, which he found success against a few weeks ago. Additionally, he made the notable decision to trim his distinguished trademark beard, possibly seeking a change of fortune.
TE Sage Surratt: The leading receiver in the league, who plays the tight end position, has endured a relatively uneventful couple of games. However, with the Breakers’ offensive scheme being particularly favorable towards tight ends, adjustments can be expected this week, potentially leading to Surratt’s resurgence.
CB Neville Clarke: Widely regarded as one of the top cornerbacks in the league, Clarke has managed to secure a couple of interceptions amidst the defensive struggles witnessed by the secondary in recent games.
QB Alex McGough: Since their defeat to the Breakers a few weeks ago, the Stallions’ quarterback has exhibited exceptional performance, consistently challenging the Breakers’ defense throughout the game. McGough deserves recognition as a strong contender for the MVP title.
TE Jace Sternberger: Similar to the Breakers, the Stallions heavily rely on their tight ends, and Sternberger has consistently demonstrated his prowess, solidifying his position among the top three tight ends in the league this season. Anticipate an impactful performance from him.
WR Deon Cain: Gradually ascending the depth chart week by week, Cain has consistently delivered impressive performances, particularly showcasing his skills on special teams. If I were the Breakers, I would exercise caution in kicking towards Cain this week, as it may result in a game-changing “house call.”
This crucial game possesses the potential to determine the victor of the South Division. With both teams currently holding a 4-2 record and encountering recent obstacles, the anticipation surrounding this matchup is like a heavyweight fight. Considering so much is on the line, we can expect both teams to be firing on all cylinders…hopefully.
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