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USFL Predictions: Week 1 Picks for Every Game

USFL Predictions: Week 1 Picks for Every Game

Athlon's experts pick every winner for every game as the USFL kicks off its inaugural season

The reinvented USFL will make its debut this weekend, which means another new professional league will try its hand to fill an NFL-sized hole during the spring. While there are similarities to the AAF (Alliance of American Football) and XFL, the two most recent leagues that launched, the hope is that USFL will do what they could not – make it through one full season.

Related: What You Need to Know About the USFL

But first thing's first and that's Week 1. The eight-team USFL officially kicks things off with a game between the New Jersey Generals and Birmingham Stallions in prime time on Saturday. While all the games will be played in Birmingham, Alabama, the Stallions are the de facto home team so look for them to try and get things started on a winning note.

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It's a tripleheader on Sunday, starting with the Houston Gamblers taking on the Michigan Panthers, followed by the Philadelphia Stars facing off with the New Orleans Breakers, with the Tampa Bay Bandits and Pittsburgh Maulers featured in the nightcap.

It's hard to really know what to expect since these teams have been together less than a month, but the USFL also has introduced some new rule changes in an effort to increase scoring opportunities and, hopefully, the entertainment value for those who tune in to watch.

Related: What You Need to Know About the USFL's Rule Changes

So which teams will come out on top in the USFL's opening weekend? Athlon's own Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven), Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib) predict the winners for every game each week:

USFL Week 1 Predictions

Steven LassanMark RossBen Weinrib

New Jersey Generals at Birmingham Stallions (Sat.)

Stallions

Generals

Stallions

Houston Gamblers at Michigan Panthers (Sun.)

Panthers

Panthers

Panthers

Philadelphia Stars at New Orleans Breakers (Sun.)

Breakers

Breakers

Stars

Tampa Bay Bandits at Pittsburgh Maulers (Sun.)

Bandits

Bandits

Bandits