With three weeks left in the USFL regular season, the playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Two of the four postseason spots have been claimed and the first division champion could be crowned after Week 8. The scene also will shift from Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama, to historic Legion Field.
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The first of four divisional pairings takes place in prime time on Friday when the New Jersey Generals take on the Pittsburgh Maulers. The Generals have already clinched a playoff spot and could seal up the North Division with a win combined with a Philadelphia loss to Michigan on Sunday.
The game of the week is on Saturday afternoon when Birmingham and New Orleans, the top two teams in the South Division, go head-to-head for the second time. The Stallions are undefeated and have already secured a postseason bid but can wrap up the South with a second victory over the Breakers, who would punch their tickets to the playoffs with an upset of Birmingham. These teams played back in Week 3, a 22-13 Stallions win.
To wrap up things on Sunday it's the aforementioned Panthers vs. Stars with Michigan needing a win to keep its slim playoff hopes alive, and the same goes for the Tampa Bay Bandits when they face a Houston Gamblers team that has lost six in a row.
So which teams will come out on top in Week 8 of the USFL season? Athlon's own Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven), Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR), and Ben Weinrib (@benweinrib) predict the winners for every game each week:
USFL Week 8 Predictions
|Steven Lassan||Mark Ross||Ben Weinrib|
Pittsburgh Panthers at New Jersey Generals (Fri.)
New Orleans Breakers at Birmingham Stallions (Sat.)
Michigan Panthers at Philadelphia Stars (Sun.)
Houston Gamblers at Tampa Bay Bandits (Sun.)