After whetting our appetite Saturday night, the 2022 USFL season really gets going Sunday with a triple-header that kicks off with the Michigan Panthers facing the Houston Gamblers. This is expected to be an entertaining matchup between balanced teams led by notable head coaches. Longtime NFL coach Jeff Fishers leads the Panthers and is one of the USFL's most noteworthy hires. The Gamblers are led by Kevin Sumlin, who rebuilt the University of Houston football team before coaching at Texas A&M for six years.
Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET at at Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Ala. Michigan is a three-point favorite in the latest Gamblers vs. Panthers odds from Caesars Sportsbook, and the over-under for total points scored is 43. Before you make any Oanthers vs. Gamblers picks or USFL predictions, you HAVE TO see which side SportsLine pro football expert R.J. White is on.
White is CBS Sports' Fantasy and gambling editor and is SportsLine's No. 1 NFL expert in against-the-spread picks. White went 445-378-24 on ATS picks on the NFL from 2017-21, returning $2,542 to $100 players. It's no surprise, as White has cashed huge twice in the world's most prestigious football handicapping competition, the Las Vegas SuperContest.
His many years of experience in analyzing statistics and trends allowed him to crush his picks in the last major spring pro football league. He hit 16 of his 20 spread picks on the XFL in 2020 before the pandemic forced the league to shut down. Anyone who has followed White's picks has cashed in HUGE.
White knows Fisher has two good quarterbacks to work with in Shea Patterson and Paxton Lynch. Patterson was the first player taken in the USFL draft, while Lynch was a first-round NFL pick who has struggled so far in the pros. Patterson has excellent mobility and can stretch plays, and WRs Lance Lenoir and Jeff Badet both have high-end speed and should be able to make plays deep. The Panthers also are very strong on the defensive front, led by XFL sack leader Cavon Walker (4.5 in five games) and former Iowa State standout JaQuan Bailey.
The expert also has taken into account that the Gamblers also have a couple of solid options at QB. Clayton Thorson the protypical option with excellent mechanics and Kenji Behar is an excellent all-around athlete. The top receivers are undersized, speedy types, with JoJo Ward and Isaiah Zuber among those boasting the speed to run by defensive backs. RB Dalyn Dawkins has spent time with the Tennessee Titans and has some receiving ability out of the backfield. LB Beniquez Brown, who excelled in the XFL and AAF, should set the tone on defense.
White is leaning Under the total, and he also found a critical X-factor that has him jumping all over one side of the spread, and he even predicts an exact final score! You ABSOLUTELY need to see his predictions before locking in any picks of your own.
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