Thursday’s Den: USFL notes and doing some thinking out loud

USFL notes:
Birmingham Stallions (5-0)
— Trailed at halftime in four of five games
— Outscored opponents 78-27 in second half.
— Outrushed last two foes 281-115
— 5-0 against spread

Houston Gamblers (1-4)
— Lost last four games.
— Led all five games at halftime
— Last four games went over total
— Outscored 73-26 in second half.

Michigan Panthers (1-4)
— Threw for 322 yards LW (total of 225 previous three games).
— 0-3 in games decided by 5 or fewer points.
— Outgained four of their five opponents.
— Their only win was 24-0 over 1-4 Pittsburgh.

New Jersey Generals (4-1)
— Won last four games, giving up 6-16-13-17 points.
— Have only two takeaways, have minus-2 turnover ratio.
— Allowed only 383 RY in four games (76.6/game)
— Covered three of their last four games.

New Orleans Breakers (3-2)
— Scored 23+ points in their wins, 13-17 in losses.
— Three of five games stayed under total
— Turned ball over eight games in last three games (minus-5)
— Trailed last three games at halftime.

Philadelphia Stars (2-3)
— Last three weeks, gave up 224.7 rushing yards/game.
— Gave up 23+ points in all five games.
— Have been outgained in every game. 

— Scored 30-26 points in wins; 17-16-17 in losses.

Pittsburgh Maulers (1-4)
— Got first win last week, on last play of game. 
— Outscored 44-28 in second half of games.
— Three of their last four games went over total.
— All four losses are by 7+ points.

Tampa Bay Bandits (3-2)
— Were hold to 3-10 points in their two losses.
— Were held scoreless in 2nd half in three of five games.
— Three of five games stayed under total.
— Were outgained in four of their five games.

Elsewhere in the world,
Golden State 112, Dallas 87— Warriors shot 56% from the floor.

Calgary 9, Edmonton 6— How do you score six goals and lose a playoff game? Flames blew a 6-2 lead, then scored last three goals of game.

Carolina 2, NY Rangers 1, OT— Hurricanes scored at 3:12 of the extra session.

Mets 11, Cardinals 4— Max Scherzer walked off mound with “left side discomfort” in sixth inning, a potentially large problem for New York.

Brewers 7, Braves 6 (11)— Keston Hiura walked it off with a two-run homer; Milwaukee tied game in bottom of 9th, with a run off Kenley Jansen.

Red Sox 5, Astros 1— Altuve led off game with a home run; Houston got one hit the rest of the way off of Nick Pivetta.

Rangers 6, Angels 5 (10)— Angels get swept by Texas; Nathaniel Lowe walked it off with a 2-run homer.

Astros’ P Jake Odorizzi avoided major injury, has sprains/strains of ligaments near his left ankle.

Pac-12 scrapped division play for their football; teams with two best winning %age in league games will play for the conference championship. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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