The New Orleans Breakers and the New Jersey Generals will be facing off in a week four USFL matchup; where they will be playing in Canton, Ohio. The Generals are coming off an impressive road victory at Ford Field where they beat the hometown Michigan Panthers. The Breakers are coming off a strong win as well, defeating the Stallions for the first time since the rebirth of the league. This game could be a high scoring one, so let’s get to the guide!
Time/Location/Where To Watch
Sunday May 7th 3PM EST/2PM CDT Canton, Ohio, Tom Benson Hall Of Fame Stadium NBC/Peacock
Players To Look Out For
New Orleans Breakers
McLeod Bethel-Thompson: What needs to be said about MBT that has not already been said? MBT has looked like a seasoned vet since taking his first USFL snap. Being a 2x Grey Cup Champ I’m sure he is more than seasoned.
Jay Adams: When you can’t find Johnnie Dixon open you look to your WR2. Jay Adams has been a solid WR2 for the Breakers since putting on the uniform.
Jerod Fernandez: The man in the middle! Jerod has been a tackling machine for the Breakers as the Middle LB. Look for him to continue to make an impact throughout the season.
Vontae Diggs: Outside of Jerod Fernandez, Diggs has played the outside very well. He plays the position like a box safety, and with a couple interceptions to his name, you can see where I am coming from.
Neville Clarke: CB1! Need I say more? Clarke has been playing lockdown coverage all season long. The Breakers will continue to rely on him in the secondary.
New Jersey Generals
Darius Victor: Thunder Thighs himself! You cannot go high to tackle Victor or he will make you pay. Even going low on Victor is a chore.
DeAndre Johnson: Johnson plays the QB system by running the RPO/RO System well. He’s dangerous through the air and on the ground.
Chris Orr: Orr has been one of the General’s lead defenders this season. He plays the LB position at a high level.
Cam Echols-Luper: Here’s a guy (insert Cris Collinsworth joke) that can be used in a number of ways. Solid return man and a speedy WR.
Newcomers To Watch For
New Orleans Breakers
Sage Surratt: He has been a revelation for this team. Surratt might be the best offensive player on the team outside of MBT. Expect more from him this week.
Wes Hills: Hills since his first carry has been so great for this offense. He runs tough, rugged, and angry which is what this offense needed.
Dee Anderson: Big bodied WR that can go get it in traffic when called upon. Had an amazing catch in traffic last week against the Stallions.
Eli Stove: One of the lesser known Breakers, Stove has underrated speed and can make the safeties miss running his routes. He is also looking to be the lead KR guy as well.
Lee Morris: An absolute quiet storm. He has come along as the season has gotten underway and is a WR I think can quietly climb the ladder.
Jordan Brailford: The best defender on this team outside of Clarke and Diggs. What he has brought to this defense is outstanding. He is a tackling machine.
New Jersey Generals
Cam Carter: He is now the starting left tackle for the Generals and has been playing very well since being named the Starter.
Marcus Green: A solid newcomer. He has been getting a lot of jet sweeps and they’re trying to involve him more on the ground and through the air.
Dakota Prukop: with a 2 QB system we may get to see how good Prukop is unless Johnson just starts killing it.
Kenneth Randall: He has helped bolster the pass rush and has a sack to his name already. He has been more of a rotational piece but they needed pass rush after last year’s team lacked in the area.
DJ Daniel: He has two INTs to his name and has been very good at replacing the Generals loss at the CB position.
Breakers: John DeFilippo (1st year)
Generals: Mike Riley (2nd year)
Both teams are coming off impressive wins. In addition, both teams have been able to run the ball very well in recent weeks. It will be a battle of run games this week. Which team has the better run stuffing defense will be the key – so this week, the battle will be won in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Breakers RB Wes Hills and the duo of Generals QB DeAndre Johnson and RB Darius Victor will be fun to watch.
Will the New Orleans Breakers stop the New Jersey Generals in their tracks to remain unbeaten? Or will the Generals ground and pound attack stifle the Breakers and hand them their first loss? Let us know down in the comments below, or join the conversation on Discord!