USFL Playoff Preview

USFL Playoff Preview

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USFL Playoff Preview

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Four are out and four are left standing. The USFL concluded its 10-game regular season last weekend and the top-two teams from each division are meeting for a chance to be the league champion. 

Both division championship games are set to take place on Saturday, with the North Division Championship taking place at 3 p.m. on Fox and the South Division Championship taking place at 8 p.m. on NBC. 

North Division: New Jersey Generals (9-1) vs. Philadelphia Stars (6-4)

Going into a matchup against Generals to conclude the regular season, Philadelphia was arguably one of hottest teams in the USF, riding a four-game winning streak into the face-off with its northeastern foe.

The only team scorching hotter than the Stars was New Jersey, who took a 26-23 victory over Philadelphia, its second victory of the season over the Stars. 

Led by wide receiver and league MVP Kavontae Turpin, consistent quarterback play and the league’s most potent rushing attack, the Generals offense is as well-rounded as it comes.

Turpin leads the league with 540 receiving yards, is second with 44 receptions and adds four touchdowns to his crowded stat sheet. The running back duo of Darius Victor Jr., who leads the league with nine touchdowns and is third in rushing yards and Trey Williams (second in the league in rushing yards) wear defenses out every week. 

If the game is close at the end, the Generals have not one, but two quarterbacks who can take over. 

Luis Perez, a pocket-passer who has high intelligence and leadership intangibles, and De’Andre Johnson, an absolutely electrifying dual-threat. Both signal callers have completed more than 70% of their passes and are among the league leaders in QBR. 

The Generals offense is scary and considering Philadelphia has given up the most points per game of any team in the playoffs, there’s good reason for the Generals to be excited. 

The Stars are led by quarterback Case Cookus, who took over for an injured Bryan Scott and has placed a foothold on the starting quarterback job. If the Stars are going to win the formula is clean play from Cookus and winning the turnover battle with help from the defense. 

Cookus has thrown for 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 62.5% of his passes. 

On the defensive side corner Channing Stribling paces the league with seven interceptions and defensive end Adam Rodriguez leads the Stars with nine sacks. Both need to make an impact if Philadelphia is going to win. 

Prediction: Quarterback play is huge late, Generals win 24-20

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