Week 2 of the USFL season begins Friday night as the Michigan Panthers face off against the New Jersey Generals. The first of two North division matchups this weekend, the entire division starts the season in a 0-1 hole after a disappointing Week 1. Nevertheless, the Generals look like the most complete team within the North and currently sit at the top of the division in the 2022 USFL standings. Let’s take a look at how to watch the Panthers at Generals, including the channel, start time, live stream options, and a preview and prediction.
Panthers at Generals: Start time, channel, and live stream options
The Birmingham Stallions scored a touchdown with 23 seconds left in the fourth quarter to steal a win from the Generals in front of the home crowd. While the loss stings for the Generals, it will surely motivate them to earn their first win in Week 2. Here’s how to watch the Panthers at Generals game Friday night.
Michigan Panthers (0-1) vs. New Jersey Generals (0-1)
- Start time: 8 PM ET, April 22
- Channel: USA Network
- Live stream options: Fubo TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling
- Odds: (Odds provided by DraftKings Sportsbook)
- Spread: Generals -1
- Moneyline: Generals -125, Panthers +105
- Over/Under: 41
Panthers head coach Jeff Fisher has quite a bit of cleaning up to do on offense. While first overall pick Shea Patterson was able to put some drives together and put Michigan in a position to win the game late, he fumbled 3 times, losing 1. Patterson was 17-of-25 for 192 yards and a touchdown. The fumbles are a problem, though. Michigan put the ball on the ground 9 times in Week 1, with 3 resulting in turnovers.
The good news? Michigan amassed 190 yards on the ground on 46 carries, including 31 from Patterson. While the Panthers were shut out in the first half (17-0), the defense held the Gamblers scoreless in the second half after settling into the game. They may not get so lucky this week, though.
Generals head coach Mike Riley showcased an intriguing two-quarterback system between Luis Perez and De’Andre Johnson. While changing the signal-caller can create some problems with offensive chemistry, New Jersey’s unit was consistent for four quarters of football. They scored in every quarter but the second. If the Generals can keep their foot on the gas, they should be able to take down any other North division team.
A fierce comeback from the Stallions killed New Jersey’s Week 1 swagger, but they’re the only North team to score more than 20 points. Michigan cannot count on another second-half collapse from their opponent this week. If the Panthers want to upset the presumed top dog in the North, they’ll need consistent offensive success.
Panthers at Generals Score Prediction: Generals 27, Panthers 20