Birmingham Stallions vs. Houston Roughnecks

Birmingham Stallions vs. Houston Roughnecks

The Houston Roughnecks (1-6) have officially been eliminated from the playoffs, but they’ll head into Birmingham on Saturday night to take on the undefeated Stallions (7-0). Houston is coming off a heartbreaking loss to the San Antonio Brahmas. They managed to lose a home game that they led by nine with under three minutes remaining. Despite being +3 in turnover differential as well, a Ryan Santoso 51-yard field goal at the buzzer ended their slim playoff hopes. Birmingham is coming off a thrilling 30-26 home win over the St. Louis Battlehawks.

In a game that many billed as ‘Game of the Year’, the Stallions won again, just like they have for a full calendar year. The last time these two teams met was in week five at Rice Stadium and the Stallions controlled the game throughout, winning 32-9. Now let’s look at the second and final matchup between these two teams on opposite ends of the USFL conference.

Roughnecks’ Offense vs. Stallions’ Defense

The last time these two teams met, Houston was held scoreless in the second half and only totaled 36 yards rushing for the game. Not much has changed since then, the Roughnecks are still last in scoring (13.7 points per game) and rushing (60.6 yards per game), with that trend not appearing to change anytime soon. Their success in the passing game has been mediocre at best and they haven’t had enough explosive plays this season. In week five, quarterback Reid Sinnett went 27/38 (71%) for 203 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He played decently, but with a poor ground attack, Houston needs more out of their signal caller. Last weekend we saw week one starter Jarrett Guarantano get the nod at QB after returning from injury and we aren’t sure if he’ll get the start again this week. So far, he has been out of practice with a wrist injury sustained in the loss. If he’s good to go, Guarantano will need to use his legs as a weapon and try a couple of deep shots down field if…

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