Houston Gamblers USFL Betting
Compared to the 2022 season, the 2023 campaign was good for the Houston Gamblers. In the regular season finale and a must-win game for both teams, the New Orleans Breakers defeated the Houston Gamblers 17-10 at Houston’s home field. The Breakers rallied in the second quarter and sustained their lead throughout the second half to secure the win, which clinched them a spot in the playoffs. Despite the disappointing end, Houston showed improvement and promise for the future.
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Houston Gamblers 2023 Season Overview and Week 10 Recap
Last week the Houston Gamblers lost to the New Orleans Breakers by a score of 17-10 as 3.5-point x. The game went under the total of 44.5. As a result, Houston has a record of 5-5, good for 3rd place in the USFL South Division. Houston has USFL metrics of 4th for offensive yardage, 2nd for rushing yardage, 5th for passing yardage, and 3rd for scoring offense. On defense, Houston ranks 4th for total yards allowed, 1st for rushing yards allowed, 8th for passing yards allowed, and 7th for points permitted.
New Orleans Breakers quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson returned to slinging it around the yard. With the Breakers needing a victory to keep their season alive, Bethel-Thompson completed 23-of-31 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns against a tough Houston Gamblers defense. Behind Bethel-Thompson's efficient day and a strong performance by his team's defense, the Breakers overwhelmed the Gamblers for a 17-10 victory on Sunday at Simmons Bank Liberty Stadium. Bethel-Thompson heated up in the second half, completing 15-of-18 passes for 133 yards and a score.
Defensively, the Breakers held Houston to 194 total yards, sacked Gamblers quarterback Kenji Bahar four times, and forced six Houston punts.
A priority for the Breakers was containing physical runner Mark Thompson, who did not play Houston's 38-31 loss to New Orleans in Week 2.
Thompson got his yards, finishing with 84 rushing yards on 19 carries and a score. But he did not take over the game. Bahar completed 21-of-30 passes for 231 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions.
It was a low-scoring game to start, as the two teams were scoreless after the first quarter and combined for 12 punts. The Breakers got on the scoreboard first when Bethel-Thompson found Johnnie Dixon on a double move for a 30-yard touchdown, giving New Orleans a 7-0 lead with 11:14 left in the second quarter.
The Gamblers had two prime opportunities to score points in the first half but squandered each.
Inside the 20-yard line and driving to score with 4:44 left in the first half, backup quarterback Montel Cozart rolled to his right but was intercepted by linebacker Vontae Diggs along the sideline for his third interception.
Houston forced New Orleans to punt on the ensuing possession and got the ball back. The Gamblers quickly returned to the red zone on a Bahar pass to Justin Hall on a chair route with two minutes left in the half, Hall's first game target.
The Gamblers stalled, and Nick Vogel lined up to kick a short field goal. However, Houston had a miscommunication with long snapper Ross Reiter snapping the ball early, which led to holder Hunter Niswander mishandling the snap and throwing the ball to no one in the end zone, earning an intentional grounding penalty. Breakers head coach John DeFilippo took a timeout just before the botched snap.
The Gamblers cut the score to 14-7 when Thompson bulled his way to a score on a 6-yard run, his 14th touchdown of the season. Bahar finished 5-of-5 for 65 yards on the drive.
The Breakers got a 33-yard field goal by Matt Coghlin to push the lead to 17-7, but a Vogel 49-yard field goal cut that advantage to 17-10 with 8:32 left.
That score held. Houston had one chance to tie the game late, but Bahar was sacked by New Orleans defensive end Jordan Brailford at the Breakers' 36-yard line as time ran out.
2023 Houston Gamblers Season Schedule
||vs. Michigan Panthers
||@ New Orleans Breakers
||vs. Memphis Showboats
||@ Philadelphia Stars
||@ Birmingham Stallions
||vs. New Jersey Generals
||@ Memphis Showboats
||@ Pittsburgh Maulers
||vs. Birmingham Stallions
||vs. New Orleans Breakers
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