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Indoor Football League 1st Round Playoffs Odds & Picks

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in News

Jul 22, 2022 · 1:26 PM PDT

Indoor Football League playoff odds
WORCESTER - The Massachusetts Pirates are introduced, including MVP quarterback Alejandro Bennifield, as the city honors the team for winning the United Bowl championship on the steps of City Hall Tuesday. The Pirates defeated the Arizona Rattlers for the Indoor Football League championship. Loc Pirates 0921 1
  • The Indoor Football League playoffs get underway Friday, July 22 with two quarterfinal games on tap
  • In one quarterfinal, the Massachusetts Pirates are 6.5-point home favorites over the Quad City Steamwheelers
  • It’s the Frisco Fighters who are favored by 7.5 points at home over the Iowa Barnstormers in Friday’s other quarterfinal contest

Are you ready for some (indoor) football? The USFL season is done and the NFL regular season is still seven weeks away from kickoff. Gridiron bettors need not go unsatisfied, however. Fortunately, the Indoor Football League playoffs are upon us.

Quarterfinal action is on tap on four fronts this weekend, beginning with two games on Friday, July 22. In one quarterfinal, the Massachusetts Pirates are 6.5-point home favorites over the Quad City Steamwheelers. As well, the Frisco Fighters are a 7-5-point pick at home over the Iowa Barnstormers.

Indoor Football League Quarterfinal Odds

Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Spread Total
Friday, Jan. 22 Quad City Steamwheelers +195 +6.5 (-110) OFF
4:05pm Massachusetts Pirates -230 -6.5 (-110) OFF
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Spread Total
Friday, July 22 Iowa Barnstormers +235 +7.5 (-110) OFF
5:05pm Frisco Fighters -280 -7.5 (-110) OFF
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Spread Total
Saturday, July 23 Tucson Sugar Skulls +235 +7.5 (-110) OFF
6:05pm Northern Arizona Wranglers -280 -7.5 (-110) OFF
Game Time (ET) Team Moneyline Spread Total
Sunday, July 24 Duke City Gladiators +950 +17.5 (-110) OFF
3:05pm Arizona Rattlers -1650 -17.5 (-110) OFF

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Saturday, it’s the Northern Arizona Wranglers who are set as 7.5-point home favorites over the Tucson Sugar Skulls. Finally, on Sunday, the Arizona Rattlers are established as the whopping 17.5-point home chalk facing the Duke City Gladiators.

All games are being broadcast on the IFL YouTube channel.

In the Indoor Football League’s United Bowl championship odds, it’s the Rattlers who are the odds-on -125 favorites to win the title. At those odds, the Rattlers are given an implied probability of victory of 55.56%. Bet $10 on Arizona to win the United Bowl championship and if the Rattlers go all the way, the payout will be $18.

Pirates vs Steamwheelers Pick

The Pirates, who are the defending Indoor Football League champions, finished second in the East at 11-5. That’s just two games better than the third-place Steamwheelers, who were 9-7. Massachusetts enters postseason play riding a two-game winning streak, scoring 104 points over the two games.

In their only regular-season meeting, it was the Pirates who beat the Steamwheelers 36-25 in Week 2. Pirates wide receiver Thomas Owens scored three touchdowns in the win.

Massachusetts is 7-1 straight up at home this season. Quad City is 3-5 SU on the road.

On the defensive side of the ball is where the biggest discrepancy exists between these two teams. The Pirates are the #4 defense in the league, allowing 35.8 points per game. The Steamwheelers rank 11th on defense (46.6 ppg). That’s the second-worst defensive performance among the eight playoff teams.

Pick: Massachusetts Pirates -6.5 (-110)

Fighters vs Barnstormers Pick

Iowa enters the playoffs 3-1 over the past four games but just 3-3 through the last six games. One of the setbacks was a crushing 62-42 home-field loss to Frisco.

The Barnstormers were 3-5 on the road during the regular season but they won two of their last three away games. Frisco was 7-1 at home and 8-1 against the Eastern Conference this season. The Fighters won three home games by 18 or more points and four by margins of seven points or less. That includes a pair of one-point victories.

Frisco led the East with a 14-2 record. They’ve won nine games in a row. The Fighters are the #2 offense, scoring 48.2 points per game. That’s eight points better than #9 Iowa (40.2 ppg). Frisco scored 109 TDs, one of three IFL teams to garner triple digits in trips to the end zone.

Frisco is the #5 defense (36.9 ppg) and the Barnstormers are #6 (37.8 ppg). But the Iowa defense, allowed only 76 TDs. Frisco’s defense surrendered 82 TDs.

Pick: Iowa Barnstormers +7.5 (-110)

Wranglers vs Sugar Skulls Pick

This all-Arizona showdown is pitting the IFL’s #2 scoring offense against the league’s top defensive unit. Tucson put up 48.9 points per game this season, second only to Arizona (52.9). However, the Sugar Skulls were just #7 in the IFL in offensive yardage gained (209.2 yards per game).

The Wranglers play a smothering defense. Northern Arizona was #1 in the Indoor Football League in scoring defense (30.4 ppg) and total defense (155.5 ypg). The Wranglers were the #1 pass defense (105.9 ypg) and #2 at stopping the run (52.6 ypg). Northern Arizona also led the league with 30 sacks.

On the other side of the ball, the Wranglers were the #8 scoring offense (40.9 ppg). However, Tucson is the worst defense in the Indoor Football League playoffs. The Sugar Skulls ranked 12th in scoring defense, allowing 49.3 ppg and 112 TDs. The Northern Arizona defense has only given up 67 TDs.

Northern Arizona was second in the West (12-4), with Tucson finishing third (9-7). In regular-season meetings, the Wranglers took two of three games, winning once at home and once on the road. Tucson outscored Northern Arizona 72-69 at home, while the Wranglers won 36-21 at home and 34-32 at Tucson.

Pick: Northern Arizona Wranglers -7.5 (-110)

Rattlers vs Gladiators Pick

Even though Arizona’s West-leading 13-3 mark is only #2 in the league, it’s the Rattlers that oddsmakers like to wear the IFL crown. They’ve won four in a row heading into the playoffs.

The Rattlers played Duke City three times during regular-season play and swept all three games. Twice they tallied at least 50 points and only once did they allow more than 28. The average margin of victory was 21.3 points per game.

Arizona is the #1 scoring offense (52.9 ppg), piling up 121 TDs, nine more than any other team. The Gladiators check in as the #4 scoring offense (42.6 ppg). Duke City (159.6 ypg) and Arizona (154.8 ypg) rank 1-2 in passing offense.

Defensively, the Rattlers rate #2, allowing 31.2 ppg. Arizona is also the #2 passing defense (111.0 ypg). Duke City is ranking #10 in scoring defense, allowing 42.9 ppg.

Pick: Arizona Rattlers -17.5 (-110)

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