Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/17
Roughriders (0-1) vs. Blue Bombers (0-0)
CFL Football: Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 9:00 pm (Mosaic Stadium)
The Line: Roughriders +1 -- Over/Under: 49 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPNews
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Saskatchewan Roughriders meet Saturday in CFL action at the Mosaic Stadium.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will make their season debut in this game after finishing 11-7 last year and losing in the West semifinals. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won six of their last seven road games. Matt Nichols returns at quarterback after throwing for 18 touchdowns last season and producing 48 touchdowns for his career. A combination of Weston Dressler and Clarence Denmark return after combining for more than 1,700 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Darvin Adams had 51 receptions. Andrew Harris returns at running back after falling just short of 1,000 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers return Kevin Fogg who had 80 tackles, Maurice Leggett had seven interceptions and Taylor Loffler had four forced fumbles.
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders hope to get off to a 1-1 start to the season after falling short against the Montreal Alouettes. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have lost five of their last eight home games. Kevin Glenn is completing 70.5 percent of his passes for 298 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Glenn has 14 touchdown passes in his last 362 pass attempts. Nic Demski and Bakari Grant have combined for 155 receiving yards and one touchdown while Naaman Roosevelt has seven receptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 103 yards per contest, and Cameron Marshall leads the way with 84 yards on 11 carries. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 17 points and 332 yards per game. Jovon Johnson leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders with seven tackles, Erick Dargan has four tackles and Henoc Muamba has one pass deflection.
The Blue Bombers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 games as a road favorite and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Roughriders are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 Saturday games, 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games as an underdog and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Blue Bombers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Saskatchewan and the over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
I like the fact the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a game under their belt, while the Blue Bombers are dealing with some unknowns. The Roughriders may not win many games, but they continue to compete hard and have covered a greal deal of games as an underdog. One can also argue Saskatchewan should have won last week on the road after having nine more first downs and winning the time of possession battle. So, in a toss-up game, I'll take my point and the home team here.