The Betting Perspective - SSK @ CGY
Saskatchewan @ Calgary (-2): TOTAL 44
Week 12 in the Canadian Football concludes with a West showdown in Calgary, as the Roughriders visit the Stampeders.
This matchup has dire playoff consequences written all over it and the Riders need to finally get a win over the Stamps. Saskatchewan have lost their last two games, both against Calgary and the Riders could fall into third place with another defeat Saturday night.
The Riders offense have not been able to eclipse the 20-point mark in each of the last two weeks. Quarterback Cody Fajardo has just 8 touchdown passes through nine games this season, but that's not really different from the 18 passing scores in 18 games in 2019. Saskatchewan's issue this season has definitely been their suspect offense, but some relief may be coming in new receiver Duke Williams after he was signed as a free-agent earlier this month. Williams' 2018 production in Edmonton was off the charts, 88 catches for 1579 yards and 11 touchdowns before testing NFL waters the last few years.
As for the Stamps, they have turned their 2021 campaign around, Calgary have reeled off three wins in a row and are once again in the middle of the playoff hunt. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 270 yards just a week ago against the Lions and went without an interception for the first time this season. The Stampeders have seen their biggest turnaround on the defensive side of the ball, during their win streak, Calgary have held their opponents to under 20 points in every one of those contests. Linebacker Darnell Sankey might be the runaway rookie of the year in the CFL, he leads the league in tackles with 71.
The Stamps have completely flipped the script on the betting line this season when it comes to the Riders. Calgary were 7-point dogs at the beginning of the month at McMahon, then +2.5 underdogs in Regina in their second matchup. The Stamps won both of those games outright and now march into this week's game as -2 favorites.
Can we depend on Duke Williams single-handedly changing the offense for Saskatchewan? Maybe not in game one, but Williams will help the passing game of the Riders.
Let's roll with the Stamps again, laying less than a field goal and feeling as good about themselves than at any other point this year.
Let's roll with the over 44 as well, the total hasn't adjusted to the improved play of the Stamps offense.
Pick: Calgary -2