Stampeders and Roughriders Coming Off Big Wins
The fans at Mosaic Stadium will see the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday night. Calgary will be without their starting quarterback and star running back on Saturday night. The Roughriders are coming off a dominant performance over the Toronto Argonauts.
Kickoff is at 10:00 p.m. ET. The game will be televised by TSN and ESPN+ and followed live via CFL.ca Game Tracker.
LINE: Roughriders -6; O/U: 50.5.
The Roughriders picked up their first win of the season in Week 3. It has been a tough start to the year for the Riders. They lost starting quarterback Zach Collaros on the very first offensive play of the season. Cody Fajardo has taken up under center and had a breakout game against the Toronto Argonauts last week. Fajardo passed for over 400 yards and had two touchdowns against his former team. The performance allowed him to earn CFL Top Performer of the Week honors.
Fajardo has worked with some of the CFL’s great QB’s over the years. He was slated to face one in Week 4. However, Bo Levi Mitchell has been ruled out of Saturday’s contest with an upper body injury. Mitchell was put on the 6-game injured-list.
Stampeders are Banged up Badly
Part of Mitchell’s success as a Stampeder can be attributed to his durability. He has missed a single game specifically due to injury during his eight-year CFL career. When Mitchell is not the starter (whether due to injury or for rest in late-season meaningless games), the Stampeders are 4-3. Nick Arbuckle will get the start tonight. He was critical in the teams thrilling comeback against the BC Lions last week.
Not only is Mitchell out, but star running back Don Jackson is also on the snide. Last season’s breakout star has been limited to just 48 yards on 17 carries through Week 3. He will be replaced by Terry Williams in the backfield. Williams is a very capable replacement. So far this year he has only received one hand-off through the first three games this season. Kadeem Carey will also make his Stampeders debut.
It is not limited to offense either, as Calgary is hurting on both sides of the ball. Defensive mainstays Brandon Smith and Ivan McLennan are out of commission for the Stampeders. So is receiver Juwan Brescacin.
Roughriders Look to Build off Big Win
The Riders will be looking to take advantage of the battered to hell Stampeders. Receivers Kyran Moore and Shaquelle Evans both had 100-yard games versus Toronto. Moore’s 287 receiving yards is already halfway to his total for all of 2018. William Powell has also had a nice start to his Riders career at running back. Saskatchewan’s fearsome defense handed the Stampeders their first loss of the season last year. The Green and White held Calgary to only six first-half points. The then-undefeated Stamps were stunned. They look for a repeat performance tonight. Charleston Hughes, AC Leonard and Solomon Elimimian anchor a solid front-seven. The latter making his Roughriders debut.
This, That, and a Dart Throw
Tonight will be the first-ever regular season game that pits two brothers against each other as head coaches. Dave Dickenson is celebrating 10 years as a member of the Stampeders coaching staff in 2019. He’s been at the helm since 2016. Older brother Craig is in his first season as the boss in Regina.
Craig was once on a coaching staff while Dave was still playing. Craig was the special team coordinator in Calgary in 2009, Dave’s final year as a player. The duo were then on the same staff. Dave as the running backs coach and Craig still working with the special teams for the Stamps.
The Roughriders won two of the three regular-season meetings in 2018. The teams split the two games in Regina last season. The ‘over’ cashed in all three of the battles in 2018.
Defensively, the Stamps have allowed 423.0 total yards per game. 108.0 of that is rushing yards per game. They are ranked seventh in each category.
The Dart Throw: Roughriders 29, Stampeders 13.
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CFL Betting Odds & Trends
|Calgary is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games|
|Calgary is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary’s last 6 games|
|Calgary is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Calgary is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Calgary’s last 15 games on the road|
|Calgary is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Saskatchewan|
|Calgary is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Saskatchewan|
|Calgary is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan|
|Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Calgary’s last 8 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan|
|Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games|
|Saskatchewan is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games|
|Saskatchewan is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home|
|Saskatchewan is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home|
|Saskatchewan is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Calgary|
|Saskatchewan is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Calgary|
|Saskatchewan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary|
|Saskatchewan is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary|
|The total has gone OVER in 6 of Saskatchewan’s last 8 games when playing at home against Calgary|
Calgary at Hamilton Saturday, July 13
Saskatchewan home to British Columbia Saturday, July 20
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