The Calgary Stampeders had a chance to lock up first place in the division over the weekend. But the leagues toughest run defence gave up over 100 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Lions running back Tyrell Sutton in an unexpected loss.
Calgary had entered the game as heavy favourites, but never quite looked like they should have been. Now, heading into Week 19’s game with the Saskatchewan Roughriders they are heavy favourites once again. Déjà vu anyone?
BC wasn’t expected to have much of running game, but the Roughriders do have one of the better rushing attacks in the league. They also happen to have one of the better runs and pass defences in the league. An argument could be made that they are going to be an even tougher game than the Lions.
But the Roughriders are coming off a 31-0 loss to Winnipeg, their first shutout in years. Zach Collaros struggled to complete a pass (8-19 for 69 yards and two interceptions), receivers were not getting yards after the catch, and the run game was almost nonexistent.
Winnipeg has a decent defence, but they aren’t that good.
The Roughriders are a team that could come out firing on all cylinders looking for redemption. Or they could be a team that could sink at the first sign of failure and loses another one– but only if Calgary can get its act together.
So—who’s going to win?
Upsets are fun, but it would be shocking for Calgary to get upset two weeks in a row while heavy favourites. Take Calgary (-430) to win over Saskatchewan (+350) and to cover the spread (9). The Roughriders will want some redemption, but it will be Calgary that gets it.
As for the over/under—take the under (49.5).