CFL Odds – Saskatchewan Roughriders Look to Stay Perfect at Calgary in Week 4
Written by Mike Rose of North Shore Sports, INC
West Division CFL odds action picks back up at Bookmaker Sportsbook on Thursday night when the Calgary Stampeders look to get back on track at home against the undefeated Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders ( 3-0, 3-0 ATS ) will attempt to keep their unblemished record versus the CFL odds intact on Thursday, July 19th when they take the trip to McMahon Stadium to battle the Calgary Stampeders ( 1-2, 2-1 ATS); take this one in live on TSN starting at 9:00 ET.
CFL Betting Lines
Saskatchewan Roughriders: +3
Calgary Stampeders: -3
Just a short season ago, the Roughriders were the laughing stock of the league as they went on to win just five of their 18 regular season battles and managed a bankroll bursting 6-11 record vs. the closing pointspread. Fast forward a season and Head Coach Corey Chamblin has made a heck of an impression on the Regina faithful after he coached the Green and White to outright wins and covers in each of their first three CFL odds matchups of the 2012 season. Dominating wins against Hamilton and Edmonton were nice to start the year off on the right foot, but the team’s 23-20 win last week against the reigning Grey Cup champs just might have solidified this outfit as a major player this season!
The Riders defense has been one of the main reasons for the hot start. The unit had given up a combined 17 points in its first two games of the season, and welcomed the challenge of facing QB Travis Lulay and the Lions powerful offensive attack head on in Week 3.
Though it gave up a number of big plays, which included a 66-yard TD pass, Saskatchewan held its ground limiting BC to more field goal than red zone attempts. The last of which was huge after reigning “Most Outstanding Canadian” Paul McCallum missed a 40-yarder that was subsequently returned 129 yards to stretch the Riders lead to 23-13 at the beginning of the 4th quarter; the return for a score was the Roughies first in five seasons! Saskatchewan ultimately held on 23-20 to cover its fifth straight dating back to last season.
After trouncing Montreal 38-10 as short 2.5-point home chalk in their non-divisional Week 1 clash with the Alouettes, it came as quite the surprise to see Head Coach John Hufnagel’s men go off the board as seven-point CFL wagering odds underdogs in the team’s second meeting in 12 days. After Jon Cornish’s four-yard TD plunge put the Stamps up 32-20 with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the 4th quarter, it looked as if the visitors were going to sweep the season series from the Als.
Unfortunately, QB Anthony Calvillo was up to the challenge of bringing his team back, as Calgary’s defense – a unit that has been taken advantage of through the air – allowed the Alouettes All-Time passing leader to connect with S.J. Green and Patrick Lavoie for a pair of touchdowns that allowed the hosts to pull out the sensational 33-32 come-from-behind victory. The loss was another crushing one to the Stampeders’ psyche after the Argonauts pulled out a closing g moment win against them the previous week. It will be interesting to see how they bounce back now at home where the team won just five of nine games a year ago ( 4-4-1 ATS ).
CFL Odds Overview – Calgary dominated last year’s series between these division rivals winning and covering all four meetings with the most recent triumph coming in the form of a 25-13 home win and cover as 10-point chalk; the ‘under’ cashed in three of those games. The Roughriders will enter this spot having covered each of their L/5 following SU & ATS wins, but they check in just 5-18 ATS the L/23 times they opposed a sub .500 opponent. The Stampeders have covered nine of their L/11 following an outright defeat and are 3-1-1 ATS the L/5 times they took on a +.500 opponent. ‘Under’ bettors have cashed their tickets 15 of the L/21 times these teams squared off against one another within McMahon Stadium.
Will Saskatchewan avenge the four CFL odds defeats they were handed by the Stampeders last season, or will Calgary have enough in the tank to hand the Roughriders their first loss of the season after coming off a pair of heartbreaking losses. Back your opinion on this and other Week 4 Canadian Football League match-ups at Bookmaker Sportsbook, the most reliable sportsbook in the business!
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