Hamilton at Saskatchewan ATS Picks
By Adam Markowitz
Wins don’t come easy in the CFL, just ask the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Sasky lost its Week 1 game against Montreal by a single point and fell in overtime to Winnipeg last week. The Roughriders are now sitting at 0-2 and in the cellar of the West Division. They are starting 0-3 in the face and are in desperate need of a win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this week. Hamilton will have something to say about that.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Date and Time: Saturday, July 8, 2017, 10 p.m. ET
Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan
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Hamilton at Saskatchewan TV Coverage: ESPN2
The Tiger-Catswere off last week and needed the time to rally after a disappointing start to the season. Hamilton got hammered by Toronto as a 3.5-point road favorite in Week 1 and quickly lost its preseason favorite status. Zach Collaros wasn’t at his best, but the real concern was a secondary that allowed over 500 yards.
Saskatchewan has disappointed its fans, but not necessarily its bettors through its first two games. The Roughriders covered against Alouettes in the first week of the season, and almost won as touchdown underdog. However, last week they didn’t fare as well, falling as a short favorite against Winnipeg.
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Tyler Crapigna may be second-guessing himself after how the last two weeks have ended. Crapigna took over as Saskatchewan’s kicker last season and had a solid debut, hitting 85.7 percent of his attempts.
He has hit seven of nine so far this season and nailed all of his converts, but the issue has been when his misses have come.
Crapigna missed what would have been a game-winning field goal against Montreal in the season opener and hit the upright in overtime last week. Both misses cost the Roughriders a chance to win and he has heard plenty of criticism as a result. He has said all the right things, but if he misses another one, it may severely shake his confidence.
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Zach Collaros is excited to be facing one of the weakest secondaries in the CFL. Saskatchewan had major gaffes in its defensive backfield against Winnipeg. Weston Dressler was wide for two touchdown passes against the Roughriders secondary last week and Collarosis a much better passer than Matt Nichols.
However, Hamilton will be without its best receiver for the rest of the year. Terrence Toliver was expected to be the main target after Chad Owens left in free agency and with Andy Fantuz in a state of semi-retirement. The Tiger-Cats and Collaros now need other receivers to step up and beat this secondary.
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Turnovers have hurt the Roughriders quite a bit this season. Kevin Glenn has already thrown three interceptions on the year, but that’s to be expected. Throughout his long CFL career, Glenn has developed a reputation as a gunslinger and is going to throw picks. He is four interceptions away from 200 for his career and will likely throw another one against Hamilton’s solid secondary.
The defensive backs for Hamilton must be hungry to make amends. They played poorly in the season opener against Toronto when many considered them to have the best secondary in the East at the start of the year. Abdul Kanneh, Courtney Stephen, Emanuel Davis, and Craig Butler make a considerable foursome and will be great provided they gel. A new defensive scheme is partly the reason for the struggles, but they have had a week to work on it.
If the Tiger-Cats are going to succeed this season, Collaros needs to stay healthy and that means the offensive line must do a better job at protecting him. Toronto sacked him five times in the season opener and that’s cause for concern.
This should be a short spread since Hamilton is a slightly better team, but Saskatchewan has the home field advantage. The West has dominated the East over the last few seasons and it’s hard to back a team with as many question marks as Hamilton has on the road. Back the Roughriders here.
Hamilton at Saskatchewan ATS Pick: Go with the home-field advantage and take Sasky.
Hamilton at Saskatchewan Score Prediction: Saskatchewan 26 – Hamilton 22