Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers Week 13 CFL Picks & Predictions 9/8/2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018
Investors Group Field
Investors Group Field is the site of the game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The opening line for this game has Winnipeg as 3.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 53.
The Blue Bombers have an over/under record of 8-3 and they are 5-5-1 against the spread this year. The Roughriders have an ATS record of 6-4 while their over/under record is 5-5.
On Saturday afternoon, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be heading out on the road to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in a matchup between two teams trying to move up in the West Division standings. There should be plenty of ground game on display in this one as these are the two best rushing teams in the league right now. This will be the second of three meetings between these two teams this season; Saskatchewan defeated Winnipeg 31-23 at home in their Week 12 matchup.
Valuable Saskatchewan Roughriders Betting Trends
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are 5-5 against the over/under
The Saskatchewan Roughriders are 6-4 against the spread
Important Winnipeg Blue Bombers Betting Trends
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 8-3 against the over/under
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 5-5-1 against the spread
Key Saskatchewan Roughriders Injuries
No key injuries to report
Key Winnipeg Blue Bombers Injuries
No key injuries to report
Saskatchewan Roughriders Stats
Saskatchewan has the exact same amount of points scored as they have points allowed, which is why they find themselves right in the middle of the standings and around the middle of the league in most statistical categories. They are last in the league in passing yards, but they are near the top of the league in both possession time and rushing yards. Their defense currently has the most sacks in the CFL with 24 and they are second with 10 forced fumbles.
Saskatchewan has gone back to using quarterback Zach Collaros full-time as he has thrown for 1,305 yards with five touchdown passes. Veteran running back Marcus Thigpen has been doing the most with his limited touches, averaging 7.62 yards per carry and scoring a team-best three touchdowns. Fourth-year receiver Naaman Roosevelt has caught 38 passes through 10 games for 404 yards and three touchdowns.
Roughriders linebacker Samuel Eguavoen has been one of the top defensive stars in the league so far this season, picking up 52 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one defensive touchdown. Eguavoen has been great, but lineman Charleston Hughes has been even better by taking down opposing quarterbacks a league-high 13 times while also coming up with 27 tackles. Defensive back Tobi Antigha is tied for the team lead in interceptions with two and he has also recovered three fumbles.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers Stats
The Blue Bombers have had by far the best offense in the league this season, but their below-average defense has allowed opponents to keep up with them. Their offense has scored 332 points and is also first in rushing yards and third in passing touchdowns. Their defense, on the other hand, is third-from-bottom in points allowed and they're in the bottom-half of the league in both forced fumbles and pass knockdowns.
Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols hasn't been extremely consistent this year, but he is third in the league with 1,768 passing yards and he's thrown 11 touchdown passes. Wide receiver Darvin Adams is having another solid season this year, catching 38 passes and he's already matched his career high in touchdown catches with seven.
On the defensive side of the ball, second-year linebacker Jovan Santos-Knox has arguably been the Blue Bombers' best player through 11 games this season, picking up 50 tackles and leading the team in sacks with four. The team's top tackler has been linebacker Adam Bighill, who has brought down 67 total opponents while also picking up two interceptions, one sack, and one forced fumble.
Who will win tonight's Roughriders/Blue Bombers CFL game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Blue Bombers -3.5
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