Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa Redblacks Week 2 Expert CFL Picks Against the Spread 6/20/2019
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs Ottawa Redblacks
Thursday, June 20, 2019
TD Place Stadium
TD Place Stadium is the site where Jonathon Jennings and the Ottawa Redblacks (1-0, 1st in the Eastern Conference) will take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-1, 5th in the Western Conference) on Thursday. Ottawa opens this contest as 6 point favorites. The O/U has been set at 49.5.
The Roughriders were a decent bet for bettors last year, having gone 10-9 ATS. Ottawa covered the spread 52.6% of the time, going 10-9 against the spread. The Redblacks were an awful pick for football wagerers as the favorite, going 4-5 ATS. Saskatchewan went 7-5 against the spread as an underdog, so they covered the spread 58.3% of the time.
Valuable Saskatchewan Roughriders Betting Trends
The Roughriders were a bad Under option for O/U CFL wagerers, having gone 10-8.
The Roughriders covered the spread 44.4% of the time last year on the road, having gone 4-5 ATS.
Important Ottawa Redblacks Betting Trends
Ottawa covered the spread 55.6% of the time last year at TD Place Stadium, going 5-4 against the spread.
The Redblacks were a terrible Over option for O/U CFL wagerers, having gone 8-11.
Saskatchewan lost on the road in the opener to Hamilton by a score of 23-17. Zach Collaros was injured in the game and it has put his position for this game in question. He was illegally hit in the head after only 1 drive. Isaac Hark relieved Collaros and finished with 2 picks and only 128 yards passing, so Ottawa's pass defense is hoping Collaros can't go on Thursday. Another option to start would be Cody Fajardo, who finished with 66 yards on 9/17 passing but didn't turn the ball over. William Powell did have an excellent game on the ground for Saskatchewan, rushing for 120 yards on 20 touches with one touchdown. KD Cannon finished with 66 yards receiving on 4 catches while Kyran Moore had 3 grabs for 43 yards.
On defense the Roughriders were led by Derrick Moncrief with 7 tackles. Brett Lauther made 1 of 2 field goals for Saskatchewan, hitting from 19 but missing from 41 yards out. Christion Jones finished the game with 8 punt returns for 62 yards (7.8 average) while Loucheiz Purifoy had 4 kick returns for 91 yards (22.8 average).
Ottawa won their opener by a score of 32-28 over Calgary. Dominique Davis threw for 276 yards but had 4 interceptions. He did run for 3 touchdowns, however, including the game-winning TD with 1:22 left to play in the game. Mossis Madu rushed for 112 yards on 24 carries to pace the Redblacks. RJ Harris finished with 82 receiving yards and 6 receptions to lead the receiving corp.
The Redblacks defense surrendered only 299 yards to Calgary, including controlling the clock for 33:04 by getting off the field quickly. The special teams of Ottawa played well, as Lewis Ward was 3 for 3 on field goals including a long of 41 yards. Ryan Lankford finished with 36 yards on 5 punt returns and 101 yards on 5 kickoff returns.
One key in this game will obviously be the health of Zach Collaros. If he is unable to go it'll lean heavily to Ottawa.
So who will win tonight's CFL game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Ottawa -6
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