Western Division rivals look to gain the upper hand on the other in Week 3 of the CFL betting campaign, as the Edmonton Eskimos invade Mosaic Stadium for a duel with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Edmonton Eskimos (0-2, 0-2 ATS) - At some point, drives deep into the opposing team's territory have to be converted into TDs for the Eskimos. They settled for six field goal attempts in a 33-23 loss to the Montreal Alouettes last weekend, and that is what ultimately cost them a chance at pulling off the upset at Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton certainly didn't have a problem racking up yards against the mighty Als, as it ended the day with 439 yards of offense. The killer was four turnovers, two of which were picks by QB Ricky Ray. His pick six in the fourth quarter totally erased what was once a 23-11 lead, and with it went the accolades for a day in which he threw for 340 yards. Tip your cap to RB Arkee Whitlock for running all over a defense that once looked like a unit that was going to be impossible to move the ball on the ground against. The second year man ended the day with 108 total yards of offense, 99 of which came on the ground in the defeat. A loss could put HC Richie Hall in a lot of hot water right off the bat, as an 0-3 start could signal the end of his tenure both as the defensive coordinator and the head coach of the club.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-0, 2-0 ATS) - The Roughriders might have the most talented offense in the CFL, and it showed once again in a 37-18 win over the BC Lions last week at Empire Field. The team now has scored 91 points and amassed over 1,000 yards of offense through two games. These weren't slouches either that Saskatchewan was going up against. Both the Leos and Als were in the Eastern Conference Final last season. RB Wes Cates had yet another strong day, pacing a rushing attack that had 188 yards by running for 93 and a score on 16 carries. QB Darian Durant did a great job distributing the football, hitting four receivers for at least 50 yards. He finished the day with 252 yards and a TD and added a rushing score to boot. Save a 98 yard touchdown pass when the game was out of reach in the fourth quarter, the Riders were fantastic on defense. They scored a touchdown, forced two turnovers, racked up four sacks, and only allowed 273 yards of total offense before the bomb to WR Geroy Simon that was inconsequential.
The road team has cashed in three straight times in this series, and even though we don't think there is a victory in Edmonton's future, a cover certainly could be in the cards. The Riders have looked unstoppable so far this year, but at 0-2, the Eskies certainly aren't going to want to fall any further into oblivion in the West. They'll come out with an inspired effort in Regina and, at bare minimum, stick in front of that TD that we are catching.
Selection: Edmonton Eskimos +7 at BetCanadian