The BC Lions will open up the doors at their new temporary home on Saturday night at Empire Stadium, as they play host to the Saskatchewan Roughriders in CFL betting action.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0, 1-0 ATS) - The Roughriders were the winners of arguably the greatest game in CFL history last week, as they trumped the Montreal Alouettes 54-51 in two overtimes. Saskatchewan erased a 21-point deficit at home in the second half behind a tremendous game by QB Darian Durant. He went 29-of-44 for 481 yards and five TDs without a pick through the air and added another 52 rushing yards and a score on the ground. The duel threat quarterback was complemented by RB Wes Cates, who ran for 112 yards and a TD on just 13 carries. Both WRs Weston Dressler and Rob Bagg had at least 100 yards receiving. Those two, along with WR Andy Fantuz and WR Prechae Rodriguez all caught touchdown passes. Defensively, it wasn't a fantastic day for the Riders, understandably. The team did force a pair of Alouettes turnovers and pick up four sacks on the day, but allowed 51 points isn't something that is going to win many games, even if the final 11 did come in OT. The win was particularly sweet for Saskatchewan, as it avenges the Grey Cup defeat at the hands of the Alouettes last season.
BC Lions (1-0, 1-0 ATS) - It seems as though life with Casey Printers under center is going to be just fine for the Lions after all. No, Printers didn't have the greatest game of his career in Week 1, going just 20-of-34 for 218 yards without a TD or a pick, but he was efficient and managed the game quite well. As long as he continues to distribute the football amongst his receivers and avoid turnovers, HC Wally Buono will be thrilled to keep Printers as his main man even when QB Jarious Jackson gets healthy. WR Derrick Armstrong had a nice debut with the Leos last week, catching six passes for 73 yards. He led the team in both categories. The star of the game was RB Jamal Robertson, though. BC's new running back only touched the ball on the ground ten times, but he made the most of those ten carries, rushing for a total of 168 yards, including a 61 yard TD scamper. K Paul McCallum bailed out a ton of drives that got stalled out in Edmonton territory, as he went 6-for-6 on field goals, including a blast of 50 yards in the second quarter. The Lions picked up five sacks on the day and held a very potent Eskies offense to just 319 total yards. BC also forced five turnovers against the Eskimos, three of which came on fumble recoveries. When the dust settled, BC's 25-10 victory was arguably the most impressive in the first week of the season.
This series has been dominated by the Lions of late, but that isn't the direction that we are going in this one. The Leos are 6-1 ATS and 5-2 SU over the L/7 clashes of these Western Division rivals, but giving the defending division champs points in this situation is absurd. The wrong team is favored in this one, and we are going to pounce on it.
Selection: Saskatchewan Roughriders +2.5 at BetCanadian