Saskatchewan Hosts Calgary In CFL Betting Action

By: Ryan Mercier | Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Canadian Football League is heading into Week 5 of its season with a key Saturday contest out west between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Calgary Stampeders. Kickoff from Mosaic Stadium in Saskatchewan is set for 6:30 p.m. (PT) and as always the broadcast will be brought by TSN.

Right now on the Don Best odds screen, the Stampeders are -2½ and the total is set at 54.

Saskatchewan (1-3) is coming off a win against an all too familiar rival in the Montreal Allouettes. Each of the last two Grey Cup Championships were decided by the Allouettes defeating the Roughriders with a margin of victory a combined four points. Last week, the 'Riders got the best of the team that plagues them in a 27-24 victory.

It may not have been a full test for their team considering Montreal’s quarterback Anthony Calvillo was out for two and a half quarters because of an eye injury. It was, however, the defending champion’s first loss on the year.

The Roughriders got their first win of the season and their head coach Greg Marshall recorded his first win in the CFL.

Calgary (2-2) lost at home last week to the Edmonton Eskimos. QB Henry Burris threw for 372 yards and two touchdowns, but it was not enough as they fell by the score of 24-19.

A year ago, Calgary took the regular season series 2-1 but Saskatchewan got the last laugh in the playoffs winning 20-16 over the Stamps which vaulted them to the Grey Cup.

Looking at the matchup this weekend, the first half has been a sore subject for each team but for different reasons.

For the Stamps, they can’t score. Their first-half point totals in the first four weeks of the season are five, seven, seven, and five.

Conversely, the 'Riders have been giving up too many points. Their first half points against are 27, 17, 23, and 10. Then again, the first half is not the only problem for their defense as they have given up more points than any team in the league. This defense may just be what Burris and company need to get rolling in the first half.

The road has been kind to Calgary thus far this season. Their two away games have resulted in victories and, meanwhile, their two home games have been losses. Saskatchewan is also 0-2 at home this year.

Each team is just 1-3 against the spread this year and the Stamps are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings against the Roughriders.

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