Labour Day Classic: CFL Picks

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are trying to snap a streak of nine consecutive losses for this annual Labour Day weekend matchup vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders but oddsmakers are suggesting a 7-point advantage to the home side extending the streak to double-digits

Winnipeg has made a habit out of clutch, comeback wins this season but against this ferocious Riders D, falling too far behind could prove to be a recipe for disaster. The Riders have only allowed one of four opponents to score more than 11 points in Saskatchewan this season and if you take away the Week 2 loss at Toronto, Saskatchewan is outscoring foes by an average of 24.9 points to 17.

 

Some could argue the Riders have faced a soft schedule but given the six turnovers offered by Winnipeg in the first meeting, it’s tough to argue that this Bombers offense is anything better than mediocre. Winnipeg’s defense is getting healthy and they should be ready for a tough grind vs. a Riders ground game that outrushed the Blue 186 to 37 in Week 7. The Bombers O-line is a concern so they’ll have to make the most of their chances and Winnipeg is 8-1 ATS off a comeback win but Riderville is arguably the toughest venue in Canadian football.

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Home faves fighting off a revenge-minded team = UNDER at a rate of 58-percent, seen here by this CFL SDQL chart at SportsDatabase.com. Saskatchewan was 3-1 straight-up in this spot last season, however, one of the wins coming in the Grey Cup over Hamilton. We feel that the Riders defense will be the dominant unit in this football game.

CFL PREDICTIONS

The CFL odds for this game are Riders -7 with Over/Under odds of 50.5 at the Greek. When playing on the road with a posted total of 50 or more, Winnipeg has a record of 11 overs, 33 unders and a push since 2008. The Bombers are also 3-12-1 O/U as TD-plus divisional road dog and our CFL Best Bet for Week 10 is on this game to stay low.

Pick: Take the Bombers and Riders UNDER 50.5 points

 

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