Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders (-4, 54.5)
The Calgary Stampeders can clinch the West Division with a victory when they host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday. The Roughriders, who trail the Stampeders by two games, are looking to win the deciding game in their season series, which would keep their hopes of a playoff bye alive. The Stampeders and Roughriders split their first two games with the home team winning both and a 63-63 aggregate score, showing just how tight the competition is between the West powerhouses.
Saskatchewan has won three straight games, while the Stampeders are riding a four-game winning streak. Running backs from both teams won player of the week honours last week, with Roughriders running back Kory Sheets the top offensive player while Stampeders running back Jon Cornish was named Canadian player of the week. Cornish and Sheets are leading the league in rushing yards, with Sheets 134 yards behind Cornish after missing time due to injuries.
TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN
ABOUT THE ROUGHRIDERS (11-5): Saskatchewan’s fearsome defensive line of John Chick, Tearrius George, Jermaine McElveen and Ricky Foley has been bolstered by the arrival of Alex Hall, who has helped the Roughriders limit opponents to 23 points over the last two games. Slotbacks Chris Getzlaf (996 yards) and Weston Dressler (960) have 16 touchdowns combined. They are the preferred targets of quarterback Darian Durant, who is 48 passing yards shy of reaching 4,000 for the third time in his career.
ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (13-3): Kicker Rene Paredes is flirting with history as he approaches the end of the regular season with 49-of-52 made field goals, which puts him within reach of Paul McCallum’s accuracy record, set in 2011 when he made 50-of-53 field goals. Slotback Marquay McDaniel is 41 receiving yards away from posting his first 1,000-yard season and has already set a career high for touchdowns with eight. Calgary is a league-best 7-1 at home.
* Over is 4-0 in the last four meetings.
* Roughriders are 1-4 ATS in their last five road games.
* Under is 10-3 in Roughriders last 13 games in October.
* Stampeders are 4-0 ATS in their last four games overall.
1. Stampeders SB Nik Lewis was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for critical comments about officials he made via Twitter during last week’s game. Lewis has been out since August with a broken fibula.
2. Calgary leads the league with 54 sacks; Saskatchewan has 51.
3. When asked if he was excited to go head-to-head with Cornish on Saturday, Sheets replied “Who?"