Canadian Bacon: This weekend's CFL preview

Sep 1, 2012 |

Three regional rivalries are set for Sunday and Monday in the CFL. Here’s a few tidbits on the three matchups:

Sunday

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders (-6.5, 49)

Winnipeg’s 20-17 loss to the Lions last week cost head coach Paul LaPolice his job. Now the Bombers (2-6) have to find a way to win in Regina. Winnipeg has dropped its last seven games at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is also struggling. The Riders (3-5) are coming off a 17-10 loss to the Stampeders and have dropped five straight games after opening the season with three consecutive victories.

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Blue Bombers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
*Roughriders are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
*Under is 7-1 in Roughriders last eight home games.
*Bombers have the worst pass defense (323.2 YPG) in the league.
*Riders boast the second-best running attack (106.8 YPG) in the league.

Monday

Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-3.5, 53.5)

Toronto is coming off a disappointing 27-17 home loss to Edmonton. The Argonauts (4-4) continue to struggle with Ricky Ray under center and are having a tough time putting points up on the board (2-6-0 O/U) this season.

Hamilton dropped a close 31-29 decision to Montreal last week and has lost three straight. The Tiger-Cats (3-5) have the top offense in the CFL, scoring an average of 29.5 points per game (6-2-0 O/U).

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Argonauts are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
*Under is 5-0 in Argonauts last five games overall.
*Tiger-Cats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. loss.
*Argos boast the top-ranked pass defense in the league, holding opponents to an average of 233.8 YPG.

Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders (-3.5, 48.5)

Edmonton prevailed 26-17 over Toronto last week. The ground game continues to be the focus for the Eskimos (5-3) with new running back Cory Boyd now in the fold. Edmonton has the league’s worst passing attack at 239.5 YPG.

Calgary is also coming off a win last week, downing the Roughriders, 17-10. The Stampeders (4-4) also love to run the ball with their feature back Jon Cornish. The Calgary passing attack is sputtering with Kevin Glenn at the helm, so expect an old-fashioned ground war.

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Under is 4-0 in Calgary’s last four games overall.
*Eskimos are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. win.
*Under is 3-0-1 in Eskimos’ last five road games.

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