|We enjoyed a relatively stress-free win with the Argos and Lions 'under' the total last Thursday. Early lines are out for Week 3. I've already played this one, wanted to pass it along. Going back to the well again.
Posted: 7/9/2013 12:41:34 PM
Saskatchewan has scored 39 and 36 points in its first two games this
season. Note that the Riders have posted back-to-back 30+ point
performances only four times in the past three seasons. In their next
game they've put up 25, 23, 5, and 20 points.
I'm expecting some regression from the Riders offense again in this spot.
3 is all about adjustments, and I'm confident we'll see the Argos make
the necessary ones defensively after allowing 45 first half points in
their first two games this season. Of course, a big key will be slowing
down Riders RB Kory Sheets who has ran for 264 yards and two touchdowns
already this season. Stopping the run should certainly be a point of
emphasis this week, as Toronto has allowed 131.5 rush yards per game in
two games this season.
Keep in mind, this is a young Argos defense
after losing a number of key cogs from last year's championship caliber
unit. That doesn't mean the cupboard is bare, however. Toronto's
defense is young, but talented, and this is a big step-up spot against
an undefeated opponent.
Saskatchewan has gotten off to a perfect
start not only thanks to its offense, but its stellar defensive play as
well. The Riders may not have gained a ton of respect for holding the
Eskmos to 18 points in Week 1, but they received plenty of praise for
last week's awesome second half performance against the Stampeders,
holding them scoreless over the game's final 30 minutes.
Riders may not be an elite-level defensive team yet, but they're getting
there. Note that they've held the Argos to 24 points or less in each of
their last three trips to Toronto, although I will point out that the
Argos were without Ricky Ray in their home matchup with the Riders last
year. While this is a big step-up spot for the Argos, the same can be
said for the Riders - Toronto is the defending Grey Cup champion after
Last year, we saw this same matchup feature closing totals of
47.5 and 51 points. The Riders have a significantly better defense this
year, while the Argos should play with a chip on their shoulder after
last week's tough loss in B.C. The 'under' has cashed in five of the
last six meetings in this series, and I expect that trend to continue
here. Take the under.
Best of luck this week.