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Posted by Drew Martin
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CFL Free Bet from Ian Cameron

Thursday Night:

Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Ottawa Redblacks

Recommendation: Saskatchewan (1st Half)

The Saskatchewan Roughriders rode a strong defensive performance to a Week 1 victory as home dogs against the defending Grey Cup champions last week and will look to keep their momentum rolling into Ottawa as they take to the road for Week 2. Ottawa is the only team that didn't play in Week 1 providing a unique handicap here with Saskatchewan having a game under their belt already while Ottawa will be opening up their regular season here. Saskatchewan QB Zach Collaros and the Riders offense is far from a finished product and they were lackluster for most of last week's game. The team scored 27 points but one of the TD's came on a Ricky Ray Pick Six and a couple other scoring drives were heavily aided by Toronto penalties on defense so the Saskatchewan offense is still a work in progress despite the scoring output in Week 1.

The Saskatchewan defense was outstanding last week as they held the Argos to fewer than 300 total yards which is a great accomplishment for any CFL defense. Saskatchewan will play WR turned CB Duron Carter exclusively in their secondary for this game which to me enhances their defense. It does take a key weapon away from Zach Collaros and the offense as the Riders lack some depth at the WR position but Carter and Ed Gainey have the potential to form a lethal shutdown duo at defensive back for this team. Ottawa QB Trevor Harris sustained an injury in the preseason but has been cleared and is ready to start the Redblacks first game of the season here. I think it will be a tough task for him trying to navigate down the field against what could be the best Saskatchewan defense since Chris Jones took over as head coach. Ottawa's starting offense didn't play much at all in the preseason and Harris in particular only got a couple snaps in before getting injured in the preseason so I see this as a potentially rusty offense that may not be ready to click on all cylinders especially early in this game.

Ottawa is also dealing with some injuries along the offensive line with Nolan MacMillan and Jordan Lauzon-Seguin two starting OL ruled out for this game which means rookie offensive lineman Mark Korte is slated to get the start at left guard for Ottawa in this game. Having to face a very stout Saskatchewan defensive line bolstered by the offseason signing of Charleston Hughes from Calgary could be a very tall order for this shorthanded and depleted Ottawa offensive front. It's worth noting the West Division was a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS in Week 1 against the East. I think Saskatchewan has the potential to win this game but I like them even more to get off to a better start in this game than Ottawa especially with the Redblacks starters barely seeing the field in game action at all to this point. I'll recommend Saskatchewan +1 in the first half.

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