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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 2
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    Thursday, June 21

    Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Ottawa RedBlacks (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)

    Point-spread: Ottawa -3
    Total: 51

    Game Overview

    Saskatchewan will be looking to take down its second-straight opponent from the East coming off last week’s win. Zach Collaros made a successful debut as the Roughriders’ new starting quarterback with 203 yards passing and one touchdown throw, while completing 72 percent of his 25 passing attempts. Jerome Messam was another big offseason addition at running back and he added 72 yards rushing on 21 carries in Friday’s victory.

    Credit Saskatchewan’s defense for holding Ricky Ray to just 232 yards through the air and Toronto’s ground game to 54 total yards.

    The RedBlacks come off that Week 1 bye fresh and ready to go. They lost to Saskatchewan 31-20 as 2 -point home favorites in the opening round of last season’s CFL playoffs with the Roughriders coming over from the West as a crossover team.

    Heading into this season, Ottawa has Trevor Harris back as its starting quarterback after missing time in 2017 due to injury. Its offensive line was also banged up heading down the stretch last year. Harris proved he could move the ball down the field through the air with 4,679 yards passing in 15 games.

    Betting Trends

    -- The road team has won the last four meetings both SU and ATS with the total going OVER in four of the last six matchups in this inter-division clash.

    Friday, June 22

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Montreal Alouettes (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Winnipeg -2
    Total: 46

    Game Overview

    The Blue Bombers turned to Chris Streveler as their starting quarterback for the injured Matt Nichols and he ended the game against Edmonton with three scoring strikes to keep things interesting for all four quarters.

    He ended the game with 178 yards passing on 15 completions. Weston Dressler was his top target with four catches for 74 yards and a score and Andrew Harris racked-up 77 yards on 14 rushing attempts.

    Montreal had the fewest straight-up victories of any CFL team last season (three) and its opening-day effort against BC could point towards another long campaign in 2018.

    The Alouettes scored all 10 of their points in the opening quarter before their offense ground to a halt. Drew Willy got the start at quarterback and he ended the night with 281 yards passing, but just one touchdown pass against one interception.

    Betting Trends

    -- Winnipeg has covered in six of its last seven road games against the Alouettes with the total going OVER in the last five meetings in Montreal.

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -6
    Total: 55

    Game Overview

    CFL fans waiting for the debut of Johnny Manziel as the Tiger-Cats newest quarterback will have to wait a bit longer after starter Jeremiah Masoli put on an aerial show that included 200 yards passing in the first two quarters of last week’s opener. He ended the game with 344 total yards passing, while completing 25 of his 36 attempts, but he did not find the end zone through the air. The Tiger-Cats only gained 56 yards on the ground on 12 rushing attempts.

    Edmonton had its hands full with Winnipeg in Week 1 with the only difference in the final score being a field goal as time expired. Mike Reilly led the CFL in both passing yards and touchdown throws last season and he started the 2018 season with 408 yards and one score through the air. He was also the team’s leading rusher last Thursday night with 43 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Derel Walker hauled in eight receptions for 176 yards as one of eight different players to catch a ball from Reilly in that game.

    Betting Trends

    -- Hamilton is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last five road games against the Eskimos and the total has gone OVER in five of the last six games of this inter-division tilt played in Edmonton.

    Saturday, June 23

    Calgary Stampeders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Toronto Argonauts (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Calgary -3
    Total: 52

    Game Overview

    Calgary needed all four quarters to get past Hamilton last Saturday in a game that was closer than the final score might indicate. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 297 total yards with 200 coming in the first half. It was the Stampeders’ ground game that helped generate 19 points in the fourth quarter. Don Jackson and Terry Williams rushed for a combined 117 yards and a score on 18 rushing attempts overall. Calgary did get a solid effort from its defense when it needed it the most.

    The Argonauts scored a grand total of five points in the first three quarters of last week’s loss before posting 14 points in the fourth quarter to keep things interesting. Ricky Ray did not have his best night throwing the ball against Saskatchewan, especially in the first half when Toronto was held to 71 yards through the air. He ended the game with 232 yards passing with no touchdown throws against one interception.

    Betting Trends

    -- Calgary has gone 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and it is also 5-1 ATS in its last six road games against Toronto. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings.
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    Week 2


    Thursday, June 21

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    SASKATCHEWAN (1 - 0) at OTTAWA (0-0) - 6/21/2018, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 28-12 ATS (+14.8 Units) in games where the line is +3 to -3 since 1996.
    OTTAWA is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in June games since 1996.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 135-98 ATS (+27.2 Units) as an underdog since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SASKATCHEWAN is 3-2 against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    SASKATCHEWAN is 4-1 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, June 22

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    WINNIPEG (0 - 1) at MONTREAL (0 - 1) - 6/22/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games off a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in road games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 2-2 against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-1 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    HAMILTON (0 - 1) at EDMONTON (1 - 0) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HAMILTON is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing on a Friday over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HAMILTON is 4-1 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, June 23

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    CALGARY (1 - 0) at TORONTO (0 - 1) - 6/23/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 129-97 ATS (+22.3 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 4-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 4-1 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Trend Report
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    Thursday, June 21

    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Saskatchewan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games on the road
    Saskatchewan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
    Saskatchewan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa RedBlacks
    Ottawa is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ottawa's last 9 games
    Ottawa is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games at home
    Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Saskatchewan
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing at home against Saskatchewan


    Friday, June 22

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
    Winnipeg is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games
    Winnipeg is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Winnipeg's last 16 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Hamilton is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
    Hamilton is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Hamilton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Hamilton is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Edmonton is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 8 games
    Edmonton is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games at home
    Edmonton is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    Edmonton is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    Edmonton is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing at home against Hamilton



    Saturday, June 23

    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Calgary is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
    Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games
    Calgary is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 7 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
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    Week 2


    Thursday, June 21

    Saskatchewan @ Ottawa

    Game 361-362
    June 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Saskatchewan
    111.779
    Ottawa
    118.365
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 6 1/2
    58
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Ottawa
    by 2
    51
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (-2); Over



    Friday June 22

    Winnipeg @ Montreal


    Game 363-364
    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
    114.928
    Montreal
    92.710
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 22
    50
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 2
    46 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Winnipeg
    (-2); Over

    Hamilton @ Edmonton


    Game 365-366
    June 22, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Hamilton
    112.788
    Edmonton
    117.495
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 4 1/2
    51
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 7
    55 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (+7); Under



    Saturday June 23

    Calgary @ Toronto


    Game 367-368
    June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Calgary
    115.944
    Toronto
    115.658
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    Even
    47
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 3 1/2
    51 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (+3 1/2); Under
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    Saskatchewan (1-0) @ Ottawa (0-0)— Roughriders won four of last five games with Ottawa; winning last three visits here, by 2-1-11 points. Underdogs covered last six series games. Over is 6-3 in series games. Riders held off Toronto 27-19 at home LW, breaking open close game with a pick-6 midway thru 4th quarter. RedBlacks had the bye last week. (Ottawa -1.5, 50.5)

    Winnipeg (0-1) @ Montreal (0-1)— Blue Bombers won eight of last 10 games with Montreal; they won five of last six visits here, winning last one in OT LY. Four of last five series games went over total. Winnipeg was outscored 11-0 over final 1:36 last week in 33-30 home loss to Edmonton, who outgained Bombers 487-315. Alouettes didn’t score after 1st quarter LW in 22-10 loss at BC. (Winnipeg -3, 46.5)

    Hamilton (0-1) @ Edmonton (1-0)— Road team won six of last seven series games; underdogs are 4-0-2 vs spread in last six. Ti-Cats won three of last five visits to Edmonton. Over is 5-5 in last ten series games. Hamilton were outscored 19-3 LW in 2nd half of 28-14 loss in Calgary; Ti-Cats did gain 400 yards. Eskimos rallied late to win its opener in Winnipeg; Eskimos were down 8 with 2:00 left, but wound up winning 33-30. (Edmonton -6.5, 56.5)

    Calgary (1-0) @ Toronto (0-1)— Stampeders won eight of last nine series games but were upset 27-24 in last visit here last November. Stamps won four of last five visits here. Favorites won four of last five series games. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Calgary held Ti-Cats to three 2nd half points in 28-14 win LW- they were down 11-9 at the half. Argonauts lost 27-19 in Regina LW, giving up 7.5 ypa. (Calgary -3.5, 51.5)
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    REDBLACKS HOST RIDERS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL


    OTTAWA — It has been 221 days since the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ 2017 season came to an end at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on a crisp November afternoon.

    Since then, much has changed for both #RNation and Riderville ahead of their Week 2 meeting on Thursday Night Football.

    CFL.ca has unprecedented coverage Thursday Night Football presented by the Brick, including a 30-minute live show CFL Game Time at 6:30 p.m. ET on-site.

    None of the five Roughriders who scored against Ottawa in last year’s Eastern Semi-Final will suit up for the Green and White on Thursday; quarterbacks Kevin Glenn and Vernon Adams along with receiver Bakari Grant are all gone, kicker Tyler Crapigna is out for the year with an injury and running back Marcus Thigpen has one game left on his suspension.

    But, with a plethora of new faces which have gelled well early in 2018, the Riders dispatched the Toronto Argonauts last week and now have their attention turned firmly to the task at hand in Ottawa.

    “You look, all they do is win football games,” Saskatchewan head coach Chris Jones told Riderville.com of his team’s Thursday opponent. “They’re very good in all three phases and we have to do a good job defending them (and) protecting our quarterback…we’ve got our hands full.”

    Last year’s Eastern Semi-Final was decided by a handful of key plays — Marcus Thigpen’s big run, Christion Jones‘s return, etc. — and both the Riders and REDBLACKS definitely have the playmakers to dazzle again this season.

    The biggest news of the week in Riderville was the announcement Duron Carter will be starting at cornerback. The enigmatic two-time all-star will replace Nick Marshall — injured last week against Toronto — at boundary corner.

    “He’s a better DB now than he was last year against Calgary,” said Jones of the 6-foot-5 Carter, who got a defensive start against the Stampeders late last season. “Getting his eyes in the right spot, being a disciplined DB, that’s the main thing he’s got to work on.”

    As if Thursday’s rematch needed any fuel to the fire, Carter may have stoked the flames when he told CKRM’s Rod Pedersen that it’ll be no challenge at all to face the REDBLACKS’ receiving trio of Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli and Diontae Spencer.

    “I don’t think they bring any challenges to tell you the truth,” said Carter. “They’re not better than the receivers we go up against in practice. So ya. There you go.”

    The flamboyant CFL star was further asked what’s difficult about switching from his regular receiver spot to the corner.

    “Nothing at all,” Carter offered. “If it was a challenge I don’t think Coach Jones would put me there. He has the confidence to put me there just like any other player.”

    There will be some familiar faces lining up opposite the Saskatchewan offensive line on Thursday, as former Riders A.C. Leonard and Jonathan Newsome will both feature in the REDBLACKS rotation up front.

    “They’ve got their game plan, we’ve got ours,” downplayed Jones of the familiarity factor. “They’ve been over there with them all camp, and I haven’t seen Newsome in over a year.”

    It was the Rider defence which stole the show in a 27-19 win over the Argos last week, with winter acquisition Charleston Hughes recording three sacks and second-year pro Derrick Moncrief recording eight tackles.

    For Willie Jefferson, who played opposite Hughes at D-end against Toronto, the veteran presence of Hughes makes his job easier.

    “It’s what they said, man: The hype is real,” said Jefferson of Hughes. “I came out and I did what I do (with two pressures and a pass knockdown) and he played off me and did what he does.

    “He’s a three-time sack leader for a reason. I just wanted to help him and have him help me.”

    Moncrief, meanwhile, has taken a winding path to Rider green, and is now excelling at the same linebacker position which sparked his transfer from Auburn to Oklahoma St. in college.

    “This is my living,” he told Riderville.com‘s Ian Hamilton. “I’m a versatile player, so I feel like I can mix it up all over the field. As long as I’m making plays and making the defence better and communicating with guys, I feel good about everything.”

    Saskatchewan’s roster will see two changes from Week 1; in addition to Nick Marshall, fellow defensive back Denzel Radford hits the injured list this week.

    Fullback Albert Awachie and defensive tackle Curt Maggitt draw in; Awachie played multiple positions while at the University of Toronto, while Maggitt played in nine games with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts in 2016.

    The Riders took their walk-through to Parliament Hill on Wednesday, which has seemingly become an annual tradition since Jones’ arrival.

    In Ottawa, many of the ‘marquee’ changes have come on the defensive side of the ball, where new defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe has quickly gone about putting his stamp on the REDBLACKS defence.

    “Camp was great, we came together as a team especially on D,” defensive end A.C. Leonard told OttawaREDBLACKS.com. “I love this system, it fits me (and) who I am — get to the quarterback, just do my job and that’s all I can ask for.”

    Leonard, who recorded five sacks in both 2016 and 2017 as a member of the Riders, admits he has Thursday’s game circled for a while.

    “I played in Sask the last two years, so I’m ready,” he grinned following practice Monday. “I’ve been ready since the end of last year, when I found out I was coming here. I’m ready to get it going.”

    Another of Ottawa’s premium defensive pickups, defensive back Rico Murray, understands what Riders quarterback Zach Collaros can do: The pair were teammates for three seasons (2014-16) in Hamilton.

    “We know they’re versatile, they’ve got a lot of weapons (and) a new addition with Zach Collaros, who’s pretty much revamping his career out there,” said Murray, who has tallied 247 tackles and 10 interceptions since entering the CFL in 2013. “They’ve got a lot of weapons they can use, (so) we’re trying to stay fast, physical, fly around and have fun.”

    While the defence definitely has a new look, Jaime Elizondo’s REDBLACKS offence returns many of the same key pieces which led it last year.

    Trevor Harris is once again looking to solidify himself as an elite quarterback, dynamic running back William Powell will aim to stay healthy and the “buds” receiving duo of Brad Sinopoli and Greg Ellingson is back.

    The only new face at skill positions on offence for the REDBLACKS in Week 1 is Noel Thomas Jr.; the 23-year-old receiver out of UConn spent last season on the Detroit Lions’ practice roster and is set to make his first professional start at the field wideout position. Also keep an eye on Dominique Rhymes, who’s getting an opportunity at boundary slotback.

    Cruchin’ Numbers:

    3 – Sacks for Charleston Hughes in his Riders debut last week. Did we mention they were all in the first half? His career total: 102.

    13.3 – Yards per punt return in 2017 for Ottawa’s Diontae Spencer, who ranked third in the category (min. 30+ returns).

    110 – Tackles for REDBLACKS linebacker Kyries Hebert — then of the Montreal Alouettes — in 2017, the third-most in the league only to Solomon Elimimian (BC, 144) and Alex Singleton (CGY, 123).

    221 – Days since Saskatchewan’s 31-20 win in last year’s East Semi-Final.


    This game is impossible to predict in any way, shape or form.

    Many of the Riders’ key playmakers from the Eastern Semi are long gone. The REDBLACKS defence has undergone a complete makeover, too.

    Regardless, there’s likely to be a fair amount of bad blood for a Week 2 contest; Jonathan Newsome was cut by the Riders last summer; Zack Evans and A.C. Leonard have swapped colours on their respective D-lines; this is the same Saskatchewan team that ended Ottawa’s season on its own turf last November.

    To top it off, Riders radio man Rod Pedersen claimed to have been “kicked out” of REDBLACKS walkthrough on Wednesday, prompting a Twitter war.

    Gas up and get going, because the 2018 CFL season is finally about to fire up in the nation’s capital.

    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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