Ottawa RedBlacks (@4.1) vs Saskatchewan Roughriders (@1.25)
21-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Saskatchewan Roughriders will win

Ottawa RedBlacks – Saskatchewan Roughriders Match Prediction | 21-08-2019

TheRedBlacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Saskatchewan and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 5-1-1 in Roughriders last 7 home games. TheRoughriders are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games,4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. TheRedBlacks are 28-11 ATS in their last 39 road games. The under is 4-1 in RedBlacks last 5 games overall.

The Ottawa Redblacks are coming off the most impressive win of opening week and now get to go home and play a team they've won three of the last four meetings against.The Saskatchewan Roughriders didn't look great in their opener and are going to have issues all season if they can't figure out the quarterback situation.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have won three of their last four home games. Shaquelle Evans and Kyran Moore have combined for 1,099 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Naaman Roosevelt has 28 receptions. Derrick Moncrief leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders with 38 tackles, Charleston Hughes has 10 sacks and Loucheiz Purifoy has two interceptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are coming off a bye week and look to build on a four-game winning streak. Fajardo and Isaac Harker have combined for 2,071 passing yards and seven touchdowns this season. Cody Fajardo is completing 74.2 percent of his passes for 1,871 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 121.6 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 527 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 22.9 points and 303.2 yards per game.

Isaac Harker is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 128 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. KD Cannon and Kyran Moore have combined for 109 receiving yards on seven receptions while Shaquelle Evans has three receptions. Derrick Moncrief leads the Saskatchewan Roughriders with seven tackles, Mike Edem has two pass deflections and Dyshawn Davis has one pass deflection. The Saskatchewan Roughriders have won five of their last seven road games. The Saskatchewan Roughriders ground game is averaging 172 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 104 yards and one touchdown. The Saskatchewan Roughriders look for a bounce back victory after losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by six points on the road. Harker and Cody Fajardo have combined for 194 passing yards. Defensively, Saskatchewan is allowing 23 points and 232 yards per game.

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Apart from that loss, the Roughriders could be in danger of missing starting quarterback Zach Collaros at least for the Ottawa game. Collaros was knocked out of the game against the Tiger-Cats after just one driver, as he was illegally hit in the head by a Hamilton defender. If Collaros cant go, the Roughriders are most likely to give the temporary starting duties under center to Isaac Hark, who passed for 128 yards with zero touchdowns and two interceptions on 8-of-14 passing in Week 1. The Roughriders went 12-6 SU last season and got bounced out of the playoffs early, losing to Winnipeg in a division semifinals matchup. Also, under that circumstance, expect Saskatchewan to pound the ball more to running back William Powell, who rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries against Hamilton. They entered the 2019 season with a new head coach in Craig Dickerson, but his first game at the helm of the Roughriders was a fail, as Saskatchewan lost to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the road in Week 1, 23-17.

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During the season thus far, the Roughriders have thrown for a total of 2,002 passing yards which equates to 250.2 passing yards per contest putting them 5th in the league and 3rd in the West. The Saskatchewan Roughriders average 371.9 yards per contest overall putting them 2nd in the league and 2nd in the West. In discussing the offensive production, the Roughriders have one of the top tier offenses in the league. As a unit, they have a total of 973 rushing yards through 8 games, and if they want to continue their dominance, they'll want to keep running the ball. The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be standing on the other sideline and will be looking to put in a winning effort this coming week. The Roughriders head into this game 5-3 and they sit in 3rd in the Western Conference. When looking at their ability to score points, the Roughriders are currently ranked 4th in the West and 5th out of all the teams in the league averaging 28 points per game. Saskatchewan has made teams game plan around their running game by averaging 121.6 yards per game, putting them 3rd in the league and 2nd in the West.

Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 28 points and 318 yards per game. RJ Harris and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 157 receiving yards on 17 receptions while Caleb Holley has five receptions. Davis has three touchdown passes and five interceptions in his last 53 pass attempts. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 125 yards per contest, and Mossis Madu leads the way with 112 yards and on 24 carries. The Ottawa Redblacks look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the Calgary Stampeders on the road as nine-point underdogs. Dominique Davis is completing 65.9 percent of his passes for 276 yards, zero touchdowns and four interceptions. The Ottawa Redblacks have won five of their last seven home games. Corey Tindal leads the Ottawa Redblacks with four tackles, Michael Wakefield has one sack and Jonathan Rose has one interception.

The Ottawa Redblacks could use a win after losing six of their last seven games. Davis has eight touchdown passes and 12 interceptions in his last 304 pass attempts. Dominique Davis is completing 62.6 percent of his passes for 1,823 yards, five touchdowns and 11 interceptions. Dominique Rhymes and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 871 receiving yards and four touchdowns while RJ Harris has 25 receptions. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 27.3 points and 426.2 yards per game. The Ottawa Redblacks have split their last four road games. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 90.8 yards per contest, and John Crockett leads the way with 394 yards and on 70 carries. Avery Williams leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 64 tackles, Avery Ellis has five sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.

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However, the Redblacks definitely needs a much better performance from quarterback Dominique Davis went 29-of-44 for 276 passing yards, but found no one in the end zone and had four of his passes intercepted. Unlike Saskatchewan, the Redblacks started their 2019 season on a positive note, beating the Calgary Stampeders in a rematch between the combatants of the last Grey Cup on the road to the tune of a 32-28 score. The Redblacks did do a good job of protecting Davis, though, as their offensive line allowed zero sacks. That unit will have to be just as sturdy against Saskatchewans stop unit that was tied for first in 2018 with 45 sacks. Although Ottawa no longer has Powell in the backfield, the team seemed fine with its new starting running back in Mossis Madu, who had 112 rushing yards on 24 carries in Week 1.

Moneyline:TheRedBlacksare laying a heavy-235at home as the Roughriders play a second consecutive road game to start the year. Look for it to rely more heavily on the run game and control the clock against Saskatchewans inexperienced quarterbacks. Ottawa did well to escape with the win in Week 1 with Davis turning in an awful passing performance.

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In terms of scoring, they are one of the worst in the league with an average of 19.4 points per contest, putting them 8th in the league. For total yards, they are currently ranked 3rd in the East and 7th in the league with 2,801 yards. They currently sit at 3rd in the Eastern Conference. The Ottawa Redblacks come into this game with a record of 3-6 for this season. They are a team that struggles to put points on the board in the East and they will need to step up if they want to have a good offensive output. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, the Redblacks currently have a total of 6 passing TDs and 5 rushing TDs which is 3rd in the East. As a team, they are averaging 90.8 rushing yards per contest which is 3rd in the East, and they are currently ranked 3rd in the East for passing yards per contest with 220.4.