Two undefeated teams will battle at Mosaic Stadium on Friday, the Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0) will take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0). Winnipeg will open as a five-point favorite while the O/U sits at 47.5. The expected starting quarterbacks for both sides are Zach Collaros and Trevor Harris.
Last season, Saskatchewan averaged 96.5 rushing yards per game and gained 1,737 total. Furthermore, over the course of 2022 they amassed 3,736 passing yards at an average rate of 207.6 passing yards per outing – good enough to rank 9th in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Furthermore, they averaged 304.1 yards/game and contributed 21.5 points per contest on average, placing them 7th overall in CFL play.
Saskatchewan allowed 2,126 rushing yards per game, as well as 14 touchdowns on the ground last season. They surrendered 476 points overall while also giving up 28 touchdowns via the passing game; 246.3 yards per game placed them fourth overall while their 26.4 points/contest rank them seventh among CFL teams.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers amassed 2,043 total yards last season and averaged 113.5 yards in their run game, placing them second overall in the league. Winnipeg compiled 44 touchdowns via air and 14 via the ground; their scoring average was 29.9 PPG.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers led the CFL in opposition scoring at 20.6 PPG last season. Opponents ran for an average of five yards per attempt on the ground and averaged 89.3 rushing yards per game during 18 matches played against them; total running yards allowed totaled 1,607 while passing yards allowed were 4,330 (tied for second). They conceded 19 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns during those 18 contests while allowing 329.8 yards per outing to rank them first overall in this particular league category.
Winnipeg is just the better team in every way. The Riders will have a rough time on offense against the Bomber defense. Zach Collaros will have a big game.
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