Saskatchewan Roughriders short favourites for rematch against Hamilton amid undefeated start

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have completed shocking fourth-quarter comebacks in back-to-back games and oddsmakers have taken notice.

Corey Mace’s squad is set to play the second half of a home-and-home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, June 23 and have opened as short favourites. The team opened as a short underdog for their game in Steeltown this past weekend but garnered a lot of attention from bettors, becoming short favourites by kickoff. The team ended up winning with a walk-off field goal from Brett Lauther, improving to 2-0.

Sunday’s game will serve as Saskatchewan’s home opener at Mosaic Stadium where the club went 4-5 in 2023. Crowds dwindled late last season as it became clear the Riders would miss the playoffs for the season straight year though, with the team currently undefeated, it seems likely they’ll draw a strong crowd this week.

Trevor Harris is off to a strong start to the season, completing 71.5 percent of his passes for 695 yards, five touchdowns, and two interceptions. He hit Kian Schaffer-Baker for two scores against Hamilton, overcoming the loss of Shawn Bane Jr., whose status for Week 3 remains unclear after missing the second half of the game due to injury.

 

A.J. Ouellette, Saskatchewan’s high-priced free agent addition at running back, is still struggling to produce along the ground as he’s managed only 64 yards and one touchdown off 29 carries, averaging a measly 2.2 yards per attempt. He has been a factor in the passing game, however, catching five passes for 46 yards.

Defensively, the Riders have allowed 759 yards of net offence through two games, though they’ve shown a knack for forcing late turnovers. C.J. Avery intercepted Bo Levi Mitchell in the final minute of Sunday’s win over the Tiger-Cats after Tim White bobbled the pass, while Deontai Williams and Bryan Cox Jr. forced late fumbles in Week 1 to help the team defeat the Edmonton Elks.

Brett Lauther has been as consistent as ever in the kicking game, going a perfect four-for-four this past week with two attempts over 45 yards. Mario Alford has also broken a handful of big plays in the return game, though they’ve mostly been negated by penalties.

The rest of the betting lines for Week 3 in the CFL are as follows. The Calgary Stampeders (1-1) are on a bye this week.