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Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Predictions, Preview, Stream, Odds & Picks

Bombers and Riders Renew Rivalry in the Labor Day Classic

Roughriders Welcome Blue Bombers as Underdogs

With the 57th meeting between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the CFL football betting lines favor the visitors: the Bombers. Winnipeg has been nigh-unbeatable since winning the Grey Cup in 2019. It won last year’s Labor Day Classic although historically, Saskatchewan has dominated this matchup.

Let’s check the latest Canadian Football picks, stats, injury reports, and Canadian Football odds for Blue Bombers vs Roughriders. We’ve plenty of Canadian Football predictions for you to consider.

Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Predictions, Preview, Stream, Odds & Picks
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Blue Bombers Have Edge But …

Winnipeg enters Saskatchewan on a four-game winning streak against their bitter rivals. The last time Winnipeg lost to the Roughriders? October 5, 2019. Chris Streveler threw for 254 yards and two picks with no touchdowns. Andrew Harris was the lead rusher.

It’s been nearly three years and the Bombers now have Zach Collaros at quarterback and have hit a new level since. The defense remains the best in the CFL thanks to its ability to generate extra possessions via turnovers while Collaros keeps the offense efficient, even if it’s not always putting up lofty numbers.

In fact, Winnipeg’s only loss this season came via some missed field goals. Montreal managed just a three-point win in overtime. Winnipeg has been beating opponents just enough to cover the spread (7-4 against the spread (ATS)) and remains the best team to bet on online.

Roughriders Remains Winnipeg’s Top Rival

It may feel like an eternity since Roughriders last defeated Winnipeg, a team that has lorded over their fellow team on the Prairies. But despite being just 6-5 this season, the Roughriders remain a dark-horse Grey Cup contender. If Cody Fajardo’s spotless play against BC was more of a sign of things to come, watch out.

The Roughriders still have a top-three defense, which leads the league in turnovers-forced. Even with Saskatchewan’s own turnovers, the Riders have a +8 turnover differential, which ties them for second-best in the league.

It may be oversimplifying it, but if Fajardo can be more efficient, then the Roughriders can beat any team in the league. That’s why as an underdog on the online gambling lines, Saskatchewan’s colors hint at a potentially lucrative team.

Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Head-to-Head

The Roughriders have owned the Blue Bombers during the Labor Day Classic with a 37-19 record In fact, Saskatchewan has won 14 of the last 16 games. The last time Winnipeg won consecutive Labor Day Classic games was in 2003 and 2004. But in recent meetings, the Blue Bombers are 7-3 against the Roughriders.

Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Match Information

  • Game: Blue Bombers (10-1) vs Roughriders (6-5)
  • Location: Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Day/Time: Sunday, 6:00 p.m. ET
  • Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Live Stream: ESPN

Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Betting Lines

Team Point Spread Moneyline Total
Winnipeg Blue Bombers -3½ -110 -170 44½-110o
Saskatchewan Roughriders +3½ -110 +150 44½-110u

Blue Bombers vs Roughriders Prediction

The Roughriders opened the season as the second favorite to win the Grey Cup. However, inconsistent play at quarterback combined with injuries and disciplinary issues have pushed them down to the middle. We’ll take the value on that and on this game. The gap between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg is not as large as the betting lines indicate.

Saskatchewan has a fierce defensive line that can give Winnipeg’s offense fits. Of course, we can say the same for the other way around. But Fajardo has been playing like he’s on a comeback tour and he will elevate his play just enough to give Saskatchewan the win this Sunday.

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