Blue Bombers vs. Roughriders Prediction: CFL Week 13 Point Spread, Odds

Daniel Coyle | Updated Sep 01, 2022

The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be looking to win two in a row for the first time in almost two months when they host the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Sunday in Week 13 of the CFL season.

Winnipeg
15-3
AT
September 04, 2022, 6:00 PM ET
Mosaic Stadium
Pointspread -3.5 -115
Moneyline -169
Over / Under o +45.5

79%

Betting Action

21%

Pointspread +3.5 -105
Moneyline +141
Over / Under u +45.5

79%

Betting Action

21%

The Roughriders are coming off a 23-16 win in BC last week, but have been outclassed in three straight defeats on home turf. The Blue Bombers continued to roll last week with a 31-29 victory over the visiting Calgary Stampeders, and are unbeaten in six road dates so far this season.

The Blue Bombers have dipped to 3.5-point favourites to win on the CFL odds since opening at -4.5, but remain the choice of 86 per cent of sports bettors. The Roughriders lag as +150 moneyline underdogs. The total has climbed to 44.5 since opening at 43.5, with 97 per cent of the betting action backing the OVER.

CFL Odds and Betting

Sunday afternoon’s matchup at Mosaic Stadium marks the first of three regular season meetings between these two teams, all of which are scheduled for this month. The Blue Bombers have taken four straight from the Riders, capped by a 21-17 victory in last season’s Western Final. That run includes straight up and against the spread victories in their past two visits to Saskatchewan, both as betting underdogs.

Low scoring has been commonplace when these two teams meet. The total has topped 40 just once in their past five clashes, extending a steady run for the UNDER, which has paid out in each of the past nine head-to-head meetings. The Bombers have failed to cover in each of their past two games overall. However, they have been a reliable bet on the road, going 5-1-0 against the spread so far this season. Things have not gone so well for the Roughriders, who have fallen to defeat by an average margin of 14.3 points during their current home slide, and won and covered just once in their past five as home underdogs.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

After dropping their first decision of the season three weeks ago, the Blue Bombers got back on track in Week 12 with their victory over the Stampeders. However, the reigning Grey Cup champions have struggled to maintain the dominance that marked their season-opening nine-game win streak. The Bombers claimed victory by an average margin of 9.8 points per game while limiting opponents to 19 or fewer points during their 9-0-0 run. However, the team has struggled to slam the door on opponents over their past two outings. The Bombers squandered a fourth-quarter lead in their loss to Montreal, and needed a fourth quarter rally to get past the Stamps after blowing a pair of early leads.

Zach Collaros has remained productive under centre, with his two scoring passes against Calgary marking the sixth time in seven outings he has tossed for multiple touchdowns. However, the Winnipeg quarterback has now tossed multiple interceptions in three of five outings, raising concerns against the Saskatchewan defence, which ranks third in the CFL in interceptions.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Roughriders enjoyed the benefit of the BC Lions’ recent injury woes in last week’s 23-16 win. With Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke sidelined, the Riders pass defence enjoyed a big day, limited pivots Antonio Pipkin and Michael O’Connor to just 206 passing yards, while racking up seven total sacks. The offence also overcame a slow start, taking control by scoring all three of their second-quarter possessions. However, the team has now failed to tally a point in the first quarter in two straight outings, and have averaged just 4.2 points in the first frame over their past six games. That’s a trend that is likely to come back to bite them against the first-place Bombers.

However, Rider Nation should be heartened by the performance of Cody Fajardo in last week’s win. The Saskatchewan quarterback piled up a season-high 321 passing yards and avoided throwing a pick for the first time five games. Wide receiver Kian Schaffer-Baker also turned in a sterling performance in place of Duke Williams, who remains sidelined by an ankle injury, establishing a career-high with 170 receiving yards.

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