Lions vs. Roughriders Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds

Jordan Ramsay | Updated Aug 04, 2021

Saskatchewan has won the last six meetings between these teams (dating back to 2017), including a three-game season series sweep in 2019.

August 06, 2021, 9:30 PM ET
Mosaic Stadium

After being the biggest league in North America to cancel their full season last year because of the COVID pandemic, the CFL is back on the field for the first time in nearly two full years.

Week 1 sees a matchup between the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders Friday night at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

CFL Odds and Betting

Saskatchewan has won the last six meetings between these teams (dating back to 2017), including a three-game season series sweep in 2019.  The Roughriders’ smallest margin of victory in 2019 was by eight points and their largest win was a 45-18 blowout at BC Place.

Sports Interaction’s 5.5 season win total for BC ties the Lions with Edmonton for the lowest number in the West Division.  The Over and the Under are both listed at -118.  BC has the third-longest Grey Cup odds in the league at +900.

The Roughriders are tied with the defending Grey Cup champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers for the second-highest win total in the league, set at 8.5 on the CFL Futures Board.  They also have the second-best Grey Cup odds in the league at +461, trailing only the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at +291.

BC Lions

It was a nightmare season for BC in 2019 as they started the year 1-10 and finished with a 5-13 record.  There’s optimism on the West Coast, however, as veteran quarterback and 2017 Most Outstanding Player Mike Reilly should thrive under new head coach Rick Campbell.  Reilly had a down year by his standards in 2019, but still finished the season as the fifth-highest passer in the league, throwing for 3,897 yards in 16 starts.  He threw for 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions before a wrist injury ended his season.

Receiver Bryan Burnham is a favourite target for Reilly and the duo will be connecting again in 2021.  Burnham finished second in the CFL in receiving yardage with 1,492 yards in 2019 and is the total package with size, speed and skill.  The offensive line was a weak spot for BC in 2019, but they added some size with the addition of offensive tackle Ryker Matthews.  Also look for 2020 first overall pick Jordan Williams to get a shot at the starting linebacker job.

Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Roughriders finished 2019 with the best record in the West at 13-5, but missed out on a Grey Cup appearance after losing to the eventual champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West final.  Saskatchewan has a legitimate shot to beat out Winnipeg in the West this season with the return of quarterback Cody Fajardo.  Fajardo led the CFL with 4,302 passing yards in 2019 and finished the season with 18 passing touchdowns and eight interceptions.  He also rushed for 611 yards and 10 TDs.

The defence is already facing a setback as new additions Larry Dean and Freddie Bishop went down with season-ending injuries in one of the first workouts of the year.  Former NFLer Deon Lacey is expected to make a big impact at the linebacker position.

It’s still up in the air regarding who will be the starting slotback on Friday between Jordan Williams-Lambert and Paul McRoberts.  Williams-Lambert has been dealing with a sore knee, leading to first-team reps for McRoberts.  Defensive end Jordan Reaves (Achilles tightness), defensive tackle Alain Cimankinda (quadriceps), receiver Justin McInnis (hamstring) and offensive lineman Mattland Riley (flu) have all missed practice time this week.

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