The third week of the Canadian Football League 2023 season brings an exciting showdown between the Calgary Stampeders and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Both teams come into the contest with a 1-1 record, looking to secure a winning record early in the season.
On Saturday, the Calgary Stampeders will host the Saskatchewan Roughriders at McMahon Stadium. This game promises to be a thrilling spectacle as both teams are coming off different Week 2 experiences. The Roughriders are recovering from a tough loss in Winnipeg while the Stampeders are fresh off their first win of the season against Ottawa. A victory in this Week 3 matchup would not only boost morale but also position the victor favorably in the West Division.
- Date: June 24, 2023
- Location: McMahon Stadium
- Kickoff Time: 7:00 pm
- Channel: TSN, CFL+
- Odds: Calgary Stampeders -3.5, Over/Under 45.5
Calgary Stampeders Preview
In their last game, the Calgary Stampeders displayed impressive form on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Jake Maier threw for more than 300 yards, and running back Dedrick Mills, who’s filling in for injured Ka’Deem Carey, contributed an impressive 102 yards on the ground.
On the other side of the ball, the Stampeders’ defense held the Ottawa REDBLACKS to just 42 rushing yards. Defensive back Branden Dozier had a standout performance with a fumble return touchdown, and middle linebacker Micah Awe chipped in with a forced fumble, an interception, and a sack. They’ll be aiming to maintain this level of play against the Roughriders’ potent offense.
Injury Report/Game Status
Injury woes continue for the Stampeders as they adjust to the absence of star running back Ka’Deem Carey, who is expected to be out for the next several weeks. Additionally, they will be missing receiver Reggie Begelton, who suffered a rib injury, in the upcoming game.
The silver lining for the Stamps is the emergence of receiver Tre Odoms-Dukes and the expected stronger game from Luther Hakunavanhu, offering quarterback Maier reliable options in the passing game.
The active and inactive list will be updated closer to game day.
The depth chart will see some adjustments due to the injuries of key players. With Ka’Deem Carey and Reggie Begelton out, expect to see an increased role for Dedrick Mills in the running game and a reshuffling in the receiving corps.
This game is likely to be a tight contest between two evenly matched teams. The Calgary Stampeders have the home-field advantage and a revitalized defense, while the Saskatchewan Roughriders bring a high-powered offense into the matchup. Given these factors, the game could potentially lean in favor of Calgary, ending in a 27-24 victory for the Stampeders.
While the Stampeders have a solid defense, their test against Saskatchewan’s robust offense will be a defining moment in their season. Similarly, how the Stampeders’ offense adapts to injuries to key players will be crucial to their success this season. Regardless of the outcome, fans can expect a hard-fought and thrilling game this weekend.
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