Free Weekly CFL Picks Against the Spread
Each week during the Canadian Football League season our handicappers break down all the game match ups looking for the best bet on every match. Visit weekly for our handicapping analysis and CFL against the spread picks.
It's not as easy to kneel out the clock in the CFL, and therefore the back-door potential is often huge. I've seen teams get 5-6 possessions in under 3 minutes. Ottawa will be hard to stop playing three-down football, for that reason, I'm going to take the +4.5 points and bank on the score being close one way or the other. Calgary is the better team, but Ottawa is a dangerous team, and I don't like spotting points to dangerous teams.
The Stampeders are still the best team in the CFL by a wide margin when playing to form. They did lose to Winnipeg 29-21 on Oct. 26 as 3.5-point road underdogs. However, they beat the Blue Bombers 39-25 earlier in the year as 7.5-point favorites at home. I still think Calgary is on a mission to right the wrong from the past two seasons as West Division Champs and Sunday is the first step with the SU win and cover.
If Ottawa has any hopes of completing the four-game sweep to return to its second Grey Cup title game in three seasons, its offense is going to need a significant effort from Trevor Harris. He finished fourth in the CFL in total passing yards (5,116) while throwing 22 touchdowns against 11 interceptions. This matchup should go OVER the current 53.5-point line, but I also like the RedBlacks to win and cover.
The total went OVER the closing line in seven of Hamilton's last nine games behind the highest scoring offense in the East with an average of 28.5 PPG. Jeramiah Masoli was second in the CFL throwing the ball with 5,209 total passing yards, and he was third on the list in passing touchdowns with 28 against 18 interceptions. I have the Tiger-Cats scoring enough points on Sunday to cover ATS as home favorites.
Hamilton has nothing to play for in this game, but I still expect it to cover in the season finale.
The season series between these two West Division rivals is split 1-1 with the road team winning SU. Winnipeg covered in each of those games, and I am betting that they cover this Saturday again.
With nothing to gain or lose with another win, I would probably still go with the RedBlacks on Friday SU and ATS. My “best bet” pick is the UNDER on the total line.
Saskatchewan is averaging 24.4 points a game while allowing 25.2 points on defense, but I still have this West Division tilt staying UNDER the total line.
The total went OVER 54.5 points in Friday's loss, and it has gone OVER in six of its previous seven games. I am going with the OVER again in this Saturday's matchup.
I am still going to take Calgary and the points in its first game this season as an underdog.
Look for a much better effort this Friday night as BC tightens its grip on the final playoff spot with a win both SU and ATS.
I do not see things turning around this week for Edmonton with the RedBlacks bouncing back both SU and ATS.
I am banking on the "third time being the charm" with Winnipeg getting the win SU and ATS in this Saturday’s contest.
I am not sure that Hamilton can cover on the road this Friday, but both teams should score enough points to take the total OVER the current betting line.
My lean is still towards the home team covering in an almost must-win situation.
Ottawa cruised past Winnipeg 44-21 back in August as a 6.5-point road underdog, and I like its chances to cover again as a slight favorite at home.
Lay the points and take the Roughriders SU and ATS in this inter-division clash.
I like Winnipeg and the points in this West Division clash, but I like the OVER on the total line when it comes to betting on this contest.
Hamilton has lacked consistency on both sides of the ball all season long, but I still like the Tiger-Cats to even the score this Saturday both SU and ATS. Over their last five games, this offense has averaged 32.6 points a game.
I like the OVER in this matchup, but my ‘best bet’ pick is Calgary covering the spread at home. It won the first meeting this season 41-7 as a four-point road favorite.