Free Weekly CFL Picks Against the Spread
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The playing status of Zach Collaros remains doubtful as he recovers from a concussion. This combined with how efficiently Hamilton’s offense has been able to move the ball has me leaning heavily towards the road team both SU and ATS on Thursday night.
I still think that Mike Reilly and Co. find a way to win this game as the CFL's top passer in total yards (694), but I am taking the Lions and the points in this game.
I think both team's offense has success this Friday night in another game that is going OVER the total.
Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 324 yards and three touchdowns in that game. I not sure that Calgary can cover the spread against the RedBlacks this week, but I like this game going OVER the total line.
Calgary should be looking to make a statement coming off last season’s stunning loss to the point where I am taking the Stamps both SU and ATS.
There were eight different players with a reception in that game. Reilly also used his legs to gain 43 yards rushing on 11 attempts. This is another case where I am going with a team from the West over the East both SU and ATS.
I am going with the Blue Bombers in this one as clearly the better team even with issues at quarterback.
I am going against the home team on Thursday night in light of the way that Saskatchewan played against another team from the East. This is a perfect opportunity to exploit the gap in talent that does exist between the two divisions.
The Lions will have their hands full against the other four teams in the West, but I like their chances to cover the 6.5 points in Week 1 against Montreal.
The Stampeders have not looked all that impressive in their last two season openers, so I am going to take the nine points and take the Tiger-Cats to cover.
The West Division still has the clear edge against the East in overall talent, so I am going to take the Roughriders in Week 1 of the new season to avenge last year’s loss to Toronto in the postseason.
The QB situation is one of the main reasons why I am willing to lay the six points on the road team and take Edmonton both straight-up and against the spread.
Toronto is in its first Grey Cup Championship since 2012 when it beat Calgary 35-22, but this time around you get the feeling that the Argonauts are just happy to be here. The Stampeders on the other hand have some unfinished business after they were stunned by Ottawa 39-33 in overtime of last season’s title game as nine-point favorites.
While Calgary did not finish this regular season in the best of form, I am still going to lay the seven points and take the Stamps to get it right this time around both SU and ATS.
There is no doubt that Edmonton is once again playing at a very high level and while I still have Calgary winning this game SU, I would take the five points on the current spread with the Eskimos covering ATS.
With Ricky Ray playing at top form under center, Toronto’s offense averaged 32.9 points over its final seven games as opposed to a season scoring average of 26.8 points per game. Ray was second in the CFL in both passing yards (5,546) and passing touchdowns (28). His top target in the passing game was SJ Green with 1,462 receiving yards and 10 touchdown catches.
I am leaning towards Saskatchewan in this game given the West’s domination over the East all season long, but the ‘best bet’ pick is the OVER on the 53-point total line
This should be a great matchup between two division rivals that know how to put points on the board. While I am tempted to go with the OVER on the 56-point total line as my top play, I am going with Edmonton getting the SU win on the road.
The season series ended with a one-point victory in each game with the road team getting the SU win. I am leaning that way again with Saskatchewan winning SU to advance to the next round.
BC is playing for pride at 7-10 SU (6-10-1 ATS), but it did manage to snap a recent five-game losing streak (SU and ATS) with last week’s 36-27 upset against Winnipeg as a 6.5-point road underdog. The total stayed UNDER in the Lions’ 28-15 victory over Toronto earlier this season, but I have both teams lighting things to take the total OVER this time around.
Do not go to sleep on the Roughriders in the upcoming playoffs at 10-7 both SU and ATS. They have won four out of their last five games SU including that big upset against Calgary on the road as 10-point underdogs in Week 18. Both teams need to win this game to help their postseason position which should help to drive the total score OVER the betting line.
A late season swoon by the CFL’s most dominant team has led to back-to-back losses to Saskatchewan at home and Edmonton on the road while only managing to put a combined 27 points on the board. Calgary would have probably opted to rest most it starters as the top seed in the playoffs, but I now believe that there is some sense of urgency to end the season on a positive note. While the actual betting line will be impacted with Winnipeg’s injury situation, I like the Stampeders’ chances to cover ATS by making a statement that the 2017 Grey Cup title still has to go through them.