CFL Week 4 Preview
The Edmonton Eskimos only managed to win seven games last year, but are a perfect 3-0 this season after pasting British Columbia 33-17 this past Saturday night as a 2.5-point home favorite. Montreal is the only other undefeated team in the league after a 40-17 rout over Toronto as a 10.5-point home favorite last Friday night moved it to 3-0 as well. In other CFL action from Week 3, Calgary outlasted Winnipeg 21-20 but failed to cover as a 3.5-point road favorite last Thursday and Hamilton kept Saskatchewan winless with a 33-3 romp as a two-point home favorite on Saturday night.
The following is brief preview of this week’s CFL games along with the opening point spread and ‘over/under’ lines as provided by BetOnline.com.
Friday, July 22
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at British Columbia Lions (-3) Over/Under: 49.5
Hamilton comes into this game 1-2 both straight-up and against the spread, while BC is still looking for its first win this season at 0-3 SU (1-2 ATS). These two split last year’s two-game series with the Tiger-Cats taking the first game 35-31 on the road as a 3.5-point underdog and the Lions returning the favor with a 23-21 win as a four-point road favorite in Week 19. The total went ‘over’ the 50-point line in Game 1 and stayed ‘under’ the 52-point line the second time they played.
The Tiger-Cats are 3-2 SU and 4-1 ATS in the last five meetings overall and 4-1 ATS in the last five games on the road. The total has gone ‘over’ the last two games at Empire Field, but has stayed ‘under’ in 10 of the last 14 meetings overall. BC quarterback Travis Lulay is ranked third in the CFL in passing yards with 958.
Saturday, July 23
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto Argonauts (-3.5) Over/Under: 46.5
Winnipeg’s loss last week dropped it to 2-1 SU, but it remains a perfect 3-0 ATS. Toronto is now 1-2 both SU and ATS after losing to Montreal. The Blue Bombers beat the Argonauts 22-16 as a one-point home favorite on opening day this year in a game that stayed ‘under’ the 47-point line. This snapped a string of three straight losses to Toronto in 2010.
The series is now tied at 5-5 SU in the last 10 games overall and is 2-2 in Toronto both SU and ATS dating back to the 2008 season. The total has stayed ‘under’ in the last four meetings at the Rogers Center and in 11 of the past 12 meetings overall. Winnipeg RB Fred Reid has rushed for 237 yards on 52 carries this season, which is second-best in the CFL.
Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders (-3.5) Over/Under: 52.5
Edmonton has covered the spread in all three of its wins this season, while Calgary is 2-1 SU and 1-2 ATS. Last season the Eskimos went 0-3 against the Stampeders both SU and ATS, getting outscored 144-40. All three games went ‘over’ the total.
Last season’s sweep extended Calgary’s winning streak in this series to seven games SU (6-1 ATS). The Stampeders last loss to the Eskimos at home was a 37-16 setback in 2008 as a 4.5-point favorite. The total has stayed ‘under’ in three of the last five meetings at McMahon Stadium, but has gone ‘over’ in 11 of the last 16 games overall. Edmonton slotback Fred Stamps leads the league in receiving with 316 yards on 17 receptions.
Sunday, July 24
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes (-11.5) Over/Under: 56
Saskatchewan will look to avenge a 39-25 loss to Montreal as a 3.5-point home underdog on opening day in a game that went ‘over’ the 55-point line. It has been a rough start for the Roughriders with losses in their first three games both SU and ATS. The two-time defending Grey Cup champion Alouettes have pick-up where they left off, outscoring their opponents 109-68 in their first three games.
The Roughriders are now 1-7 SU against Montreal in the last eight games but 5-3 ATS. The total has stayed ‘under’ in 12 of the last 16 meetings at Stade Percival-Molson Stadium. Alouette perennial All-Star quarterback Anthony Calvillo is off to another great start with 1,038 passing yards and 10 touchdowns on 116 attempts.
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