Week 6 in the CFL leaned towards the favorites with three teams giving points getting the straight-up win while also covering the spread. Montreal started things off by ending a two-game slide with a 36-23 beatdown of East Division rival Toronto as a 4.5-point road favorite. British Columbia earned its first victory of the season with a convincing 24-11 win over Saskatchewan as a 3.5-point home favorite. Winnipeg knocked Edmonton from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 28-16 victory as a one-point home underdog. Calgary closed out the week on Saturday night with a 32-20 win over Hamilton as a 3.5-point home favorite.
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.
Thursday, August 11
Edmonton Eskimos at Montreal Alouettes (-6.5) Over/Under: 54.5
Edmonton falls to 5-1 SU and 4-2 ATS, but remains in first place in the West with a one-game lead over Calgary. Montreal is 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS overall. The total has now gone ‘over’ in five of its first six games. These teams played one another twice last season with the Alouettes pulling off the sweep with a 33-23 victory as six-point road favorites, followed by a 31-14 win as 13-point home favorites later in the year.
The Eskimos are just 1-4 SU in their last five games against Montreal and 1-4 both SU and ATS in their last five games at Percival-Molson Stadium. The Alouettes are just 2-5 ATS in their last seven games at home, but a dominant 22-3 SU in their past 25 games there. This game features two of the best quarterbacks in the league this season with Edmonton’s Rickie Ray coming in ranked third in the CFL in passing yards with 1,718, while Alouette quarterback Anthony Calvillo is ranked first with 1,834 yards.
Friday, August 12
Calgary Stampeders (-3.5) at Saskatchewan Roughriders Over/Under: 49
Calgary moved to 4-2 SU and 3-3 ATS with last week’s win over the Tiger-Cats. Saskatchewan is 1-5 both SU and ATS overall and 0-3 ATS at home this season. The Stampeders struck first in this year’s series with a 22-18 victory as 1.5-point road favorites. The total stayed ‘under’ the 54.5-point line.
The Stamps have struggled with Saskatchewan in the recent past. They are2-4 ATS in the last six meetings at Mosaic Stadium and 3-5-1 SU (3-6 ATS) in the last nine games overall. The total has stayed ‘under’ in six of the last 10 games between the two. Calgary QB Henry Burris completed 66.7 percent of his attempts and completed passes to seven different receivers in the first game this season against Saskatchewan.
Saturday, August 13
Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-7) Over/Under: 50
Since its opening day win over Calgary, Toronto has lost five straight games. It is 2-4 ATS overall and 2-2 ATS on the road. Hamilton is 2-1 both SU and ATS at home this season and is 3-3 both SU and ATS overall. Head-to-head against Toronto in 2010, the Tiger-Cats won three of four games both SU and ATS. The only setback was a 16-13 loss as a 6 ½-point home favorite in the final game of the series.
The Argonauts are 2-4 both SU and ATS in its last six games against Hamilton overall and 3-3 SU and ATS in their last six meetings at Ivor Wynne Stadium. The total has stayed ‘under’ in the last six games of this series overall. Toronto QB Steven Jyles is still on the nine-game injured list so it looks like Cleo Lemon will continue to be the starter for the Argonauts.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Lions (-1) Over/Under: 49.5
Winnipeg is in first-place in East Division with a 5-1 SU record after compiling just four victories in 2010. It is a perfect 6-0 ATS overall and is 2-0 ATS on the road. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of the Bombers first six games. BC snapped a five-game skid and is now 2-4 ATS overall. The Blue Bombers beat the Lions 25-20 two weeks ago as 2 ½-point home favorites. The total stayed ‘under’ the 52-point line.
Winnipeg is 3-1 ATS in its last four games at Empire Field, but just 2-6 SU in its last eight games there. The total has stayed ‘under’ in five of the last six meetings overall and in the last five games played in BC. Winnipeg’s Fred Reid is now ranked second in the league in rushing with 470 yards on 103 carries.
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