Winning 2-Team Parlay To Bet Canadian Football Week 1

Thursday, June 23, 2016 1:00 PM GMT

A brand new season of Canadian Football starts this Thursday night. Each week of the CFL season I will be breaking down matchups to release my CFL Two-Team Parlay based on betting odds.

Ottawa RedBlacks vs. Edmonton Eskimos
Ottawa stunned the CFL last season in its second year as the expansion RedBlacks with a trip all the way to the Grey Cup title game as East Division Champs. Now that the bar has been set so high it is safe to assume that they are not going to sneak up on anyone in Year 3. Veteran quarterback Henry Burris is back at the helm after leading the CFL in passing yards last year with 5,693 but at 41 years old staying healthy could become an issue.

The Eskimos needed a controversial pass interference call to go their way to secure a tight 26-20 victory against Ottawa in that Grey Cup win and they come in as +450 favorites at BetOnline's CFL futures to win it all again. The key to getting off to a fast start this year will hinge on quarterback Mike Reilly's ability to move the ball through the air and running back Shakir Bell's ability to balance things out on the ground.

Betting Trends
The RedBlacks come into a new season with a perfect 5-0 record ATS in their last five games and they are 6-1 ATS in their last seven games on the road. The total has gone OVER in four of their last five Saturday games.

The Eskimos are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games at home, but they fall to just 4-10 ATS in their last 14 season openers. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last eight games in Week 1.

Edmonton has won all five meetings against the expansion RedBlacks straight-up and it has a slight 3-2 edge ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the five games.

Betting Prediction
The Grey Cup matchup was closer than expected, but in a new season of CFL games I like Edmonton's chances to get off to a fast start with a big victory both SU and ATS this time around.

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Pointspread: Edmonton -6.5
Total Line: 51

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton had Toronto's number last season with four straight-up wins including a tight 25-22 victory in the CFL Playoffs as a two-point favorite at home. The big question mark coming into this matchup is quarterback Jeramiah Mazoli's ability to get his team a road win in place of the injured Zach Collaros. The offseason addition of wide receiver Chad Owens should help the cause and the Tiger-Cats still remain solid on defense.

The Argonauts are expected to have their starting quarterback Ricky Ray back in the lineup for this game following an injury-plagued 2015 season. Toronto will also be playing its first regular season game at BMO Field which should add to the home field advantage in this East Division tilt. There are still some question marks on the defensive side of the ball that may take a few games to figure out.

Betting Trends
The Tiger-Cats are 11-4 against the spread in their last 15 road games, but they are 1-5 ATS in their last six games in June. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games on the road.

The Argonauts have covered ATS in seven of their last 10 Week 1 games and they are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games played in June. The total has stayed UNDER in 12 of their last 17 East Division games.

Head-to-head in this matchup, Hamilton has covered ATS in the last six meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five.

Betting Prediction
I like Toronto's chances to open play at its new stadium with a win for the home-town crowd but it will not be easy. That is why I am taking the Tiger-Cats and the 4.5 points as my top pick.

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Pointspread: Toronto -4.5
Total Line: 52