CFL 2-Team Parlay for Week 8: Lions & Bombers-Ticats Shootout

David Schwab

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017 1:52 PM UTC

It is Week 8 of the CFL regular season, and the Edmonton Eskimos are still setting the early pace at a perfect 6-0 straight-up, but they have been a tough team to bet on at 2-4 ATS. At 3-4 SU, Toronto actually has the early lead in the East Division heading into a big showdown against Montreal.

[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-1,5, 59.5)

The Blue Bombers moved to 4-2 both straight-up and against the spread with last week’s 33-30 victory as 3.5-point road underdogs against Ottawa. The total went OVER the closing 57.5-point line in that game, and it has now gone OVER in five of their first six games. Behind Matt Nichols throwing the ball and Andrew Harris running it on the ground, Winnipeg is putting up an average of 33.7 points per game. Unfortunately, its defense has been tagged for an average of 34.8 PPG.

Hamilton came close to posting its first SU victory of the season in last week’s 33-28 loss to undefeated Edmonton as a heavy 9-point road underdog. It is now 0-6 SU with a 2-4 record ATS. The total went OVER the closing 55-point line against the Eskimos and it has now gone OVER in its last five games. The Tiger-Cats have been inconsistent on offense behind Zach Collaros at quarterback, and their defense has yet to hold any team to fewer than 31 points.

  • The Blue Bombers are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games, and the total has gone OVER in their last five road games.
  • The Tiger-Cats have gone 1-6-1 ATS in their last eight games played at home and the total has gone OVER in four of their last six home games.
  • Head-to-head in this inter-division tilt, Hamilton has won four of the last six meetings at home SU, and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five home games against Winnipeg.
  • You have to go with the OVER on the 59.5-point total line in this game. Winnipeg has been lighting up the scoreboard all season long and neither of these defenses have shown to ability to slow down any offense it has faced this year.
Free CFL Pick: 'Over' 59.5Best Line Offered: Bovada

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BC Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders (+1, 54.5)

The Lions have beaten every team they have faced not named Edmonton in a solid SU 5-2 start while going 4-3 ATS. In the front end of this home-and-home series, they cruised past Saskatchewan 30-15 last Saturday as 7-point favorites at home. The total stayed UNDER the closing 55.5-point line in that game.  BC’s offense has gotten a nice boost from veteran quarterback Travis Lulay; playing in place of an injured Jonathon Jennings, he has thrown for 1,437 yards and eight touchdowns in four games.

Saskatchewan is 2-4 SU (3-3 ATS) on the year and it has yet to win a West Division matchup with a pair of inter-division victories against Hamilton and Toronto at home. Quarterback Kevin Glenn was completely ineffective in last week’s contest, and the Roughriders did not get on the board until the fourth quarter when the game was already out of reach. A change in venues might improve the team’s fortunes this time around, but the overall gap in talent between these two bitter division rivals was pretty apparent in Game 1.

  • The Lions are 15-5 ATS in their last 20 road games and the total has gone OVER in three of their last four games.
  • The Roughriders come into this West Division battle with a SU 7-14 record in their last 21 games at home and the total has gone OVER in three previous home games this season.
  • BC is 4-1 SU in its last five road games against the Roughriders and it has covered ATS in all five contests. The total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 11 meetings in Saskatchewan.

You never want to give points on the road in a division clash, but I do not see the logic in going against BC this week after watching the Lions dominate Saskatchewan in every phase of the game just a few days ago. Home-and-home series are an interesting betting phenomenon in the CFL, but I sticking with BC again SU and ATS in this Sunday’s game.

Free CFL Pick: BC -1Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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