CFL 2-Team Parlay for Week 9: Back Bombers & Lions

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David Schwab

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017 6:42 PM GMT

There are four head-to-head division matchups on the slate in Week 9 of the CFL season, and in the first three games the home team is getting points. With a combined record of 10-5 straight-up, two of those home underdogs might just come together perfectly to form this week’s CFL parlay play.

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The first game of the week should be the best in this West Division clash. Edmonton remains perfect on the year at 7-0, but more than a few close calls have dropped its record against the spread to 3-4. Of more concern are the mounting injuries on the offensive side of the ball. The Eskimos already lost their leading rusher Travon Van, and their leading receiver Brandon Zylstra remains questionable with a lower-body injury. Edmonton is also nicked up on a defense that is allowing an average of 24.1 points per game.

Winnipeg is flying high at 5-2 both SU and ATS behind an offense that has now scored at least 33 points in each of its last five games. Matt Nichols continues to move the ball down the field through the air with 2,025 total passing yards, and Andrew Harris has added another 390 yards on the ground. The big concern for the Blue Bombers continues to be a defense that is allowing an average of 31.6 PPG, but this unit did limit winless Hamilton to just 12 points in last week’s lopsided victory.

  • The Eskimos are 9-4-2 ATS in their last 15 road games and the total has gone OVER in 11 of their last 16 games following a SU win.
  • The Blue Bombers are just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 home games and the total has gone OVER in seven of their last eight West Division games.
  • Head-to-head in this division clash, Edmonton has won eight of the last nine games SU and it has a 7-2 record ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings.

Recent betting trends for each team as well as the ones for this matchup favor Edmonton, but I think that too many close calls are going to finally catch up with the Eskimos in a SU loss on the road Thursday night.

Free CFL Pick: Bombers +1Best Line Offered: Pinnacle

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Calgary Stampeders at British Columbia Lions (+4.5, 56.5)

Calgary returns to action following last week’s bye with a SU 5-1-1 mark while going 4-3 ATS. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games after a 41-24 romp against Toronto in Week 7 as a six-point favorite on the road. Bo Levi Mitchell has led the passing game with 2,081 yards and 13 touchdowns throws, but he is listed on the Stampeders’ injury report as questionable after hurting his hand before the bye. All indication point towards him playing on Friday night, but it is a situation that bears watching.

The Lions had won five of their first seven games SU with both losses coming against Edmonton, so it is hard to know what to make of last week’s 41-8 meltdown against Saskatchewan as three-point road favorites. Jonathon Jennings returned to the lineup at quarterback after missing some time with a shoulder injury, so rust could have been a factor. BC may want to go back to Travis Lulay after the veteran gunslinger threw for 1,491 yards and eight touchdowns in Jennings’ absence.

  • The Stampeders have won eight of their last nine division games ATS and the total has gone OVER in four of their last five road games.
  • The Lions are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following a SU loss and the total has gone OVER in six of their last eight games at home.
  • Calgary has won seven of the last eight meetings SU and it has a 7-2 record ATS in the last nine games between these two bitter rivals. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six meetings.

While there a number of good reasons to lay the 4.5 points on the road favorite, I still have the feeling that BC will be looking to quickly redeem itself at home after last week’s collapse on the road. This looks like a three-point game either way, so I am taking the points and the Lions at home.

Free CFL Pick: Lions +4.5Best Line Offered: Bovada

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