A Big Showdown In The CFL West Gets Things Started This Sunday Afternoon
Sunday, Sept. 1 at Mosaic Stadium
The Blue Bombers (8-2 straight-up, 7-3 against the spread) have already lost quarterback Matt Nichols for this game due to injury and they will be without star running back Andrew Harris due to a two-game league suspension. Chris Streveler took on the starting role at quarterback in last week’s 34-28 upset against Edmonton as 5.5-point underdogs on the road. He only threw for 89 yards but he showed some great versatility running the ball with 95 yards rushing and a score on 14 carries.
Saskatchewan comes into Game 1 of this home-and-home series a game and a half back in the West Division standings at 6-3 SU with a 7-2 mark ATS. The Roughriders hammered Ottawa 40-18 last Saturday as 9.5-point home favorites to win their fifth game in a row both SU and ATS. Going against a hot team comes with a higher level of risk, but the Blue Bombers have won seven of the last 10 meetings SU in this divisional clash. They may not win this one SU, but I do like them to cover.
Toronto Goes On The Road as a Heavy Underdog In An East Division Tilt
Monday, Sept. 2 at Tim Hortons Field
A bad start has only gotten worse for Toronto with just one SU win in its first nine games. The Week 1 loss to Hamilton was a forgettable 64-14 blowout closing as a four-point home underdog. The Argonauts are 1-3 ATS in four previous road games this season. You know that a team is snake bit when the quarterback throws for 464 yards and two scores and it still loses the game. Last Sunday’s 28-22 loss to Montreal as a seven-point home underdog ruined that impressive performance by Mcleod Bethel-Thompson.
Hamilton (8-2 SU, 6-4 ATS) is another division leader pressing on without its starting quarterback. The Tiger-Cats have won five of their last six games SU, but they slip to 3-3 ATS during that same span. The total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games. Dane Evans completed 54.8 percent of his 31 passes last Saturday in a 13-10 grinding win against British Columbia with Hamilton favored by 3.5 points on the road. I think defense gets it done again this Monday in a low scoring East Division battle.
Edmonton and Calgary Renew Their Bitter Rivalry In A Home-and-Home Opener
Monday, Sept. 2 at McMahon Stadium
That costly loss to Winnipeg at home last Friday dropped Edmonton to 6-4 SU with a 4-6 record ATS. One of those other losses was on Aug. 3 in a 24-18 setback against Calgary as a slight one-point road favorite. The Eskimos are 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS over their past four outings. The one thing this team does extremely well is move the ball downfield through the air behind Trevor Harris. He leads the CFL in total passing yards (3,481) by a wide margin and he has tossed 14 touchdowns against just three interceptions.
Calgary is coming off a bye week at 5-4 SU (3-6 ATS) after losing its previous two games. The Stampeders are 1-4 ATS at home this season and 0-5 ATS closing as favorites. They still have a 6-3 edge ATS in their last nine home games against Edmonton. With the victory in early August, they have also won their last five games at home against the Eskimos SU. Betting trends aside, this is another matchup where defense should dominate the day to keep the total UNDER the current betting line.