Betting CFL Week 3: Parlay Edmonton Eskimos & BC Lions ATS

David Schwab

Monday, July 6, 2015 7:42 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 6, 2015 7:42 PM UTC

Before sharing our Parlay picks for Week 3 of the Canadian Football League, note that the underdogs have dominated play with a straight-up record of 7-1 and a perfect 8-0 run against the spread.

This Week's CFL Two-Team Parlay: Eskimos -5.5 and Lions -3.5 

Game 1: Ottawa RedBlacks vs. Edmonton Eskimos
The RedBlacks struggled to win just two games SU last season as an expansion team, but they have already equaled that total this year with a stunning 2-0 start both SU and ATS. This past week they upended British Columbia 27-16 as three-point home underdogs after knocking-off Montreal 20-16 in Week 1 as 9.5-point road underdogs. Veteran quarterback Henry Burris has played a key role by completing 70.8 percent of his 65 throws for 559 yards and four touchdowns.

Edmonton probably needed last week’s early bye to regroup after a 26-11 loss to Toronto in its season opener as a heavy nine-point favorite on the road. The Eskimos will have to turn to Matt Nichols as their starting quarterback after Mike Reilly went down with a knee injury. His first job will be to jump-start a passing game that could only muster 178 yards against the Argonauts.


CFL Betting Trends
The RedBlacks are 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 road games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of their last six games.

The Eskimos are a perfect 5-0 ATS in their last five games at home and they are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games.

Edmonton won last year’s series 2-0 SU and both games stayed UNDER the total.


Betting Prediction
I am pretty impressed with Ottawa’s fast start, but I see a dose a reality setting in on Thursday night against a well-rested Edmonton team that will be looking to bounce-back from an ugly start. Lay the points and place your sports picks on the Eskimos to cover at home.

Team A CFL Pick: Edmonton Eskimos -5.5 at BetOnline

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Game 2: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. British Columbia Lions
It has been a rough start for the 0-2 (SU and ATS) Roughriders. They not only lost to Winnipeg 30-26 in Week 1 as seven-point home favorites, they also lost their quarterback Darian Durant for the season with a torn Achilles. The one good thing to come out of last week’s 42-40 loss to Toronto as three-point favorites at home was the play of his back-up Kevin Glenn. He threw for 477 yards and two touchdowns while completing 82.5 percent of his 40 attempts.

BC was off in Week 1 with a bye and it was off its game this past Saturday in the unexpected loss to the RedBlacks. A healthy Travis Lulay was at the reins at quarterback, but he only connected on 18-of-32 attempts for 254 yards and a score. The Lions ground game was held to just 59 yards on the day.


CFL Betting Trends
The Roughriders are 16-35 ATS in their last 51 games against a team with a SU losing record and they are 1-6 ATS in their last seven West Division games. The total has gone OVER in their last seven games following a SU loss.

The Lions are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last four division games. The total has stayed UNDER in 17 of their last 25 games following a SU loss.

Saskatchewan has a 3-1-1 edge ATS in the last five meetings overall, but it is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 road games against BC. The total has stayed UNDER in 20 of the last 26 meetings in BC.


Betting Prediction
There are some pretty strong betting trends to go with the UNDER in this matchup, but my pick for the back-end of this week’s CFL Two-Team Parlay is Saskatchewan with the SU win on the road. I see the Lions needing a few weeks to regain their form.

Team B CFL Pick: BC Lions -3.5 

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