Canadian Football League Week 8 Parlay Bet

David Schwab

Monday, August 11, 2014 6:11 PM UTC

Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 6:11 PM UTC

Week 8 of the CFL regular season throws us a twist with a five-game schedule starting this Tuesday night. Toronto will actually play in the first and last game on the schedule, but I have focused my attention on two weekend games for this week’s CFL parlay pick.

The following are my top two plays for Week 8 based on Canadian Football betting odds provided by 5Dimes.


Edmonton Eskimos vs. Ottawa RedBlacks
Pointspread: Edmonton -6; Total: 52.5

Betting Preview
Edmonton moved to 5-1 straight-up and 4-2 against the spread with last week’s 33-23 victory over Montreal as a 4.5-point road favorite to remain right in the thick of the West Division title race. This dramatic worst to first turnaround can be attributed to an Eskimos’ offense that is the is the highest scoring team in the league this season with 27.2 PPG and a defense that is ranked second in points allowed (17.8).

The RedBlacks are coming off back-to-back losses to Saskatchewan and Calgary by a combined score of 76-31 in a pair of games where they epitomized being a first-year expansion team. Quarterback Henry Burris completed almost 70 percent of his 29 throws this past Saturday, but it still did not translate to nearly enough production on the scoreboard.


Betting Trends
Edmonton has now gone 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games and the total has stayed UNDER in five of its first six games this season.

The RedBlacks are 1-5 both SU and ATS in their first six games and the total has gone OVER in four of those six contests.

The Eskimos beat Ottawa 27-11 in Week 3 as five-point home favorites and the total stayed UNDER the 53-point closing line.


Betting Prediction
Given how good Edmonton has been playing and just how bad Ottawa is actually turning out to be, laying the six points on the road with a play on the Eskimos is gift to start off the front-end of this week’s parlay.

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Montreal Alouettes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Pointspread: Saskatchewan -13.5; Total: 47.5

Betting Preview
Quarterback Troy Smith has not been the answer that Montreal was looking for and right now its options for a replacement appear to be limited. Last week against Edmonton he did throw for 231 yards but he only completed 44.4 percent of his 45 attempts. The Alouettes are now the lowest scoring team in the CFL with an average of 16.3 points per game.

Saskatchewan has regained that winning form the past three weeks after posting a shaky 1-2 SU start. They are now 4-2 both SU and ATS heading into this game. The Roughriders’ ground game has been able to carry the load for an inconsistent Darian Durant at quarterback. Jerome Messam accounted for 126 of the 186 yards that they gained on the ground against Winnipeg last Thursday.


Betting Trends
The Alouettes are 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, but they are 1-4 SU in their last five games on the road. The total has stayed UNDER in all five of those road games.

The Roughriders are 6-2 ATS in their last eight games and the total has stayed UNDER in six of their last nine home games.

Last season’s two-game series split with the home team winning both games SU. Montreal covered both times and the total stayed UNDER in each of those games. The Alouettes are 4-1 ATS in their last five trips to Saskatchewan.


Betting Prediction
I still do not see Montreal covering on the road with the 13.5 points, but that is still quite a few points to give up under any circumstances. The better play is on the UNDER on the total line. The Alouettes will struggle to put points on the board and the past betting trends also point to another low-scoring affair between these two.

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