Canadian Football Picks: Preseason Week 1 Picks

David Schwab

Monday, June 10, 2013 7:22 PM GMT

It is still early June but if you are dying to wager on some professional football you can always look north of the border to the CFL.

CFL Betting Previews- Preseason Week 1 Matchups 

 Week 1 of the preseason kicks-off this week with four games on the slate. The following is a brief betting preview for each matchup.

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Wednesday, June 12

Toronto Argonauts vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Toronto needed to win its final two games of the regular season just to make the postseason at 9-9 straight-up, but it caught fire from there with three straight victories including a stunning 35-22 win over Calgary as a 1.5-point underdog to claim the 2012 Grey Cup Championship. It went 9-9 against the spread as well with a 6-3 ATS record on the road. The total went 8-10 in 18 regular season games.

The Blue Bombers missed the playoffs last season at 6-12 SU, but they went 9-9 ATS including a 6-3 ATS record at home. The total stayed UNDER in 10 of 18 games behind an offense that only generated an average of 20.9 points a game which was ranked last in the CFL. The Argonauts took two of three from Winnipeg SU last season but were 1-2 ATS with the total staying UNDER the betting odds in two of the games.

Thursday, June 13

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes

The Tiger-Cats sat out the postseason in 2012 with an overall record of 6-12 SU. They went 9-9 ATS with the total going OVER in 13 of 18 games. Hamilton scored an average of 29.9 points a game which was the highest in the CFL last season, but it gave up 32 points a game on defense, which was ranked last.

Montreal won the East Division at 11-7 SU to secure a first-round bye, but it dropped a 27-20 decision to Toronto in the Division Finals as a five-point home favorite. The Alouettes were costly to wager on last year with an 8-10 record ATS. The total stayed UNDER in five of their nine games at home. The Tiger-Cats went 2-1 SU and 3-0 ATS against the Alouettes last season with the total going OVER in two of the three games. 

Friday, June 14

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos

The Roughriders finished the 2012 season at 8-12 both SU and ATS but it was still good enough to make the playoffs. The fell to Calgary 36-30 in the Division Semifinals but the game ended as a PUSH with the line set at six. Saskatchewan had the second-best defense in the league in points allowed; giving-up an average of 22.7 points a game.

Edmonton went 7-11 SU last year but earned a crossover spot in the postseason against Toronto where it lost 42-26 as a four-point road underdog. The Eskimos went 10-8 ATS with a 6-3 record at home. The total went OVER in 10 of its 18 games. They beat the Roughriders twice at home last season both SU and ATS with the total going OVER in both games.

British Columbia Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders

The 2011 defending Grey Cup Champions posted the best overall record in the CFL last season at 13-5 but the Lions were just 9-9 ATS including a 3-6 ATS record on the road. They fell to Calgary 34-29 in the West Division Finals as 6.5-point home favorite. The total  stayed UNDER in seven of their nine games on the road.

The Stampeders finished a game out of first in the West at 12-6 SU and they were 10-8 ATS. The total went OVER in 10 of their 18 regular season games. Calgary averaged 29.7 points a game last season which was the second-highest total in the league. Counting the playoffs, these two teams split last season’s series 2-2 both SU and ATS with each team winning once at home and once on the road. The total was evenly split 2-2 as well.

 Good luck with your upcoming CFL Picks, everyone!