All four CFL matchups this week are inter-division clashes starting with Edmonton on the road this Thursday against Montreal. I came close to hitting last week’s CFL two-team parlay with two picks on the total line.
British Columbia Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats Betting Odds
The Lions are coming off a big 26-23 upset over Edmonton last Thursday as 2.5-point home underdogs to improve to an even 3-3 both straight-up and against the spread. This snapped a two-game skid both SU and ATS. Despite the win, Travis Lulay had a tough day throwing the ball. He went just 16-for-31 for 195 yards and while he did toss two touchdown passes he also completed two passes to the wrong team.
The Tiger-Cats are also coming off a solid win after rolling over Winnipeg 38-8 this past Sunday as 8.5-point favorites at home. They are now 4-2 SU on the year with a profitable 5-1 mark ATS. Hamilton had its issues running the ball on the Blue Bombers with just 54 yards on the ground, but quarterback Zach Collaros lit things up through the air with 280 yards passing and three scoring strikes. He did an excellent job of spreading the ball around with completions to eight different players.
The Lions are 1-3-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU win and they are 1-4-1 ATS in their last six road games. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of their last 10 games on the road.
The Tiger-Cats are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games and they are a perfect 4-0 ATS in their last four home games. The total has stayed UNDER in 13 of their last 16 games played on Saturday.
BC has failed to cover in seven of its last 10 games against Hamilton and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five road games against the Tiger-Cats
The Tiger-Cats have gotten the best of this matchup ATS recently and I really them as my CFL pick to keep things going in the right direction with a SU win at home in this Saturday’s inter-division clash that covers the spread.
Ottawa RedBlacks vs. Calgary Stampeders Betting Odds
The RedBlacks have now doubled last season’s SU win total of just two games with last week’s stunning 26-23 upset of Montreal as two-point home underdogs. They are also 4-2 ATS this season after closing as an underdog in all six games. There is still some concern with an Ottawa defense that has allowed an average of 25 points a game as well as an offense that is ranked second to last in the CFL in points per game (21.8).
Calgary is coming off its bye week at 4-2 SU, but 0-6 ATS. It failed to cover as a five-point home favorite its last time out in a tight 25-22 victory against Montreal. The defending Grey Cup Champs have closed as favorites in their first six games. Stampeders’ quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is ranked fourth in the CFL in total passing yards (1,622) and he has completed 63.9 percent of his 194 attempts. Eric Rogers remains his favorite target with 463 yards and five touchdowns on 27 receptions.
The RedBlacks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games against a SU winning team, but they have failed to cover in eight of their last 11 road games. The total has stayed UNDER the CFL Odds total in three of their last five road games.
The Stampeders are 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven games following a bye and they are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 August games. The total has stayed UNDER in their last five games at home.
Ottawa won the first meeting this season 29-26 in overtime as a 4.5-point home underdog. The total went OVER the closing 46.5-point line. Calgary won both meetings last season SU and ATS and the total was split 1-1.
That first loss to Ottawa in overtime cannot stick well with the champs and this time around look for the Stampeders to avenge that defeat in a big way by finally covering as favorites on Saturday night to seal the back-end of this week’s CFL two-team parlay.
CFL Parlay Pick: Calgary -8 and Hamilton -8.5 at 5Dimes