CFL Two-Team Parlay for Week 9 with Betting Trends & Odds

David Schwab

Monday, August 18, 2014 5:46 AM GMT

Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 5:46 AM GMT

There is a logjam in the CFL West standings with all five teams sporting a winning record. Conversely, all four teams in the East remain below .500 in bets both straight-up & against the spread.

The following is this week’s CFL Two-Team Parlay pick based on the betting trends and CFL betting odds as provided by 5Dimes.

 

Game 1: Toronto Argonauts vs. Edmonton Eskimos
Pointspread: Edmonton -8
Total: 48

Betting Preview
Toronto is just 3-5 both SU and ATS this season, but that is good enough to hold a two-game lead in the watered-down East Division over the other three teams. Ricky Ray continues to play at a high level at quarterback with the second-most passing yards in the CFL (1,984) and solid completion rate of 69.5 percent, but the Argonauts have been plagued by a porous defense that is allowing an average of 26 points a game.

Edmonton has been able to turn things around this season to stay right in the thick of the West Division race at 6-1 SU (4-3 ATS). Quarterback Mike Reilly has done a great job at getting the ball to slotback Adarius Bowman, who leads the league with 532 receiving yards and kicker Grant Shaw has been a key contributor on special teams with a league-high 76 points. The Eskimos do have some depth issues with their offensive line with both Selvish Capers and Justin Sorensen listed as questionable for this game.

 

Betting Trends
The Argonauts are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 15 games and just 3-7 SU in their last 10. The total has stayed 'under' in five of their last six games.

The Eskimos are 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and the total has stayed 'under' in four of their last five games at home.

Toronto has won the last three games in this inter-division matchup SU (2-1 ATS) and the total went 'over' all three times. The total has now gone 'over' in five of the last seven meetings between these two.

 

Betting Prediction
The Argonauts have gotten the best of it in this series recently, but I am banking on the fatigue factor to take its toll in their third game in just 12 days, especially given the fact that they will be playing a West Division team on the road. Stick with the Eskimos all the way and lay the points at home in the front end of this week’s parlay.

 

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Game 2: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. British Columbia Lions
Pointspread: BC -3
Total: 52  

Betting Preview
Saskatchewan did not really look like defending Grey Cup Champs to start the season, but its current four-game SU winning streak by a combined score of 114-51 has the Roughriders back in form at 5-2 SU (4-3 ATS). Quarterback Darian Durant has done a good job at managing the offense during this impressive run, but the primary strength of this team has been a defense that has not given up more than 17 points in any of those four wins.

BC has built a bit of momentum as well heading into this West Division clash with a three-game winning streak both SU and ATS. Its most impressive victory this season started this run in a 25-24 win over Calgary as a four-point road underdog. Travis Lulay is almost 100 percent after a shoulder injury kept him on the Six-Week IR list to start the season, but the Lions have the option to stick with Kevin Glenn for this game. He has thrown for 1,797 yards and eight touchdowns in relief including a 53-yards scoring strike to Emmanuel Arceneaux to seal this past Sunday’s victory against Toronto. 

 

Betting Trends
The Roughriders are 6-3 ATS in their last nine games and the total has stayed 'under' in four of its last five outings.

The Lions are 5-1 both SU and ATS in their last six games and the total has stayed 'under' in six of their last eight games.

BC took the early edge in the season’s series against Saskatchewan with a 26-13 victory in mid-July as a five-point road underdog. They are now 10-4 ATS in the last 14 meetings. The total stayed under the 51.5-point line in that game. It has now stayed 'under' in 11 of the last 12 games between the two division rivals including the last five matchups played in BC.

 

Betting Prediction
The strong betting trends heavily favoring the 'under' in this matchup aside, both of these teams are getting it done this season behind a rock solid defense that knows how to make the stops when it needs to the most. Look for that to be the case again this Sunday as these two grind things out in a battle that stays 'under' the 52-point total line for your CFL pick.

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