Free CFL Picks: Week 2 Betting Preview & Complete Analysis

Ian Cameron

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 4:46 PM GMT

Wednesday, Jun. 29, 2016 4:46 PM GMT

Sports handicapper Ian Cameron provides a betting preview of Week 2 in the Canadian Football League. Don't make a move without reading this article. Free CFL pick inside.

Ottawa Redblacks vs. Montreal Alouettes
The Montreal Alouettes delivered a CFL “Play Of The Week” winner for us last week in Winnipeg but they face a much tougher task against the defending East Division champs here. Ottawa got into a wild shootout with Edmonton and prevailed in a 45-37 OT win and were led by Trevor Harris at QB who came in off the bench to replace an injured Henry Burris and lead Ottawa to victory and helped overcome a rather lackluster performance by a revamped Redblacks defense. Ottawa’s offense still has a solid offensive line and plenty of weapons in the receiving game. Montreal’s defense was dominant last week shutting down Winnipeg but this is a much bigger test for them here. I’m reluctant to step in front of Ottawa in this kind of price range with Trevor Harris at QB and it’s worth noting that Harris led the Toronto Argos to a road win in Montreal last season.

 

Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Toronto Argos had one of the more disappointing opening games last week as they were dominated in the first ever game at their new home stadium BMO Field by their arch rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats 42-20. QB Ricky Ray was under pressure all game long with poor protection from his offensive line in the face of a stiff Hamilton defensive front that got a solid pass rush all game long. The defense was picked apart by Ticats QB Jeremiah Masoli who finished the game going 15-for-15 with his passes and it may take time for the new look Argos defense led by DC Rich Stubler to gel. Saskatchewan has a massive rebuilding job ahead for a team that was a CFL worst 3-15 SU last season but head coach and GM Chris Jones is the right man for this job and he will make the team better it is just a question of how long it takes. Saskatchewan will have #1 QB Darian Durant back on the field for this game and their defensive line should be better with some nice upgrades in the offseason. The secondary is totally revamped though and is the one area that Toronto can exploit if they give Ricky Ray enough time to get the football down the field.

 

BC Lions vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Both teams are coming off highly impressive wins to open the season in Week 1. The Lions came from behind to beat the Calgary Stampeders while the Ticats ambushed the Argos. Both teams got solid QB play as Jonathon Jennings for BC played well along with Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli. The BC defense was the story of their win last week shutting down one of the best QB’s in the CFL in Bo Levi Mitchell and doing a very good job on a solid Stampeders offense. Hamilton’s defense was also very strong in dominating the trenches against Toronto getting constant pressure on Toronto QB Ricky Ray. Hamilton has one of the strongest home field advantages in the CFL at Tim Hortons Field but you are being forced to pay a tax to back Hamilton at home as evidenced by the fact they are laying close to a TD in this game against what looks to be a very solid and improved BC squad in 2016.

Play Of The Week

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Calgary Stampeders
We cashed our CFL Play Of The Week with Montreal in Week 1 and will look for another winning result here as I turn my attention to Friday night’s Winnipeg at Calgary. Both teams are coming off losses in Week 1 and will be looking to bounce back here in this game. Winnipeg’s offense which struggled all last season remained a problem area in their home loss to Montreal as they were unable to adequately protect QB Drew Willy with more OL struggles and they also saw Weston Dressler one of their prized free agent signings at WR go down with an injury in that game and he has already been ruled out for Friday night’s game in Calgary. Winnipeg’s struggling offense now must face one of the best defensive fronts in the CFL as Calgary applies pressure on the QB as well as any team in the league and that is not a recipe for offensive success right now for the Blue Bombers. On the flip side, Calgary’s offense struggled against BC and there are concerns with their own OL which is seeing a reshuffling and players in different positions. QB Bo Levi Mitchell wasn’t awful but wasn’t overly efficient last week either for Calgary against BC so the ability of the Stamps offense to function at a high level early in the season is still a bit of a question mark. These two teams went 2-0-1 to the Under in their three regular season meetings last season and two of those games had fewer than 49.5 points scored in them. I expect a similar story to unfold here and will look to bet this game between Winnipeg and Calgary Under the total on Friday night.

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CFL Pick: Under 49.5 
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