The 2023 CFL season moves into Week 6 this weekend. While some teams have performed better than others, it is not too late for anyone to turn their season around. Let’s look at CFL Week 6 odds and offer a few picks along the way.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Edmonton Elks kick off Week 6 action with a Thursday night game in Alberta, followed by the Toronto Argonauts visiting the Montreal Alouettes on Friday. The action concludes on Saturday with a doubleheader, with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Ottawa Redblacks in the early game, and the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders in the nightcap.
Odds and Picks for Week 6 of 2023 CFL Season
The 2023 season is shaping up to be a lot like last year. Winnipeg and the BC Lions are the dominant teams in the West Division, while Toronto leads a mediocre East Division. The Argonauts are the last remaining undefeated team in the CFL at 3-0 (BC and Winnipeg are 4-1).
However, in a 21-week season where every team plays 18 games, there is time for even the winless Elks to turn the season around.
Let’s review the odds from the top sports betting apps for each game on the Week 6 schedule, starting with the Tiger-Cats vs. Elks, and suggest a few bets to place.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS) vs. Edmonton Elks (0-5 SU, 1-4 ATS): Moneyline, Point Spread & Total
The game will be broadcast Thursday night on CBSSN at 9 p.m. ET. Fans can stream the game via the league’s online platform, CFL+. They can also stream it at CBSSports.com or on CBS Sports App.
CFL · Thu (7/13) @ 9:00 pm ET
|Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, CA|
After a dreadful start to the season, Hamilton recorded its first win last week against an Ottawa team that lost its starting quarterback, Jeremiah Masoli, to a leg injury midway through the second quarterback. It was the first time the Ti-Cats defense did not allow 30+ points this season.
Hamilton’s defense averages 31.2 PPG allowed (worst in the league), a touchdown more than the second-worst, Edmonton.
The Elks have the worst offense in the CFL this season, scoring just 12.4 PPG and mustering only 267 YPG. But they did have a respectable day on the ground last week against the Roughriders (143 yards). Hamilton has the second-worst run defense in the league (118 YPG allowed), after Edmonton (146.8 YPG allowed).
Pick: Someone Has To Win
Expect an ugly game. Neither team plays good defense. You may think the door would be open for an offensive explosion, but do not bank on it. If the Elks can run as well as they did last week, they may be able to control the clock. But that doesn’t mean they’ll score much. It just means they’ll keep the Ti-Cats from running up the score.
Our Pick: Take the Under.
Outcome: Hamilton 37 Edmonton 29
Toronto Argonauts (3-0 SU, 3-0 ATS) vs. Montreal Alouettes (2-2 SU, 2-2 ATS): Moneyline, Point Spread & Total
Fans can stream the game Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. via the league’s online platform, CFL+.
CFL · Fri (7/14) @ 7:30 pm ET
|Percival Molson Memorial Stadium, Montreal, CA|
The offense has performed well in the three games Toronto has played, scoring 45, 43, and 32 points. Chad Kelly has thrown for at least 200 yards in every game but has only two touchdowns and has tossed two interceptions. He had his most efficient game of the season his last time out, going 23-for-29 for 249 yards and a touchdown in a win over the BC Lions in Week 4.
Montreal is fresh off a loss to those same Lions in Week 5, 32-16. The defense had been playing well this season, giving up just 44 points in their other three games. But the offensive line needs to do a better job of protecting Cody Fajardo. The line is on track to allow 99 sacks this season.
Pick: Another Win For Toronto?
Montreal is not a bad team; its two losses came against Winnipeg and BC. Toronto may not be as good as they seem. Two of the Argos’ wins came against Hamilton and Edmonton. The Argonauts may win this one, but it is hard to say by how much.
This game features two solid offenses and two decent defenses. The final score will not be low.
Our Pick: Take the Over
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1 SU, 4-1 ATS) vs. Ottawa Red Blacks (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS): Moneyline, Point Spread & Total
Fans can stream the game Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. via the league’s online platform, CFL+.
CFL · Sat (7/15) @ 4:00 pm ET
|TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, CA|
It is not a good time to be an Ottawa Redblacks fan. The offense has struggled to get on track all season. After losing a second quarterback to a season-ending injury last week (Jeremiah Masoli), there is no telling what the offense will be able to muster.
Dustin Crum finished the game last week. The only other quarterback with experience in the offense on the roster is Nick Arbuckle, who got benched earlier in the season. Ottawa has signed preseason sensation Tyrrell Pigrome and Jake Dunniway this week in the wake of the injury to Massoli.
Pick: An Easy One For Winnipeg?
The problem with games that appear to be easy wins is that they end up being anything but. The lackluster team plays better than expected, and the better team plays down to the competition. Ottawa may slow the Winnipeg offense down in the first half.
But after being on the field for most of the first two quarters, the Redblacks defense will tire in the second half against one of the best teams in the league.
Our Pick: Blue Bombers -9
Calgary Stampeders (1-3 SU, 1-3 ATS) vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-1 SU, 2-2 ATS): Moneyline, Point Spread & Total
The game will be broadcast Saturday night on CBSSN at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can stream the game via the league’s online platform, CFL+. They can also stream it at CBSSports.com or on CBS Sports App.
CFL · Sat (7/15) @ 7:00 pm ET
|Mosaic Stadium, Regina, CA|
Calgary may not be as bad as its record indicates, but Saskatchewan may not be as good as they appear to be.
Two of the Stamps’ losses have come against the Lions and Blue Bombers. The other was to the Roughriders, a game that saw Jake Maier throw three interceptions. Despite the picks, Saskatchewan needed overtime to get the win.
As for the Roughriders, two of their wins came against a dreadful Edmonton team. The other was vs. Calgary in Week 3, with some help from Maier. Their offense moves the ball well (384.8 YPG) but has trouble getting into the end zone (21.2 PPG).
Pick: Calgary +110
Neither defense is great; both are giving up around 23 PPG and 355 YPG. But if Jake Maier can protect the ball this time, the Stamps can certainly win this game. He has thrown at least one interception in every game this season.
If Calgary protects the ball, the Stamps can win. But if the Roughriders play as poorly as they did last week against Edmonton, Calgary may win even if they turn the ball over a few times.
Our Pick: Calgary straight up