Ottawa at Winnipeg: The Ottawa Redblacks needed to fight their way to a victory against the league worst Montreal Alouettes over the weekend as the team came back from a 17-11 deficit to pick up a 24-17 win. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continue to get better with each passing week. The offense is extremely well balanced and dynamic led by Matt Nichols at QB, Andrew Harris at RB and a very talented group of receivers playing behind an offensive line that has been very good at giving Nichols time to throw and Harris time to run.
Winnipeg is off an impressive 29-23 win against Hamilton last week following their bye week. The defense which had some growing pains early and has now held opponents to 23 or fewer points in five straight games. Winnipeg has been playing great football going 4-1 in their last 5 games. Ottawa is just 2-2 SU, 1-3 ATS in four games against the West Division which is the superior division and the two wins came against the bottom two squads in the division BC and Saskatchewan. Winnipeg is a perfect 4-0 ATS at home this season and the Blue Bombers look to be undervalued yet again on their home turf here.
Best Bet: Winnipeg -6
BC Lions at Toronto: Last week’s win against the Edmonton Eskimos for the BC Lions might prove to be a turning point moment in their season. BC was trailing 20-10 at Halftime of that game and came out in the second half ready to play. The Lions went on to outscore the Eskimos 21-3 in the second half and come out on top 31-23. BC put forth their best half of defense by far in the second half while QB Travis Lulay and the offense made enough plays down the field and put up enough points to secure a vital win for the Lions. Toronto will have a tall task here against a BC squad that from all indications knows they’ve yet to win consecutive games this season but are firmly focused on doing so here.
Montreal at Edmonton: Despite being a 1-18 team in their last 19 games, Montreal has found a way to cover three straight road games as underdogs at inflated prices. They did so again in their 24-17 loss at Ottawa against the Redblacks over the weekend but the Alouettes enjoyed a wire-to-wire cover as 14.5 point underdogs making them 3-0 ATS in their last three road games which includes their only win of the season against Saskatchewan. Things were better for QB Johnny Manziel and the offense and he did a much better job protecting the football after tossing 4 INT’s in his CFL debut against Hamilton but red zone execution and finishing drives is still a work in progress for the Alouettes. On the other side, the defense remains a problem. The Eskimos are 9-0 SU, 8-1 ATS in the last 9 meetings against Montreal. Eskimos a very sketchy pointspread proposition on their home field here at Commonwealth Stadium where they are just 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games.
Calgary at Saskatchewan: Calgary defeated Saskatchewan a few weeks ago on this field by a score of 34-22 but that score was somewhat misleading. Calgary feasted on a slew of turnovers committed by the Roughriders in the first quarter to allow them to take an early 24-0 lead. Calgary’s defense continues to be a suffocating group as they have allowed an average of just 12.3 ppg game and 272 total yards per game. Points could be hard to come by.