It wasn’t the bounce back week I was hoping for, but I was still able to manage a 2-2 record in week 13, which brings my season record to 23-14 on the season. There are only three games this week, so I am hoping to go 3-0 and pad my record.
Our Facebook page was taken down yesterday “for promoting or facilitating online gambling”. This is a real bummer and I will be trying to get the page back up, but I’m not overly confident this will happen. There will be no contest this week, but I may move the contests over to the Sports Betting Canadian Instagram page in the future.
BC Lions @ Montreal Alouettes
- BC -3
- Montreal +3
The Alouettes have won two games in a row with Antonio Pipkin at QB, but I’m still not sold on this Alouettes team. They are playing some terrific defense, but I’m still not a believer in their offense, especially with Pipkin at QB rather than Johnny Manziel. Yes, he’s had early success, but the Alouettes defense won the team those games and if the Lions offense gets going this week, I still believe they can put up a big enough number to win this game.
There is also the fact that the Alouettes have been much better on the road this year. Two of their three wins have come on the road with the only home win being two weeks ago by just a field goal over the other last place team in the league, the Argos.
The Lions looked good last week against Ottawa and they will know that they cannot lose these type of games against the weak East Division teams if they want to have any hope of making the playoffs from the tough West Division. I expect them to be ready for this game and to get the win by more than a field goal.
Play: Lions -3
Calgary Stampeders @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Calgary -1.5
- Hamilton +1.5
The Stampeders have looked very average lately. They lost by 6 points to Edmonton last week and only beat the Eskies by 3 points the week before. That said, the Eskimos always seem to bring their A-game against the Stampeders and those rivalry games could be an anomaly. I fully expect Calgary to get back on track this week in Hamilton.
The Ti-Cats are on a nice 3 game winning streak out of their week 10 bye, but the last two wins have been over their rivals, the Argos, and I think they could have a let down in this one now that they have pretty much secured a playoff spot by separating themselves from the Argonauts with those two big wins. The Ti-Cats will likely want to test themselves against the Stampeders, but I still think they may lack motivation after the two must-win games of the previous two weeks. The Stampeders, on the other hand, will be eager to put that loss to the Eskimos behind them.
I will take the Stampeders -1.5 against anyone in the league, regardless of location, so I think this is a great play.
Play: Stampeders -1.5
Ottawa Redblacks @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Ottawa +4.5
- Saskatchewan -4.5
The Roughriders have been on an absolute tear coming out of their week 9 bye, winning four straight games including a huge win over the Stampeders in week 10 and then back to back wins over the Blue Bombers the past two weeks. The Roughriders are the second best team in the CFL and their ceiling is very high considering their losses have come from inconsistency.
I don’t expect the Roughriders to take their foot off the gas this week while hosting the Redblacks.
Ottawa is in the exact opposite position as the Roughriders, having lost two straight coming out of their week 11 bye. These losses were to a couple of very beatable teams as well in the Alouettes at home and BC Lions on the road. I really don’t like what I’m seeing from Ottawa’s offense, and I don’t think they will be able to keep the Roughriders to under 30 points in this game. For that reason, I think the Roughriders will cruise to a win and easily cover this 4.5 point spread.
Play: Roughriders -4.5