I once again went 2-2 with my CFL spread picks this past week. The Stampeders destroyed the Argos as expected, covering the spread, and the Blue Bombers demolished the Eskimos as +6.5 road underdogs, but unfortunately I was on the wrong side of the other two games taking the Lions +7 and the Roughriders -7.5. My season record against the spread this CFL season is now 29-18.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Ottawa Redblacks
- Winnipeg +1
- Ottawa -1
The Bombers rolled into Edmonton and absolutely starched the Eskies 30-3 this past Saturday. They will look to hold that momentum into Ottawa this week, and I think they will. The Bombers are still just 7-7 on the season, despite being +93 in point differential, which is second to only the Stampeders. The Bombers are 5-2 against the East Division and I expect them to continue to roll in yet another important game for them with the Bombers sitting only a half game from being out of the playoffs in the West.
Ottawa is coming off a bye week and although they’ve played solid football of late, I still think they are a step below the Bombers. I don’t pay too much attention to the fact that this game is in Ottawa because neither team has really performed well at home vs the road this season.
The Blue Bombers are the better team and they should get the win on the road.
Play: Blue Bombers +1
Toronto Argonauts @ BC Lions
- Toronto +7
- BC -7
As I mentioned above the Lions are battling for the final playoff spot in the West Division. They are 6-7 and chasing both the Bombers and Eskies, who are each 7-7. This is a must win game for the Lions, so I don’t expect them to let up against the lowly Argos. They should score early and often and put this game out of reach to ensure the win.
Toronto has lost 5 games in a row and they will not be defending their Grey Cup title in the CFL playoffs this year. I don’t think Toronto will have their best stuff out West in this game, instead just going through the motions and possibly putting some solid games together at home against rivals down the stretch.
Play: Lions -7
Calgary Stampeders @ Montreal Alouettes
- Calgary -13
- Montreal +13
This is actually a tough spread to call. I do think the Stampeders should be able to light up the Alouettes in Montreal, but this could be a let down spot for a team that has all, but secured the top spot in the West throughout the playoffs.
That said, I will still be taking the Stampeders to win this game by more than two touchdowns and cover this spread.
Play: Stampeders -13
Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Edmonton +4
- Saskatchewan -4
The Eskimos were embarrassed at home this past week and I expect a bounce back game in Saskatchewan. Edmonton is suddenly on the verge of potentially missing the playoffs after losing two straight games coming out of their week 14 bye. Heading into the bye week the Eskimos battled the Stampeders in two straight hard fought games and actually pulled out a 48-42 win in week 13. The team was trending the right direction, but they may have gotten ahead of themselves thinking if they can beat Calgary the other wins would come easily. Well last weeks shellacking in front of their home fans should have been a wake up call.
The Riders only beat Montreal by 5 points this week and only squeaked out a 1 point win over the Argos the week before. They aren’t playing great football against weak teams. The Eskimos have the ability to turn up their level in big games. I think being embarrassed and on the verge of missing the playoffs qualifies. Look for Edmonton to come out with a big effort and get the win in this game.
Play: Eskimos +4