Thursday July 27th: Alouettes at Blue Bombers
It all kicks off on Thursday night at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg as a couple of two win teams strap on the pads in search of win number three on the year. Winnipeg are 2-2 on the year and have failed to string together consecutive solid outings as they gear up for Montreal (2-3) who are looking for their first road win in this their third attempt.
The Als are coming off a disappointing 24-19 loss to Ottawa last week in a game in which they had the lead and squandered it in the second half to the reigning Grey Cup champs. Alouettes quarterback Darian Durant went off for 452 passing yards on 35 of 42 attempts with a couple of majors however it wasn’t enough to earn win number three on the year.
Winnipeg feel equally as snake bitten as they too are coming off a loss last week in which they hung 42 points on a very good BC Lions defense, yet still managed to surrender a whopping 45 points. The defense of Winnipeg was porous to say the least as Lion’s QB Travis Lulay feasted on a suspect secondary to the tune of 404 passing yards and two touchdowns.
MON Alouettes +3.5 (1.90) Moneyline (2.45) Over 51.0 (1.90)
WIN Bluebombers -3.5 (1.90) Moneyline (1.60) Under 51.0 (1.90)
Friday July 28th: Lions at Eskimos
The visiting BC Lions look very good so far this season and when they head into Edmonton for a Western showdown on Friday night football they will look to extend their league best four game winning streak. The Eskimos are a perfect 4-0 on the season while the Lions (4-1) have rattled off four straight victories after suffering their lone loss of the year against this very team. The Eskimos pulled off the impressive 30-27 road win in week 1 to start the season on the right foot. The Lions looked good in the game however their 16 point fourth quarter fell just short as they opened the season off with a home loss.
The Lions offense is potent this year and have scored a league best 164 points through its first five games on the season. The Eskimos boast the league’s lowest scoring defense thus far as they are the only team defense to concede under the century mark so far. They’ve allowed 95 points in their three wins and will face a tough task when the visiting BC Lions bring their high-flying offense to town. With first place in the conference on the line you can bet that this will be a hard hitting affair between two of the league’s best teams going toe to toe.
BC Lions +1.5 (1.90) Moneyline (2.05) Over 54.5 (1.90)
EDM Eskimos -1.5 (1.90) Moneyline (1.80) Under 54.5 (1.90)
Saturday July 29th: Argonauts at Roughriders
On Monday night the Toronto Argos pulled out a last second field goal as time expired to break a deadlock tie and ultimately won the game in front of a rainy, sold out home crowd as they knocked off the Ottawa Redblacks for the second time this season. Toronto has now compiled a perfect 3-0 record within the division and their record of 3-2 has them atop the Eastern division ahead of this weekend’s game in Saskatchewan.
The Roughriders (1-3) desperately need to start winning games if they have any aspirations of keeping pace in a very difficult Western conference. Saskatchewan got smoked its last game when they lost 27-10 to the Stampeders in a game that was never even as close as the score may have indicated. Quarterback Kevin Glenn has actually performed well this year as his 315 yards per game average and seven touchdowns on the year are solid. However the four interceptions at backbreaking times in games is what has ultimately cost the last place team. Defensively the Riders have been stout as seen in their 103 to 107 point differential which is beyond decent for a last place team.
This is a game that Saskatchewan can win even though they come in as slight favourites, considering how inconsistent Toronto has been on the road in recent years.
TOR Argonauts +3.0 (1.90) Moneyline (2.30) Over 53.5 (1.90)
SAS Roughriders -3.0 (1.90) Moneyline (1.66) Under 53.5 (1.90)
Hamilton Tigercats at Calgary Stampeders
Week six wraps up on Sunday night football as the Tiger Cats will visit McMahon Stadium in Calgary.
Hamilton are in a tough spot so far as they are the only winless team in the league, and Calgary isn’t exactly the easiest place to win even during the best of times. Hamilton’s Zach Collaros has struggled to find his groove so far this year as he’s thrown more touchdowns than interceptions, and is only averaging 260 yards per game on less than 62% efficiency. Not a very promising stat line for a guy who many predicted would be in line to compete for the Most Outstanding Player award this season.
On the other side of the field are the 3-1-1 Calgary Stampeders who are led by offensive stallworth Bo Levi Mitchell under center as they look to stay perfect (2-0) at home field this year. Mitchell is always on the shortlist to win the CFL’s MOP award as continues to go about his business on a regular basis. Mitchell has thrown for nearly 330 yards per game with 9 touchdowns to just three picks and continues to get the entire offense involved in which seems to be every single offensive drive. Get your popcorn ready as this could be another long night for the subpar Hamilton Tiger Cats before they return home next week.
HAM Tiger-Cats +13.0 (1.90) Moneyline (5.50) Over 55.5 (1.90)
CAL Stampeders -13.0 (1.90) Moneyline (1.16) Under 55.5 (1.90)