It’s week 7 this week in the Canadian Football League and there are four intriguing games on the docket to look at as we continue to get a closer look at which teams are for real, and which ones will struggle to make the playoffs. The odds below come from Sportingbet Canada. New Canadian customers at Sportingbet can collect a $150 cash sign up bonus. Visit Sportingbet
Thursday August 3rd
Calgary Stampeders (-5.0 points) at Toronto Argonauts
Week 7 kicks off with what has the makings to be a great game between the first place team in the East, the Toronto Argos, and the ever dangerous Calgary Stampeders who currently sit second in the West with a record of 4-1-1.
Toronto will play host on Thursday night at BMO Field and will be looking to get back in the win column after dropping a heartbreaking game last week at Saskatchewan. The double Blue actually played well and looked to be in line for it’s fourth win of the year however new Riders wideout Duron Carter decided to put an end to that narrative behind his best game of the year, eclipsing the 100 yard mark and adding a couple of touchdowns. Including a likely catch of the year candidate in the second half.
The Argos will be in tough this week as they lost two key parts of the defensive line on Saturday night’s loss to Saskatchewan and will now go up against the most potent offense in the league.
The Stampeders are flying high as they look for their third straight win and are coming off the biggest blowout of the season thus far. The Stamps feasted on a winless Hamilton Tiger Cats team as they truly beat the life out of the Cats 60-1. Running back Jerome Messam made an absolute mockery of the suspect Hamilton defense as the Canadian ran for 91 yards on just 11 carries and found paydirt three times in the process.
Toronto has some playmakers, and Ricky Ray is fresh off becoming the all-time passing leader in franchise history, but this line is far too juicy to pass up on Calgary.
Friday August 4th
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Ottawa Redblacks (-2.5 points)
Friday night football in the CFL sees the 3-2 Blue Bombers head to the Nation’s capital to take on an Ottawa Redblacks team that desperately needs to win it’s second game of the season.
The Bombers look good of late and are coming off a thrilling one point win over the Alouettes last week when they snuck out a 41-40 victory last week.
QB Matt Nichols has been good but not great this year for Winnipeg, and the Bombers are still waiting for wideout Weston Dressler to play up to his career averages and ignite the stagnant offense.
Ottawa are the defending Grey Cup champs and although their record may not be very appealing, it is not indicative of how the team’s been playing this season. Ottawa have been in every game they’ve played this season and have been the victims of some bad luck. Of the four losses for Ottawa thus far, they’ve lost those games by a combined 12 points. They’re hoping the bye week serves them well as they should be able to find the win column barring any more bad luck on offense.
Friday August 4th
Hamilton Tiger Cats at Edmonton Eskimos (-14 points)
The second game of the Friday night double header has all the makings of a laugher when the battle of perfection unfolds. On one hand you have the Edmonton Eskimos, 5-0 on the season and atop the CFL and are without any obvious weaknesses on either side of the ball. Then you have the Hamilton Tiger Cats, an unmitigated disaster as they are a perfect 0-5 on the season and have done everything possible to not win a game this year. The team’s offense has sputtered, quarterback Zach Collaros has looked underwhelming, as has the rest of the team, and last week the defense surrendered 60 points to the Stampeders in the 60-1 blowout.
Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly has been enjoying a great season thus far as he has put up 326 yards per game through the air and has 9 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions and a very impressive 72.3 percent efficiency.
There really isn’t much more to handicap in this game aside from the question as to whether or not the Eskimos will cover the line of two converted touchdowns. Buckle up for this barn burner.
Saturday August 5th
Saskatchewan Roughriders at BC Lions (-6.5 points)
Week 7 wraps up with a what should be a very close game between Saskatchewan and BC as they meet at BC Place. The Lions come in with a 4-2 record on the year and sit third in a very difficult Western Conference behind Edmonton and Calgary. The Lions have a very frustrating dilemma as their 190 points scored trail only Calgary for tops in the CFL, however their inability to hold the opposition off the board has hurt their potential record. The Lions have conceded 166 points this year and have shown serious flaws in obvious passing downs, and now have to face Kevin Glenn who is averaging 320 yards per game and has 11 touchdowns on the season.
Lions quarterback Travis Lulay continues to be his own worst enemy as the veteran passer is struggling to find his rhythm this year. Lulay has completed an impressive 75.2 percent of his passes, however most of those are little short dump passes for low yardage. When Lulay has decided to air it out he’s thrown almost as many interceptions as he has scores (7-6).
Regardless of the numbers the rivalry between these two teams is always a good one and this week should wrap up with a hard fought battle between two Western foes.