Last week was a very positive start to life in this tipping sheet, as all three of our predictions had merit to them. Only the much-feared half-point handicap caught us out from getting a clean sweep, but I suspect there’ll be plenty of value in early lines for us to take advantage of in the CFL.
Calgary have a bye week in Week 16, giving everyone a chance to gauge just where they are in relation the Grey Cup favourites.
This week sees the Blue Bombers travel to Hamilton, the Roughriders host the Argonauts and the full-of-confidence BC Lions on the road against Montreal.
Whatever questions remain for the 2019 CFL season, this week should go a long way to providing answers.
Hamilton Tiger Cats @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers – U48: -110
You could not be shot down for saying these are the two best teams in Canada. You will be, by someone, but the stats remain the same regardless of any tainted argument.
Winnipeg have the best offensive record in the country and the second-best defensive record. Hamilton have the second-best offensive record in the country and the best defensive record.
You can dress that up any way you want. These two are prone to turnovers, though – and to trust quarterback play in this wouldn’t be wise.
Expect interceptions, bad reads and clever disguises on defence to make this game tight, with caution coming to the fore.
So often when you see the big hitters come to play, there’s a letdown. This one could easily fall into that category, despite all our best wishes.
Toronto Argonauts @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (-6): -110
Toronto, as predicted, hit a bounce after the bye week. A seven-point loss to Calgary reads well in the formbook, but there’s every chance a combination of good rest and some garbage time points really sugarcoat that one.
I’m surprised the Roughriders are only six points favourites here, and I’m more than happy to jump on board. They’re a good unit, still in the hunt for the 2019 Grey Cup.
Saskatchewan’s run game carved open Montreal a couple of weeks ago and I expect the same, coming off a bye. They’re just a game off Calgary, don’t forget – as the West is far from a foregone conclusion. Tough divisional opponents also means that nine wins in the West is equal to about 11 wins in the East.
Back to Roughriders to well – ride a little easier than usual.
BET: Saskatchewan (-6)
BC Lions (-3.5) @ Montreal Alouettes: -110
The duel-threat of Vernon Adams Jr is now irrelevant for the BC Lions, who look to get back-to-back-back wins in the CFL for the first time this season.
They did it on two separate occasions last year, and that’s more of a reflection of where this team can be when it all comes together.
If the Alouettes rely on Pipkin again, this win should come easier than you’d think against 7-time Grey Cup champions Montreal – simply because it’s hard to readjust your mindset from going from a stand-in to a bench player to a stand-in once again.
You naturally tune out, and if Antonio Pipkin tunes out against a Lions defence that’s hungry, both he and the Alouettes will be eaten alive. The 12 points they’ve given up in the last two games are legit, too – no matter how poor that Ottawa are.