CFL Betting Notes - Week 17
October 16, 2012
By David Schwab
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The cream is starting to rise to the top in CFL with all four favorites winning both straight-up and against the spread last week. British Columbia started things off last Friday night with a 37-17 victory over Hamilton as a 1 ½ -point road favorite.
The early game on Saturday saw Calgary run past Winnipeg 32-21 as a three-point road favorite to clinch a spot in the postseason. Later in the day, Edmonton improved its playoff chances with a 37-20 win over Saskatchewan as a one-point favorite at home. Montreal made its way back into the playoffs on Sunday by doubling-up Toronto 24-12 as a 2 ½ -point road favorite.
The following is brief preview of Week 17 in the CFL along with the opening point spread and 'over/under' lines as provided by 5Dimes.
Friday, Oct. 19
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts OFF Total: OFF
You can just about put the fork in Winnipeg's playoff chances at 4-11 SU but it has been competitive ATS at 7-8. The total has stayed UNDER in five of its last six games. The Argonauts are clinging to a playoff spot right now in the East at 7-8 SU (7-8 ATS) but still need a couple of victories to officially clinch a spot. The total has stayed UNDER in their last four games.
The Blue Bombers have already lost the first two meetings this season SU but they earned a split ATS with each team covering on the road. Winnipeg is 8-18 ATS in its last 26 trips to Toronto and the total has stayed UNDER in 13 of the last 18 meetings overall.
Edmonton Eskimos vs. British Columbia Lions (-8) Total: 47
The Eskimos' back-to-back victories over Calgary and the Tiger-Cats raised their overall record to 7-8 SU and 9-6 ATS. They have now covered in three of their last four games with the total going OVER in three of them. BC is firmly in the driver seat for another West Division title at a CFL-best 11-4 SU, but it is under .500 ATS at 7-8. The total has stayed UNDER in its last four games.
These teams split two earlier meetings this season with each team winning SU on the road. Edmonton snapped a four-game losing streak to the Lions both SU and ATS with a 27-14 victory on July 20 as an 8 ½ -point road underdog while BC returned the favor in a 19-81 squeaker as a 3 ½ -point road favorite on Sept.22. The total stayed UNDER in both games and has now stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings.
Saturday, Oct. 20
Montreal Alouettes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (-3 ½) Total: 53
Montreal extended its lead in the East to two games with last week's win. It is now 9-6 SU and 7-8 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games. The Roughriders are 8-7 both SU and ATS and can clinch a playoff spot in the West with a win and some help. The total has stayed UNDER in six of their last nine games.
The Alouettes beat Saskatchewan 28-17 back on Sept.16 as 6 ½ -point favorites at home and have now won eight of the last 10 meetings SU. The Roughriders have a 6-2 edge ATS in the last eight meetings and the total has stayed UNDER in seven of the last 10 meetings including the first game between the two this year.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders (-6 ½) Total: 55 ½
The Tiger-Cats playoff chances are on life-support at 5-10 SU (7-8 ATS) and they have just two SU victories in their last 10 games. The total has gone OVER in five of their last seven games. Calgary is now 9-6 SU and 8-7 ATS. It is just 2-2 SU and ATS in its last four games and the total has gone OVER in three of those contests.
Calgary beat Hamilton 31-20 in early August as a four-point road underdog. The total stayed UNDER the 59 ½-point line but it went OVER in the previous three meetings. The Stampeders have won seven of the last nine meetings SU and are 6-2 ATS in the last eight. They are 4-1 ATS at home against Hamilton in the last five meetings.