CFL Betting Notes - Week 18
October 22, 2012
By David Schwab
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The playoff picture in the CFL is finally starting to take shape with just two weeks left in the regular season. Looking back at last week's results, Winnipeg kept Toronto from clinching a playoff spot last Friday with a 44-32 victory as a five-point road underdog. British Columbia locked-up the West Division title with a 39-19 win over Edmonton as a 5 ½-point home favorite in Friday's other game.
Montreal clinched the East Division title with a 34-28 victory over Saskatchewan this past Saturday as a five-point road underdog. Calgary closed things out on Saturday night by squeaking by Hamilton 34-32 as a seven-point home favorite.
The following is brief preview of Week 18 in the CFL along with the opening point spread and 'over/under' lines as provided by 5Dimes.
Friday, Oct. 26
British Columbia Lions vs. Calgary Stampeders OFF Total: OFF
BC is in a position to rest its starters after clinching the No.1 seed in the West with a 12-4 record straight-up. It is 8-8 against the spread and the total has stayed UNDER in four of its last five games. Calgary had already clinched a playoff spot but still needs a win to lock-up a home game in the first round. It is 10-6 SU and 8-8 ATS with the total going OVER in four of its last five games.
The Lions have already won the first two meetings this season by a combined score of 61-30 to extend their winning streak to four games SU. They are 3-1 ATS in those four contests and the total has stayed UNDER three times. The Stampeders are 6-2 SU at home this season but just 3-5 ATS.
Saturday, Oct. 27
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-4) Total: 56 ½
This will be the battle to stay out of the basement in the East with both teams coming in at 5-11 SU and 8-8 ATS on the year. Winnipeg has won three of its last five games SU and ATS and the total has stayed UNDER in five of its last seven games. Hamilton is riding a three-game losing streak and has just two SU wins in its last 10 games. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games.
The Blue Bombers won the first two meetings between the two this season both SU and ATS as underdogs at home. They have now beaten the Tiger-Cats six-straight times SU and are 5-1 ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of those six games, but it did split this season. The total has also stayed UNDER in the last four meetings in Hamilton.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (-6) Total: 50 ½
Toronto finally got Ricky Ray back as its starting quarterback but it did not help in last Friday's loss to Winnipeg. The Argonauts have now lost five of their last six games to fall to 7-9 both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in four of their last five games. Despite last week's loss to Montreal, the Roughriders clinched a playoff spot in the West. They are 8-8 SU and ATS with the total going OVER in three of their last five games.
Saskatchewan pasted the Argonauts 36-10 in the first meeting this season as a 1.5-point underdog on the road. It has now won seven of the last nine meetings SU but the series is tied at 4-4-1 ATS. Toronto is 4-1-1 ATS in its last six trips to Saskatchewan and the total has stayed UNDER in the last four meetings overall.
Sunday, Oct. 28
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal Alouettes (-4) Total: 52 ½
Edmonton can lock-up a playoff spot as a crossover team from the West with a win. It is 7-9 SU and 9-7 ATS after going 2-1 both ways in its last three games. The total has gone OVER in its last four games. Montreal is another team that is in a position to rest its starters after improving to 10-6 SU (8-8 ATS) with last week's division-clinching win over the Roughriders. The total has stayed UNDER in four of its last six games.
The Eskimos have lost the last five games of this series both SU and ATS including a 38-25 loss as two-point home favorite earlier this year. The Alouettes are actually 8-2 ATS in the last 10 meetings with the total split evenly at 5-5 over the same stretch of games. Edmonton has failed to cover in its last five trips to Montreal.