CFL Betting Notes - Week 2
July 1, 2013
By David Schwab
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The 2013 CFL regular season got underway last week and it was a golden opportunity to go with the ‘chalk’ as all four favorites covered against the spread. Montreal kicked things off last Thursday night with a 38-33 victory over Winnipeg as a 3 ½-point road favorite.
Friday night’s double-header started with Toronto hammering out a 39-34 win over Hamilton as a 3 ½-point favorite at home followed by Calgary’s impressive 44-32 pasting of British Columbia as 3 ½-point home favorite as well. Saskatchewan closed out Week 1’s action with a 39-18 romp over Edmonton as a 2 ½-point road favorite on Saturday.
The following is a brief betting preview for Week 2 of the CFL regular season with the opening pointspread and ‘over/under’ lines provided by 5Dimes.
Thursday, July 4
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Montreal Alouettes
Point-spread: Montreal -7 ½
Total: 53 ½
The Blue Bombers will now go on the road in the back-half of this home-and-home series and have to be kicking themselves for blowing a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter of last Thursday’s game. Buck Pierce threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns but he was also picked off three times. Montreal’s Anthony Calvillo went 20-for 35 for 264 yards and one touchdown. The Blue Bombers only managed to rush for 38 total yards.
Winnipeg is 14-5-2 ATS in its last 21 games against a team with a winning record but just 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games on the road. The Alouettes are 5-13 ATS in the last 18 East Division games and 8-23 ATS in their last 31 games following a straight-up win. Winnipeg is 7-3 ATS in the last 10 meetings between the two and the total has stayed UNDER in three of the last five games in Montreal.
Toronto Argonauts vs. British Columbia Lions
Point-spread: BC -3 ½
The Argonauts got a big-time performance from Ricky Ray in their season opener with 368 yards passing and four touchdown throws as well as from running back Chad Kackert, who rushed for 112 yards on 10 carries. The Lions uncharacteristically gave up 31 points in the first half against Calgary last week while scoring just six points and they were never able to close that gap.
Toronto is 4-0 ATS in its last four games following a SU win and 7-1 ATS in its last eight road games. BC is 4-0 ATS in its last four games following a SU loss and 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games at home. The Argonauts are 1-6 SU in their last seven games against the Lions and 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six games.
Friday, July 5
Calgary Stampeders vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Point-spread: Calgary -1
Calgary has to be happy with how it played last week on both sides of the ball. Drew Tate got the start at quarterback and completed 70.4 percent of his throws for 237 yards and three scores. Meanwhile, the Roughriders opened a 36-1 lead in the third quarter against Edmonton before calling off the dogs.
The Stampeders are 4-0-1 ATS in their last five West Division games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games. The Roughriders are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games following a SU win and 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in Week 2. Calgary is 7-1 SU and 5-2-1 ATS in the last eight meetings and the total has gone OVER in three of the last four games between the two.
Sunday, July 7
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Point-spread: Hamilton -7
Total: 55 ½
The Eskimos will try and pick up the pieces from last week’s ugly opening day performance in front of the hometown crowd. Quarterbacks Mike Reilly and Jonathan Crompton combined to go just 23-of-46 and were intercepted three times. Tiger-Cats’ quarterback Henry Burris passed for 361 yards and three touchdowns in a losing efforts against Toronto.
Edmonton is 2-5 ATS in its last seven Week 2 games and 1-4 ATS in its last five road games. Hamilton is 4-1 ATS in its last five games following a SU loss and a perfect 7-0 ATS in its last seven games in July. The Eskimos have failed to cover in 12 of their last 17 games against Hamilton and they are just 2-7 ATS in their last nine road games against the Tiger-Cats. The total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings.
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