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CFL Betting Notes - Week 13

Week 12 Betting Recap

The extended Labor Day weekend schedule in the CFL got underway with a stunner on Friday night when Montreal shutdown Ottawa 21-11 as a heavy 16-point road underdog. Moving to Sunday’s matchup between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan, the Roughriders covered as 3 ½-point home favorites in a 31-23 victory.

Monday’s doubleheader of Labor Day action started with Calgary getting past Edmonton 23-20 as a 7 ½-point home favorite. Hamilton closed things out by hammering Toronto 42-28 as a nine-point favorite at home.

Friday, Sept. 7

Ottawa RedBlacks (6-4 SU, 4-6 ATS) at British Columbia Lions (3-6 SU, 5-4 ATS)
Point-spread: BC -2 ½
Total: 52

Game Overview

Ottawa continues to lead the East Division by one game, but the embarrassing loss to Montreal is another example of the overall weakness in this half of the league. The RedBlacks have failed to cover in five of their last seven games and the total has stayed UNDER in three of their last five outings. One of the biggest concerns heading into this week’s game is the 328 yards of total offense in last week’s loss against the most porous defense in the league.

Coming off a Week 12 bye, the Lions have just one SU victory in their last five games. The total stayed UNDER 50 ½ points in a 24-21 loss to Saskatchewan their last time out as 2 ½-point home favorites and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in five of their last six contests. Travis Lulay continues to get the call at quarterback and he has thrown for seven touchdowns and four interceptions in six previous starts.

Betting Trends

-- Ottawa has won five of the last seven meetings SU, but BC is 6-2 SU in its last eight home games against the RedBlacks. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six meetings in BC.

Saturday, Sept. 8

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-5 SU, 4-5-1 ATS) at Toronto Argonauts (3-7 SU, 4-6 ATS)
Point-spread: Hamilton -5
Total: 52 ½

Game Overview

Hamilton drew first blood in this East Division home-and-home series while also closing the gap with Ottawa in the standings. The Tiger-Cats were clicking on all cylinders this Monday with Jeremiah Masoli throwing for 385 yards and three touchdowns, while Alex Green added another 115 yards and two scores on the ground. Hamilton’s defense did its part by holding Toronto to 221 yards of total offense.

The Argonauts have failed to cover in four of their last six games overall, but they are 3-2 against the spread at home this season. The total went OVER 51 points in Monday’s loss and it has gone OVER in four of those last six games. McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed fewer than half of his 29 passing attempts against the Tiger-Cats and he failed to get the offense into the end zone through the air.

Betting Trends

-- Hamilton has covered ATS in 10 of the last 13 meetings and the total has gone OVER in five of the last seven meetings of the East Division tilt.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-4 SU, 6-4 ATS) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-6 SU, 5-5-1 ATS)
Point-spread: Winnipeg -3 ½
Total: 53

Game Overview

Saskatchewan extended its current winning streak to three games both SU and ATS with Sunday’s win in this home-and-home opener. The total went OVER 52 ½ points in that game and it has now gone OVER in four of its last six games with a scoring average of 27.8 points per game. Zach Collaros completed 18 of his 30 passing attempts for 250 yards with seven of those receptions going to Naaman Roosevelt for 86 yards.

This Saturday’s rematch suddenly becomes very important to Winnipeg’s playoff positioning in the jumbled West Division standings. The Blue Bombers are looking to snap a three-game skid both SU and ATS. The total has gone OVER in five of their last six games behind a defense that has allowed an average of 28.5 PPG.

Betting Trends

-- Winnipeg has won four of its last six home games against the Roughriders and the total has gone OVER in five of the last six meetings overall in this West Division matchup.

Calgary Stampeders (9-1 SU, 6-4 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (6-5 SU, 5-6 ATS)
Point-spread: Calgary -3
Total: 53 ½

Game Overview

Calgary has not been as dominant in its last four games at 1-3 ATS after covering the spread in five of its first six games. The total stayed UNDER 54 points in Monday’s win and in seven of its first 10 games. The difference in the first installment of this West Division home-and-home was a last-second 43-yard field goal by Rene Paredes as part of his five field goals in that game. Bo Levi Mitchell did injure his knee, but he was back in the game for that final scoring drive.

The Eskimos have now dropped three of their last four games SU with the total staying UNDER or ending as a PUSH if four of their last five games. Edmonton returns home with a SU 4-1 record this season while going 2-3 ATS. Mike Reilly ended the game against Calgary with 250 yards passing and one touchdown throw against one interception. He continues to lead the CFL with a total of 3,546 passing yards and 23 touchdown throws.

Betting Trends

-- Edmonton has covered the spread in four of its last five games against the Stampeders, but it is just 1-6 SU in the last seven meetings. The total has stayed UNDER in six of the last nine meetings in Calgary.

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