Last Updated Aug 30, 2021, 9:57 AM
CFL Betting Notes - Week 13
A late start to Week 12 of the CFL regular season opened on Sunday with Saskatchewan grinding out a 19-17 victory in a home-and-home series opener against West Division rival Winnipeg closing as a 5 ½-point home favorite.
In a double-header of action on Labor Day, Hamilton came away with a 38-27 victory against Toronto in a game that ended as a PUSH with the Tiger-Cats closing as 11-point home favorites. Calgary got the best of Edmonton 25-9 as a 3 ½-point home favorite in the first of two back-to-back games against its West Division rivals.
Friday, Sept. 6
British Columbia Lions (1-9 SU, 3-7 ATS) at Montreal Alouettes (5-4 SU, 5-4 ATS)
Point-spread: Montreal -7
Total: 51 ½
The Lions are already riding out the string with just one straight-up win. They are 2-4 against the spread on the road this season and 3-4 ATS when closing as underdogs. The total has gone OVER in three of their last five road games. Heading into last week’s bye, BC has lost its last six games SU with a 2-5 record ATS over its past seven outings. In a Week 11 loss to Hamilton, the offense managed just 10 points despite Mike Reilly throwing for 286 yards and a score.
Montreal is surprisingly in the hunt for this year’s playoffs out of the East Division. The Alouettes went into last week’s bye with back-to-back road wins against Calgary and Toronto. They are still just 1-3 ATS over their previous four games with the total staying UNDER in three of their last five outings. Vernon Adams Jr. continues to play well at quarterback with 1,889 passing yards and nine touchdown throws in eight games. He threw for 335 yards and two scores his last time out.
-- BC does have a 4-1 edge both SU and ATS in its last five road games against the Alouettes. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last six meetings in Montreal and it has stayed UNDER in eight of the last 12 matchups overall.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Toronto Argonauts (1-9 SU, 4-5-1 ATS) at Ottawa RedBlacks (3-7 SU, 4-6 ATS)
Point-spread: Ottawa -5
Total: 51 ½
Toronto is another team that is already making plans for next season. It has posted a 1-3-1 record ATS in five previous road games this season and the total has gone OVER in three of its last four games after going OVER 52 points in Monday’s loss to Hamilton. The Argonauts took a 13-point lead into halftime, but another second-half collapse led to their ninth SU loss in 10 games. Mcleod Bethel-Thompson continues to put up big numbers throwing the ball with 337 yards passing and two scores in that latest losing effort.
The RedBlacks come off a bye in desperate need of a win to stay in the postseason race. A SU 2-0 start is a distance memory with just one more win in their last eight games. This will be the first meeting against Toronto this season. The total went OVER 49 points in a recent 40-18 road loss to Saskatchewan after staying UNDER in four of their previous five games. Three different quarterbacks saw action in that game led by Jonathan Jennings with 208 yards passing the ball. Ottawa gave up 24 points on five turnovers.
-- Toronto has an 8-3 SU edge in the last 11 meetings of this East Division tilt, but Ottawa is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 home games against the Argonauts. The total has stayed UNDER in eight of the last nine meetings in Ottawa.
Saskatchewan (7-3 SU, 7-3 ATS) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-3 SU, 8-3 ATS)
Point-spread: Winnipeg -1 ½
The Roughriders can take the lead in the West standings with a series sweep on Saturday. Sunday’s win was their six in a row SU and it was the first time they failed to cover the closing spread in that same span of games. The total stayed UNDER 47 ½ points and it has stayed UNDER in three of their last four games. Saskatchewan is 3-1 ATS in four previous road games this season. The difference in Sunday’s game was a 26-yard field with time running out. Cody Fajardo completed 25-of-39 passes for 300 yards and a score.
Winnipeg remains short-handed on offense with quarterback Mike Nichols out with injury and running back Andrew Harris finishing up a two-game league suspension. In their place in Sunday’s game, Chris Streveler went 16-for-24 passing the ball for 161 yards. He threw one touchdown pass against a pair of interceptions. Johnny Augustine gained 98 rushing yards on 12 carries. The Blue Bombers are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS at home this season.
-- Winnipeg has a slight 6-4 SU edge over the past 10 meetings in this West Division clash with an even 5-5 mark ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in the last three matchups after going OVER in the previous five meetings.
Calgary Stampeders (6-4 SU, 4-6 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (6-5 SU, 4-7 ATS)
Point-spread: Edmonton -1
Calgary had lost its previous two games to Winnipeg on the road and to Montreal at home ahead of Monday’s win. It is 3-1 ATS over its last four games with the total staying UNDER the closing line in six of its last eight contests. Bo Levi Mitchell was back under center for the Stampeders on Monday and he looked sharp in his return with 263 yards passing and one touchdown throw while completing 67.9 percent of his 28 passing attempts. KaDeem Carey had a big day running the ball with 143 yards rushing on 16 carries.
This becomes a crucial game for Edmonton in the West Division title race. It lost to Winnipeg at home 34-28 in Week 11 as a 5 ½-point favorite. It also has a previous 24-18 loss to Calgary as one-point road favorites on Aug. 3. This is part of a SU 2-4 record in division play. Trevor Harris was able to complete 77.1 percent of his 35 passing attempts for 216 yards, but he could not get the Eskimos into the end zone through the air. The offense only added another 55 yards on the ground.
-- Calgary has won eight of the last 10 meetings SU, but this series is tied at 5-5 ATS during the same span. The total has now stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings overall and it has also stayed UNDER in two of the last three meetings in Edmonton.