CFL Week 17 Predictions
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Week 16′s schedule of four games of East teams vs West teams saw the conferences split 2-2 SU and ATS with both Eastern teams winning on the road as underdogs. The fact that Montreal and Toronto couldn’t get the job done at home was a little surprising, but Hamilton’s 30-13 win as 12-point underdogs in Winnipeg was clearly the biggest shock of the week. Hamilton has looked like a team that’s still got plenty of fight left in them regarding the playoff chase, and after their disatrous 0-8 SU start to the year, getting to the playoffs would be quite a remarkable feat.
Week 17′s slate has all three East teams in action catching points once again, with Ottawa being the smallest of the Eastern underdogs at +3. They are in Saskatchewan to take on a Roughriders team that’s in an intense playoff battle themselves – with Edmonton and BC – and there is no doubt the result of that game will have a big impact on the standings in both divisions.
Aside from that game, we’ve got a rested Calgary team laying big points on the road against the aforementioned Hamilton Tigercats, BC in Winnipeg for an all-Western clash, and Edmonton laying a TD at home against the Argos. All eight of these teams need a win in their own way, so Week 17 should bring plenty of exciting CFL football to fans and bettors alike.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 17
- Calgary at Hamilton: *Hamilton+9.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
I touched on the fact that Hamilton has been playing some inspired football the past six weeks to get their record up to 4-10 SU, and now trail Ottawa by five points in the standings for that 2nd playoff spot in the East. It’s been clear for awhile that the 3rd Eastern Division playoff spot will go to a West team via the cross-over rule on havign a better record, so Hamilton’s got to finish on fire to pass either Ottawa or Toronto in the standings.
The good news for the underdogged Tigercats this week is the fact that they are playing much better these days and taking on a Calgary team that might have to shake off a bit of rust and wake up to get the intensity level up. Normally teams off a bye week are great SU and ATS plays and there is no question the Stampeders have been the best team in the league all year long, but Calgary’s kind of in that no man’s land right now. They’ve basically already locked up 1st place in the West, meaning they’ve got very little to play for until the playoffs start.
That’s a tricky spot for a team to not only win, but more importantly win by double digits, and we’ve already seen a bit of money come Hamilton’s way as the line got pushed down from it’s opening number of +10. Situationally, when one team has everything to play for (Hamilton) and one team has virtually nothing to play for (Calgary) and is still possibly thinking about what they did on their week vacation, give me the team that’s hungry, in good form, and at home. Throw in an extra 9.5 points as a home dog and I’m sold.
- Toronto at Edmonton: *Over 54.5 points (-110) at Sports Interaction
Toronto and Edmonton both have playoff positioning to play for this week, although Edmonton’s probably in the more desperate situation out West. The Eskimos did look somewhat like the team that began the year 7-0 SU last week with a 42-24 win in Montreal, as it was an emphatic way to halt their six-game losing streak. This week they host an Argos team as touchdown home favorites, but it’s not exactly the spread I’m looking at here.
Nine of the past 10 meetings between Toronto and Edmonton have cashed ‘over’ tickets as these two love to play high scoring games. Whether it’s because Toronto QB Ricky Ray is back against his old team, or the lack of general hatred showing up in poor tackling during this East/West contest, points tend to be aplenty. Edmonton is coming off a game of scoring 42+ so the offense is in good form, and Toronto hasn’t played a game that had less than 50 total points scored in four weeks. This week’s game shouldn’t be any different then the previous 10 meetings.
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