CFL Week 16 Predictions
CFL Today’s Games
Simply betting West teams to win SU and ATS when they are up against Eastern foes has earned many bettors a pretty penny this season. But now that it’s crunch time in regards to playoff races, the West teams actually have a bit more pressure on their shoulders in these games.
I say that because the East Division race is all but sewn up with Ottawa and Toronto likely the only two teams to see post-season play from that division, but the three West teams are in a heated battle within themselves for two playoff spots.
Calgary and Winnipeg will be seeing November action, but Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and BC are all vying for that final spot in the West, and ultimately the cross-over spot in the East. All of them have to view this week’s games against lesser talent from out East as much win games coming down the stretch, but don’t be surprised if at least one of them stumble. Who that team is regmains to be seen, but let’s get right to breaking down the CFL Week 16 games.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 15
- Saskatchewan at Toronto: *Toronto -2.5 (-115) at Sports Interaction
Saskatchewan enters the week in the driver’s seat in that playoff race between themselves, B.C, and Edmonton by virute of having a better record within the division. So if one of the three could “afford” a loss this week it would be the Roughriders.
However, while the East may be locked up with Toronto and Ottawa, those two teams are still battling out for 1st place, and the Argos are playing some great football at the moment. Toronto is 3-0 SU and ATS the last three weeks after a tremendous come-from-behind win over Hamilton a week ago, and QB Ricky Ray and this offense are putting up points almost at will. Toronto has scored 33+ in each of those three wins and should be able to threaten that number again.
But what really makes me love this play on the Argos this week is the fact that this is a revenge game for Toronto after their earlier meeting with Saskatchewan back in late-July didn’t end well. Toronto was outscored 18-3 in the 4th quarter of that game as they blew a contest they were in control of for the first three frames. The Argos are a much better team overall at this point in the season and won’t let this one slip away. With Saskatchewan just 2-5 ATS wehn coming off a SU win, expect the Argos to win this by at least a TD.
- Edmonton at Montreal: *Under 52.5 points (-110) at Sports Interaction
Montreal saw any slim, realistic hope of getting back into the playoff picture in the East go up in flames last week when they were taken behind the woodshed and beaten down by Calgary. The 59-11 defeat was the worst of the year for the Alouettes who have not had much of anthing go right for them in 2017. They hoped bringing in QB Darian Durant would propel them back into the mix, but it’s been anything but.
So with nothing really left to play for, you’ve got to question Montreal’s motivation here for going out and having a good game. Their offense already sucks so I don’t see them all of a sudden flipping a switch and lighting up the scoreboard against an Edmonton team that’s got everything to play for. The Eskimos have lost six straight games after last week’s defeat and need to find a way to turn things around in a hurry if they want to be playing in November for a potential Grey Cup.
For Edmonton to get back in the win column (they are 7.5-point favorites), they’ll need to get much better play from their defense. Going up against this anemic Montreal offense is the perfect spot for them to so so, and a 3-7 O/U run in their last 10 after failing to cover a point spread suggests this game will struggle to see 50 points scored. Throw in Montreal’s 2-6 O/U run in their last eight at home and the ‘under’ is the way to go.
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