CFL Friday Night Football Week 12
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The first game of the week, on Friday night at 10:00 PM EST is between the Montreal Alouettes and BC Lions. These two teams used to play on Labour Day, but with the recent return of Ottawa to the league, the Lions got the weekend off. The second game of the weekend and first of three on Saturday is a rematch of last week between Saskatchewan and Winnipeg. The two teams split their first two meetings, but this will be the first time that Winnipeg is the home team.
The next game, a Saturday evening showdown in Ottawa includes the two hottest teams in the East division. Hamilton finally won their last game in a crazy game featuring a two-plus hour delay, while the Ottawa Redblacks dismantled the Montreal Alouettes on the road. If Hamilton can win this week, they have a serious chance at making the playoffs.
Last game of the weekend and the second rematch of the week sees Calgary travel north to battle their biggest rival, the Edmonton Eskimos. Calgary manhandled Edmonton last week but will be in for a tougher game on the road. If Edmonton can pull off the upset, the West division will once again be wide open, making the final half of the CFL season even more enjoyable.
After a crazy Labour Day weekend, going much later than planned, the odds for week 12 are finally available, and there are some great betting options. The first is an over bet on one of the lowest over/under lines of the season. The second is a double-digit underdog coming off a big win and looking to keep the momentum going. The last bet of week 12 of the CFL regular season is a moneyline on a home underdog.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 12
- Montreal at BC: Over 49.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
After having a week off to sort things out, the BC Lions look ready to get back in the win column on Friday night against the Montreal Alouettes. The Lions, even with their recent struggles, have one of the best offences in the league. Montreal will be in for a test against the Lions, but they should be able to top the four points they scored last week. Look for both offences to get things going in the dome on Friday and beat the 47.2 points they combined to average this season.
- Hamilton at Ottawa: Hamilton +12.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
Finally, after sweeping changes, eight straight losses and some controversy, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats won a game. Hamilton will try and put together a winning streak against the Ottawa Redblacks on Saturday. The Redblacks look like the class of the East, after shellacking the Alouettes by 28 last week. The Redblacks have the third best point differential in the CFL and should be able to extend their winning streak to four games this weekend. Still, 12.5 points is a lot, and Hamilton has some momentum. Look for the Tiger-Cats to cover.
- Calgary at Edmonton: Edmonton (+185) at Sports Interaction
After losing in humiliating fashion against the Calgary Stampeders on Labour Day weekend, the Edmonton Eskimos look to extract some revenge on Saturday night. Calgary is far-and-away the class of the CFL this season, but have a history of struggling against the Eskimos in Edmonton. Calgary is favoured on the road by -6.0, but this game should be much more competitive than last week. Last season, in their Edmonton game, the Stampeders won 34-28 in overtime, while the year before Edmonton won by 11 at home. Expect Edmonton to rebound in week 12 and for a chance at some extra money take Edmonton on the moneyline.
With Labour Day weekend over, now is a very good time to revisit some CFL power rankings to see how each team is stacking up overall. Last weekend saw some big wins that caused a stir in the league. Entering week 12, this is how each team ranks.
- Calgary Stampeders
- Saskatchewan Roughriders
- Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Ottawa Redblacks
- Edmonton Eskimos
- BC Lions
- Toronto Argonauts
- Montreal Alouettes
- Hamilton Tigers-Cats
As is no surprise to anyone who follows the CFL, the Calgary Stampeders are first in the power rankings. The Stamps lead the CFL in points scored, points allowed and wins. Second, which may be a surprise is the Roughriders. The Roughriders are second in point differential and are tied for the second longest winning streak in the league. Winnipeg has been good this season, but a 14-point loss to Saskatchewan last week keeps them out of the top two.
Ottawa is raising up the CFL rankings and is the only Grey Cup contender in the East. After a slow start to the season, Ottawa has won three straight and has an easy schedule ahead. Edmonton, who started the season off 7-0, has now lost three straight, and the team is struggling. A win this week could put them back in the top three. BC is in a similar boat to Edmonton, starting hot and now riding a three game losing streak. They still are a tough team to beat, but right now they do not deserve a higher spot on the list.
The last three teams all come from the East division. The Toronto Argonauts get the weekend off and could use the time to get healthy and make a push for the division crown. Montreal’s paltry offence has hurt them all season and should they not see a significant improvement soon, they will likely end the season out of the playoffs. Last is Hamilton. Although they won last week, they are still the worst team in the Canadian Football League.
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