CFL Thursday Night Football Week 8
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With four games over four days, week eight of the CFL will be a great one. The first game of the week sees a rematch of the 2015 Grey Cup – as the Edmonton Eskimos travel to Ottawa. Even though Ottawa’s record is disappointing, every game they have played this season has been very close. The next game is a big one, as Toronto and Montreal will battle it out on Friday – with the winner of this game leaving in first in the Eastern Division.
The next game comes on Saturday, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Hamilton Tiger-Cats met in Steel Town. Hamilton is reeling this season but did show some gusto in week seven. The last game of the weekend is a rematch between the BC Lions and Saskatchewan Roughriders. BC handily dispatched Saskatchewan last week but will be in for a tougher game on the road.
First, before driving into the odds for week eight it is important to point out that the odds for the Toronto-Montreal game may not be available or may shift due to the Ricky Ray’s injury situation. That game, however, is being previewed as it is arguably the biggest game of the weekend. Outside of that match, there are two bets that are currently available. The first is a home underdog, looking to pull off a big upset. The second is a rare under bet, on a higher than usual line.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 8
- Edmonton at Ottawa: Ottawa +2.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
As bad as the Ottawa Redblacks’ record may be, it just seems like they cannot be counted out of any game this season. Having only won a single game this year, out of seven opportunities, it is almost shocking to see the Redblacks point differential is just -8. Ottawa will be in for a very tough game this weekend, as the undefeated Edmonton Eskimos come to town. The Eskies looked a little pedestrian last week, beating Hamilton – the worst team in the CFL – by only five points. Look for a close and exciting game, with Ottawa quite possibly sneaking out a victory.
- Toronto at Montreal: Montreal Moneyline at Sports Interaction
With the health of Ricky Ray still looming, the Toronto Argonauts currently dwell in a precarious situation. If Ray is not ready or able to play on Friday night, the Argos will be in some trouble. If he can play, the team may deploy a more conservative game plan to protect Ray. Either way, the signs are pointing towards the Montreal Alouettes winning a crucial game at home. If the line does shift to more than -7.0 for Montreal, then consider taking Toronto to cover, otherwise take the Alouettes on the moneyline this Friday.
- Winnipeg at Hamilton: Under 60.0 (-110) at Sports Interaction
As one of – if not the – highest over/under lines of the season, taking the under bet seems like a wise decision. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats fired their defensive coordinator this week, signalling the beginning of, what could be sweeping change over the next few weeks. Hamilton currently ranks last in points allowed – giving up an average of 39.0. Not too far behind them are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers – who give up an average of 34.8 per contest. Even with how bad both teams have been defensively, take the under bet. The two teams combine to score 53.4 points, and both teams had arguably their best defensive games of the season last week.
The Canadian Football League season is now a third of the way to 2017 Grey Cup, so now is a very good time to check the changes in Grey Cup futures. The lines for every team have changed, but some only by a small margin, while others but a much greater amount.
The most minor changes came for the Calgary Stampeders – who slipped a bit from +260 to +400 and – and the BC Lions – who moved marginally from +500 to +600. Both still rank in the top three, but each team moved a spot down the Grey Cup Futures, allowing Edmonton to climb to the top – after improving from +600 to +375.
Excluding the Toronto Argonauts – who saw the biggest positive change in their Grey Cup odds, moving from +1250 to +900 – every other team in the CFL has seen their odds decline rather significantly. The two biggest changes are for Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders – with both teams moving from +750 to +1500.
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