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CFL Friday Night Football Week 14

With summer now behind and Fall just getting started, the CFL gears up for a big weekend of football. Week 14 starts up on Friday night at 8:00 PM EST, lasting until the final game kicks off on Sunday at 4:00 PM EST. The playoff races in the CFL are tight and with every team still in the hunt, every game matters. Previewing the games and best bets for Week 14 of the CFL season.

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It is a late batch of games starting week 14 of the CFL season. Two games highlight Friday night, with the first starting at 8:00 PM EST. Ottawa heads to Winnipeg in one what may be the most exciting game of the week. The second game is getting a very late kickoff at 11:00 PM EST as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions try to stay in the playoff mix with a win on Friday. The 11:00 PM start time won’t do the Tiger-Cats many favours.

The next game of the weekend sees a big Eastern Division showdown, as the Montreal Alouettes square off against the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday at 7:00 PM EST. The Alouettes have lost five straight games and are under the risk of falling three games back if they lose on Saturday. The last game of the weekend is a between two West teams, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders welcome the Calgary Stampeders to town for a 4:00 PM EST kickoff. These are the two best teams in the Canadian Football League regarding point differential, but with the health of Saskatchewan quarterback uncertain, it is tough to judge how close this game will be. 

The season is being to take its toll on players, as the injuries are starting to pile up. This leads to a delay in the odds as the sportsbooks. However, with the lines popping up and enough information available, there are some great picks, plus one speculative wager on a currently unavailable line. The best bets of Week 14 include an over bet in an exciting quarterback dual, a road underdog covering the spread and a speculative home underdog on the Moneyline.  

Canadian Football League Picks Week 14

In terms of points scored per game this season, no one is better than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who average 34.5 points per game and have topped the 40-point plateau four times in 11 games. In fact, excluding Week 2 against Calgary and Week 11 against Saskatchewan, Winnipeg has scored at least 33 points in every game. The Ottawa Redblacks come into this game as the best offence in the East and not that far behind Winnipeg overall, averaging 30.5 points per game.  The two teams combined to give up an average of 57.3 points per game, or right around where the over/under total is set. Averaging out their points scored and points allowed gives us a total of roughly 61, or where this game should end. Take the over on Friday night.  

Losing five straight games coming into Week 14, the Montreal Alouettes are quickly starting to lose ground in the East Division. They have a chance to make it up on Saturday evening as they play the Toronto Argonauts. Seeing the Toronto Argonauts as 6.5-point favourites should surprise almost any seasoned CFL fan. The two teams split a home-and-home series in August with the home team winning by double-digits each time. The Argonauts pulled off a 34-26 victory last week against Edmonton, but the group had lost five of the six games prior. Look for a close and somewhat sloppy game on Saturday with neither team pulling away. 

Entering Week 14 of the CFL season the Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders rank as the two best teams in the league in terms of point differential. For anyone following the league, seeing Calgary at the top should be no surprise. However, it is the 6-5 Saskatchewan who is quietly putting together a great season. Calgary beat Saskatchewan 27-10 on July 22, but since that loss the Roughriders are 5-2, having outscored their opponents 241-187. The moneyline for this game is yet to open, but when he does go up – which will be before 4:00 PM EST on Sunday – bet Saskatchewan to upset Calgary at home. 

Although nothing has yet to materialize, one of the more interesting CFL stories of the last week has involved former Heisman winning quarterback Johnny Manziel. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats secured the right to negotiate with the polarizing star, but excluding an extension to the contract signing window, nothing has come yet. Whether he signs or not, this is the rare type of story that gets the CFL attention in the United States.

In other Canadian Football League news, the last few days have seen a significant number of transaction, as teams prepare for the final stretch of the season. Most of the moves were small, with each team typically focusing on adding depth in case of injuries. The one team to make a noticeable splash was the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The Riders signed three former NFL players, including one they drafted in 2016. Of all the players, Jacoby Ford is the most recognizable name. The former NFL wide receiver/kick return was known for his blazing speed, but did not produce much as a receiver. The other two signings are Montori Hughes and former Saskatchewan draftee defensive back Elie Bouka. Even though these signing do not turn the Roughriders into Grey Cup favourites, they should help the team enough down the stretch to make it back to the playoffs after a two-year absence. 

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