CFL 2021 Week 5 Betting Picks
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CFL 2021 Week 5 Betting Picks

Labour Day means one thing in Canada. A full slate of exciting CFL games and renewed rivalries. Jump into the weekend with our Week 5 betting predictions.

It is Labour Day weekend for the Canadian Football League. The weekend always means renewed rivalries, a rare Sunday game, and a doubleheader on Monday. Get ready for the action with our CFL Week 5 betting picks.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers2.701.50Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders – the last undefeated team in the CFL – hosts the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the marquee matchup of Week 5. Saskatchewan is the best offence in the league, averaging 26.7 points per game (no team is averaging more than 20.7).

The Blue Bombers are coming off a comeback win against Calgary to move to 3-1 and own the best defence in the CFL – allowing only 14.8 points per game. However, that is only one point per game better than Saskatchewan at 15.7.

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In a condensed season, games like this matter more than ever. The Roughrider fans will know this and come out in mass support. Along with home-field advantage, the Roughriders have a slight edge at quarterback. While both Cody Fajardo (Roughriders) and Zach Collaros (Blue Bombers) are playing at MVP levels, Fajardo’s legs give him the advantage. Fajardo has rushed for 139 yards and reached the endzone twice this season.

Saskatchewan is also coming off their bye week – compared to Winnipeg, who played a physical game against Calgary. While the travel is not an issue, in a year without preseason, Winnipeg may be a little gassed and unable to keep up with Saskatchewan.

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Toronto Argonauts vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats

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Toronto Argonauts3.301.36Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Toronto travels to Hamilton to renew the classic Labour Day traditional with a Monday matinee kickoff between the East Division rivals. After a slow start to the season, Hamilton righted the ship last week, picking up a convincing win over the Montreal Alouettes 27-10. The Toronto Argonauts game in week 4 was postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak on the Edmonton Elks.

While the Argonauts enter the game with a better record, expectations are much higher for Hamilton for the 2021 CFL Season. Hamilton went 15-3 in 2019, with many of their key players returning in 2021. The slow start had to do with Jeremiah Masoli struggling and now dealing with injuries.

The team reverts (for now) to Dane Evans. Evans won nine of his 11 starts in 2019 and guided the team to the 2019 Grey Cup. Evans was slightly more efficient than Masoli in that season, with a lower interception rate and better competition percentage. With Evans under center, the Argonauts face a better Tiger-cats team than the one that scored only 14 points in the first two weeks.

The Argonauts are in a similar boat to the Tiger-Cats, making an earlier season switch at quarterback. Nick Arbuckle made the start in their Week 3 win over Winnipeg. However, he is not as proven as his counterpart in Hamilton. Also, with the home fans in Hamilton likely excited for the tradition returning, we are giving them the edge in this matchup.

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Edmonton Elks vs. Calgary Stampeders

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Edmonton Elks2.351.65Calgary Stampeders

After their game against the Argonauts was postponed, the Edmonton Elks look to get things back on track when they take on their biggest rival, the Calgary Stampeders. On the surface, neither team seems terribly impressive – combining for a 2-5 record.

Calgary is the better team, even with the extra loss. They have only a -5-point differential and have not lost a game by more than six points this season. The fact they remain competitive without former CFL MOP Bo Levi Mitchell is also promising for Calgary.

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Backup QB Jake Mailer won his first start for Calgary and followed it up with 307 passing yards against Winnipeg in Week 4. He is moving the ball well for Calgary. However, he could face some challenges against Edmonton. The Elks have done an exceptional job this season on pass defence. In three games, the Elks have allowed only 410 yards passing (or 136.7 yards per game).

The numbers for Edmonton are a little misleading. For one, Edmonton is the only team without an interception. Second, they have faced the fewest passing attempts this season. And lastly, two of their three games came against the worst three passing offences.

This rivalry game could go either way, but we are going with the home squad to win. Talent-wise, they still are the better team, even if they have struggled to start the season.  

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