CFL Thursday Night Football Week 11
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Four games highlight week 11 of the CFL season, with the BC Lions getting the week off. Starting off the week is a showdown between the Ottawa Redblacks and the Montreal Alouettes. After winning its last two games, Ottawa has leap frogged Montreal and now sits second place in the East. Which ever team wins this game could move up to first in the East after the weekend is over. The second game of the week, starting Sunday at 4:00 PM, is a big rivalry game between Winnipeg and Saskatchewan. Both teams had big wins last week and will try to keep their momentum going heading into the second half of the 2017 Canadian Football League season.
The last two games of the weekend take place on Labour Day Monday. The first game, starting at 3:00 PM EST, is the battle of Alberta. The Calgary Stampeders host the Edmonton Eskimos in the first part of a home-and-home series. After Calgary won last week and Edmonton lost, Calgary moved to first place in the West. Look for a great game between two of the best teams in the league. The final game of the weekend continues the long tradition of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats hosting the Toronto Argonauts. Hamilton is still winless, sitting at 0-8, but is coming off a bye-week and would love to snap their losing streak against Toronto. Toronto needs to win this game, starting at 6:30 PM EST, to remain atop the East division standings.
The odds for week 11 see a few of the best teams in the CFL entering the weekend as underdogs. In fact, two teams sitting at 7-2 are underdogs coming into the weekend, making them interesting picks against the spread. Another good wagering option is the under in a mildly uninspiring Labour Day showdown between two of the CFL’s greatest rivals.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 11
- Winnipeg at Saskatchewan: Saskatchewan -2.5 (-115) at Sports Interaction
Riding a five game winning streak, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are the hottest team in the CFL but are the underdogs against their biggest rival, the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Roughriders currently sit in last place in the West, but their recent success has the team gaining ground. In fact, over their last two games – both victories – the Riders scored 95 total points. Winnipeg won the first meeting between the two teams this season 43-40. Expect a high scoring game with the Riders exacting revenge against their rivals on Sunday afternoon.
- Edmonton at Calgary: Edmonton +11.0 (-110) at Sports Interaction
After two consecutive losses, the Edmonton Eskimos find themselves as a large underdog – especially considering they currently are 7-2 and just a half game out of first in the West. However, that is the case for Edmonton as they travel south to duke it out against the Calgary Stampeders. The Stamps regained top spot in the West last week and won’t be looking to give it back to Edmonton any time soon. Calgary is leading the CFL in many major categories including points for and point differential. They should beat Edmonton on Monday afternoon, but 11.0 points are just too many to not take the Edmonton as a road underdog.
- Toronto at Hamilton: Under 53.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
With the worst offence in the CFL hosting one of the weakest road teams in the league, a low scoring affair is currently in the works. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been a mess all season, on both sides of the ball. Their offence is averaging less than 20 points per game and their defence ranks last in the league. The Toronto Argonauts have been a tale of two cities, with the road version of the team failing to generate much offence on the road, averaging just 16.8 points away from BMO Field. Take the under for Monday evening’s game.
One of the biggest stories in the Canadian Football League this season has been the contrast in the league’s two divisions. The Western division looks vastly superior to the East, to the point where each team in the West division has a better record than every team in the East. At the rate the season is going, it is very likely that the West sends four teams to the playoff for the second year in a row and the third time in four years.
In other news this week, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats came under heavy fire for the attempted hiring of former NCAA football coach Art Briles. Briles had a successful coaching career at Baylor, but recently he and many school officials at Baylor came under investigation for covering up sexual assaults done by Baylor football players. This move is just another embarrassing mark on a Tiger-Cats franchise that is on pace to finish dead last in the CFL.
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