CFL Thursday Night Football Week 4
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Week four of the Canadian Football League season features four East vs. West games starting on Thursday night at 8:30 PM EST. The first game of week four includes the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Blue Bombers smashed the Argonauts in 2016, scoring 80-points total in two victories. The next two games are on Friday, with the Calgary Stampeders travelling to Montreal in the first game of the night. Calgary has the highest scoring offence in the CFL, while the Alouettes are allowing the second fewest points per game this season.
Game three of the week is a rematch of the 2015 Grey Cup as Ottawa travels west to duke it out with the Edmonton Eskimos. After losing the Grey Cup to Edmonton in 2015, Ottawa has come back to win three straight against Edmonton – including a 35-23 win in last year’s playoffs. The final game of the weekend is the battle of the felines as the BC Lions take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Hamilton currently sits last in the CFL and is in need of a win, while the Lions are once again one of the best teams in the Canadian Football League.
Week four sees some small lines as no team has yet to take the CFL by storm through three weeks, and two of the best three teams play on the road. There still are some great games this week and some smart bets to make. The best bets include a home underdog covering the spread, an over option on an excellent low over/under line and a modestly risky moneyline bet.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 4
- Calgary at Montreal: Montreal +5.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
The Calgary Stampeders look like the team to beat in 2017, but their third road game in four weeks has them looking a little vulnerable. Calgary is a road favourite for the third time this season, but the 5.5-point line is their biggest road spread in 2017. The Montreal Alouettes‘ offence has struggled through the early portion of this season, but Calgary’s defence has been underwhelming, allowing the second-most points this season. Look for Montreal to play its best game of the season on Friday and keep it close against the Stampeders.
- BC at Hamilton: Over 50.0 (-110) at Sports Interaction
The BC Lions have been about as consistent of an offence in 2017 as any team in the CFL as they have averaged 26 points and been within that total by a field goal every game this season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats, on the other hand, has been a disappointment on offence, averaging 17.5 points per game – just a 1/6 of a point better than the last place in the league. They did see their offence improve last week, but their defence fared very poorly – and will be in tough against the Lions. Another slight improvement by Hamilton and this game could be quite high-scoring.
- Ottawa at Edmonton: Ottawa (+220) at Sports Interaction
Ottawa has not started 2017 very well. Currently, the Ottawa Redblacks sit second last in the CFL, only getting a single possible point after a week one tie. Ottawa travels to Alberta for the second time this season, this time to face the Edmonton Eskimos. Although the Redblacks have been mediocre at best in 2017, they have a strong history against Edmonton and are historically a better road team than home team. Edmonton looks good in 2017, but is still a 12-6 type of team and has to lose sometimes – and this game against Ottawa is one of those games. Take Ottawa on the moneyline to win some extra money on Friday night.
As the CFL season progresses, the odds for the Grey Cup change to reflect how each team is doing. Most teams have not seen much of a difference in their future lines, but two franchises have switched places. The biggest change is for the Toronto Argonauts. At the start of the season, the Argos looked like the worst team in the CFL. In the midst of a rebuild and helmed by an aged quarterback, the Argos had the worst odds of any team to win the Grey Cup. Three games later, the Argos lead the Eastern Division and look, not only competent but well-coached and talented. The opposite can be said about the Ottawa Redblacks. Two consecutive trips to the Grey Cup and a fair amount of roster turnover have the Redblacks sputtering early in the season. In another three weeks, Ottawa and Toronto may flip-flop, which is why checking updated CFL Futures is important, especially for anyone waiting to make their future bets.
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