CFL Thursday Night Football Week 6
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Week six returns to the standard four-game structure found most frequently throughout the regular season. As usual, the first game of the week kicks off on Thursday night, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head to Montreal for a 7:30 PM EST showdown. The next game of the week is a highly anticipated match-up between the BC Lions and the Edmonton Eskimos. In their first meeting of the season – in week one – Edmonton prevailed 30-27 in Vancouver. Both teams enter Friday night’s game on four game winning streaks.
Saturday features a doubleheader of games as both Southern Ontario teams head out West. The first match – starting at 6:30 PM EST – sees the Toronto Argonauts face off against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Argos are currently winless against the West, and at 1-3, Saskatchewan is in desperate need of a win. The final game of week six has Hamilton playing Calgary. An argument could be made that both teams are underachieving, but at 0-4 Hamilton is the worst team in the league – while Calgary sits third in the West at 3-1-1.
With each team in the league having played between four and six games, trends are beginning to reveal themselves. These trends help make it easier to sift through the multiple betting lines and props to find the best options for the week. This week we take two road underdogs – one on the spread, the other on the moneyline and an over in a game that could easily be a blowout.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 6
- BC at Edmonton: +3.0 (-110) at Sports Interaction
Coming into week six, the Edmonton Eskimos and BC Lions rank first and second, respectively, in the CFL. Both teams are riding four game winning streaks. Both teams are bona fide Grey Cup contenders. All this makes this the most intriguing match of the weekend. These two teams met in week one – in BC – and the Eskimos pulled out a late 30-27 victory. Over the previous two seasons, the two team split their meetings and over their last five games, the average margin of victory is only four points. This history of splitting makes BC the smart pick, even as a road underdog. This game will likely be close making the spread pick better than moneyline.
- Toronto at Saskatchewan: Toronto (+120) at Sports Interaction
The Toronto Argonauts, through five weeks, are leading the East and easily exceeding their earlier season expectations. There are two primary reasons why they are doing as well as they are. The first is the play of Ricky Ray. Ray is an early season MOP candidate, having thrown for 325 yards or more in each game this season. The second is their defence, which has been surprisingly stingy – and had its best game of the season in week five when it limited the Ottawa Redblacks to only 184 yards passing. The Saskatchewan Roughriders are struggling and look vulnerable at home – take the Argos on the moneyline for a chance to win some extra cash.
- Hamilton at Calgary: Over 54.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
Entering week six, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats are giving up a league worst 35.3 points per game and have not allowed less than 31 points in a game. Hamilton’s early schedule has been the death of them. This week will be Hamilton’s fourth straight game against a Western Division team – losing the first three by an average of 11.7 points. The Calgary Stampeders rank second in the CFL, averaging 30.6 points per game, but that number increases to 35 when playing at home. Calgary has the potential to drop a burger (50 points) on Hamilton in week 6 and while that may seem like a stretch, 55 points combined between is not. Take the over in the last game of week six.
The 2017 season is shaping up to be a competitive one, with division races being tight and all but two teams without two wins of the top of their division. However, the division race is not the only close race going on in the CFL. While there is still three-quarters of a season to play, the race for 2017 CFL MOP is well underway. There are currently four players with serious MOP aspirations – although this list will increase and change over time. The first is reigning MOP, Bo Levi Mitchell. The Calgary Stampeders’ signal caller is once again having a phenomenal in 2017, ranking second in passing touchdowns and third in yards. The second player on the list is Edmonton’s QB, Mike Reilly. Reilly led Edmonton to a 4-0 record to start the season and has tossed seven touchdowns to zero interceptions during that stretch. The third guy on the list is Ricky Ray. Ray is averaging an astonishing 379.2 yards per games, and his Argos currently sit atop the East standings. Last but not least is BC Lions running back Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson leads the CFL with five rushing touchdowns, ranks second in yards per carry with 5.9 and already has 15 receptions. Even if Johnson cannot surpass the quarterbacks, he will be a contender for offensive player of the year.
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