CFL Thursday Night Football Week 7
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Four games fill the week seven schedule – including three more East vs. West tilts. The first game of the week sees Calgary head east, to duke it out with the Toronto Argonauts on Thursday night. Calgary trounced the Tiger-Cats last weekend, winning by 59 points – the third largest margin of victory in CFL history. The second game of the week, once again sees an Ontario team hosting a Western opponent, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers travel to the Nation’s Capital to play the Redblacks. Both teams currently sit two wins behind the leader in their division and will be fighting to gain ground on Friday night.
The second game on Friday sees the – currently winless – Hamilton Tiger-Cats play their second straight game in Alberta, as they play the – currently undefeated – Edmonton Eskimos. Things in Hamilton are falling apart – as fights have broken out at practice this week – and another loss will likely see their coach get fired. The last game of the weekend – on Saturday night – is a battle of the West, as the Roughriders face the BC Lions.
After a few weeks of tough football in the humid heat of summer, teams begin to show some wear and tear. One of the best ways to deal with the toll a football season takes is by recovering at home. This week, home teams are getting some respect, with two home favourites getting the nod, one of which is coming off their bye week. The other pick of the weekend, an over bet on arguably the most fascinating game of week seven.
Canadian Football League Picks Week 7
- Calgary at Toronto: Over 55.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
Last week these two teams combined to score 87 points, including an absolutely ridiculous 60-point outburst by the Calgary Stampeders. It is highly unlikely Calgary scores 60 points again this season but seeing them hit the 30-point mark this week is entirely possible. The Toronto Argonauts have struggled against Western Division teams this season, losing all three games and averaging 22.3 points in the process. Expect the Argos to top that mark, and play Calgary much better than Hamilton did last weekend. Final score 33-26 for the Stamps.
- Winnipeg at Ottawa: Ottawa -2.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
Coming off their bye week, the Ottawa Redblacks look to get back in the win column as they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night. Ottawa’s early schedule caused the team much trouble, as they stumbled out the gate – going 1-4-1. The reigning Grey Cup champions only sit two games behind the Argos for first place in the East, and a win this week should go a long way to getting Ottawa back in the playoff race. Winnipeg is coming off a thrilling comeback victory against Montreal but will be in tough on the road. Look for Ottawa to sneak out a close win.
- Saskatchewan at BC: BC -7.0 (-110) at Sports Interaction
The last game of week seven features the only West Division showdown, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders play the BC Lions. The Riders currently sit last in the West – mostly due to their 0-2 record on the road and against West teams. The Roughriders won by 11 points last week, while the Lions lost by 11. Expect a reversal of fortunes this weekend as the Lions try and rebound from their loss last week to the Edmonton Eskimos. Edmonton mostly held BC in check last week, but the team is too good to be held down for long.
After starting the season 0-5, things in Hamilton are grim. The team was caught on camera, fighting this week at practice – and their coach seems to be lost and on his way out. While technically the Tiger-Cats are only three wins behind the Toronto Argonauts for first place in the Eastern Division – and two wins between Montreal for a playoff spot – it is basically time to call the Tiger-Cats season a train wreck and begin looking towards next year.
In other Canadian Football League news, the league made a change to the video review system. Coaches will – effective immediately – only get one challenge per game. The purpose of the change was to decrease delays and increase fan enjoyment. The impacts of the change will be seen over the next coming weeks and months, and if it does affect too many games, the league may review the change again, once the regular season is over.
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