CFL Week 2 Preview and Odds

Week 2 of the CFL is upon us and odds-on favorite Montreal is looking to repeat as Grey Cup champions, but they were upset in Week 1 giving up 54 points.

In Week 1 Saskatchewan lit up defending champion Montreal 54-51 in OT, Calgary played solid defense beating Toronto 30-16, Winnipeg’s offense looked stellar beating Hamilton 49-29, and British Columbia played great on defense beating Edmonton 25-10.

Week 2 Preview and Lines

Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Bovada has Winnipeg as big 11.5 points favorites over Toronto with a total of 46.5.

Toronto has a whole new team and they will have to play good defense on new Winnipeg QB Buck Pierce, who was 17/25 for 291 yards with two TD’s and no INT’s in the Blue Bombers 49-29 win over Hamilton. Toronto gave up 16 points in the fourth quarter in their opening week loss and they need to pick up some yards on the ground, as in their loss in Week 1 their leading rusher was Cory Boyd who only had 32 yards.

Calgary Stampeders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Bovada has home team Hamilton as slight 2.5 point favorites over Calgary with a total of 51.5.

In Week 1 Calgary only scored one more point than Hamilton did, but they won by 14 points while Hamilton lost by 20 points. Hamilton gave up 49 points against Winnipeg and will have to play better defense in this game, especially against Calgary QB Henry Burris (324 yds) and RB Joffrey Reynolds (116 yds 1 TD), who both were solid in Week 1. 

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Saskatchewan Roughriders at British Columbia Lions

The BC Lions are the favorites at Bovada by 2.5 points over Saskatchewan with a total of 54.

The Lions played great defense in their win over Edmonton in Week 1 only giving up 10 points and they will have to do so against Roughriders’ QB Darian Durant, who threw for 478 yards and five TD’s in their win over defending champion Montreal. Durant will have to have a huge game, as their defense is suspect after giving up 51 points to Montreal.

Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton Eskimos

Montreal lost their first game and they are on the road, but Bovada still has them as 5.5 favorites over Edmonton with a total of 53.5.

Montreal showed that they still have a great offense led by QB Anthony Calvillo (28/42 368 yds 4 TD 1 INT), but their defense let them down giving up 54 points and 14 points in overtime.  RB Avon Cobourne needs to pick up some yards on the ground to take some pressure off Calvillo and in their loss to Saskatchewan in Week 1 he only had 39 rushing yards. Edmonton will have to play solid defense and get good QB play from Ricky Ray, who did have 229 yards passing in a Week 1 loss, but he had zero TD’s. Edmonton RB Arkee Whitlock had 116 yards rushing in Week 1 and Montreal will have to keep him from having a huge day or Edmonton may have a chance to win.

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