The CFL playoffs kick off this weekend with teams vying to play in the 105th Grey Cup championship. The betting slate is showcased with Saskatchewan going to the nation’s capital in Ottawa while Edmonton tackles Winnipeg. Here’s a look at the betting lines and trends for the first weekend of the CFL postseason.
SASKATCHEWAN VS OTTAWA
The Redblacks opened as 2-point favorites in this matchup and the trends are pointing toward an Ottawa victory at TD Place Stadium. The Redblacks are 7-3 SU in their last 10 games and Ottawa was victorious the last time these two franchises played, securing the 33-32 win just under a month ago. Despite missing two games, quarterback Trevor Harris is starting to shake off his nagging shoulder injury and still tied for the lead in passing TDs. Look for the 2016 Grey Cup champs to come out on top.
The total opened at 51 and the OVER looks likely as both teams average over 27 points per game. Bettors should anticipate a shootout as the OVER has hit in four of the last five games between these foes.
EDMONTON VS WINNIPEG
Oddsmakers have the Eskimos as 2.5-point favorites at Investors Group Field and although Edmonton is 7-3 SU in the last 10 games in this matchup, Winnipeg swept the two-game season series, both as underdogs. The Eskimos will be primed for some payback against the Blue Bombers and are peaking at the right time going into the playoffs as they are 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in their last five. The third time should be the charm for Edmonton, who can dispatch the Bombers’ Grey Cup hopes and get a date with the Calgary Stampeders in the West final.
The total opened at 55.5 and the OVER may be the best pick for bettors. The total has gone OVER in five of the Eskimos’ last six games on the road and the OVER has hit in five of the last seven in this matchup. Winnipeg averaged a blistering 30.78 points per game this season, good for top spot in the CFL. Both teams allowed over 27 points per game this season and the cold weather shouldn’t be much of a factor stopping these offenses. Weather experts are predicting temperatures around 19 F (tropical by CFL playoff standards).
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