It’s getting crunch time in the CFL, as there are only three games left to play and three teams have clinched playoff spots and the other four teams are all still alive for the last three.
Last week Hamilton reserved their spot in the playoffs and in style crushing Toronto 30-3 in Toronto. Edmonton got a much needed win at British Columbia and they are now tied with BC for 10 points in the West Division. Montreal locked up the East Division with a narrow 22-19 win over Winnipeg and Calgary likely wrapped up the west with their big 34-26 away win at Saskatchewan.
Week 17 CFL Preview and Lines
Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Sportsbook has Montreal as the slight 2-point favorite in this game with a total of 54.
Montreal has won two straight and they may rest some starters since they have already wrapped up the East. Hamilton also has won two straight and also clinched a playoff spot last week, but they could use a win since it would really improve their chances to host a first round playoff game.
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The Tiger-Cats have already lost twice to the Alouettes this season and they are hoping that the third time is the charm. To win this game Hamilton will need a good game from RB Arland Bruce III, who leads the CFL in rushing yards. They also need to play some good D against a Montreal squad that has scored the most points in the East Division.
Montreal has only covered the spread one time in their last five games on the road and Hamilton has not beat Montreal in their last five games facing them and has only covered the spread twice in their last six games against them.
BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders
Calgary are 10-point favorites at Sportsbook with a total of 56.
BC has lost two games in a row and they are hanging on for their playoff lives. They lost a costly home game last week to Edmonton and they are now tied with the Eskimos with 10 points in the West. The Lions have lost both meetings with the Stampeders this season and to have any chance to win they will have to play solid defense against a Calgary team that has scored the most points in the CFL this season. The Stampeders have only lost one game at home all season.
BC has lost nine of their last 10 games when playing Calgary.
Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Sportsbook has Winnipeg as 6-point favorites in this game with a total of 50.5.
Both teams are coming off a loss and neither is playing very good football right now. The Toronto offense has struggled for the last month or so and they only scored three points in their last game. However, if they can win this game their playoff spot may be secure and conversely if Winnipeg loses it will be a major uphill battle for them to make the post-season. For Toronto to pull off the upset they will have to keep RB Terrence Edwards, who is second in the league in rushing yards, from having a big game on the ground.
In Toronto’s last five games the total has gone Under every time and Winnipeg is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Toronto.
Saskatchewan is a slight 3-point favorite at Sportsbook with a total of 51 in this away game at Edmonton.
Saskatchewan will host a first round playoff match up and this game may be a preview of that game. Edmonton got a HUGE win last week beating BC on the road and they are now tied with the Lions with 10 points in the West. The Eskimos defense will have to contain QB Darian Durant, who leads the CFL in passing yards and their offense has to worry about LB Barrin Simpson, who leads the league in tackles, and S James Patrick, who leads the league in INT’s. Edmonton QB Ricky Ray had two picks last week and he cannot turn the ball over in this game or the Eskimos will be in trouble.
Saskatchewan is only 3-7-1 in their last 11 road games and has only covered the spread one time in their last four games facing Edmonton.