With only two games left in the CFL regular season the playoff teams are pretty much set and I say pretty much, as Winnipeg has to win their last two games and Edmonton and British Columbia will have to lose their last two games for the Blue Bombers to make the post-season. In last week’s game Hamilton crushed Montreal 40-3, BC kept their playoff hopes alive with a tough away win over Calgary, Toronto beat Winnipeg 27-8, and Edmonton beat Saskatchewan 39-24.
Week 18 CFL Preview and Lines
Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts
Bovada has Montreal as 4-point favorites in this game with a total of 49.
Toronto wrapped up a playoff berth in last week’s win and even though Montreal lost they still have the top seed in the East Division and will get a first round playoff bye. It is likely the Argonauts will have to hit the road in the playoffs unless they can catch Hamilton, who they trail by only 2 points in the East. Toronto’s offense showed some life last week scoring 27 points after they had struggled for the last few games. Montreal will likely not play the full game with their starters like they did in last week’s loss.
Montreal is only 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games and Toronto has lost 7 of their last 8 games when facing Montreal.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Calgary Stampeders
Calgary is a 4-point favorite in this game at Bovada with a total of 54.
Hamilton is in second place in the East and can help their cause to host a first round playoff game with a win over Calgary, who already has the top playoff seed in the West. Calgary got a huge game from QB Henry Burris last week, but he may get some rest in this game to get ready for the post-season. Hamilton RB Arland Bruce III leads the league in rushing yards and he will have to play well to keep the dynamic offense of the Stampeders on the sidelines.
Hamilton has won 4 of their last 5 games on the road and Calgary is slumping losing 4 of their last 6 games. The total has gone Under in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Edmonton Eskimos
Bovada has Edmonton as 6.5-point favorites with a total of 52.
It is pretty simple in this game, as if Winnipeg loses they are out of the playoffs. Edmonton still needs to win since they are tied with 12 points in the West with British Columbia. Even though Edmonton has won two in a row they have given up the most points in the league this season. Winnipeg has lost two straight and to stay in the playoff race they have to do something that they have not done all season, which is win on the road. For the Blue Bombers to have any chance to win RB Terrence Edwards, who ranks second in the league in rushing yards, will have to play well and the Winniepeg defense has to really step up their play.
Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. British Columbia Lions
In this game in the Pacific Northwest Bovada has the BC Lions as 4-point favorites with a total of 53.5.
Saskatchewan already has the second spot in the West in the bag and they will host a first round playoff game. However, they could use some momentum since they have lost three straight. BC is tied with Edmonton and they may have to win this game to keep pace with them since the Eskimos host the Blue Bombers, who are the weakest team in the league this season. The Lions are only 2-6 at home this season, but they may not be facing the CFL’s leading passer in QB Darian Durant, who was taken out of last week’s meaningless game. The Lions are the favorites in this game likely because they will not face many Roughriders’ starters.
Saskatchewan has won 4 of their last 6 games against British Columbia and BC has only covered the spread once in their last 6 home games.
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