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There were three games last week in the CFL that were decided by more than 30 points so if we needed another indication that we’re getting towards the end of the regular season, we got it. The landscape of CFL betting will be changing slightly as the season comes to a close because three teams have already managed to lock up playoff spots. We’re going to see a lot of top players being rested for the playoffs as well as a lot of new players getting shoved into the mix in an attempt to give them experience. We’ve put together a betting preview for you on each CFL game this week to help you navigate the late season adjustments that each team will likely by making.

All of the odds in this betting preview are brought to you courtesy of Pinnacle Sports Canada. Pinnacle consistently offers the best CFL odds available online and they also offer higher betting limits than any other CFL sportsbook. Visit Pinnacle Sports

Redblacks vs. Tigercats Betting Preview

The Ottawa Redblacks were brought back down to earth last week when the struggling BC Lions absolutely pummeled them 41-3. The Redblacks were actually looking pretty good going into this game after picking up their second win of the season in the week previous, but the Lions’ defense turned out to be too strong and Kevin Glenn was finally back in good form. Henry Burris and Danny O’Brien teamed up for a total of 158 passing yards and not a single touchdown between them. Jonathan Williams made a decent effort at running the ball and racked up 42 rushing yards, but he was the sole Redblack, save for Burris and O’Brien, to add any yards to the Redblacks’ rushing total.

The Hamilton Tigercats were part of the only closely fought CFL game from last week where they fell to the Toronto Argonauts by just a single point. The Tigercats had the game well in hand after the first three quarters, but they blew a 30 to 13 lead by allowing the Argos to score 21 points in the fourth quarter. Despite allowing the Argos to make that huge comeback, the Tigercats did put up a fairly impressive performance. Zach Collaros continued to play well and threw for 302 yards and completed two touchdown passes. He also added a touchdown of his own and led the Tigercats in rushing.

These two met once before this season and it turned out to be a closer game than Hamilton probably felt comfortable with. In the end they took away a win, but there were only able to defeat the Redblacks 33 to 23. The Redblacks have had some moments of offensive brilliance this season so they could put up a decent fight here if they get their timing right, but the Ti-Cats seem to have them well pinned on both the offensive and defensive fronts in general. They’ve outscored the Redblacks by an average of 6.0 points per game this season and they’ve kept their opponents to 3.0 fewer points per game. That should ensure a fairly breezy straight up victory for the Ti-Cats, but will probably result in a pretty tight game at a 12 point spread.

Ottawa Redblacks vs. Hamilton Tigercats Week 17 Game Odds from Pinnacle Sports

Team Spread Money Line Total (over/under)
Ottawa Redblacks +12    1.892 OTB Over 45    1.980
Hamilton Tigercats -12    2.000 OTB Under 45    1.909


Alouettes vs. Argonauts Betting Preview

The Montreal Alouettes put a thorough beating on the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week and by that virtue they have been made 4.0 point favorites in their upcoming game against the Toronto Argonauts. In that game against the Riders, Montreal showed just how underrated their bottom ranked offense is as they scored 40 points to Saskatchewan’s 9. Jonathan Crompton made the most of his 225 passing yards by completing 3 touchdown passes and Duron Carter caught two of those passes to bring his yearlong CFL total to 5. Sean Whyte also played a crucial role for the Als in that victory as his 4 field goals added 16 points to their grand total.

The Toronto Argonauts were very slow to start last week, but went on an absolute tear in the fourth quarter to beat the Ti-Cats by just a single point. Ricky Ray threw for a ridiculous total of 431 yards and added 3 touchdown passes that brought his total this year to 27. He’s only gone beyond that total once since he joined the league and that was over a decade ago. The onslaught from Ray was aided by receivers John Chiles and Chad Owens who each had more than 100 receiving yards and Swayze Waters added 10 points with his foot just for good measure.

With the Argos coming into this game on the heels of such an impressive fourth quarter last week, the large majority of CFL bettors in Canada are putting their money on the men in blue. Right now nearly 90% of the betting public in Canada is backing the Argonauts on the 4.0 point spread. Pick up that spread while it’s still as wide as it is. As for the over/under, the Montreal Alouettes are not typically known for their offense, but with the help of Toronto, these two could easily eclipse the 51.5 point mark that’s been set for them. Last week, for example, they would have combined for 75 points.

Montreal Alouettes vs. Toronto Argonauts Week 17 Game Odds from Pinnacle Sports

Team Spread Money Line Total (over/under)
Montreal Alouettes +4   1.892 OTB Over 51.5    1.980
Toronto Argonauts -4    2.000 OTB Under 51.5    1.909


Stampeders vs. Blue Bombers Betting Preview

The Calgary Stampeders picked up their second win in a row two weeks ago to add another set of unnecessary points to their 2014 CFL total. Unnecessary for the purpose of qualifying for the playoffs anyways, as they accomplished that feat two weeks ago. They will still need to rack up a few more if they wish to clinch the division. Last week they had a bye, but they took down the Saskatchewan Roughriders 31 to 24 in week 15. The best news for the Stampeders this week is that Jon Cornish will be back in action. He left half way through their last game with a knee issue, but an MRI confirmed that he is ready for action once again. Bo Levi Mitchell will finally take the field once again as well as he is finally cleared for play.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers continued their downward spiral with their sixth loss in a row last week. The Blue Bombers lost to the Edmonton Eskimos in a game that saw them score just nine points to the Eskimos’ 41.  Brian Brohm and Drew Willy weren’t able to put up even a single touchdown in their joint effort last week and Winnipeg’s rushing department put up some downright embarrassing numbers. Paris Cotton was the only Blue Bomber to run up field and he did so for 31 yards in total. Lirim Hajrullahu was the only one to put points on the board for Winnipeg as he successfully kicked 3 field goals.

This game would be bad news for the Blue Bombers even if we were still in the early part of the season, but on top of their losing streak, the Bombers have started to disassemble some of their roster in preparation for the 2015 season; a move that doesn’t offer Canadian CFL bettors much hope when it comes to betting on Winnipeg. The Stampeders will be 9.0 point favorites on the spread when they take the field, but the majority of the CFL betting public does not think that 9.0 points is even close to enough. Even if we disregard the re-addition of Mitchell and Cornish, the Stampeders have still outscored the Blue Bombers by 6.0 points per game and kept their opponents to 9.0 fewer points per game. Any CFL bettor would be well supported by the stats to bet on Calgary to cover the spread.

Calgary Stampeders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers Week 17 Game Odds from Pinnacle Sports

Team Spread Money Line Total (over/under)
Calgary Stampeders -9    1.943 OTB Over 49.5    1.980
Winnipeg Blue Bombers +9    1.943 OTB Under 49.5    1.909


Eskimos vs. Roughriders Betting Preview

The Edmonton Eskimos bounced back nicely from their one point loss in week 15 by taking down the Winnipeg Blue Bombers by 32 points. Mike Reilly threw for 197 passing yards but did most of his contributing on the ground. He rushed for 26 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. What the Eskimos did more than anything else last week was solidify themselves as the best defensive team in the league. They denied the Blue Bombers even a single touchdown and kept the Bomber’s rushing department to just 31 yards.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders suffered a terrible loss to the Montreal Alouettes last week. Tino Sunseri was once again at the helm for Saskatchewan and he put up another sub 100 yard passing game that included a single interception as well as only a single touchdown pass. And even though they failed to capitalize on their movement up field, Saskatchewan’s rushing department still managed to show why they’re one of the best in the league. They rushed for 155 yards in total and Anthony Allen contributed 105 of those.

Both these teams have already wrapped up their playoff spots for 2014 so we’re not likely to see anything too aggressive out of either team. What we are likely to see is another tough week for the Roughriders passing game. While there is still a small chance that Darian Durant will come back from his injury and take the field against the Edmonton Eskimos, the most likely scenario is that Sunseri will get the start. It would be a tough game against Edmonton’s defense if they had their number one quarterback. With him on the bench again, it will be downright impossible for Saskatchewan to get anything done on the pass. So far this year Edmonton has managed to outscore the Roughriders by 6 points per game and keep their opponents to 5 fewer points per game. Add that to the fact that Edmonton shut the Roughriders out in the last game they played against each other this year and a bet on Edmonton to cover the spread seems like the easiest thing in the world to do.

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders Week 17 Game Odds from Pinnacle Sports

Team Spread Money Line Total (over/under)
Edmonton Eskimos -4    1.943 OTB Over 48    1.980
Saskatchewan Roughriders +4    1.943 OTB Under 48    1.909


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