CFL Betting Odds: Week 2 Previews
Will Anthony Calvillo and the Alouettes bounce back this week?
The first week of the CFL season featured three blowouts and a four-point victory as plenty of players looked like rusty. That made for an easy night as three of the four winners covered the spread and all four West teams beat their East foes.
Week 2 may bring a little more action as players work themselves into shape. It kicks off with Montreal hosting Winnipeg on Friday night, followed by British Columbia welcoming Hamilton to the West Coast. On Saturday, Toronto will have their home opener against Calgary followed by Edmonton squaring off with Saskatchewan on Sunday
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Montreal Alouettes
Friday, July 6th at 7:00 PM ET
CFL point spread: Alouettes -6.5
Winnipeg was pounded 33-16 in a Grey Cup rematch in British Columbia but things could get worse as quarterback Buck Pierce went down after a sack and left the game. Pierce has had a career full of injuries and while Alex Brink did an admirable job filling in, the third-year quarterback has never been more than a backup in the CFL.
Montreal’s 38-10 loss in Calgary may have been the biggest upset on last week’s betting lines as Anthony Calvillo was picked off twice in an uncharacteristically poor game. The 39-year-old looked off from the beginning and he’ll be looking to bounce back on Friday.
The Als are favored by 6.5 points with a total of 51. They’ve won six of their last 10 at Molson Stadium against the Blue Bombers but Montreal has covered the spread in half of those games.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ British Columbia Lions
Friday, July 6th at 10:00 PM ET
CFL point spread: Lions -6.5
Hamilton was throttled 43-16 at home by Saskatchewan as the Ti-Cats couldn’t get anything going on either side of the ball in the second half. After the break, they were outscored 27-3. Henry Burris didn’t have a great debut for the Ti-Cats, throwing for 284 yards and a pick with no touchdowns. The lone positive was Chevon Walker, who had 132 yards and a score on seven carries in his first CFL game. With the way Burris struggled, though, Hamilton is always going to be an underdog wherever they play – especially Vancouver.
The Lions picked up right where they left off last season as they started their title defense by destroying Winnipeg. Travis Lulay accounted for three touchdowns (two on the ground) but the day belonged to Geroy Simon, who set the all-time record for receiving yards by passing his mentor Milt Stegall. It was an all-round festive day for the defending champs.
BC is a 6.5-point favorite at home against the Ti-Cats with a total of 52.5, which is the highest of the week. Hamilton has won their last three trips to Vancouver, so an upset wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
Calgary Stampeders @ Toronto Argonauts
Saturday, July 7th, at 3:00 PM ET
CFL point spread: Stampeders -4
Toronto’s Ricky Ray had his moments in his first game with the Argonauts as they faced his former team on the road in Edmonton but the Argos still fell 19-15. It showed that they still have a long way to go before fans can consider them as a serious contender to get to the Grey Cup, which will be hosted by Toronto. The move to pick up Ray was obviously made with that day in mind but it’s going to take time.
The Stamps were clicking on all cylinders in their beatdown of the Alouettes and Jon Cornish put Calgary into the end zone twice along with 86 yards on the ground. Drew Tate threw a pair of picks but he also tossed a touchdown and went for 299 yards. It was the first time since 2004 that someone other than Burris was the starting quarterback for the Stamps but as long as Cornish can run the ball, they should be fine.
The Argos have owned the Stampeders at the Rogers Center, going 8-2 in the last 10 meetings and covering the spread in seven. However, Calgary is a four-point favorite on the road and the total is 48.
Edmonton Eskimos @ Saskatchewan Roughriders
Sunday, July 8th at 7:00 PM ET
CFL point spread: Roughriders -4
Saskatchewan opened their season against Hamilton and ran the Ti-Cats out of their own stadium. The rout was due to the duo of quarterback Darian Durant (345 yards, four touchdowns) and receiver Weston Dressler (180 yards, three touchdowns). The offense was on point from start to finish and that’s why the Green Riders find themselves as a four-point favorite in their home opener this week.
Last week, the Eskimos were fired up to face their old quarterback in Ray and the defense definitely played an inspired game to help out Steven Jyles, the man replacing Ray. Edmonton may be brought back down to earth in their second game, though, because they’ll need far more from their offense in Week 2 to keep up with Saskatchewan.
Edmonton has had the upper hand in Saskatchewan, winning three of the last five times there, and they’ve covered the spread on four occasions.
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