Most casual bettors, regardless of sport, tend to lean on the favourites. They figure that the sportsbooks must know something they don’t by favouring one team over another. That’s certainly not always the case as has been proven by the first two weeks of the CFL season where underdogs have covered all eight games. Here’s a glance at the Week 3 games with Sports Interaction odds.
BC Lions at Montreal Alouettes
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Spread: BC -2.5
Pick ATS: Lions
The Lions were 1.5-point underdogs last week at Toronto and won 28-15 after a close Week 1 home loss to Edmonton. BC scored 18 fourth-quarter points against the Argos to break it open. Jonathan Jennings hit Chris Rainey on an 8-yard touchdown pass and Jeremiah Johnson rushed for a 3-yard score in the fourth. Jennings finished with 301 yards passing, 118 of those to Bryan Burnham. Johnson rushed for 70 yards on nine carries.
BC is now 8-1 in its past nine games vs. East Division foes. Montreal was +8.5 last week at Edmonton and lost 23-19. The Als were had only a field goal in each of the final three quarters. Darian Durant was held to 166 yards passing with a TD and interception. One touchdown by Tyrell Sutton in the third quarter was called back for a penalty. BC has won three straight against Montreal.
Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
When: Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Calgary -3
Pick ATS: Blue Bombers
Calgary was -8 in its home opener last week against Ottawa and escaped 43-39 after the two teams tied in Week 1. Reigning CFL Most Outstanding Player Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 295 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. His 8-yard score to Kamar Jorden with just over three minutes left in the game put the Stamps up 43-33. Jorden finished with three catches for 71 yards and two scores. Lemar Durant caught six balls for 126 yards. Backup QB Andrew Buckley had a 60-yard run for a touchdown.
Winnipeg opened its season in Week 2 with a 43-40 double-OT victory in Saskatchewan. Justin Medlock kicked the game-winning 28-yard field goal. Matt Nichols threw for 331 yards and four scores. Weston Dressler caught six for 124 and two of those touchdowns coming less than 40 seconds apart. Calgary won the most recent meeting between these two 36-34 at home last September.
Toronto Argonauts at Ottawa Redblacks
When: Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
Spread: Ottawa -5
Pick ATS: Redblacks
Toronto was -1.5 last week vs. BC and lost 28-15 when the defence wilted in the fourth quarter. Ricky Ray completed 30 of 45 for 327 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Armanti Edwards caught 10 passes for 131 yards and the lone TD. Running back James Wilder Jr. had a crucial lost fumble the visitors turned into seven points in the fourth quarter as they extended their lead. The Argos gave it away three times after zero turnovers in the opener vs. Hamilton.
Ottawa probably is happy to see someone other than Calgary in a game that counts after beating the Stamps in last year’s Grey Cup and then facing them each of the first two weeks this season. The Redblacks lost a 43-39 thriller last week despite 506 yards offence. Trever Harris threw for 425 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Ottawa had three 100-yard receivers in Greg Ellingson (133), Brad Sinopoli (111) and Diontae Spencer (107). Ottawa beat visiting Toronto 29-12 in the most recent meeting.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Saskatchewan Roughriders
When: Saturday, 10 p.m. ET
Spread: Saskatchewan -1
Pick ATS: Roughriders
Hamilton was off last week following a 32-15 loss in Toronto on June 25. The Ticats were held to 258 yards in the game and allowed 545. Zach Collaros was 26-for-39 for 242 yards with an interception. The ground game totaled 16 yards. It was the 12th time in 13 years Hamilton was beaten on Opening Day. It will be without receiver Terrence Toliver for a while as he was placed on the six-game injured list Monday. He had one catch for five yards before the injury in Week 1. Last season, Toliver ranked second on the Ticats with 1,036 yards on 65 catches to go with a team-leading nine touchdowns.
The Roughriders were 1-point home dogs last week to Winnipeg and lost 43-40 in double overtime in the first-ever regular-season game at the new Mosaic Stadium to drop to 0-2. Kevin Glenn threw for 377 yards and four scores but was intercepted twice. Saskatchewan won the last meeting with Hamilton 20-18.