We are three weeks into the 2017 CFL regular season and only two teams are without a loss: Calgary and Edmonton. They just so happen to be the two Grey Cup favourites as well with the Stampeders at +250 and the Eskimos at +400. Here’s a glance at the Week 4 games with Sports Interaction’s CFL odds.
Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
When: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Winnipeg -3
Pick ATS: Blue Bombers
The Argos pulled a 26-25 upset at Ottawa in Week 3 as 5-point underdogs despite having just one point at halftime on a missed field goal from Lirim Hajrullahu. Toronto scored 25 after the break. QB Ricky Ray hit DeVier Posey for a 10-yard TD in the fourth to reach 300 career passing touchdowns. Ray finished 27-of-41 passing for 366 yards and two TDs. S.J. Green had a monster game with 10 catches for 210 yards and a touchdown. Victor Butler was the star on defence with eight tackles and three sacks.
Winnipeg was routed 29-10 at home by Calgary. The Bombers led 10-9 at the half but now haven’t defeated the Stampeders at home since July 10, 2009, and have dropped 17 of the past 18 in the series. Matt Nichols threw for 267 yards, a TD and two picks in the loss. Toronto hasn’t beaten Winnipeg since Nov. 6, 2015, and lost both last season by an average of 17 points.
Calgary Stampeders at Montreal Alouettes
When: Friday, 7 p.m. ET
Spread: Calgary -5.5
Pick ATS: Stamps
Calgary won 29-10 last week at Winnipeg by outscoring the Blue Bombers 20-0 after intermission. QB Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 332 yards and a touchdown. Kamar Jorden rushed for a score and caught one. His five TDs on the season already are two more than all of last season. The Stamps scored 16 points off Winnipeg turnovers. Linebacker Maleki Harris had his second defensive touchdown in two games, an interception return of a Matt Nichols pass.
Montreal was a 23-16 Week 3 loser at home to BC as the Alouettes have yet to reach 20 points on the season. Darian Durant threw for 245 yards and interception vs. the Lions, while Boris Bede kicked three field goals. Montreal stunned visiting Calgary 17-8 last Oct. 30. It snapped the Stampeders’ 14-game winning streak snapped and prevented them from tying the single-season CFL wins record.
Ottawa Redblacks at Edmonton Eskimos
When: Friday, 10 p.m. ET
Spread: Edmonton -6
Pick ATS: Eskimos
Disappointing Ottawa remained winless with a 26-25 home loss to Toronto last weekend, blowing a 12-0 first-half lead. Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Greg Ellingson with less than three minutes to play in the game, but the conversion that would have tied the game at 26 was unsuccessful when Drew Tate bobbled the snap. Brett Maher’s 59-yard field goal as time expired missed. Two Ottawa turnovers led to Argos touchdowns and a failed quick kick led to a field goal. Harris threw for 370 yards, two scores and a pick. Ellingson caught 10 balls for 170 yards and that TD.
Edmonton was off last week, which was needed with the team having already lost linebackers J.C. Sherritt and Cory Greenwood and top running back John White to season-ending injuries. Travon Van moves into the starting tailback spot. Edmonton lost at Ottawa 35-23 in last year’s Eastern Final.
BC Lions at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Spread: BC -3.5
Pick ATS: Lions
BC won in Montreal 23-16 last Thursday. With the game tied at 16 with 6:30 to go, QB Jonathon Jennings led the game-winning touchdown drive scored on a rush by Travis Lulay. The Lions’ Anthony Gaitor picked off the Als’ Darian Durant on the next drive to clinch it. Jennings threw for 288 yards and a score. Solomon Elimimian was a monster on defense with 15 tackles.
Hamilton lost 37-20 last week at Saskatchewan and looks like the league’s worst team thus far. The Ticats were held to just 216 yards of offence and were penalized 15 times for 187 yards. Zach Collaros was 19-for-34 for 189 yards and a TD. Defensive back Will Hill has been suspended for a game after he player grabbed the jersey of an official in the third quarter. Hill was also fined an unspecified amount for punching a Saskatchewan player on the same play. BC beat visiting Hamilton 45-38 in the most recent meeting.