Week 5 was an unusual one in the CFL regular season with five games. Home teams were 4-1 straight up and 3-2 against the spread. It’s back to a normal four-game slate for Week 6. Here’s a glance at the games with Sports Interaction odds.
Montreal Alouettes at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
When: Thursday, 8:30 p.m. ET Spread: Winnipeg -4.5 Total: 55 Pick ATS: Blue Bombers
Montreal lost at Ottawa 24-19 last Wednesday despite rolling up 493 yards of offence. However, the Als had four turnovers and backup quarterback Vernon Adams was stopped on a sneak on third-and-1 at the Ottawa 8 with under two minutes left in the game. Darian Durant was 35-for-45 for 452 yards and two scores but had two interceptions. Both Ernest Jackson and BJ Cunningham had 101 yards receiving. Nik Lewis had eight catches and became the fourth receiver in CFL with 1,000 career points.
Winnipeg lost a 45-42 shootout at BC despite leading 42-27 in the fourth quarter. Matt Nichols threw for 254 yards and three scores while rushing for one. He also had an interception that led to the go-ahead score. Andrew Harris caught 12 passes for 85 yards. Justin Medlock missed a 50-yard field goal with one second left, ending his franchise-record streak of 28 straight makes. Winnipeg won the most recent meeting 32-18 in Montreal last August.
BC Lions at Edmonton Eskimos
When: Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET Spread: Edmonton -3 Total: 54.5 Pick ATS: Lions
Perhaps the best matchup of the season so far with Edmonton the lone unbeaten in the league and BC a game back in the West Division. These two met in Week 1, with the Eskimos winning 30-27 at BC Place. After a long pass from Mike Reilly to Brandon Zylstra, Sean Whyte kicked the winning field goal as time expired. Edmonton had blown a 27-17 fourth-quarter lead.
The Eskimos perhaps were caught looking ahead to this game last week in escaping 31-28 at Hamilton. Reilly threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns, and Edmonton outscored the Ticats 18-3 in the fourth. Eskimos cornerback Garry Peters made contact with an official during the second quarter and has been suspended for a game. BC rallied from a 42-27 fourth-quarter hole to beat Winnipeg 45-42 last week. Travis Lulay threw for 404 yards and two scores while rushing for another. Ty Long kicked the go-ahead 34-yard field goal with 52 seconds remaining.
Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders
When: Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ET Spread: Saskatchewan -2.5 Total: 53.5 Pick ATS: Roughriders
The Argos are the only team with a winning record in the East Division after a 27-24 home win over Ottawa on Monday thanks to Lirim Hajrullahu’s field goal as time expired. Ricky Ray completed 40-for-55 for 367 yards and two scores. It’s the fifth consecutive start Ray has thrown for at least 300, only the second time he has had such a streak in his Hall of Fame career (also 2006). He leads the CFL in yards passing this season and is 371 behind the career franchise mark of 16,619 held by Condredge Holloway. The Argos lost middle linebacker Bear Woods to a head injury, top pass-rusher Victor Butler to a lower-body injury and defensive tackle Cleyon Laing to a leg injury. Their status as of this writing is TBA.
The Roughriders sit last in the West and are off a 27-10 defeat at Calgary. Saskatchewan was blanked in the first half and held to three first downs. Kevin Glenn threw for 203 yards, topping 50,000 in his career. The Roughriders won in Toronto 29-11 in the most recent meeting last season.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Calgary Stampeders
When: Saturday, 9:30 p.m. ET Spread: Calgary -12.5 Total: 54.5 Pick ATS: Stamps
Hamilton remains the only winless team at 0-4 and has allowed 141 points in those losses. You won’t win many games allowing more than 35 points per. The Ticats nearly upset Edmonton last week but fell 31-28, the only home team to lose and blowing a 12-point fourth-quarter lead. Zach Collaros completed 22 of 36 passes for 249 yards and a touchdown but threw two interceptions for Hamilton, which also had a whopping 16 penalties for 138 yards. The Tiger-Cats are the lowest-scoring team in the league and only Ottawa has allowed more points, but in one more game.
Calgary was the only blowout winner of Week 5, 27-10 over Saskatchewan. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 253 yards and two as Calgary extended its home winning streak to 12 in a row. Jerome Messam rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown. After missing two games due to injury, Charleston Hughes was back and had three sacks. Calgary beat Hamilton 36-17 in the last meeting.