CFL Week 17 News and Notes

CFL Week 17 News and Notes

CFL betting: Week 17 power poll
By ALEX SMART

1: Calgary Stampeders (10-5 SU) (10-5 ATS) (LW: 3) What a Thanksgiving Day weekend it was for the Calgary Stampeders! The Stamps destroyed Saskatchewan 42-5 on Monday and moved into sole possession of first place in the Western Division with just three games to go. All three teams from the West are just one game in the rear view mirror, so the Stamps may need to take at least two of their final three CFL betting matchups to lock up a first round bye.

Next up: Home vs. Winnipeg (6-9)

2: Montreal Alouettes (10-5 SU) (9-6 ATS) (LW: 2) Though Calgary clearly had the most to be thankful for this weekend, it wasn’t so bad for Montreal bettors either. They disposed of the lowly Ti-Cats 42-11 behind another strong game from QB Anthony Calvillo. He went 33-for-41 for 371 yards and three more touchdowns. WRs Ben Cahoon and Jason Richardson combined for 25 grabs for 289 yards and four scores. There’s no reason for the Als to push themselves in the final three weeks of the regular season, as they have already locked up the Eastern Division crown, but they could eliminate their rivals from Toronto next weekend with a win.

Next up: Away at Toronto (4-11)

3: Edmonton Eskimos (9-6 SU) (8-6-1 ATS) (LW: 5) It was put up or shut up time for Edmonton over the weekend, who knew that a loss would likely send them over to the Eastern Division playoffs. QB Ricky Ray threw for 311 yards, but the story was the defense, which held the potent BC offence to just 270 total yards. Edmonton beat BC 27-20 in spite of being underdogs on the CFL betting line. With just three weeks to play, the green and gold have locked up their spot in the postseason, but have a lot to prove as they try to come out of the crowded Western Division.

Next up: Home vs. British Columbia (9-6)

4: British Columbia Lions (9-6 SU) (7-8 ATS) (LW: 1) After finally reaching the top of the mountain in the West, BC crashed back to reality in their Week 16 betting affair at home against the Eskimos. Their 27-20 loss dropped them into a three-way tie, two points behind Calgary for the top spot in the West. There’s QB controversy once again for the Leos, as Buck Pierce was yanked in favor of Jarious Jackson after going just 10-for-18 for 90 yards and an interception. They can redeem themselves this week when they take on the Eskies for the second straight game.

Next up: Away at Edmonton (9-6)

5: Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-6 SU) (10-5 ATS) (LW: 4) Saskatchewan bettors were treated to a rude holiday on Monday when they were dismantled by Calgary 42-5. It’s starting to look more and more like the Riders will be playing on the road in the playoffs after holding the top spot in the power poll for almost half of the season. They have a “get better” game this weekend against Hamilton, an absolute must-win for the Riders if they have any hope of still winning the West.

Next up: Home vs. Hamilton (3-12)

6: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-9 SU) (6-9 ATS) (LW: 6) The Bombers basically wrapped up the final playoff spot on Friday with their 25-16 victory over Toronto last Friday. Their magic number is just one, and they’ll have a chance to take care of business on Saturday night in Calgary. If they run the ball like they did against Toronto last week, it shouldn’t be a problem. Both RBs Fred Reid and Joe Smith ran for over 100 yards.

Next up: Away at Calgary (10-5)

7: Toronto Argonauts (4-11 SU) (4-10-1 ATS) (LW: 7) The season is all but over for the Argos, who were overwhelming +120 favorites on the football betting line to win the Eastern Division at the outset of the season. They have found ways to snap defeat from the jaws of victory time and time again, and were basically knocked out of the playoffs with their 25-16 loss in Winnipeg last weekend. If there’s one thing for Toronto bettors to be thankful for, it’s that this disastrous season is almost over.

Next up: Home vs. Montreal (10-5)

8: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-12/0-1) (5-10 ATS) (LW: 8) The Tabbies were officially knocked out of the playoffs when Winnipeg took out Toronto on Friday night, but Hamilton bettors hoped for a little bit better than their 42-11 uninspired effort against Montreal on Thanksgiving Day. The only thing left to play for is to spoil the season for the teams in the West.

Next up: Away at Saskatchewan (9-6)

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CFL Preview: Week 17 pigskin picks
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British Columbia Lions (9-6) at Edmonton Eskimos (9-6)

This will be a rematch between these two teams, after last week’s 27-20 Eskimos stunner at B.C. Place. Lions quarterback Buck Pierce completed only 10 of 18 passes for 90 yards and no touchdown.

The Eskimos’ D-line outplayed the Lions’ unit while Edmonton QB Ricky Ray threw for 311 yards and a touchdown. The Eskimos will be playing at home and trying to extend their winning streak to three.

The playoff picture in the West Division is still unclear with three teams (Edmonton, B.C. and Saskatchewan) at 9-6 and the Calgary Stampeders holding on to a slim lead in a first place with at 10-5. First place brings an automatic bye and a home date for the West final.

Expert the Eskimos to repeat last week’s performance and jump ahead of B.C. in the West standings.

Pick: Edmonton -4

Montreal Alouettes (10-5) at Toronto Argonauts (4-11)

Montreal RB Avon Cobourne suffered an ankle injury during last Monday's 42-11 rout of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. But Dahrran Diedrick did a fabulous job replacing him in the backfield, showing some of the moves that made him a star running back with the Nebraska Cornhuskers. Diedrick had 15 carries for 127 yards but he’ll return to his fullback duties against the Argonauts. Whoever is carrying the ball for the Alouettes should be successful against Toronto’s poor run defense.

Toronto lost six in a row and nothing indicates it will end the streak against the powerful Al's. So far this season, the two sides met twice and the Alouettes prevailed 32-14 and 45-19.

Pick: Montreal -8 
       
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-9) at Calgary Stampeders (10-5)

The Blue Bombers need only one win, or a Toronto loss, to clinch a playoff spot.

Last Friday, against the Argos, the Bombers OL stepped up and opened lanes for running backs Fred Reid and Joe Smith who rushed respectively for 107 and 101 yards. Kevin Glenn completed only 14 of 31 pass attempts for 153 yards.

The question in this matchup is whether or not the Blue Bombers can run the ball as well against Calgary. The answer is most likely no.

Calgary has the stingiest defence against the run, allowing a league-best 84.7 rushing yards per game. The Stampeders are a much better team than the Blue Bombers if you look at almost any statistical category.

Pick: Calgary -10.5

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-12) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-6)

Once again, the Tiger-Cats are out of the playoff picture.

Jesse Lumsden and Kenton Keith are back in action but both seemed a bit banged up last sunday in Montreal. Quinton Porter, when given enough time, can connect on impressive pass plays and with Preshea Rodriguez, his premier target.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders got whipped 42-5 by Calgary on Sunday, a week after beating the Staps 37-34. Darian Durant has been given the nod to start against the Tiger-Cats. Durant led Saskatchewan to three straight wins early this season. The inflated line should make everyone cautious about this one, but there is too much at stake to imagine the Roughriders letting their guards down in a tight West playoff race.

Pick: Saskatchewan -13

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