This week’s look at the Canadian league features key home and home betting systems to consider
The Bombers continued to get blown out, the Eskimos kept up their streak of near misses and the BC Lions stayed perfect at home. It was such a good week in the CFL the league has decided to do it again! As a tribute to the early-September home and homes here is a list of key stats from sportsdatabase.com:
– So far in 2013, teams who won the first game in a home and home are 4-1 SU/ATS in game 2 but in the previous five seasons it was the team who LOST game 1 with an advantage (30-23 SU and 32-18-33 ATS)
– If a team who lost the first part of a home and home has a winning percentage of .333 or greater and they are facing a team whose record is .600 or greater, the team off a loss has a nice 14-4 record straight-up and 14-3-1 ATS.
The only game who fits this category in Week 11 is the BC Lions (6-3) at Hamilton Ti-Cats (4-5). Kind of helps explain that line movement the past few days, huh?
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1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 1)
Slow starts are making games closer than they should be for the Riders but they keep finding ways to win in the late stages. A win over the dishevelled Blue Bombers doesn’t garner much respect but a nearly flawless 8-1 record sure does.
2. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 2)
The Stamps continue to keep the pressure on the Riders and are doing it with a QB trifecta of Tate, Glenn and Levi-Mitchell. It doesn’t appear to matter which QB is calling the plays for the Stamps as all three bring it week in and week out.
3. BC LIONS (Last week: 3)
The Leos are nearly impossible to beat at home. The same cannot be said about the Lions when playing on the road. If the Lions want to be mentioned in the same category as the Riders and Stamps they need to start proving they can win away from the friendly confines of BC Place. A Saturday road trip to Hamilton should help determine if the Lions are contenders or pretenders.
4. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 7)
Winners of two-straight, the Als make the largest single-week jump of the season from seventh to fourth on our chart. The defense has emerged as one of the league’s best, ranking second only to the Lions in total yards allowed per game (316) and yards per play (6.1). Third string QB Tanner Marsh is finding success in an offense that was doomed after Anthony Calvillo went down and in a division that’s still up for grabs the Als are right in the mix.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Montreal leads the league at six games holding their opponent to fewer than 350 total yards (5-1 ATS)[/quote_text]
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 5)
A healthy Tiger-Cats team is competing week to week with Henry Burris leading the way but their defense is suspect and ultimately holding them back. Until they start beating teams that aren’t named Winnipeg, the Cats will remain in the idle of the pack.
6. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 6)
Another week, another three-point loss for the hard luck Eskies. The Green and Gold were called out publicly by their GM this week and it will be interesting to see what affect the public lashing has on team whose losing streak reached seven games Monday. The Eskimos are better than their record suggests but until they learn how to win the close games they will toil in the league’s basement.
7. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 4)
The Argos still sit in first place in the East but have been exposed without the services of QB Ricky Ray. The Als and Cats have closed the gap and rookie QB Zack Collaros has failed to duplicate his early season success.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 8)
We saw some signs of life last week against the talented Riders but rookie mistakes cost the Bombers once again. Justin Goltz continues to be the best option at QB for the Blue and Gold and the return of Cory Watson will help going forward. It remains to be seen what impact, if any, the NFL air lifts will have on this struggling squad.