This week’s chart has a new look at the top and bottom with both Alberta teams making big moves
Football betting north of the border has been overshadowed the past two weeks as NFL season got underway but playoff races are heating up and just two games separate the top three teams in each division. Winnipeg crawled out from its shroud of darkness by finally winning a home game in Week 11 and with it, our CFL expert has boosted their power rating to the 7-spot ahead of the Edmonton Eskimos.
[dropcap2]W[/dropcap2]innipeg also made headlines Thursday when the league officially announced realignment plans for 2014 that will send the Bombers back to the Western division for the first time since 2005. The move makes room for the Ottawa Redblacks next season, or Rouge et Noir if you prefer and provides a bit of solace for Eskimo fans. Perhaps by this time next year, Edmonton, eighth place in the Pick Sixty Power Rankings won’t actually translate into “dead last”.
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1. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 2)
The Stamps depth is being tested and so far they have been up to the challenge. Calgary (8-2 SU) claims the top spot this week as they move in to a first place tie with the Riders in the West division standings.
2. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 1)
Less than 100 yards rushing for Kory Sheets last week and only 129 passing yards for Darian Durant told the story of their loss to Winnipeg. The Riders offense was shutdown and the team’s D suffered a major loss when middle linebacker Rey Williams (knee) was sidelined for the rest of the season.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Home teams with three wins in their last four (Saskatchewan) usually do a nice job responding from a loss (25-11 SU) with faves of -6.5 or more going 13-1 SU and 7-7 ATS with 4 overs, 9 unders and a push[/quote_text]
3. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 5)
Hamilton is clawing their way up the standings after finally beating a team that isn’t from Winnipeg or Edmonton. The Ti-Cats handed the Lions their fourth road loss of the season and this week will try and measure up to the league’s best when they travel to Calgary to take on the Stamps.
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 7)
QB Zach Collaros and the Argos bounce back with a solid performance against the Als in a big divisional matchup. The Boatmen remain in first place in the East and show they can still find a way to win without the services of Ricky Ray.
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5. BC LIONS (Last week: 3)
The BC Lions can’t win on the road and Wally Buono is already starting to make changes. Luckily for the Lions they play at home this week as they play host Montreal who historically never seem to win on the left coast.
6. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 4)
The Als are only 1-5 SU/ATS in BC the past six visits compared to a combined 9-11 ATS road record vs. the three other western teams over the same span. Montreal is also 18-8 O/U in the west since 2007 but remember who was quarterbacking most of those teams. Hint: It wasn’t Tanner Marsh
7. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 8)
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers blast their way out of the basement with a brilliant defensive performance against the Riders in the annual Banjo Bowl. The Bomber D gave Durant and the Riders more than they could handle giving up no TDs and holding Saskatchewan to their lowest passing totals in more than six years.
8. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 6)
Edmonton has now lost four of five games by three points or less so while they are better than their record suggests, they are still just a one-win team. There’s more than just a lack of talent in Edmonton (1-9 SU) and GM Ed Hervey made that clear in the past couple weeks. Edmonton is listed as a 4.5-point favorite this week, making them just the third home team since 2007 to be laying points this late in the year with a sub-.200 straight-up record. Note: The previous two (Bombers, 2008 and Argos, 2011) were 2-0 SU/ATS, winning by margins of 13 and six points respectively.