Team by team analysis for the Canadian Football League getting you set for Week 9 action
It looks as if the top of the CFL’s West division standings will be a tight race right through until November and with the final four weeks of the season reserved for intraleague play, the deck could still be shuffling when BC hosts Calgary in Week 19. There is lots of football left to play and with the number of starting quarterbacks already injured this year, no Grey Cup futures bet seems safe.
Anthony Calvillo was the latest casualty in the Al’s 24-21 loss at Mosaic Stadium Saturday and Josh Neiswander is slated to start tonight vs. the Lions. It’s triggered a flood of money towards the road fave but at the current CFL odds (Lions -9.5), one sports betting site suggests the action has evened out. Road faves are 8-1 SU/ATS this season and dog bettors have been waiting for the shoe to drop but in Week 9 that means betting against our top two power ranking teams. Do so at your own risk!
1. SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS (Last week: 2)
The Riders jump back into first place this week but not without some concerns going forward. At 6-1 SU and 5-2 ATS they are still the team to beat.
2. BC LIONS (Last week: 3)
Remain virtually unbeatable at home. With back-to-back wins BC appears to have found its groove and Thursday they’ll be looking to avoid a repeat of their latest trip out East to face a backup QB.
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3. CALGARY STAMPEDERS (Last week: 1)
Not far behind the Lions for the No. 2 spot but Calgary’s two losses this season each came on the road vs. the Riders and Lions. In the Wild West this team must prove it can win away from home.
4. TORONTO ARGONAUTS (Last week: 4)
Class of the East, which isn’t saying much, but Ricky Ray is on fire and having an MVP-type season. Still need to prove they can compete with the big boys in the West.
[quote_text color=”#000000″ text_color=”#ffffff”]Since acquiring Ricky Ray the Argos are 2-5 ATS in regular season home games vs. the West[/quote_text]
5. HAMILTON TIGER-CATS (Last week: 6)
Perhaps the “best of the worst” – although any team that plays the Bombers looks much better than they actually are. Henry Burris is still going strong.
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6. EDMONTON ESKIMOS (Last week: 5)
Mike Reilly continues to improve he has to be commended for his 3-touchdown, 0-interception and 511-yard effort that helped our Week 8 CFL Best Bet sail over the total. He is giving this team hope for the future.
7. MONTREAL ALOUETTES (Last week: 7)
Decimated by injuries including Calvillo, things aren’t going to get better any time soon for the Als.
8. WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS (Last week: 8)
Things are mess in Winnipeg. New CEO, new GM and new O-Co in the span of 10 days. Did we mention the QB carousel? If the Bombers haven’t hit rock bottom yet they are awfully close.