Blue Bombers vs. Argonauts Prediction: CFL Week 8 Point Spread, Odds
August 01, 2019, 7:00 PM ET | BMO Field
The news went from bad to worse for the Argos entering week 8 of the CFL season. First, they are still the league’s only winless team, still searching for win number one of the season. Now, they’ll try to get that win without starting Running back James Wilder Jr. In his place Brandon Burks will try to get the job done.The Bombers are coming off their first loss of the 2019 season last week in Hamilton.
CFL Odds and Betting
This is by far the largest line of the week, as the winless Argos opened up as 14.5-point underdogs at home to the Blue Bombers.
The Bombers open this game on a three-game winning streak against the Argos, and have also won six out of the last seven games against Toronto since August of 2016. The Bombers are also 7-0 against the spread in their seven meetings with the Boatmen, and the over is also 7-0 over that time. However, the Argos are 3-2 at home against the Bombers since August of 2014.
The Blue Bombers are still currently the favourites to win the Grey Cup at Sports Interaction paying +175 to win the top prize. Meanwhile, the Argos are at the other end of the spectrum, paying +30000 to do the same.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Blue Bombers perfect start to the 2019 season collectively blew up in their faces when they dropped a 23-15 decision to the Tiger-Cats in week seven.
Turnovers were the game story, as the Blue Bombers gave up the ball seven times in the loss. Quarterback Matt Nichols entered to the game with only one interception thrown through the first five games; he coughed up three against the Tiger-Cats. Nichols led an offence that was out of sync for the majority of the game outside of Andrew Harris’ 117 all-purpose yards. Defensive back Winston Rose was a bright spot in the loss, grabbing two interceptions and now finds myself tied for the league lead with five.
Receiver Chris Matthews did not make the trip to Hamilton, but is expected to join the team in Ontario as the club will stay in the province ahead of their game with the Argos. There’s a chance Matthews gets a shot at playing as Darvin Adams left the game versus the Tiger-Cats with a lower-body injury. Adams is expected to miss this game. Joining him on the sidelines was Anthony Gaitor and Drew Wolitarsky who also left the game with injuries.
This boat is sinking and sinking fast. The good ship Argos are winless this season (0-6), and dating back to last season have lost 13-straight games. Since winning the Grey Cup two years ago, they are 4-20 in 24 games.
In their most recent loss, a 26-0 setback to the Eskimos, the team managed just 207 yards of total offence. McLeod Bethel-Thompson was pulled in this game and finished the evening 6-of-18 for 90 yards. He’s been responsible for six turnovers in the last six quarters of action. It’s still up in the air on who will start against the Bombers.
In six games this season, the breakdown of numbers has been dreadful. They have scored just 75 points for an average of 12.5 points per game. On defence, they have allowed 214 points against for an average of 35.6 points per game. They are last place in both departments.
Of note, Derel Walker has 483 receiving yards on the season, which is third-best in the CFL. Defensive lineman Shawn Lemon missed last week’s game because the Argos are currently shopping the former All-Star around the league. He will likely be dealt as soon as the right deal drops on General Manager’s Jim Popp’s doorstep.