2019 CFL Week 13 Odds, Preview & Picks
This past weekend saw three matchups in the Canadian Football League. Winnipeg went to Saskatchewan and fell by two points. Toronto went to Hamilton and gave the Tiger-Cats an unexpectedly stiff challenge before losing, 38-27. Calgary dominated Edmonton, 25-9, in the nightcap on Monday. Hamilton now has a 9-2 record and a five-game lead over Montreal in the East Division. Ottawa sits at 3-7, and Toronto remains in the East basement with a 1-9 record. In the West Division, Winnipeg’s loss brought them to 8-3, and they now have just a half-game lead over Saskatchewan. Calgary is a game behind Saskatchewan at 6-4, while Edmonton is at 6-5, so the top four teams in the division are within two games of one another. British Columbia remains in the West cellar at 1-9. We have sports betting previews for each of the four matchups in CFL Week 13.
2019 CFL Week 13 Odds, Preview & Picks
Friday, September 6
British Columbia at Montreal
British Columbia heads across Canada on a six-game skid, and they have lost five of their last six on the road. Mike Reilly’s 11 interceptions have not helped the Lions. He has at least one touchdown pass in 23 of his last 28 games, but giving up turnovers does not help at all. John White is the leading ball carrier with 559 yards and five scores. Another problem for BC is their defense, which permits 32.1 points and 355.4 yards each contest.
Montreal has won five of seven and had the rest of a bye week last week. They have only won three of their last five at home, though. Vernon Adams has thrown four touchdown passes and four picks in his last three games, so he also needs to work on ball security. William Stanback leads the rushing game with 611 yards and four scores. The Alouettes’ defense has been slightly better than that of the Lions, permitting 26 points per game behind 57 tackles from Patrick Levels. Given that Montreal has covered in five of their last seven at home and BC is struggling, I like the Alouettes here.
Final Score Prediction: Montreal 34, BC 24.
Saturday, September 7
Toronto at Ottawa
Toronto is 0-5 on the road in 2019, thanks in large part to a porous defense that permits 34.8 points and 457.2 yards each week. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is having a decent year at quarterback, with 16 touchdown passes against nine interceptions — and with at least two scoring passes in six of his last seven games. The problem is that the Argonauts cannot outscore the opposition thanks to that shoddy defense.
Ottawa is also on a bit of a skid, dropping seven of eight, including four in a row at home. Dominique Davis has just five touchdowns against 14 interceptions, including five picks in his last three games. If there is a time for Toronto to step up and pull off an upset, this is the week, as the Redblacks permit 28.6 points per game.
Final Score Prediction: Toronto 31, Ottawa 27
Saskatchewan at Winnipeg
Saskatchewan rolls in on a six-game winning streak, including a home win over Winnipeg last week. The Roughriders have gone 2-2 in their last four road games. The defense permits 21.8 points per game, an average that has gone down significantly during the winning streak. Cody Fajardo continues to do well with ball security, with just six picks on the year.
Winnipeg is 5-0 at home in 2019, although just 3-3 in their last six overall. Matt Nichols has only five picks against 15 touchdown passes, thanks to former Dallas Cowboy Lucky Whitehead leading the receiving corps. The Blue Bombers also have a stout running game, picking up 145.5 yard per game, led by 908 yards and three scores from Andrew Harris. The defense only permits 19.8 points per contest, behind seven interceptions from Winston Rose. I see Winnipeg getting revenge in the second half of this home-and-home series.
Final Score Prediction: Winnipeg 20, Saskatchewan 17
Calgary at Edmonton
Calgary has won six of nine, but just two of their last four on the road. Quarterback Nick Arbuckle is heating up, with six touchdown passes in his last three games and 11 on the season, against just five picks. On the ground, the Stampeders are led by Ka’Deem Carey, with 347 yards and a pair of scores. The Calgary defense permits 22.9 points per contest, behind six picks from Tre Roberson.
Edmonton is 5-5 in their last 10 games but 4-1 in their last five games at home. Trevor Harris has at least three scoring passes in six of his last 14 games, showing the same feast-or-famine trend as his team. C.J. Gable has run for 755 yards and a pair of scores this season, and the Eskimos’ defense allows a solid 20.3 yards per game. But which team will show up?
Final Score Prediction: Calgary 23, Edmonton 20