2019 CFL Week 15 Odds, Preview & Picks
Last week saw the Hamilton Tiger-Cats lose a thriller in Calgary, falling 19-18 to the Stampeders. Saskatchewan also won a close one, edging Montreal by two points. British Columbia delivered an emphatic win over Ottawa, delivering a 29-5 victory for just the second win of the season for the Lions and giving yet another sign that the Redblacks are in true freefall. Hamilton still leads the CFL East Division by 2 ½ games, sitting at 9-3, while Montreal has a 6-5 record. Ottawa now has five losses in a row and sits at 3-9, just a half-game ahead of the Toronto Argonauts. In the West Division, Winnipeg leads with a 9-3 record, but both Calgary and Saskatchewan are a half-game back, at 8-4, and Edmonton is 6-6. British Columbia is back on a winning streak but still occupies the basement at 2-10. We have your CFL Week 15 schedule and sports betting thoughts for each game.
2019 CFL Week 15 Odds, Preview & Picks
Friday, September 20
Calgary at Toronto
Calgary heads to Toronto having won six of their last eight, including three of their last five on the road. Bo Levi Mitchell seems to be taking greater control of the offense, now with 1,386 passing yards, seven touchdown passes and five interceptions. The Calgary defense is allowing just 22 points per game and should have the personnel to shut down the Argonauts’ attack.
Toronto did win last week but have dropped four of their last six at home. McLeod Bethel-Thompson added to his solid passing stats, and he now has 19 touchdown passes against 11 interceptions. The Argonauts will need another strong day from their defense, which still permits 33.2 points per game.
Final Score Prediction: Calgary 30, Toronto 20
Hamilton at Edmonton
Despite their setback a week ago, Hamilton has still won six of their last eight (although just three of their last six games on the road). Dane Evans will start again at quarterback this week in place of Jeremiah Masoli, and Evans’ ball security has not been the best, as he has posted an 8:9 TD:INT ratio. On the defensive side of the ball, Hamilton has remained solid, permitting just 19.7 points per week thanks to nine sacks from Dylan Wynn.
Edmonton has dropped three in a row but has still won four of their last six games at home. Trevor Harris has done a solid job of avoiding turnovers, with a 15:4 TD:INT ratio. The defense is also consistent, permitting just 21.3 points per game. If you like Edmonton here, you see their home field advantage helping them take advantage of Hamilton — along with Hamilton starting their backup quarterback.
Final Score Prediction: Edmonton 20, Hamilton 16
Saturday, September 21
Winnipeg at Montreal
Winnipeg rides in as winners of four of their last five…but as losers of three of their last four road games. Matt Nichols continues to play consistently at quarterback, with 15 touchdowns and just five picks. Winnipeg also has one of the better running games in the CFL, averaging 145.5 yards per game. On defense, the Blue Bombers only permit 19.8 points per game. All of these numbers point to a Blue Bomber win.
Montreal has won just three of their last six games, but they have won four of six at home. Vernon Adams has six touchdowns passes in his last four games — but also four interceptions. On the ground, the Alouettes are also solid, picking up 133.3 yards per game. On defense, the Alouettes are slightly more generous, permitting 25 points per game. I see Winnipeg staying hot and picking up the road win.
Final Score Prediction: Winnipeg 27, Montreal 23
British Columbia at Ottawa
How on earth are the 2-10 British Columbia Lions a road favorite? They are playing the Ottawa Redblacks, whom they just demolished at home last week, and so this is the other half of the home-and-home series. This would be the first winning streak of any kind that the Lions have had this season if they win — but they have dropped four straight on the road. The BC defense is still permitting 28.9 points per game, but that average came down after allowing just five points a week ago.
Ottawa has dropped five in a row overall — and five in a row at home. Dominique Davis is struggling right now, with just one touchdown pass against five interceptions in his last three games. The Redblacks are also hemorrhaging on defense, now permitting 30.1 points per game. Can Ottawa get revenge for that humiliation out in Western Canada?
Final Score Prediction: Ottawa 16, BC 13