Can Blue Bombers Be Perfect?

Can Blue Bombers Be Perfect?

Week 10 in the Canadian Football League will feature a couple of rematches from last week, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Montreal Alouettes clash once again, while Ontario rivals Hamilton and Toronto also do battle for a second time in two weeks.

Winnipeg is still undefeated (9-0) and is enjoying a cushy six-point lead (18 points) in the West Division, while the Ottawa Redblacks will enjoy a bye week before taking the field next week against the Edmonton Elks.

Here’s a look at the latest CFL Grey Cup outright odds, followed by our Week 10 betting preview:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers +120 (opened +300)
BC Lions +300 (opened +1300)
Calgary Stampeders +450 (opened +700)
Toronto Argonauts +600 (opened +600)
Saskatchewan Roughriders +1200 (opened +450)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats +1700 (opened +500)
Montreal Alouettes +1700 (opened +800)
Ottawa Redblacks +4000 (opened +2000)
Edmonton Elks +6600 (opened +1500)

*All odds in this article courtesy of PointsBet.

With the @BCLions and @calstampeders meeting up in Week 10, things could get interesting…👀


— CFL (@CFL) August 8, 2022

Montreal Alouettes @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-11.5, 48.5 over/under)

About the Alouettes (2-6 straight up, 4-4 against the spread, 6-2 o/u): Montreal was tied 14-14 with Winnipeg through three quarters last week before the Bombers erupted for 21 points to blow the game wide open. Now the scene will shift to Winnipeg for the second half of a home-and-home with the Bombers, and it’s hard to imagine Montreal playing any better than it did last week. Oddsmakers clearly agree, making the Alouettes a double-digit underdog.

Quarterback Trevor Harris was given a rest day at practice on Monday as he continues to deal with a back injury he sustained in Week 8. He should be good to go for this matchup, though.

About the Blue Bombers (9-0 SU, 7-2 ATS, 4-5 o/u): Winnipeg earned a 15-point win when these teams met last week and has won by at least 13 points in three of its last five games.

Receiver Greg Ellingson is slated to return from a hip injury this week after missing three games with the ailment. He has 34 catches (second on the team behind Dalton Shoen) for 518 yards and three touchdowns this season.

If you truly believe the back-to-back Grey Cup champions could go undefeated this year, Coolbet Canada is offering +2400 odds on the Bombers to finish the regular season with a perfect 18-0 record.

Bomber fans asked us and @CoolbetCanada delivered – can the Bombers go 18-0? @SportsTalkWPG

— Andrew Paterson (@hustlerama) August 10, 2022

Sports betting trends:

The over is 4-0-1 in the past five meetings.
The over is 5-1 in Montreal’s last six games.
Montreal is 21-9 ATS in its past 30 road games.

Toronto Argonauts @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-2.5, o/u 46.5)

About the Argonauts (4-3 SU, 4-3 ATS, 4-3 o/u): The Argos came away with a 34-20 home victory over the Ticats last week, and now they’ll attempt to make it two in a row over their provincial rivals in Hamilton on Friday.

There are a few potential issues surrounding two playmakers on offense, though. Running back Andrew Harris didn’t practice earlier this week as he’s nursing a wrist injury. Also, receiver Brandon Banks is away from the team due to a personal matter. He’s expected to play in this one, but it’s something to monitor throughout the week.

Due to a scheduling quirk, these teams are in a stretch where they play each other four times in five weeks.

About the Tiger-Cats (2-6 SU, 2-6 ATS, 4-4 o/u): Hamilton has simply not been able to take care of the ball this year, as evidenced by its -15 turnover ratio. Additionally, the Ticats couldn’t capitalize last week when in the red zone, only scoring once in five opportunities inside of Toronto’s 25-yard line.

Hamilton has been dreadful in the fourth quarter this year, getting outscored 95-29.

It appears as though the Ticats could shake things up on offense this week, as Matthew Shiltz, not Dane Evans, was taking QB1 reps at practice on Wednesday. Last week, both the Argos and Tiger-Cats combined to score only two offensive touchdowns, which could be why this posted total is the lowest on the board this week.

Sports betting trends:

The Argos are 1-5 ATS in their last six games against opponents with losing records.
The over is 5-1 in the past six meetings in Hamilton.
Hamilton is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.

Do the @Ticats exact revenge this week back on home turf?

Our writers have chimed in with their Week 10 #TotalEnergiesCanada Pick ‘Em predictions:


— CFL (@CFL) August 9, 2022

BC Lions @ Calgary Stampeders (+2, o/u 53)

About the Lions (6-1 SU, 5-2 ATS, 4-2-1 o/u): How long will it be before quarterback Nathan Rourke draws interest from an NFL team? The 24-year-old set a new Canadian single-game passing record with 477 yards in the Lions’ 46-14 win over the Elks last week. He completed 34 of his 37 passes, also setting a new CFL record with a 91.2 completion percentage, while tossing five touchdowns. And on top of that, he added his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.

Led by Rourke, BC’s offense is tops in the league in several categories: yards per game (458.4), points per game (36.3), passing yards (349.4), and time of possession (32:31 per game).

About the Stampeders (5-2 SU, 3-4 ATS, 5-2 o/u): The banged-up Stampeders did what they needed to do to grind out an ugly 17-3 win over Ottawa last week and snap a two-game losing streak. It’s important to note, however, that Calgary was missing multiple starters due to injury, as well as head coach Dave Dickenson (COVID protocols).

This week, it was announced that star defensive back Tre Roberson will miss the remainder of the regular season after undergoing knee surgery. He suffered the injury in Week 8 and had 17 tackles, one interception, and one forced fumble on the season. He’ll definitely be missed this week against BC’s potent aerial attack.

History is on the Stampeders’ side in this one, as the Lions have struggled in Calgary, dropping eight of their last 10 games at McMahon Stadium. And the Stampeders have won 11 of their past 13 games overall against the Lions.

Sports betting trends:

The over is 7-0-1 in the Lions’ past eight games against West Division opponents.
The over is 4-0-1 in BC’s last five road games.
BC is 4-0 ATS in its past four games in Calgary.
Calgary is 1-4 ATS in its last five home games.

Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Edmonton Elks (+5.5, o/u 48.5)

About the Roughriders (4-4 SU, 4-4 ATS, 4-3-1 o/u): Saskatchewan desperately needed its bye last week, as various ailments put roughly 20 players on the injured list over the last few weeks. As a result, the Roughriders stumbled into their break on a three-game losing streak.

Now, many of the team’s players are on the mend, including quarterback Cody Fajardo, who’s been dealing with a nagging knee injury since Week 2.

Saskatchewan’s game plan this week will likely include a heavy dose of running back Jamal Morrow, who leads the league with 484 rushing yards while averaging over five yards per carry. Edmonton’s rushing defense is by far the worst in the league, allowing an average of 123.1 yards per game.

About the Elks (2-6 SU, 3-5 ATS, 6-2 o/u): The lowly Elks were pummeled 46-14 by the Lions last week, and it’s hard to envision things getting any better for them anytime soon.

Edmonton now returns home, where it’s winless in its last 11 games at Commonwealth Stadium, meaning Elks fans haven’t witnessed a win there since Oct. 12, 2019. Additionally, the Elks are 0-13 against divisional opponents dating back to last Labor Day.

Edmonton’s quarterback situation seems to constantly be in flux, resulting in an awful 68.5 team QB efficiency rating, by far the worst in the CFL.

Sports betting trends:

The under is 6-2 in the past eight meetings.
Edmonton is 3-13 ATS in its past 16 home games.
The over is 5-1 in the Elks’ last six games.

Photo: Shutterstock

Author: Ryan Gonzales