Canadian Bacon: This weekend's CFL preview

Three regional rivalries are set for Sunday and Monday in the CFL. Here’s a few tidbits on the three matchups:

Sunday

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Saskatchewan Roughriders (-6.5, 49)

Winnipeg’s 20-17 loss to the Lions last week cost head coach Paul LaPolice his job. Now the Bombers (2-6) have to find a way to win in Regina. Winnipeg has dropped its last seven games at Mosaic Stadium.

Saskatchewan is also struggling. The Riders (3-5) are coming off a 17-10 loss to the Stampeders and have dropped five straight games after opening the season with three consecutive victories.

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Blue Bombers are 4-1 ATS in their last five games overall.
*Roughriders are 0-4 ATS in their last four games overall.
*Under is 7-1 in Roughriders last eight home games.
*Bombers have the worst pass defense (323.2 YPG) in the league.
*Riders boast the second-best running attack (106.8 YPG) in the league.

Monday

Toronto Argonauts at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-3.5, 53.5)

Toronto is coming off a disappointing 27-17 home loss to Edmonton. The Argonauts (4-4) continue to struggle with Ricky Ray under center and are having a tough time putting points up on the board (2-6-0 O/U) this season.

Hamilton dropped a close 31-29 decision to Montreal last week and has lost three straight. The Tiger-Cats (3-5) have the top offense in the CFL, scoring an average of 29.5 points per game (6-2-0 O/U).

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Argonauts are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
*Under is 5-0 in Argonauts last five games overall.
*Tiger-Cats are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. loss.
*Argos boast the top-ranked pass defense in the league, holding opponents to an average of 233.8 YPG.

Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders (-3.5, 48.5)

Edmonton prevailed 26-17 over Toronto last week. The ground game continues to be the focus for the Eskimos (5-3) with new running back Cory Boyd now in the fold. Edmonton has the league’s worst passing attack at 239.5 YPG.

Calgary is also coming off a win last week, downing the Roughriders, 17-10. The Stampeders (4-4) also love to run the ball with their feature back Jon Cornish. The Calgary passing attack is sputtering with Kevin Glenn at the helm, so expect an old-fashioned ground war.

TRENDS AND NOTES
*Under is 4-0 in Calgary’s last four games overall.
*Eskimos are 1-4 ATS in their last five games following a S.U. win.
*Under is 3-0-1 in Eskimos’ last five road games.

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Posted by hurricane22
1 year ago

Hamilton should win this game, the way Toronto played last week they wouldnt beat the Ohio Bobcats. Hamilton should come out desperate like the Riders did yesterday, and the way Ricky Ray lobs the ball even Hamilton's porous defense should shut the Argo's offense down. Hamilton in a ROMP!
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Posted by YukonTrav
1 year ago

boy i hate the roughriders ... would take the points in the two Labour Day games, but then again, the way I've been picking these past few weeks ... lol cant wait for the real football to show up next week ;)
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Posted by ykmichael
1 year ago

I've got under 51.5 as I think that's the safest bet but that Blue Bomber pass defence is so bad that it's tough to pick any outcome this one. Have no idea who will cover in this game.
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Posted by CanadaCup
1 year ago

Bombers +6.5
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Posted by YukonTrav
1 year ago

Totally disgusted by the quality of Roughrider football. They, not the Bluebombers, are the embarrassment of the League so far till week 12. Five straight losses, many of them pitiful. Blue ballers will be up for the coaching change, and arent exactly playing that bad of ball lately (as evidenced by their nice ATS record over the last 5). Is Elliot the real deal? That close loss to the Lions tells me they will be a match for the Bumriders, and since we're getting 6.5 points, all logic points to take said generous laying of points with these two unpredictable, underachieving teams ... back Sunday to comment on the Labour Day classics ... best of luck, lads ...
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Posted by ykmichael
1 year ago

"I've got under 51.5 as I think that's the safest bet but that Blue Bomber pass defence is so bad that it's tough to pick any outcome this one. Have no idea who will cover in this game. "