Canadian Bacon: Week 13 CFL betting preview
Hamilton vs. Winnipeg (+4, 55)
Winnipeg hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in three games, accumulating just 27 points during that stretch. Two of those played under the total, while the third nipped the over/under by just four points. The Bombers are hoping the return of No. 1 QB Buck Pierce will help, who has been since Week 4.
Hamilton is just 1-4 on the road and their biggest issue is defense, where the Ticats rank worst in the league in Total D. They held Edmonton to just eight points last week, but don't read too much into that because the Eskies' offense has been dreadful lately. British Columbia Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos (+4, 46.5)
Edmonton brought in 'offensive advisor' David Kelly this week in an effort to kickstart a stalled attack. The Eskies have had a revolving door at quarterback and haven't had a rusher run for at least 50 yards in three games, all of which were losses.
B.C. isn't the team you want to face when you're struggling. The Lions have won six of their past seven (4-3 against the spread) and can beat you with offense or defense. They rank tops in the CFL in overall D and second in overall offense. They lost the first meeting with Edmonton this season 27-14, their lone home defeat.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Montreal Alouettes (-4, 54.5)
The Argos have covered the spread in three straight games, all of which played over the total. Toronto leads the league in penalties with 124 calls for 1,147 yards and the players held a meeting Tuesday in hopes of correcting the problem. To show how bad that number is, the Argos' leading receiver, Chad Owens, only has 938 yards this season.
Montreal is 5-1 in its last six games and is the lone team to beat B.C. over the Lions' past seven games. The bad news is that team leading rusher Brandon Whitaker is out for the season and key red zone receiver Brian Bratton is doubtful after injuries suffered last week. Montreal needs to win this game to stay ahead of Toronto for first place in the East. Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders (+2, 50)
The Stamps have turned their season around by winning their past four games while covering the number in three of those. Tough defense has been a big factor in the success and seven of the last eight Calgary games have gone under the total.
Calgary running back Jon Cornish is the leading rusher in the CFL and Sasky head coach Corey Chamblin guaranteed this week that he wouldn't rush for 100 yards. The Riders own the No. 2 rush defense and scoring defense in the CFL but the Stamps have won the last six meetings and five of those against the spread.