Feel fortunate to get a split in the CFL this past week. Only game that truly matters this week is the Stampeders have to win to secure 1st place in the West, going on the road to BC. I did have the 49ers and the Rams in the NFL, which ended badly in the last couple of minutes of both games. Par for the course in the life of a gambler.
Dr. Bob, a well-known professional handicapper, has stated that must-win teams cover less than 35% of the time, so be careful if you decide to consider the Stamps on the road at BC this coming week.
Home divisional favorites in game number 18 have only been 10-14 ATS and 9-15 O/U in the CFL database, whereas home divisional dogs have been 5-3 ATS and 5-3 O/U.
Interesting that the Alouettes signed both quarterbacks Pipkin and Matthews though next year, and as far as I know, Manziel is signed through next year as well. If I'm management I look for the Roughriders to go quarterback shopping in the off-season and possibly also the Argos will too. Without being on the ground close to the situation, I would think that Matt Nichols and Zach Collaros could at least be considered by management to be expendable if their teams don't win it all this year, and the Alouettes might consider offers on Manziel as well. Looked to me as if the Als' Pipkin was just as good a quarterback as Manziel in his playing time this season. The Bombers have a potential MOP candidate in Streveler sitting behind Nichols and he won't be sitting forever.
Indigo predicted lines throughout the year would have been money just taking teams that varied greater than a point and half from the linesmakers'. This week though is a total crapshoot and I would be highly surprised I'll be interested in any of these games unless they made the Stamps some kind of outrageously high away favorite north of -7, then I'd be on the Lions.
Redblacks -7 Argos 52
Eskimos -6 Bombers 53
Tiger Cats -9 Alouettes 49
Lions +3 Stampeders 50
As the playoffs approach, keep in mind that CFL playoff favorites that won more games than their present opponent have only been 11-22 ATS
In other words past history says to consider playing ON dogs with a lesser record in the CFL playoffs.