Week 10 in the Canadian Football League features an extended weekend with a doubleheader on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day. Both Ottawa and Toronto kick things off early on Wednesday night, and will also play again during the holiday. Elsewhere, Winnipeg looks to continue their winning streak at home against a struggling Edmonton squad.
While a few teams are playing two games this week, BC has the entire week off. They’ll return next week to host Calgary. As you’d expect, both Toronto and Ottawa will have next week off.
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Wednesday, 7:30 PM ET – Ottawa (+8.5) At Toronto (-8.5)
Ottawa’s run of mid-week games finally comes to an end when they travel to Toronto. The Redblacks had a terrific start with rookie quarterback Caleb Evans. He was efficient and took advantage of Edmonton’s mistakes with three touchdown passes. Is it enough to get his team on a winning trend?
That’ll be difficult considering a lot of things went Ottawa’s way to get the win. The rookie quarterback finished for under 200 yards passing. Defensively, the Redblacks still give up nearly 400 yards and 30 points per game. Toronto is still favored by a lot in this contest, and rightfully so, despite having a backup quarterback in as well.
Result: Ottawa did a good job of keeping things close through one half, but the wheels came off completely in the third quarter. Momentum began for Toronto with a blocked punt return for a touchdown late in the second quarter. The third quarter featured 27 straight points by the Argonauts, with two touchdowns on a 71-yard and 82-yard interception return by the defense.
Friday, 8:30 PM ET – Edmonton (+9.5) At Winnipeg (-9.5)
As expected, Edmonton finds themselves as significant underdogs at Winnipeg. It’s been a tough few weeks for the Elks, getting blown out in their last two games and dropping another game to Ottawa. An interesting split for the defense sees them stopping opponents by yardage, but they still allow 26.4 points per game.
On the bright side, quarterback Trevor Harris is expected to return to the Elks. Remove the opener he had against the Redblacks and he has a 6 touchdown to 2 interception ratio. Over the five games he’s played in, he has completed 74.1 percent of his throws.
Saturday, 7:00 PM ET – Calgary (+3.5) At Saskatchewan (-3.5)
Out of all the CFL teams, Saskatchewan may be the hardest to figure out. After a clutch road win at BC to end September, they follow it up with a slow start in Calgary that they couldn’t overcome. On the bright side, they have a dominant 4-1 record at home with that lone loss coming against Winnipeg.
The question in this game is how healthy are the Stampeders? Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is questionable, and he didn’t have two of his top targets in the victory last week against the Roughriders. One of those big names is Kamar Jorden, who leads the team with 539 yards and 3 touchdowns. If all these players are ready to go, it might be worth staying away from this one.
Monday, 1:00 PM ET – Ottawa (+7.5) At Montreal (-7.5)
Ottawa was smacked back down to reality during their contest against Toronto. All six losses have been double-digit defeats and the only team they have beaten remains Edmonton. Montreal has only played two games at home so far this season, which were both losses to BC and Hamilton.
Quarterback Caleb Evans had a great debut for the Redblacks. He followed it up with a fairly poor performance, completing 23-of-41 passes for 334 yards and three interceptions with no touchdowns. The Alouettes have a strong offense, but allows 24.9 points per game.
Monday, 4:00 PM ET – Toronto (+3.5) At Hamilton (-3.5)
Toronto can really strengthen their position at the top of the East Division with a win over Hamilton on Monday. If successful, they would have a two-game lead over the Tiger-Cats. The Argonauts have been impressive at home, winning all four games, but they are just 1-3 away from their own stadium.
Despite the short time from playing on Wednesday, Toronto doesn’t have far to go to play in this one. Hamilton is the favorite with a strong defense that had a lot of rest. But there’s still a lot of questions that remain for an inconsistent offense on the other side of the ball.
Sports Betting Recommendations
It’s tempting to simply take the home teams on Monday with a lot of rest and playing opponents off short rest. However, the over on the Ottawa-Montreal contest looks too good. The Alouettes put up 51 points themselves on the road in their last contest against the Redblacks.
Toronto is playing very well at the moment and they should be able to find some consistency in this big road contest. The defense looked terrific last time out, and getting the field goal and a hook feels right for the game.
Prior to Monday’s games, go ahead and consider taking all the points for Edmonton. They may be struggling, but the quarterback coming back should keep it competitive. If Calgary has a lot of their offense on the mend, also consider jumping on the favorites in that contest.
Here was our recommendation for Toronto -8.5 at DraftKings:
This feels like a pretty big line to take with a Toronto team that scores 20.3 points per game and has a backup quarterback in. However, let’s not overreact to the Ottawa victory. While a confidence-building victory, they were also aided by two interceptions and a lost fumble.
The Argonauts have an offense capable of putting a lot of points on a bad defense. With backup QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson in under center, he helped put up 30 points against Montreal.