CFL Week 5 Preview: The road dogs were out in full-force last week as they recorded a clean sweep in Week 4 of the CFL regular season. Hamilton started things off with a 39-31 win over British Columbia as a 3.5-point road dog on Friday night.
Winnipeg outlasted Toronto 33-24 as a 3.5-point dog in the early game on Saturday, while Edmonton remained perfect on the year with 24-19 victory over Calgary as a three-point underdog later that night.
This past Sunday night, Saskatchewan completed the sweep with a 27-24 victory over Montreal as an 11.5-point road dog.
The following is brief preview of this weeka€™s CFL games along with the opening point spread and a€?over/undera€™ lines as provided by BTB.
Thursday, July 28
BC Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-3.5)
BC is still searching for its first win of the season as it is now 0-4 SU and 1-3 ATS. Winnipeg moved to 3-1 SU on the year and a perfect 4-0 ATS. The Blue Bombers are just one victory away from matching their entire win total of 2010. Winnipeg took the first game in this series last year with a 47 -35 win at home as a 2.5-point favorite. It covered the four-point spread as a road underdog in a 16-14 loss the second time they met.
The Lions are 1-3-1 ATS in the last five games of this series overall, but are 4-1 ATS in the last five games played in Winnipeg. The total has stayed a€?undera€™ in 11 of the last 16 games played at Canad Inns Stadium and in nine of the last 11 meetings overall. Blue Bomber RB Fred Reid is the CFLa€™s leading rusher with 71 carries for a total of 321 yards.
Friday, July 29
Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats OFF
This game is currently a€?OFFa€™ because QB Anthony Calvillo, who sat out the second half of Sundaya€™s game after injuring his eye, is currently listed as questionable for Friday, but still believes he will be ready to go by game time. The Alouettes are 3-1 SU and 2-2 ATS. Hamilton is both 2-2 SU and ATS this season. It lost two of three to Montreal last season both SU and ATS, but the one victory was a 40-3 romp as a 1.5-point home underdog the final time they met.
Montreal is 3-2 SU in its last five games at Ivor Wynne Stadium and 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games there. The total has stayed a€?undera€™ in nine of the last 11 meetings in Hamilton and in six of the last seven games overall. Adrian McPherson replaced Calvillo in Sundaya€™s game and completed 12-of-19 attempts for 98 yards and one TD, while scoring twice more with his feet.
Toronto Argonauts at Edmonton Eskimos (-9)
Toronto has stumbled out to a 1-3 start both SU and ATS, while Edmonton continues to impress with 4-0 start both ways. These teams split the two meetings last season with the Argonauts winning on the road 29-28 as a six-point underdog and the Eskimos returning the favor with a 24-6 victory as a three-point road underdog later in the year.
Toronto has won six of the last 10 games SU in this series overall and is 10-3 ATS in the last 13 games played in Edmonton. The total has stayed a€?undera€™ in five of the last eight games overall, but has gone a€?overa€™ in two of the last three games at Commonwealth Stadium. Eskimo QB Ricky Ray is off to a blazing start with a league-high 1,231 passing yards on 78 completions, including eight for touchdowns.
Saturday, July 30
Calgary Stampeders (-2.5) at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Calgarya€™s upset at the hands of Edmonton dropped it to 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS on the year, while Saskatchewana€™s first win of the season leaves it 1-3 both SU and ATS. These two split four games last season both SU and ATS. The Roughriders won the final meeting of the season 20-16 as a 7.5 road underdog in the West Division Finals to secure their second straight trip to the Grey Cup.
The Stampeders are 4-6 SU in the last 10 meetings and 1-4 ATS in their last four games at Mosaic Stadium. They are just 2-5 ATS in the last seven meetings overall. The total has gone a€?overa€™ in three of the last four games between the two. Calgary WR Nic Lewis has the third-most receiving yards in the league with 299 on 21 receptions.