The Canadian Football League will be in action with a pair of games on both, Friday an Saturday night. For that handful of football fans north of the U.S.-Canadian border that loves the CFL Betting Action, here is a good look at the latest Canadian Football Odds and a trio of gridiron picks for Week 20, the final week of the 2017 regular season.
Canadian Football Odds & Picks for Last Week of 2017 Regular Season
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Montreal Alouettes (3-14) vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-12)
- When: Friday, November 3 at 7:00 PM ET on TSN
- Where: McMahon Stadium, Calgary, Alberta
- Canadian Football Odds: Hamilton Tigers-Cats -13.5 (Over/Under at 52.5)
Hamilton receiver Brandon Banks and quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and Edmonton quarterback Mike Reilly are the CFL’s top performers for October. Banks recorded 541 yards on 31 receptions with five touchdowns over four games. His largest output of 193 yards and two touchdowns came against East Division in a loss to Ottawa on Friday that also earned him a not as a top performer for Week 19 of the season. Banks also had a 65-yard punt return touchdown versus Montreal for his 11th career kick-return TD.
While Hamilton is just 1-7 at home this season, Montreal is a winless 0-8 on the road this season, virtually assuring them of a loss in this contest. The Alouettes average just 18.4 points per game while the Tiger-Cats are putting 24.1 points per contest on the board. Hamilton has won six of the last 10 meetings between these rivals, including their 43-16 blowout win on Oct. 22 at Montreal no less. Hamilton is 5-1 ATS in their last six games while Montreal has gone 0-5 ATS in their last five and an identical 0-5 ATS in their last five road games.
Hamilton has also won two of their last four games including their win over the Alouettes while Montreal has been limited to 19 points or less in four of their last five games which have all been losses.
The Tiger-Cats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. East. Hamilton wins big against Montreal for the second time this season despite the fact that just 37 percent of public bettors like the Tiger-Cats.
Pick: Hamilton 38 Montreal 17
Edmonton Eskimos (11-6) vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-7)
- When: Saturday, November 4 at 7:00 PM ET on TSN
- Where: Mosaic Stadium, Regina, Saskatchewan
- Canadian Football Odds: Saskatchewan Roughriders -4 (Over/Under at 54)
The Edmonton Eskimos (6-9-1 ATS) are on a roll, having recorded four straight wins, but they’re also just 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win. The Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-7 ATS) are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 11-5-2 ATS in their last 18 games in November.
The Eskimos announced on Wednesday that international defensive back Brandyn Thompson sustained a ruptured left Achilles during Saturday night’s victory over the Calgary Stampeders. He will miss the remainder of the 2017 season. Thompson played in 11 games this season and collected 23 defensive tackles and a touchdown. The 28-year-old joined the Eskimos in 2016 and played in eight games and tallied 22 defensive tackles and one interception.
With the Eskimos going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings, clearly, Saskatchewan is the pick in this one!
Toronto Argonauts (8-9) vs. British Columbia Lions (7-10)
- When: Saturday, November 4 at 10:00 PM ET on TSN
- Where: BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Canadian Football Odds: PK-110 (Over/Under at 52)
The BC Lions (6-9-1 ATS) snapped their five-game losing streak the last time out by beating Winnipeg 36-27 last weekend. Toronto (7-10 ATS) snapped their modest two-game skid by beating Winnipeg two weeks ago to improve to 4-2 over their last six games.
Toronto can clinch first in the East with a tie or win and secure home field for the division final Nov. 19. A loss would leave the Argos second behind idle Ottawa (8-9-1) and hosting the fourth-place finisher in the West in the Eastern semifinal on November 12.
Head coach Marc Trestman won’t be easing Anthony Coombs back into the Toronto Argonauts’ lineup. The 25-year-old Winnipeg native practiced Tuesday after being activated from the six-game injured list. Trestman said Coombs will start Saturday night when Toronto (8-9) visits the B.C. Lions (7-10) in the regular-season finale for both teams.
“He had a very good practice,” Trestman said. “He’s our most versatile player because he not only has to be considered a receiver but a running back as well.”
The five-foot-nine, 199-pound Coombs, who has played both running back and slotback in Toronto’s offense, suffered a broken collarbone in a 38-6 win over Montreal on Aug. 19 that required surgery. The former Manitoba Bisons star, taken third overall by the Argos in the ’14 CFL draft, was enjoying a solid season with 47 catches for 426 yards and a TD in nine games.
“Perfect timing,” Coombs said. “Everybody knows what’s at stake. This is a big game, it’s probably the biggest game of the season. We’re treating it as a playoff game.”
B.C. has been eliminated from playoff contention but is coming off a solid 36-27 road win over Winnipeg. The Lions are 3-5 at home and have dropped their last two games at B.C. Place Stadium versus East Division teams (30-25 to Ottawa on Oct. 7, 24-23 to Hamilton on Sept. 22).
“Ottawa won (in B.C.) and Hamilton did the same a few weeks ago so it’s our turn,” said Toronto linebacker Bear Woods. “You want to go into the playoffs with a win.
“Who wants to go in with a loss? Nobody and we happen to be in a situation where we need to win to regain first place.”
Trouble is, Toronto is 2-6 on the road and 2-7 versus West Division teams.
The Argonauts are just 8-21 ATS in their last 29 games overall and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win.
Unfortunately, the BC Lions are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win. With the Argonauts going 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in BC, Toronto is the pick in this one!
Pick: Toronto Argonauts