Week 1 of the CFL has come and gone, and it was quite a shocking one as three out of the four games had the betting underdog coming out on top. More Canadian Football League action begins on Thursday in Calgary, so here are my picks for the Week 2 slate so you can get all set to bet against their CFL odds.
2021 CFL Week 2 Betting Picks
Thursday, August 12: BC Lions at Calgary Stampeders
It was a rough start to the BC Lions in Week 1, losing to Saskatchewan by four points. Quarterback Mike Reilly shockingly didn’t start the game due to injury, and rookie Nathan Rourke was at the helm for the entire first half. BC was down 28-0 at one point, and by the time Reilly checked in, it was too little too late.
The Stampeders have been the class of the CFL for the last decade but were upset on home soil for Toronto last weekend. Bo-Levi Mitchell had an off-game throwing for only 252 yards, including a late interception in the final mute. With the Lions’ QB situation up in the air, Calgary should get their first win of the season.
The Pick: Calgary 27 – BC 14
Friday, August 13: Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Toronto Argonauts easily had the most impressive win of all the teams in Week 1, going into McMahon Stadium and knocking off the Stamps. Quarterback McCleod Bethel-Thompson threw for over 350 yards, with receiver Ricky Collins Jr. being the main beneficiary. The running game will need to improve for the Argos going forward, but their defense was heavily improved in the offseason, and it showed.
Toronto will have no easy task, however, going up against the defending Grey Cup champs in Winnipeg. Winnipeg knocked off the reigning East Division champion Ticats 33-6 last week without Andrew Harris, so I don’t see how you can bet against them here.
The Pick: Winnipeg 20 – Toronto 16
Saturday, August 14: Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton Elks
Montreal is the only team in the CFL who didn’t play in Week 1, so expect some rust from Vernon Adams Jr. and company. The Edmonton Elks defense did a superb job against the Redblacks last weekend, limiting them to only 71 passing yards and seven first downs.
The catch? Edmonton still somehow managed to lose the game. Quarterback Trevor Harris threw three picks on the night, and the Elks kept shooting themselves in the foot. I would count that as Edmonton shaking off their own rust, and for them to be much sharper here in this spot against a Montreal team that hasn’t played a game in nearly two years. Edmonton to bounce back in their second home game is the play if you’re betting this one.
The Pick: Edmonton 23 – Montreal 14
Saturday, August 14: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Saskatchewan Roughriders
The Roughriders were blowing out the BC Lions in the first half of Week 1 but played the worst second half of football that I’ve seen in a while. You have to be shaking in your boots if you’re a RIders fan, knowing they almost blew a four-score lead. The Ticats offense stalled a ton against Winnipeg in their first game, but quarterback Jeremiah Masoli and wide receiver Brandon Banks remain one of the deadliest combos in the game. The Ticats are a much better team than who Saskatchewan faced in Week 1 and should bounce back in a big way on Saturday night in Regina.
The Pick: Hamilton 34 – Saskatchewan 13