After a successful Week 1, the CFL rolls into Week 2 with four games that will show what was notable and what of it was noise from last week. Let’s look at CFL Week 2 odds for all four games and find value on the board.
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CFL Week 2 Odds: Thursday, June 16
This game is a matchup of two teams that are overvalued in the market, with the Alouettes losing closely to Calgary and Toronto not having played yet this season. The Als’ offense did perform decently in Calgary, but they only managed 20 points outside of the short field they were gifted at the end of the first half; it’s not as impressive as it seems.
Their defence was unimpressive, allowing a decisive game winning drive by Calgary’s backup after Bo Levi Mitchell got hurt. The Argos don’t have the high-flying offence to make them hurt for it and this game likely ends up being a slugfest. McLeod Bethel-Thompson is a perfectly competent, albeit game-managerial, quarterback with a 7.2 yards per attempt in his last preseason game.
This game screams field goal kicking competition. The Argos have a rest advantage and home field advantage, so I’m leaning Argos. Under 46.5 is a better bet, given the way Toronto will play slow, methodical football.
Evan’s Bet: Toronto -2.5, Under 46.5 (placed Sunday)
Best Available Odds: Toronto -2.5
CFL Week 2 Odds: Friday, June 17
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-7) vs. Ottawa RedBlacks – 7:30 p.m. ET
We just saw this game in Winnipeg last week and it was one of the more shocking games of the season. If you just watched the game and didn’t know which team had what expectations, the RedBlacks would look like the Grey Cup favourites and the Bombers would be the pesky upstarts.
With 380 yards in the air from Jeremiah Masoli and a 152-yard advantage, the RedBlacks outplayed Winnipeg. It was only an inability to string together first downs at the right times that stopped Ottawa. That, and a couple of droped deep balls cost Ottawa the game. But, going on the road to Winnipeg and leading for most of the game was a success for the RedBlacks.
Winnipeg will presumably play better this week, but home field advantage and a 7.5-point spread makes Ottawa an easy bet in this game. Given the Ottawa defence was stouter than expected and Masoli was as advertised, the RedBlacks are easy value – and I’ll be grabbing a piece of their ML too.
Evan’s Bet: Ottawa +7.5, Ottawa ML +240 (placed Sunday)
Best Available Odds: Ottawa -7
CFL Week 2 Odds: Saturday, June 18
Hamilton’s offence was unimpressive in Week 1 in Saskatchewan, but the Stampeders defence doesn’t have the high end talent of the Roughriders. Dane Evans should be better this week than he was last. On the other side of the ball, Hamilton’s defence was quite stingy until the game got away from Hamilton at the end. They should be able to tee off on Mitchell this week.
Mitchell, who injured his foot against the Als, is trending towards playing. However, his injured foot will limit his mobility and there’s no way he’ll be able to get away from the pass rush. The Stampeders’ offence becomes plodding without his mobility. Unless he can recover strongly enough that he can make magic in the pocket, Hamilton will stifle the Stamps’ offence.
Hamilton also has one of the best home field advantages in the league. The Ticats will be humming this week.
Evan’s bets: Hamilton -2.5, Hamilton-Saskatchewan ML Parlay (+135) (placed Sunday)
The Elks are really, really bad.
Sometimes there’s not much more to say than that. The Elks – who lost to the BC Lions last week by 44 points and were down 42-6 at halftime – are very, very bad. Their four interceptions thrown gave the Lions short fields. The fact that Nathan Rourke could go 26-of-29 on his throws, with little pressure, is the bigger indictment.
On the other hand, the Roughriders defence is legitimately great. With Cody Fajardo being the perfect game manager for that team, the Roughriders will be able to take advantage of the Elks’ mistakes. The Elks offence – which mostly kicked into gear in garbage time – won’t be able to get results against the Roughriders.
Unless the Roughriders get a bunch of short fields, the 46.5 total is too high.
Evan’s bets: Sask -5.5, Under 46.5, Hamilton-Saskatchewan ML Parlay (+135) (placed Sunday)
Best Available Odds: Sask -6
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