Nik’s Picks – Week 6 CFL Predictions
Last week’s Nik’s Picks — not great!
Toronto Argonauts @ Calgary Stampeders:
The Argos are going into McMahon after Calgary lost while giving up two special teams touchdowns — yikes. Mark Kilam’s group will come out better, which is trouble for the gong show, lowly-ranking Argos special teams. Toronto happens to lead the league in turnovers too, while Calgary is running away with the most points off turnovers. Before you throw out Toronto potentially going shot for shot with Calgary, the Argos haven’t scored 20-plus in Calgary since 2014. The Stamps off a loss aren’t a fun team to play. Calgary’s also getting back Brandon Smith and Juwan Brescacin. It’s going to be ugly, Stamps by 33.
Toronto 13 Calgary 48
Best bet: CGY -12.5
Ottawa Redblacks @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers:
New faces will be aplenty on Friday compared to Ottawa and Winnipeg’s Week 4 meeting. Riding a two-game losing streak, the Redblacks will have a new quarterback, running back and three-fifths of a secondary. At the moment, Jonathon Jennings is a downgrade from Dom Davis and Jennings is up against a defence averaging a league-best 16.3 points against per game. The only worry for Winnipeg is Jermarcus Hardrick’s status, but he’s likely playing which keeps the Bombers’ line intact. The Redbacks have rookies sprinkled all over their defence, plus Winnipeg’s much better and are at home. Bombers by 11.
Ottawa 17 Winnipeg 28
Best bet: Under 53
Edmonton Eskimos @ Montreal Alouettes:
I didn’t buy into the early season distractions in Montreal, but the latest rumours could have the Als a touch off-focus on Saturday. Edmonton’s been playing excellent on both sides of the ball and their back eight isn’t getting the credit they deserve. Allowing 222 net yards per game is phenomenal. In their last 10 games, Edmonton’s 10-0 winning by an average of two touchdowns. Plus, Trevor Harris dropped 447 in Week 1 against the Als, and the Esks showed last week that they can double up on dominating performances versus the same club. Montreal’s a trendy pick, but think logically. Edmonton by 7.
Edmonton 31 Montreal 24
Best bet: EDM FH -2.5
B.C. Lions @ Saskatchewan Roughriders:
At first glance, this is a nightmare for Mike Reilly. On paper, Saskatchewan’s got a nasty defensive line and their defence as a whole hasn’t really lived up to the hype. The Riders run game can take advantage of B.C.’s lackluster front. William Powell hasn’t ran wild since Week 1 and this seems like his game to shine. B.C.’s going to be playing desperate football, but at this point, they’re not going to be able to keep up with the Riders for a full 60. Mosiac’s still a tough place to leave town victorious too. Until proven otherwise, the Lions are too sloppy as a whole. Riders edge out a close victory and win by 4.
B.C. 26 Saskatchewan 30
Best bet: Over 50
Last week: 2-2
Bet of the week (4-1):
CGY -12.5 EVEN
CGY FH -7 -110 1u
CGY -12.5 EVEN 1.5u
OTT-WPG under 53 -110 1u
WPG 1Q -3 -120 1u
Darvin Adams over 3 receptions -115 1u
Ottawa quarterbacks under 23.5 completions -115 1u
EDM FH -2.5 -110 1u
6-point teaser: CGY -6.5, OTT-WPG under 59, B.C.-SSK over 44.5 +160 1u
Last week: 3-4 -.21u
Season: 18-18 +3.49u
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