Nik’s Picks – Week 17 CFL Predictions
Edmonton Eskimos @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats:
The Eskimos failed to slow down Bralon Addison and Brandon Banks two weeks ago, and there’s little reason to believe Edmonton can stop the pair in a place where the Ti-Cats haven’t lost at since the final week of the 2018 season. With the emergence of quarterback Dane Evans and the addition of Tyrell Sutton in the backfield, Hamilton lacks a true weakness. Meanwhile, the Esks have lost four of their last five as they continue to limp into the playoffs. Stick with the better team that’s at home, Ti-Cats by 12.
Edmonton 18 Hamilton 30
Calgary Stampeders @ Montreal Alouettes:
One major thing is different from when Montreal defeated Calgary earlier this season: a healthy Bo Levi Mitchell. That said, the Als have managed to win four of their last five games hosting the Stamps. Mitchell struggles in Montreal, but the Stamps are going to be looking for revenge and do match up nicely against the Als. Calgary forces a lot of turnovers and is great against the run, which should falter Montreal’s groove. Each team is travelling from the West and the Stamps got an extra week of preparation. Calgary by 11.
Calgary 31 Montreal 22
Best bet: CGY -2.5
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Saskatchewan Roughriders:
The Riders have taken 16 of their last home games versus Winnipeg, meaning Chris Streveler’s falling Bombers are in even more trouble. The Bombers proved they can move the ball on the Riders, but it will likely come down to whoever commits fewer turnovers — a category Saskatchewan is number one in with only 18. Given the Bombers’ recent pass defence struggles, the return of Jordan Williams-Lambert could cause Winnipeg more issues. It’s hard to have confidence in Winnipeg, especially on the road. Riders by 12.
Winnipeg 17 Saskatchewan 29
Best bet: SSK -4.5
Toronto Argonauts @ B.C. Lions:
Regardless of who’s behind centre, this should be a long night for the Argos. After two deflating home losses, Toronto’s travelling across the country to face a Lions team who haven’t quit on 2019 yet. Mike Reilly’s club has won three in a row and is feeding off a string of solid outings by the Lions’ defence. Meanwhile, the Argos are giving up a ridiculous 325 passing yards per game. This game’s a gimme for Reilly and co. B.C.’s won 18 of their last 25 versus Toronto, and they’ll build to that total Saturday. Leos by 19.
Toronto 14 B.C. 33
Best bet: BC first half -4.5
Last week: 3-1
Bet of the week (8-8):
B.C. first half -4.5 -105
EDM-HAM first half over 24 EVEN 1.5u
HAM first half -3.5 -110 1u
CGY first half -.5 -125 1u
CGY -2.5 -110 1u
MTL QBs over 18.5 completions -110 1u
TOR QBs under 275.5 passing yards -125 1.5u
B.C. QBs over 1.5 TD passes +110 1u
James Wilder Jr. over 30.5 rushing yards -125 1u
John White over 55.5 rushing yards -125 1.5u
B.C. first half -4.5 -105 1.5u
B.C -8.5 -110 1.5u
Last week: 7-2-2 +4.04u
Season: 64-61-3 -1.45u
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