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CFL Thursday Night Football Week 4
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CFL week 4 comes on the heels of a week 3 bloodbath which saw three favourites emerge victorious while the Toronto Argonauts continued to defy expectations with a thrilling one-point win over the Ottawa Redblacks. This week sees the Argos look to defend their Eastern Conference lead by upsetting the Blue Bombers in Winnipeg while the rest of the Eastern Conference are in desperate need of wins but are underdogs in their Western Conference matchups. It's East vs West in this week's CFL.
After starting the season 8-0 against the spread, the underdogs nearly got swept last week with the Argonauts being the sole victors. Week one was a surprise but teams are finally playing to the level most expected them to be. The Argos remain live underdogs this week but it's the Montreal Alouettes who may shock the CFL world when they take on the Calgary Stampeders. The Als' offense remains so-so but their defense is king and they'll prove it when they fight tooth-and-nail against the mighty Stamps. Keep an eye on Montreal.
The Argos are 2-1 and barring a fourth period meltdown against the Lions, they could be 3-0. The double blue is significantly better than pundits originally expected and the Jim Popp-Marc Trestman is working its magic and they are live dogs against the Bombers. Winnipeg surprised last season but are getting exposed this year with dismal showings from the defense. The Bombers need to pressure Ricky Ray and make plays on defense or he'll carve them like a pumpkin. Take Toronto to beat the spread at +3.5 or bet them straight.
Prediction: Toronto Argonauts (+145) at Sports Interaction
This is a battle between the explosive Stamps offense and the stalwart Alouette defense, which leads the CFL in most major categories. The Als haven't surrendered more than 23 points despite playing prolific offenses like the Lions and Eskimos. Better yet, the Als are 3-2 against the Stamps in their last five meetings and are 5-0 against the spread. Bo Levi Mitchell and the offense will put up points but the defense continues to struggle. The Als are live dogs with a +4.5 spread and may just edge the Stamps.
Prediction: Montreal Alouettes (+170) at Sports Interaction
It's desperation time in Ottawa. Last year's Grey Cup champions fell to 0-2-1 after narrowly losing to the Argonauts and they now draw a tough assignment in visiting the red-hot Eskimos. Coming off a bye, Mike Reilly and crew will put their potent offense against the Redblacks' battered defense. The Redblacks will come out more aggressive and could exploit the Eski's porous rushing defense but only if they build a lead early. With the Eskimos' talented passing offense, it's unlikely and the home team should cover their -4.5 spread.
Prediction: Edmonton Eskimos -4.5 (-110) at Sports Interaction
The Tiger-Cats are also in panic mode following a dismantling at the hands of the Roughriders. Many expected the Zach Collaros-led offense to do wonders now they're almost in full health but that simply hasn't been the case. The Ticats' offensive line has been getting owned and the Ticats are ranked dead-last in almost all major offensive categories. The Lions, on the other hand, are revving up as the one-two punch of Jonathan Jennings and Jeremiah Johnson will be too much for a Ticats team still looking for themselves.
Prediction: BC Lions -3.5 (-115) at Sports Interaction
Not as many people watch or bet the CFL but it still has its own dedicated fanbase. Canada's version of football is a treat to watch especially for passing enthusiasts while plenty of current CFL players and coaches have or will have NFL experience. There is no shortage of talent and the CFL does great with its small budget. This is why Canadian football remains a betting staple among Canucks and online sportsbooks offer a wide variety of bets alongside signup bonuses of up to $200 in cash.
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