CFL week 4 betting (July 14): Bombers desperate to kick-start campaign

Updated: July 13, 2017

Everyone keeps telling us that the Blue Bombers are a decent team but there’s been little evidence of this assessment so far this CFL season. The Argonauts are ticking along nicely and represent value with the line out to 3.5 as they head to Winnipeg for this week 4 opener; overall record: 6-3, +2.32 units – latest CFL standings here


CFL week 4: Toronto Argonauts (2-1, 1-0 away) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-1, 0-1 home)
Where: Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When: Friday, July 14, 10.30am (AET)
Lines: Winnipeg -3.5, O/U 54

Confirmed bet: Toronto +3.5 (two units @ $1.95)

TIW says: Toronto have dropped nine straight games against West Division opponents dating back to last season, including both meetings against tonight’s opponent Winnipeg in 2016 by an average margin of 17 points. But the Argos are up and about this season. At 2-1, and with divisional opponents struggling to find consistency, Toronto have emerged as an early favourite to top the wide-open East. The Argos made a statement with last week’s 26-25 win on the road in Ottawa (scoring all of their points in the second half) as Ricky Ray threw for 366 yards and two touchdowns to become the sixth player in CFL history to throw for 300 TDs in his career.

Receiver S.J. Green and D-end Victor Butler were named CFL top performers after 210-receiving-yard and three-sack performances respectively in the nation’s capital. Joining the CFL sack leader on the league’s best defensive line this week will be D-tackle Dylan Wynn (also from Oregon State) in place of six-gamed starter Ken Bishop. Standout receiver DeVier Posey will also miss Thursday’s contest after being placed on the six-game injured list on Tuesday. The Argonauts are 3-12 ATS in their past 15 games overall. While the ‘under’ is 5-1 in their past six games overall.


It’s back to the drawing board for Winnipeg after a disappointing 29-10 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders. The Blue Bombers harboured hopes of challenging the Stamps for West Division supremacy, but were shut out in the second half for their seventh successive loss in the series, QB Matt Nichols (pictured above) completed 27-of-40 passes for 267 yards and a touchdown, but threw two interceptions, including a pick six in the third quarter that turned the game in Calgary’s favour. Weston Dressler caught six passes for 76 yards against the Stampeders to reach 9000 receiving yards for his career.

Linebacker Ian Wild, who recorded 70 tackles in 12 games last season, left the game with an upper-body injury and is out for the immediate future (former New Orleans Saint Kyle Knox is expected to slot into Wild’s spot at weak-side linebacker) while defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo missed the fourth quarter with an undisclosed knock and is doubtful for the clash against his former team Winnipeg’s struggles at home are no secret. The Bombers are an eye-popping 11-26 at Investors Group Field since it opened in 2013. Winnipeg are 6-0 ATS against teams with a winning record.


Week 3 results update: 1-0, +2.85 units

Toronto Argonauts +4 @ Ottawa Redblacks (three units @ $1.95) WIN (26-25)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to William Hill (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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