CFL week 6 betting (July 28): Shell-shocked Bombers limp home

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Updated: July 27, 2017

This game, the opener of week 6 in Canadian football, is a clash between the CFL’s top-ranked defence and second-ranked offence. The Alouettes have given up a league best 21.8 points per game while the Blue Bombers offence are averaging 32 points per game. However, the Winnipeg defense coughed up 45 points last week and Montreal should find it easier to score here; overall record: 10-6, +5.79 units – latest CFL standings here

 

CFL week 6: Montreal Alouettes (2-0-3, 0-0-2 away) @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2-0-2, 1-0-1 home)
Where: Investors Group Field, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
When: Friday, July 28, 10.30am (AET)
Lines: Winnipeg -4, O/U 50.5

Confirmed bet: Montreal +4 (two units @ $1.95)

TIW says: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are out to bounce back from a gut-wrenching week 5 loss when they host the Montreal Alouettes tonight. The Blue Bombers were undone by a series of self-inflicted errors as they blew a double-digit advantage in the final 10 minutes of the 45-42 setback to the BC Lions, and hope to stay in the race for the West Division title by avenging a 22-14 loss to the Alouettes at Investors Group Field last season. A field goal with less than a minute on the clock gave the Lions the edge in the rematch of last year’s Western Semi-Final. BC made up a 15-point deficit in the final quarter by outscoring the Bombers 18-0.

Winnipeg QB Matt Nichols threw for 254 yards with three passing touchdowns, a rushing major and an interception. Darvin Adams racked up 87 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a one-handed highlight reel grab in the corner of the end zone. Justin Medlock (pictured below) had made a franchise-record 28 consecutive field goals before missing a potential game-tying 50-yard attempt with one second remaining against BC. Winnipeg linebacker Derek Jones blocked the fifth kick of his career in the first quarter, which is three shy of the franchise record set by Rod Hill while T.J. Thorpe caught eight passes for 65 yards in his regular-season debut.

 

Montreal was also left to wonder what could’ve have been following a 24-19 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks. They scored two second half touchdowns to pull within five points of Ottawa’s lead midway through the second half. The Alouettes seemed poised to grab the top spot in the East Division when they marched down to the Ottawa eight-yard line with less than two minutes to go but failed to score, and they hope to regroup by beating the Blue Bombers for the third time in the past four meetings. Darian Durant racked up an impressive 452 passing yards, throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Alouettes loss.

Receivers Ernest Jackson and B.J. Cunningham posted 101 receiving yards each. The Als have been held to fewer than 20 points in four of their five games in 2017 and hope the offense finally finds its groove against a Winnipeg defence which has surrendered 34.8 points per contest. Veteran wide receiver Nik Lewis caught six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown to become the fourth player in CFL history to surpass 1000 receptions for his career. Tiquan Underwood had five receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown before suffering an ankle sprain and is likely to miss this clash while running back Tyrell Sutton will sit out a second successive game with a calf injury.

 

Week 5 results update: 1-0, +2.73 units

Ottawa Redblacks +3.5 @ Toronto Argonauts (three units @ $1.91) WIN (24-27)

 

 

• 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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