CFL week 8 betting (August 11): Now or never for Ottawa Redblacks

Updated: August 10, 2017

This is the ultimate mid-season test as the injury-ravaged Edmonton Eskimos faces a long trek east to face a determined Ottawa Redblacks team chasing just its second win in eight CFL outings this season despite a run of agonisingly tight margins. The numbers stack up well for the Redblacks, who should also respond to the midweek criticism in the media from former QB Henry Burris; overall record: 12-9, +2.63 units – latest CFL standings here


CFL week 8: Edmonton Eskimos (6-0-0, 2-0-0 away) @ Ottawa Redblacks (1-1-5, 1-1-2 home)
Where: TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: Friday, August 11, 9.30am (AET)
Lines: Ottawa +2.5, O/U 55.5

Confirmed bet: Ottawa WIN (two units @ $2.05)

TIW says: The Edmonton Eskimos take their perfect record on the road to Ottawa as they face the Redblacks in the opening game of week 8 in the CFL tonight. The Eskimos held off the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-28 last Friday to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1961 and aim to continue their winning ways by sweeping the season series with the Redblacks following a 23-21 victory July 14. Edmonton’s offence hasn’t skipped a beat despite injuries to their top two running backs John White (knee) and Travon Van (shoulder), and star wide receiver Adarius Bowman (hamstring).

They have put up 31 or more points in three successive games. Mike Reilly threw for 317 yards and tallied four TDs against Hamilton to extend his touchdown passing streak to 16 regular-season games – tied for the longest in franchise history. Reilly leads the CFL in total touchdowns (15) – 11 passing and four rushing – while his 11-2 TD-INT ratio is the best among all starting quarterbacks. Brandon Zylstra’s three-game streak of 100-yard receiving games comes to an end after he suffered a lower-body injury in the first half and he’s an unlikely starter tonight status while centre Justin Sorensen hurt his knee and is also questionable.


We often talk about the small gap between the best and worst sides in the CFL. After seven weeks of football, just 36 points separate the Eskimos (+28) from the Ottawa Redblacks (-8). Yet entering this match-ups, the Esks are the undefeated top dog while Ottawa have managed just a single win for 2017. Ottawa’s five losses have been by a combined 13 points while all seven of their outings have been decided by five points or fewer including a 33-30 setback to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last week. The Redblacks failed once again to hold on to a late lead.

They gave up 10 points in the final five minutes to suffer their fifth loss in six games, and hope to bounce back by beating a West Division opponent for the first time in five tries. William Powell rushed for 85 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a lower-body injury in the third quarter and could miss this clash. Greg Ellingson (pictured above) continues to have a career year as he caught five passes for 59 yards a touchdown to take his total to a league-best 702 while kick returner/wide Quincy McDuffie accounted for 145 yards of return yards in his Ottawa debut.


Week 7 results update: 0-2, -4.0 units

Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Ottawa Redblacks -57.5 (one unit @ $1.95) LOSE (33-30)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Edmonton Eskimos -9.5 (three units @ $1.91) LOSE (28-33)

• 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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