CFL week 7 betting (August 5): Eskimos to put the freeze on battling Ticats

Updated: August 4, 2017

We very rarely take big lines in a competition as equal as the CFL but the Edmonton Eskimos look rolled gold specials tonight as they host the dysfunctional Hamilton Tiger-Cats at the Commonwealth Stadium in showery conditions tonight; overall record: 12-7, +6.63 units – latest CFL standings here


CFL week 7: Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3-0-2, 1-1-1 away) @ Ottawa Redblacks (1-1-4, 1-1-1 home)
Where: TD Place Stadium, Ottawa, ON, Canada
When: Saturday, August 5, 9.00am (AET)
Lines: Ottawa -3.5, O/U 57.5

Confirmed bet: -57.5 (one unit @ $1.95)

TIW says: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to ride the momentum gained from one of the most incredible comebacks in recent memory when they face the Ottawa Redblacks in the capital tonight. The Blue Bombers scored two touchdowns in the final 44 seconds of the fourth quarter, including the game-winning score as time expired, to stun the Montreal Alouettes. Winnipeg QB Matt Nichols threw for 358 yards and two touchdowns while Andrew Harris continued his stellar play as he accounted for 134 yards and two rushing touchdowns, including the game-winning 1-yard run against Montreal. Wide receiver Weston Dressler, who leads the team in receiving yards (342) missed practice this week with a lower-body injury and is doubtful for this clash.

Ottawa are coming off a bye week and hopes to have made the proper adjustments to combat a disappointing start to the season. The defending Grey Cup champions have dropped four games by a combined 10 points, including a 27-24 setback to the Toronto Argonauts in week 5, and look to turn their fortunes around by taking advantage of a Winnipeg defence, which ranks second-last in points allowed (35.8), yards allowed (418.6) and passing yards allowed (358.2) per game. Offensive lineman Jake Silas could be in line to make his first start of 2017 after suffering a shoulder injury late last season. Trevor Harris was limited to 184 passing yards in the loss to Toronto to finish with fewer than 200 yards for the first time this season.


CFL week 7: Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-0-5, 0-0-3 away) @ Edmonton Eskimos (5-0-0, 3-0-0 home)
Where: Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton, AB, Canada
When: Saturday, August 5, 11.30am (AET)
Lines: Edmonton -9.5, O/U 55

Confirmed bet: Edmonton -9.5 (three units @ $1.91)

TIW says: The Eskimos cut the Ticats’ season short last year by beating them in Eastern Semi-Final. Edmonton also robbed the Ticats of their first win of the season two weeks ago by scoring the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute left in the game to beat the Tabbies 31-28. Hamilton are looking to start afresh and shake off a lopsided 60-1 loss to the Calgary Stampeders last week. Quarterback Zach Collaros managed only 102 yards with an interception and no touchdowns before being replaced by Jeremiah Masoli. The Ticat defence had no answers in week 6, giving up three TD runs by Jerome Messam and 496 yards overall. Hamilton made headlines this week after a brawl broke out at one of their practices.

The Eskimos had won their first four games by an average margin of three points before rising to the occasion with a 37-26 victory against the BC Lions in week 6 to remain in first place in the West Division, and hope to improve to 6-0 for the first time since 1961. The Eskimos have won their past eight regular-season games against East Division opponents, and aim to extend their home winning streak to six overall. Mike Reilly (pictured above) completed 24-of-33 passes for 412 yards and accounted for four total TDs in the win against BC to move past the legendary Warren Moon (1369) in third place on Edmonton’s all-time completions list. Edmonton has won 10 of its last 11 regular-season games. Edmonton have won 10 of their past 11 regular-season games.


Week 7 results update: 1-0, +0.94 units

Calgary Stampeders @ Toronto Argonauts +54/total (one unit @ $1.94) WIN (41-24)



• 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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