CFL betting action returns for its second week of play starting on Friday night, as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Toronto Argonauts renew their divisional rivalry at Canad Inns Stadium.
Toronto Argonauts (0-1, 0-1 ATS) - It wasn't a great start to the season for Argonauts bettors, though they must feel as though they deserved better in a 30-16 defeat at the hands of the Calgary Stampeders in Week 1. The Stamps weren't in front of the CFL odds at any point during that game until late in the fourth quarter when QB Cleo Lemon was stripped and the ball was picked up and returned for a touchdown to give Calgary the 14 point lead that would definitively cover the 13.5-point spread. Lemon, playing in his first career CFL game, clearly showed that he has plenty of work to do to make it in this league. He completed just 16-of-28 passes for 192 yards with a pick, but he did throw his first career CFL touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. Including the preseason though, Toronto essentially went seven full quarters without finding the end zone with Lemon at the helm. No one in double blue can be encouraging by the events going on in Toronto, and the team hasn't even made an appearance at Rogers Centre yet this season.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0, 1-0 ATS) - Whereas the season started in disappointment for the Argonauts, there were no such troubles for the Blue Bombers at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Tabbies were the short favorites in this game, but Winnipeg was certainly the better team from the get go, particularly on defense. The unit forced four turnovers and picked up seven sacks, holding Hamilton to just over 200 yards for the entire game. The Bombers did a fantastic job defending WRs Arland Bruce and Maurice Mann, as they were held to just three combined catches for 44 yards. Offensively, it was a great day for both QB Buck Pierce and WR Terrence Edwards. The two hooked up on a 90 yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to really take control of the game. Pierce finished his Winnipeg debut by completing 17-or-25 passes for 291 yards with two TDs and no picks. He also rushed for 89 yards and a touchdown very uncharacteristically. Pierce certainly isn't a quarterback known for his rushing abilities, but he was able to make something happen in spite all game long against the porous Tiger-Cat defense. Edwards had 191 receiving yards and two scores. RB Fred Reid rushed for 98 yards on 13 carries. The one man that didn't have a great game was PK Alexis Serna, who connected on just three of his six field goal attempts. Had he converted more often, the Bombers would have had an even more dramatic difference in the final score line.
The Bombers went 2-1 in the regular season last year against Toronto, but those two teams were on significantly more of a level playing field. The Argos were absolutely dominated in every facet of the game against Calgary last week, and we feel as though another beat down could be in the cards tonight. Back the Bombers for a solid play.
Selection: Winnipeg Blue Bombers -11.5 at BetCanadian