Nik’s Picks – Week 15 CFL Predictions
Calgary Stampeders @ Toronto Argonauts:
On Friday the Argos will have had 12 days of rest, awaiting the Stampeders who played just five days ago. Standout Stampeders Reggie Begelton and Cory Greenwood won’t make the trip to Toronto, and the Argos have looked good lately. So, is this a trap game? While McLeod Bethel-Thompson may rack up the passing yards, it’s risky to go against Bo Levi Mitchell versus the Argos’ defence. Calgary’s also won nine of their last 10 versus the Argos, doubling them in points. Expect points, but expect a Stamps win. Calgary by eight.
Calgary 34 Toronto 26
Best bet: Over 53.5
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Edmonton Eskimos:
Trevor Harris being out for the Eskimos makes all the difference in this game. The Ti-Cats have averaged 38 points per game in their last four visits to Edmonton, and if Dane Evans’ offence keeps rolling with Brandon Banks and Bralon Addison, that trend may hold up against the struggling Eskimos. Logan Kilgore is Edmonton’s quarterback Friday, and head coach Jason Maas should draw up a solid game plan. Question is, will it be good enough to beat a sound Hamilton defence? Hamilton’s more stable right now, they win by seven.
Hamilton 32 Edmonton 25
Best bet: HAM -2.5
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Montreal Alouettes:
These two similar clubs meet for the first time in 2019 in what should be a battle between elite running backs Andrew Harris and William Stanback. Really, there may be more total rushing yards than passing in this tilt. Chris Streveler put up 56 in Montreal last season, but he’ll be battling against a much better Als club on Saturday. Expect Montreal’s scheme on defence to be more aggressive in order to stop Winnipeg’s run-heavy attack. Winnipeg is 7-1 against the spread in their last eight in Montreal. Make it 8-1. Bombers by five.
Winnipeg 25 Montreal 20
Best bet: WPG first half -1
B.C. Lions @ Ottawa Redblacks:
Likely getting Brad Sinopoli and Avery Williams back will help Ottawa, but as long as they stand pat at quarterback, Ottawa’s problems aren’t a one-week fix. The Lions owned the Reblacks last week, and there’s no rational reason to why it won’t be the same in Week 15. Mike Reilly’s offence easily put up 400-plus yards last week, while the Redblacks failed to reach the end zone. With Jon Jennings, Ottawa won’t break their streak of going without two offensive touchdowns (since Week 5) against an improving Lions’ defence. B.C. by 18.
B.C. 29 Ottawa 11
Best bet: B.C. -2.5
Last week: 3-0
Bet of the week (7-7):
B.C. -2.5 -115
CGY-TOR over 53 -110 1.5u
CGY QBs over 280.5 passing yards -115 .75u
Derel Walker under 80.5 REC yards -120 .75u
Ricky Collins under 70.5 REC yards -105 .75u
WPG FH -1 -115 1u
Winnipeg first half team total over 11.5 -125 1.5u
Andrew Harris over 90.5 rushing yards -120 1.5u
BC -2.5 -115 1.5u
OTT team total under 22.5 -120 1.5u
Ottawa QBs under 23.5 completions -125 .75u
John White over 50.5 rushing yards -115 1.5u
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