Slam Dunk picks: feelin’ the Western vibes

Bankroll into the Wild, Wild West.

All three West Division teams are favoured in crossover matchups in Week 10, providing opportunities to go straight to the Wild, Wild West and quick draw for winners. The Western squads are favoured by a combined 26 points over Eastern counterparts.

Ottawa Redblacks (5-3) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3)
Friday, August 17, 8:30 p.m. EST

Ottawa needed a last-minute touchdown to beat the worst team in the league, Montreal. The Redblacks travel to Winnipeg and take on a Bombers team that beat Hamilton while playing at a level far less than their ‘A’ game more like ‘B’ or ‘C’.

The Bombers might boast the best offensive line in the CFL if the statistics are believed, rushing for a CFL-best 152.6 yards per game and allowing a league-low nine sacks (tied with Calgary).

Winnipeg is adept at getting after the opposing quarterback, pacing the three-down circuit with 21 sacks. That consistent pressure has helped create 25 turnovers, tied for the most league-wide, and 11 interceptions tops among all teams.

Football games are won in the trenches. and the Investors Group Field advantage definitely affects visiting teams.

Line: Bombers favoured by 6.5 points
Pick: Winnipeg
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

B.C. Lions (3-4) at Toronto Argonauts (2-5)
Saturday, August 18, 4 p.m. EST

The Travis Lulay-led Lions are much more fierce than the Jon Jennings group. The veteran passer has changed the energy around the team and Shawn Lemon pairing with Odell Willis infused the defence with some new juice.

Lemon has made the return trip to Toronto personal. B.C.’s pass rusher knows the intricate details of Marc Trestman’s offence and when a similar circumstance played out in Week 1 – the Riders took advantage of Steve Walsh’s knowledge – the Argos lost.

Line: Lions favoured by 2.5 points
Pick: B.C.
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Montreal Alouettes (1-7) at Edmonton Eskimos (5-3)
Saturday, August 11, 8 p.m. EST

Mike Reilly dropped 415 yards and four touchdowns on the Alouettes in Montreal just three weeks ago as Edmonton won easily by 21 points. Johnny Manziel watched that game from the bench and he won’t be in action after suffering a delayed onset concussion last week. Antonio Pipkin makes his first CFL start at quarterback for the Als. When ‘ a little scary’ are words your head coach uses to describe a practice session in the week you’re starting that’s bad.

One team has the reigning CFL MOP and the other a pivot who scares the coaches. Don’t be scared to put your cash down on Edmonton.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 17 points
Pick: Edmonton
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Calgary Stampeders (7-0) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-4)
Sunday, August 19, 7 p.m. EST

Saskatchewan let their best playmaker go and face the league’s stingiest defence. Teammates were surprised because the players realize despite all of Duron Carter’s antics the man has elite playmaking abilities.

Carter was on defence in Week 7 against the Stampeders when Calgary led 24-0 after one quarter and smoothly galloped to the finish line. Unless Naaman Roosevelt is fed targets an unexpected star emerges the boos will be heard from Riderville at Mosaic Stadium.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 7 points
Pick: Calgary
Bet: $22 spread returns $20

Season record against the spread: 14-10-2

Money line: 2-3

Teasers: 2-1

Over/under: 0-1

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