Slam Dunk picks: Don’t trust Manziel with your money

Johnny “Money” Manziel is far from being trusted with your hard-earned dollars.

Manziel has not played live snaps in over a month, suffered a concussion, recovered from “the flu” and whined his way back into the starting quarterback job. None of those factors inspires any confidence. Montreal travels to Winnipeg for a game the Bombers need badly, but the 10.5-point line makes it a stay away from a betting perspective.

Edmonton Eskimos (7-5) at Ottawa Redblacks (7-5)
Saturday, September 22, 4 p.m. EST

Ottawa has been an extremely difficult squad to figure out. Just when it seems like the Redblacks have possibly reached the upper echelon of teams in the CFL, Ottawa drops a game many expect them to win.

When Mike Reilly takes the field you know he’s going to produce. The question mark resides with the Eskimos defence and how well that Edmonton unit plays each time out. If opposing offences stick to a steady dose of the run game personnel men around the league feel that’s the way to winning football against the Esks.

William Powell gave Chris Jones and the Riders fits a week ago and should Ottawa keep feeding the dynamic and league’s leading rusher, the Redblacks are capable.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 3 points
Pick: Ottawa
Bet: $24 spread returns $20

Saskatchewan Roughriders (7-5) at Toronto Argonauts (3-8)
Saturday, September 22, 7 p.m. EST

The Argos are a perfect 5-0 under head coach Marc Trestman when playing after a bye week, that includes a 2-0 mark already in 2018.

An extra week for the offensive guru to gameplan for attacking Chris Jones’ defence and utilizing Duron Carter provides intrigue. Everyone has written the Argos off, but Trestman’s ability to refocus his team should not be discounted.

Saskatchewan is trying to position themselves for a playoff home game and even though the Riders have gone 4-1 in their last five games, Jones admits the defence hasn’t played the level pundits have assessed.

Take Toronto and the points.

Line: Riders favoured by 3 points
Pick: Toronto
Bet: $21 spread returns $20

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-6) at B.C. Lions (5-6)
Saturday, September 22, 10 p.m. EST

The Ticats have traditionally struggled on the Left coast while injuries to Hamilton’s offence and a peaking Lions defensive unit are reasons to back B.C.

Jeremiah Masoli had his worst game of the season in the loss against Calgary with many of his normal weapons out of the lineup and the status of Brandon Banks seems to be in question for Week 15.

Either way, the Lions are more fierce at home, but Jon Jennings must play decent football for B.C. to come out with a win.

Line: Ticats favoured by 2.5 points
Pick: B.C.
Bet: $11.50 spread returns $10 and $10 moneyline returns $11.50

Season record against the spread: 21-20-2

Money line: 2-3

Teasers: 2-1

Over/under: 0-1

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