We’re now entering the fifth week of the 2022 Canadian Football League season and judging by the action taking place at regulated Ontario sportsbooks, fans of the CFL are enjoying the betting options that have come along with expanded sports betting in Canada.
Below, we’ll do a quick early-week preview of each game while providing CFL betting odds from a variety of sites to help you find the best possible line this week!
Week 5 CFL Odds
We’re set for an abbreviated Week 5 slate, as only three games are on tap. However, it projects to be a high-scoring week with both high-powered offenses and some shaky defenses in play, and the ledger is capped off by what should be a very intriguing Blue Bombers-Lions showdown in BC. Here are the odds for all three games:
Thursday, July 7: Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Elks – 9:00 p.m. EDT
The Stampeders come in following a week off and are aiming to remain undefeated after posting a solid +13-point differential over their first three contests. The time off has been particularly beneficial for QB Bo Levi Mitchell, who’s nursing a foot injury but has been able to practice in full Sunday and Monday.
Mitchell and his teammates on that side of the ball are set up well on paper to improve on their average of 29 points and 387 yards per game against a porous Elks defense that’s given up 409.8 total yards per contest.
The Elks will come into this game with a rest disadvantage but riding high on adrenaline, as Edmonton just secured its first win in rousing fashion over the Tiger-Cats in Week 4. Tre Ford’s debut as the starting quarterback certainly went well enough to warrant him another opportunity, and his significant rushing skills should come in particularly handy while James Wilder (shoulder) remains on the injured list.
Friday, July 8: Ottawa Redblacks vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders – 9:30 p.m. EDT
The Redblacks had their hearts broken yet again in Week 4 coming off a bye with a 34-31 loss to the juggernaut Lions, a game in which QB Jeremiah Masoli failed to reach the 200-yard mark.
Ottawa did get RB William Powell on the field for the first time after overcoming an Achilles injury, and he’ll now get a shot to build on a strong debut against his old Roughriders teammates.
Saskatchewan got the train back on the track in Week 4 by pounding the Alouettes by a 41-20 score, with the Riders outscoring Montreal by a 30-7 score in the second half. The offensive surge was particularly encouraging considering Craig Dickenson’s squad was playing its first game without Shaq Evans (ankle).
Riders running back Jamal Morrow could be one of the league’s breakout players before the curtain drops on the 2022 season, and his versatile presence against an Ottawa defense allowing the third-most rushing yards per game (105.0) is partly why the Riders are the biggest favorites of the week.
Saturday, July 9: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. British Columbia Lions – 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Bombers squeaked out yet another win Monday night, with a Boris Bede miss on a would-be game-tying extra-point try allowing Winnipeg to escape Toronto by a point and keep its record unblemished at 4-0. Mike O’Shea’s squad has only given up 63 points and averaged a solid 21.8, but they figure to have their hands full against the only team that’s surrendered fewer points (49) and put up a league-high 137 in the Lions.
It wasn’t as easy for B.C. in Week 4 as it had been in the first two games, but the Lions were able to secure their own narrow victory in the form of a 34-31 win over the Redblacks. Nathan Rourke suffered his first two interceptions of the season, yet his 446 total yards and three total touchdowns underscore how dominant the early odds-on favourite for Most Outstanding Player was yet again.
Rourke’s stellar play thus far is a primary reason why B.C. is actually a better-than-field-goal favourite over the defending champions early in the week leading up to their Saturday night showdown.