CFL Week 5 predictions | Bombers, BC Lions battle to stay unbeaten

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We’ve now hit the fifth week of the 2022 Canadian Football League season and to this point, fans and bettors are enjoying the many regulated Ontario sportsbooks to choose from when it comes to betting on CFL in Canada.

Below, we’ll do a quick early-week preview of each while providing CFL betting odds from a variety of Ontario sports betting sites to help you find the best possible line this week!

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While three teams draw a bye this week, the remaining six should combine to offer some exciting football as each continues to hit the next level in terms of chemistry now that the season is a month old.

The slate-opening Stampeders-Elks matchup has the potential to be an entertaining clash with Edmonton coming off its first win and playing much better of late, while a Redblacks squad still looking for its first victory and a battle of undefeated clubs in Bombers-Lions round out the ledger.

Below we’ll analyze the odds for each game so you can make educated Week 5 CFL betting picks at the sportsbook of your choice.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. BC Lions – Saturday, 7:00 p.m. EDT

The Bombers moved to 4-0 in Week 4 but needed some especially good fortune to get there, as it took a Boris Bede miss of an extra-point attempt to allow the defending champs to escape with a 23-22 win over Toronto.

Zach Collaros did eclipse 300 yards for the first time, but Brady Oliveira continues to struggle to give Winnipeg a semblance of a competent ground attack. That imbalance could be further exacerbated against a BC team that’s allowed just 61 rushing yards per game at 4.3 yards per carry, but that’s also yet to allow a passing touchdown through three games.

The Lions had to scrap for a victory for the first time this season against the Redblacks in Week 4 before pulling off their own squeaker, a 34-31 victory. Nathan Rourke even proved he was human by throwing his first two interceptions of the season, but he also still compiled 446 total yards of offence and three total touchdowns.

The leading candidate for MOP honors may be without key speedster Lucky Whitehead this week, however, as the fleet receiver missed the first two practices of the week with an ankle injury. However, given the emergence of Keon Hatcher, who’s furnished an 18-289-2 line through the first three games, BC could be well-equipped to tolerate Whitehead’s absence if it comes to pass.

The Bombers haven’t really come close to clicking on all cylinders yet, and a one-dimensional offence is going to get a team into trouble versus the Lions. As such, I see BC keeping its unblemished record with a win of more than a field goal.

The Pick: Lions -3 (play up to -120)

Calgary Stampeders vs. Edmonton Elks – Thursday, 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Stampeders should come in refreshed after a Week 4 bye, which has given QB Bo Levi Mitchell some time to work through a foot issue. Mitchell has been key to Calgary’s undefeated mark thus far, as has RB Ka’Deem Carey, who’s off to another impressive start. Edmonton still has plenty of question marks on defence, but the Elks are coming off their first victory and were able to hold the Tiger-Cats to just nine points over the last three quarters in Week 4.

The Elks rolled with Tre Ford at quarterback against Hamilton and were rewarded for it, with the highly mobile rookie accounting for 220 total yards and a passing touchdown.

Ford’s speed and elusiveness is particularly valuable with James Wilder currently on the injured list due to a shoulder injury, as Ford may well be the team’s best rushing threat at the moment. While he threw for just 159 yards versus the Ti-Cats, Ford could be a lot more comfortable as a passer with a game under his belt and having had an opportunity to build further chemistry with his pass catchers this past week in practice.

Calgary should be able to rack up some scoring, especially coming off a bye week. While I think the Elks play competitively again, the Stamps should be able to forge a win of at least four points by pulling away late.

The Pick: Stampeders -3.5 (play up to -115)

Ottawa Redblacks vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders – Friday, 7:30 p.m. EDT

The Redblacks fought hard yet again in Week 4 only to come up tantalizingly close but still short of their first victory, falling to the Lions by a 34-31 score.

Ottawa can take pride in having given BC its only competitive game of the season thus far, but that actually came with QB Jeremiah Masoli, who’d thrown for over 300 yards in each of the first pair of contests against the Blue Bombers, failing to hit the 200-yard mark.

RB William Powell did make his season debut after overcoming an Achilles injury and played well with 55 rushing yards and a TD, and there’s no doubt he’ll have some extra spring in his step against his old Roughriders teammates Friday.

The Roughriders bounced back from a 37-13 Week 3 drubbing at the hands of the Alouettes to notch an impressive 41-20 win over Montreal in Week 4.

The latter contest marked the first of what is expected to be a multi-game absence on the part of key receiver Shaq Evans (ankle), but the combination of efficient, mistake-free work from QB Cody Fajardo (224 yards, 3 total TDs) and another 100-yard game from star-in-the-making RB Jamal Morrow helped seal the deal comfortably.

Fajardo is set up well to throw the ball against a Redblacks defence that’s allowed a 72.0 percent completion rate, while Morrow is facing a unit that’s yielded 105.0 rushing yards per game at 4.6 yards per carry.

Meanwhile, the Riders have been extremely stingy on the ground (54.5 RYPG allowed) and have recorded six interceptions thus far, making the Under a good bet to consider with the probability Ottawa struggles to score somewhat.

The Pick: Under 44.5 points (play up to -115)

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