CFL Week 6 predictions | Can Elks, Redblacks overcome QB questions?

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We’ve now hit the sixth 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 preview of each while providing betting odds from a variety of sites along with some Week 6 CFL picks.

Week 6 CFL betting odds

The Week 6 slate is a particularly interesting one from a betting perspective, as there is a battle between the last two winless teams in the league, another between a pair of one-win squads and a clash between the last two remaining undefeated clubs as well.

Below we’ll analyze the odds for each game so you can make educated Week 6 CFL betting picks at the sportsbook of your choice. For more about this week’s lines, check out our CFL odds piece!

Thursday, July 14: Edmonton Elks at Montreal Alouettes – 7:30 p.m. EDT

One game after notching their first win of the season, the Elks found themselves right back in a malaise in Week 5.

In the process of taking a 49-6 walloping from the Stampeders, Edmonton also saw starting quarterback Tre Ford suffer a shoulder injury that’s expected to keep him out for multiple games.

Already missing starting running back James Wilder due to his own shoulder issue, the Elks will now turn to Taylor Cornelius under center, who did pick up some playing time last season but generated an ugly 9:13 TD:INT in 14 games.

The Alouettes also have some adversity to deal with, but they’ll at least be coming off a bye week for this matchup.

The extra practice time has undoubtedly come in handy for Montreal, which switched head coaches and offensive coordinators over the layoff and will be looking for a fresh start after going 1-3 over the first four games.

The Als have just a -1 point differential for the season, however, so their ability to play competitively, especially against Edmonton’s league-worst defence (37.8 PPG, 408.6 YPG allowed), isn’t in much doubt.

The eight-point spread is hefty, but the Over isn’t unreasonable when considering Montreal is also allowing 26.0 points per game.

The Pick: Over 48.0 points (play up to -115)

Friday, July 15: Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 8:30 p.m. EDT

The Stampeders turned in one of the most dominant performances of the young season by a team not named the Lions when they dismantled the Elks by a 49-6 score in Week 5.

Calgary gets a significant boost in competition this week, however, but QB Bo Levi Mitchell appears primed for the challenge.

In addition to his already well-established rapport with the likes of Reggie Begelton and Kamar Jorden, Mitchell has developed plenty of synergy with the speedy Malik Henry, who is quickly turning into as much of a weapon from scrimmage as he’s proven to be in the return game.

The Blue Bombers already jettisoned a team from the undefeated ranks in Week 5 with their impressive Saturday night walloping of the Lions, and Winnipeg now aims to replicate the feat versus the Stampeders.

Winnipeg’s Zach Collaros played his best all-around game of the season against what had been a stingy BC defence, and his matchup against a Calgary defence allowing 275.0 passing yards per game could also yield positive results.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg is still saddled with one of the more pedestrian ground attacks in the league, but the elevation of Johnny Augustine to quasi-lead-back status in Week 5 generated strong returns for both him (12 carries, 57 yards) and backfield mate Brady Oliveira (7 carries, 39 yards).

Both offences can put up plenty of points, as the Stamps also have excellent offensive balance thanks to Ka’Deem Carey and emerging rookie Peyton Logan. Meanwhile, each defence has shown some vulnerability against the pass, making the Over on a relatively modest total very viable.

The Pick: Over 46.0 points (play up to -115)

Saturday, July 16: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts – 2:00 p.m. EDT

The Roughriders are seemingly right up with the Blue Bombers despite having one blemish on their record, and even with QB Cody Fajardo fighting through a lingering knee injury.

The backfield duo of Jamal Morrow and Frankie Hickson has been ultra-efficient most weeks, and even with the air attack down both Shaq Evans (ankle) and Kyran Moore (knee), the likes of Kian Schaffer-Baker have stepped up to keep Saskatchewan’s passing game afloat.

Toronto’s pass defence could facilitate another solid game for Fajardo and company, as the Argos are allowing 311.7 passing yards per game, as well as the league’s second-highest completion rate (76.4 percent).

Toronto comes in off a Week 5 bye after a tough 23-22 loss to Winnipeg in Week 4 that saw the Argos’ Boris Bede miss a chip-shot extra-point attempt in the closing seconds.

The Argos’ Andrew Harris, coming off a productive game against his old Winnipeg teammates, may have a difficult time putting together a successful encore in Week 6 and giving veteran QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson some help keeping the defence honest – the Riders have allowed a CFL-low 58.0 rushing yards per game and only one rushing TD on the season.

Oddsmakers seem to be envisioning a highly competitive game with Toronto coming out of the bye and the Roughriders down two defensive linemen in the suspended Garrett Marino and league sack leader Pete Robertson. I tend to concur, as the absences could cause enough of a dent in Saskatchewan’s defensive capabilities to keep things this game within a field goal.

The Pick: Argonauts +2.5 (play up to -115)

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Saturday, July 16: Ottawa Redblacks at Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 5:00 p.m. EDT

The Redblacks are another team dealing with a change at quarterback in Week 6, as the hit that caused the Riders’ Marino to get suspended came against Ottawa QB Jeremiah Masoli.

The veteran is projected to be out for the next several weeks at minimum, leading Ottawa to reacquire Nick Arbuckle via trade from the Elks earlier in the week. Whether he sees some playing time in this Week 6 matchup remains to be seen, but for the moment it appears Caleb Evans will spend the majority of time under center.

The Ti-Cats are coming out of the bye also looking for their first win, which has eluded them despite Hamilton averaging an impressive 282.3 passing yards per game.

The Ti-Cats could well get Don Jackson (knee) back from injury for this game after the one-time NFL back practiced in full leading up to Week 4 before sitting out, which would certainly be a boost to the team’s chances of running a balanced attack. Ottawa has been a much more competitive defence than a year ago, but the Redblacks are still allowing the second-most rushing yards per game (124.0).

Without Masoli, the Redblacks could well struggle to move the ball even more than they already have. Consequently, I like Hamilton to cover the number on the way to its first win.

The Pick: Tiger-Cats -6.5 (play up to -115)