Below, we’ll delve into a quick first-look preview of each Week 8 clash, along with CFL betting odds from a variety of sites to help you find the best possible line this week!
Week 9 CFL Odds
Week 9 brings us back to a three-day slate, and there are notably more expansive spreads than usual on the docket.
Only the Tiger-Cats-Argonauts Saturday night clash currently has a spread under 5 points, while the Elks-Lions battle in BC to close out the ledger sees the hosts favored by a whopping 11 points as of Tuesday after handling Edmonton an infamous 59-15 shellacking back in Week 1.
Thursday, August 4: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes – 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Bombers continued to show why they’re still the class of the league until someone knocks them off their undefeated perch in Week 8, as they toppled the Stampeders by seven in a hard-fought rematch.
Zach Collaros continued to make a strong case for MOP honors with a four-touchdown effort that marked his second straight game without key receiver Greg Ellingson, who could return from his hip injury for this contest.
The Alouettes suffered yet another heartbreaking loss in a season full of them, as they fell to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a 24-17 score after seeing Trevor Harris removed from the game on the penultimate play due to a back injury.
The good news for the seemingly snake-bitten Als is that they won’t be forced to turn to Dominique Davis for this Week 9 clash, as Harris has been cleared to return while Vernon Adams remains out with an elbow injury.
Oddsmakers are fully in on Winnipeg despite Montreal playing competitively each week, as the two-time defending champs are solid 5.5-point road favorites. It’s also worth noting that Bombers defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat is also expected to return.
Friday, August 5: Calgary Stampeders at Ottawa Redblacks – 7:30 p.m. EDT
The Stampeders just couldn’t get over the hump against the Bombers in Week 8 despite the home-field edge and another multi-touchdown showing from Ka’Deem Carey.
Calgary’s only two losses on the season have come against Winnipeg, and they’ve now seen Carey miss the first two practices of the week leading up to this matchup due to a hamstring injury.
The Redblacks are in a much more celebratory mood than their opponent despite their records, considering they finally notched their first win with an impressive 23-13 victory over the Argonauts on the road.
Caleb Evans is looking like a legitimate threat to Jeremiah Masoli’s job if he can keep up his current stretch of play, which has seen him throw for 583 yards and three touchdowns over the last two games and compile 145 rushing yards and another four scores on the ground in the last three.
This could be one of the more interesting lines of the week, as the Stampeders are heavy road favorites at -6 despite Week 8 outcomes and Carey’s potential absence.
Saturday, August 6: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Toronto Argonauts – 7:00 p.m. EDT
The Ti-Cats managed to squeeze out a rare victory in Week 8, getting past the Alouettes in a narrow seven-point win.
Hamilton’s defence does continue to be top-notch and head coach Orlondo Steinauer’s decision to employ a two-quarterback system with Dane Evans and Matthew Shiltz seemed to work surprisingly well against Montreal.
The Argos have to be reeling somewhat after dropping a game to the previously winless Redblacks at home, despite McLeod Bethel-Thompson, Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and Markeith Ambles all continuing their recent strong play.
Toronto still remains atop the East at 3-3 thanks to other teams’ struggles, but its -35-point differential is hardly the stuff of a division leader.
Oddsmakers are clearly envisioning a tight game between two teams not exactly known for consistency, as the 2-point spread in favor of the hosts is the tightest of the week by far.
Saturday, August 6: Edmonton Elks at BC Lions – 10:00 p.m. EDT
The Elks are coming off a bye week after playing reasonably tough versus the Blue Bombers in a 24-10 loss in Week 7.
Edmonton’s Taylor Cornelius seems to be blossoming into a serviceable starter, as he put up 329 total yards (270 passing, 59 rushing) against Winnipeg following a solid effort of 250 total yards and a touchdown in his Week 6 debut against the Alouettes.
The Lions also stumbled against the defending champs back in Week 5, but that’s proven to be just a bump in the road. BC has come back to wins over the Tiger-Cats and Roughriders while holding each opponent to a modest 17 points.
Nathan Rourke and Co. should come into this rematch from the season opener with no shortage of confidence considering their 44-point victory in that contest.
Given the Week 1 result and each team’s body of work thus far this season, BC is unsurprisingly the biggest favorite of the week.