CFL Week 21 predictions | Look for Lions, Redblacks to finish season strong

CFL Week 21 picks

We’ve reached the end of the line for the Canadian Football League regular season and below are our predictions for each Week 21 game.

Week 21 CFL betting picks

The playoff picture is now set, and the run to the Grey Cup begins next week. Meanwhile, the four Week 21 games will be interesting to prognosticate, considering the volatility in personnel usage and incentive that may be present.

Friday, October 28: B.C. Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 8:30 p.m. EDT

The Lions clinched second place in the West and a home playoff game last week, but this won’t necessarily be a meaningless finale. B.C. will have Nathan Rourke back in action after his foot injury sidelined him beginning in Week 12.

The Lions are therefore likely to be running a fairly aggressive offence to get Rourke back into the swing of things ahead of the postseason.

He should therefore also be working with as many of his healthy pass catchers as are available, including Lucky Whitehead, who’s slated to return from an ankle injury.

The Blue Bombers will presumably have Zach Collaros back after he was given Week 19 off for rest, but he’s unlikely to play a full game. Nic Demski, who’s been quite the red-zone force this season, will sit out with a calf injury.

We won’t overthink things here – the Lions will take this game a bit more seriously, so a bet on them covering at minimum makes plenty of sense

The Pick: Lions +4 or higher (-120 or better)

Saturday, October 29: Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts – 2:00 p.m. EDT

Both of these teams are postseason participants, so we can expect them to tread carefully with their key players.

The Alouettes won’t take any chances with key possession receiver Reggie White, Jr., who’ll remain out with his knee injury.

The Argos have a much shorter injury report and it doesn’t include any big names, but Toronto may use the fact they have their positioning locked up to operate with plenty of reserves on both sides of the ball as well.

When a game has a strong chance of devolving into preseason-like conditions as it unfolds, the Under is always a good way to go.

The Pick: Under 49 points or higher (-115 or better)

Saturday, October 29: Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Ottawa Redblacks – 5:00 p.m. EDT

The Tiger-Cats were able to secure their playoff spot last week with the narrow win over these same Redblacks.

Hamilton therefore doesn’t have any need to risk key player here, either, although Dane Evans (thumb) and Wes Hills (quad) were full practice participants in the first two sessions of the week and should therefore be available.

Ottawa will be closing out a non-playoff season, but the Redblacks are actually not without optimism given their very competitive play under interim head coach Bob Dyce.

Just as was the case in Week 20, I expect Ottawa to play with plenty of pride.

Given the difference in motivation and personnel, I’m in the camp of a Redblacks upset in front of the home crowd, especially with Jaelon Acklin (head/shoulder) expected back.

The Pick: Redblacks moneyline (-105 or better)

Saturday, October 29: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders  – 8:00 p.m. EDT

The Roughriders’ forgettable season, one that began with visions of playing for the Grey Cup on their home field, mercifully comes to an end in this final regular-season game.

Saskatchewan will presumably roll with Mason Fine against at quarterback and leave Cody Fajardo to just a handful of plays in what could well be his final game with the franchise.

The Stampeders have a road playoff game against the Lions to be concerned with a week from Sunday, so we can expect plenty of light reps for the key players on both sides of the ball.

Despite Saskatchewan having the luxury of rolling out as close to normal a lineup as they want, there’s a legitimate question about how much interest the Riders will have at the end of a trying season.

With the Stamps having plenty of quality depth at all the skill positions, I’ll still ride with them to notch a win of at least six points here.

The Pick: Stampeders -5.5 or less (+100 or better)