It is the final weekend of the 2021 CFL Regular Season – with four games, including two pivotal ones that will decide the final East Division seeding for the postseason.
As we reach the end of the 2021 CFL Regular Season, the focus this weekend is on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes – who both have big games as they vie for the second seed in the East Division. How will both teams do in their games? Plus more in our CFL Week 16 2021 betting preview.
Montreal Big Favourites Over Ottawa in Final Regular Season Game
The best Montreal Alouettes betting odds have them as a significant favourite over the Ottawa Redblacks. The Redblacks are the worst team in the Canadian Football League this season – likely just looking to end a miserable season and focus on 2022.
This game is the fourth meeting between Ottawa and Montreal this season (the CFL had some odd schedule quirks in 2021). Montreal won the first three meetings – outscoring Ottawa in the three games 98 to 55.
Montreal needs to win this game to have a chance at second in the East. They kept their hopes alive last week with an impressive win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (only their second loss of 2021). Montreal – the top-ranked rushing attack this season – should run the ball all over Ottawa on Friday and pick up the win to move to 8-6.
We suggest you parlay Montreal with another of our Week 16 picks to up the juice.
Lions Look to Snap Losing Streak Against Edmonton
The Edmonton Elks are playing their second game this week – following a win in the rescheduled meeting against the Toronto Argonauts on Tuesday night. The win snapped Edmonton’s eight-game losing streak with Taylor Cornelius notching his first career victory in the CFL.
The Lions now own the longest losing streak in the CFL (seven games) as defensive woes have plagued the team for over two months. The Lions have allowed all but one opponent to score at least 30 points during their losing streak – a terrible mark in a year where scoring is down.
Edmonton won the first game between the two teams – 21-16 back in August. Since then neither team has had much success and Edmonton even has a new quarterback.
Two games in a week are a lot during this season. Also, the proximity of Toronto to BC makes for a long trip to play again only three days later. Edmonton may rest some players as they and BC are both eliminated from the playoffs. Bet on the BC Lions to end their losing streak.
Hamilton Can Clinch Home Playoff Game with Win Over the Roughriders
Hamilton hosts Saskatchewan on Saturday with a win clinching them second in the East Division and a home playoff game the following weekend. The best Hamilton Tiger-Cats betting odds on Week 16 have Hamilton as a noticeable favourite against a 9-4 Roughriders squad.
The reasoning for the betting lines on this game swaying as far in favour of Hamilton – the Roughriders are expected to rest most of their roster. Saskatchewan has clinched second in the West Division and will focus on keeping their players healthy and rested for the West Semi-Finals game against the Calgary Stampeders next Sunday.
Hamilton looked pretty bad last weekend against the Toronto Argonauts. They not only need this game for securing their spot in the standings – but also if they can get back to form if they want to make a run back to the Grey Cup. Expect Hamilton to win a low-scoring game on Saturday.
Winnipeg and Calgary Look for One Final Tune-Up Before the Postseason
The 2021 CFL Regular Season wraps with a relatively meaningless game between the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Calgary Stampeders. Both teams are guaranteed their spots in the 2021 CFL Playoffs and have nothing on the line – but pride – on Saturday.
We expect both teams to play their players sparingly – which means we should not expect either team to be at their best on Saturday. Teams are more likely to bench key offensive players early which is why our favourite bet on Week 16 is the under on this game.
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