CFL Picks: Grey Cup Playoffs Odds, Predictions and Live Scores
CFL 2016 Playoffs LIVE Odds: Eastern & Western Division Finals
One week from the 104th CFL Grey Cup Championship game, the Eastern and Western Finals are set to play out on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The Ottawa Redblacks host the Edmonton Eskimos in the early game and then the British Columbia Lions visit the Calgary Stampeders in the afternoon. Here are the LIVE odds for the Division Final matches that will decide the Grey Cup combatants.
CFL Eastern and Western Finals: How We Reached This Stage
CFL Eastern Semi-Final Wrap: Our playoff predictions opened with a push as Edmonton posted a 24-21 win over Hamilton in the Eastern Semi-Final. This is a fairly disappointing result as we had a big lead in this game. After jumping out to a 21-9 lead after three quarters, Edmonton took their foot off the gas and were outscored 12-3 in the final fifteen minutes. It did not help that QB Mike Reilly missed most of the fourth quarter with an arm injury. A push is better than a loss and we will be watching Reilly's health as Edmonton prepares to face Ottawa in the Eastern Final on Sunday.
CFL Western Semi-Final Wrap: We were with the winner in the Western Semi-Final but the Lions failed to cover the -5 point spread at SportsInteraction as they squeaked past the Bombers with a 32-31 victory. The Lions defense was dismal as they put the offense in a 25-6 whole before BC QB Jeremiah Johnson busted off a 40-yard TD run just before the halftime break. Winnipeg then wilted on defense as they were outscored 20-6 in the second half and were eliminated from the playoffs. British Columbia is very fortunate for a shot to play in the Western Final on Sunday in Calgary.
CFL Eastern Final Prediction – Edmonton Eskimos @ Ottawa Redblacks
BET EDMONTON ESKIMOS -2 (-110) ATS AT SPORTSINTERACTION (Hamilton 35-23 Final)
TD Place Stadium - Ottawa, Ontario 1:00 PM ET Sunday, November 20, 2016
Earning home field advantage for the Eastern Conference Final, despite their 8-9-1 record, Ottawa is playing their first meaningful game in three weeks. After they clinched the East during Week 19 CFL action, most of the Redblacks starters were held out of their 33-20 Week 20 loss at home to Winnipeg. Ottawa closed their season on a 2-4 slide but they did post a 23-10 Week 19 win over the Blue Bombers in their last contest that counted. The Redblacks won both of the regular season games between these clubs; 45-37 as visitors in Week 1 and 23-20 at home during Week 7 action.
Although they lost both of the 2016 CFL regular season meetings versus Ottawa, Edmonton owns the biggest win in this series as the Eskimos defeated the Redblacks 26-20 in the 103rd Grey Cup one year ago. After an arm/shoulder injury forced QB Mike Reilly out of the Semi-Final game, versus Hamilton last week, the CFL’s leading passer has practiced at full speed this week and will be ready to go in this contest. Edmonton is playing their sixth road game in seven weeks and that is a slightly unsettling factor here. That said, we see the Alberta Boys being the superior squad in this contest.
Eskimos @ Redblacks CFL Eastern Final Call: Similar to their -3 (-110) favorites status last week in Hamilton, Edmonton is chalk on the road again this weekend in Ottawa. The SportsInteraction bookmakers have posted the Eskimos as slim -2 (-110) ATS favorites for the CFL Eastern Final. Not being able to get past the Redblacks dismal regular season mark, or their late season slide, we like Edmonton here. Lay the small price and cruise with the defending Grey Cup Champion Eskimos.
CFL Eastern Semi-Final Wrap: Congratulations to the Ottawa Redblacks who are heading to their second straight CFL Grey Cup Championship game. In heavy snow and wind, QB Henry Burris & Co. ploughed over the Eskimos defense as they took a 17-3 lead into halftime. The Redblacks extended their lead to 25-3 with a 76-yard punt return TD late in the third quarter and then the Eskimos cut it back to 25-10 heading into the final frame. The tide appeared to be turning after the visitors made the score 25-17 with a TD and recovered a fumble near midfield on the ensuing kickoff. However, Edmonton was unable to convert the turnover as they gave up the ball on downs. Ottawa scored a TD with under a minute left to close out their 35-23 CFL Eastern Division Championship victory.
CFL Western Final Prediction – British Columbia Lions @ Calgary Stampeders
BET CALGARY STAMPEDERS -7 (-115) ATS AT BODOG (Calgary 42-25 Final)
McMahon Stadium - Calgary, Alberta 4:30 PM ET Sunday, November 20, 2016
Playing their first meaningful contest, since they clinched the Western Division regular season title on October 10, 2016, Calgary is champing at the bit to get back into some real game action. After they let their Week 1 match vs the Lions slip away, the Stampeders went 15-0-1 before a squad of subs lost 17-8 to Montreal to close out their regular season schedule on October 16, 2016. The Red & White were golden at virtually every position this year as they led the CFL with 586 points scored and just 369 points against. The defensive numbers are even more impressive when one considers that Calgary had big leads in a lot of games - so many of the points allowed were in garbage time.
Completing a huge comeback, topping Winnipeg 20-6 in the second half of their 32-13 West Semi Final home win last week, British Columbia faces Calgary for the fifth and most important time this season. During the three games that counted (these teams played once in the preseason) BC posted a 20-18 comeback win at home in Week 1 before losing the next two matches; 44-41 on the road in week 6 and 37-9 at BC Place during Week 9 action. The Lions enter this contest on a four game winning streak as they closed the regular season with a victory versus Edmonton and two against Saskatchewan. They didn't look all that impressive against the Blue Bombers last week though.
Lions @ Stampeders CFL Eastern Final Call: How Calgary reacts to their layoff is a question mark here. The Lions on the other hand have been in playoff mode for six weeks now. Calgary crushed British Columbia 35-9 at McMahon Stadium 370 days ago during the 2015 CFL West Division Semi Final match and we feel they will notch another win here. The price for this game is -7.5 (-110) at SportsInteraction and -7 (-115) at Bodog. We will pay the extra nickel of juice and lay the line at the Bodog sportsbook. That sets up an all-Alberta Grey Cup Final in Toronto on November 27, 2016.
CFL Western Semi-Final Wrap: Our Grey Cup Battle of Alberta forecast went awry, after Ottawa stormed past Edmonton the East Final, but we went 1-1 on our CFL 2016 Division Championship picks when Calgary crushed British Columbia 42-25 in the West Final. Although leads never seem safe in the CFL, we felt pretty good after the Stampeders took an 8-0 lead during the first drive of the game. The Red & White opened the second quarter with another TD score and the floodgates burst as the Stamps stomped the Lions 32-0 in the first half. The only thing in question during the final 30 minutes was the 53.5 point Game Total and a BC score with 1:50 left in the match sent OVER bettors home happy. Calgary will be huge chalk in the 104th Grey Cup on November 27, 2016, at BMO Field in Toronto. We will preview and predict the CFL Title match on 26/11/16.
November 12, 2016: CFL Semi-Final Previews & Predictions
CFL Week 20 Wagering Recap
Closing out the 2016 CFL regular season with a winning run, our Week 20 predictions earned us a 3-1 mark and that moved us to a 15-16-1 overall record. Winnipeg got us rolling as they thumped a short-handed Ottawa crew 33-20 as -4 point favourites in the Nation’s Capital. We followed that up with a road dog as Montreal posted a 32-25 win in Hamilton. Edmonton’s 41-17 dismantling of Toronto was our lone loss - a match we warned bettors to tread lightly with due to its meaningless nature. We closed out the week with an easy cover when British Columbia crushed Saskatchewan 41-18 as monster -15 point home favourites. With apologies for our non-winning record, we hope we helped bettors cash some winning wagers with our CFL regular season second half prediction series. Grey Cup season begins Sunday as we present our CFL 2016 Semi-Final previews and picks.
CFL 2016 Grey Cup Semi-Final Odds
With the CFL 2016 regular season now history, the “second” season begins with a pair of matches that feature a road chalk team and fair sized home favorite. As the West to East crossover squad, and following a season series split, the Edmonton Eskimos roll into Hamilton as -3 (-115) favorites at Bodog against the Tiger-Cats. Playing for the third time in just over a month, the British Columbia Lions are looking to avenge two regular season losses versus the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The West Coast Cats are -5 (-110) home chalk at SportsInteraction. Live Canadian Football League 2016 Grey Cup Semi-Final odds and in-game updates are always available here at Canada Sports Betting. Check back anytime to monitor minute-by-minute line movements and real time score updates.
CFL Eastern Semi-Finals Prediction – Edmonton Eskimos @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
BET EDMONTON ESKIMOS -3 (-115) ATS AT BODOG Edmonton 24-12 (PUSH)
Tim Hortons Field - Hamilton, Ontario 1:00 PM ET Sunday, November 13, 2016
Following a roller coaster year, with more downs than ups, Hamilton has to put their dismal 7-11 regular season record behind them as everyone begins the playoffs with an unblemished record. The Tiger-Cats were the only CFL team to finish north off 500 points scored (507) and allowed (502) this season. The former number is fairly decent while the latter total has to be a concern for Cat backers who watched their team close the season with a 5-1 tumble. After missing the first eight games this season, QB Zack Collaros will be under center for Hamilton in this contest. The Cats will have some claws in this contest – but we don’t see them being sharp enough here.
Reminded of a Supertramp classic “Take the Long Way Home” defending CFL Champion Edmonton will have to win on the road in Hamilton, Ottawa and Toronto in order to bring the Grey Cup back to the Alberta Capital. The Eskimos (10-8) had a streaky season (2W 3L 3W 3L 3W 1L 2W) but they finished strong with a 5-1 run to close out the 2016 CFL slate. Loaded on offense, Edmonton has the tools to win three straight road matches. QB Mike Reilly was the top CFL passer, WR's Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker combined 3350 pass yard and 19 touchdowns, plus rock solid RB John White rushed for 886 yards and eight scores while playing in just fourteen games this season.
Edmonton vs Hamilton CFL Semi-Final Call: In their season series, the Tiger-Cats posted a 37-31 Week 5 win in Edmonton prior to the Eskimos 29-26 Week 19 win on the road in Hamilton. After missing the final two regular season contests, due to a drug related suspension, kick-return stud Brandon Banks is back in the Cats lineup for this match. While Banks is a game-changer we see the Eskimos fabulous foursome on offense is going to abuse the porous Hamilton defense in this duel. Lay the -3 (-110) ATS price at Bodog and back The Champs at SportsInteraction online sportsbook.
CFL Western Semi-Finals Prediction – Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ BC Lions
BET BC LIONS -5 (-110) ATS AT SPORTSINTERACTION BC Lions 32-31 (ATS LOSS)
BC Place Stadium - Vancouver, British Columbia 4:30 PM ET Sunday, November 13, 2016
In the second half of the CFL 2016 Semi-Final Sunday doubleheader, familiar foes are set to duel for the right to face the red-hot Calgary Stampeders in the Western Final on November 20, 2016. The Lions (12-6) enter this contest running fairly hot as they have rolled to a 7-3 recent record that includes three straight wins, by a 97-49 final count, to close out the season. On the other side of the coin, two of the three losses were to Winnipeg as BC lost 37-35 on the road in Week 16 and 35-32 at home during Week 17 action. Overall, the Leo’s were 6-3 as hosts at BC Place during the regular season and they have won four of their last five contests under the dome in Vancouver.
Tagged with the second biggest Grey Cup Championship price (+1000 ML) in the preseason, Montreal were top dogs with a +1200 futures line, Winnipeg is the surprise team of the 2016 CFL regular season. It didn’t start out that way as the Blue Bombers stumbled to a 1-4 record out of the starting gate. There wasn’t a lot of reason for optimism either as the Bombers were blasted 125-78 during their first five matches. A seven game winning run followed, though largely against CFL bottom dwellers, and Winnipeg was back in the playoff picture. The Bombers were surprisingly solid as road warriors this season as they posted a league best 7-2 record as the visiting squad.
Winnipeg vs British Columbia Semi-Final Call: Blue Bombers Matt Nichols versus Lions Jonathon Jennings gives BC an edge in the quarterback battle in this contest. That is repeated at WR as the 2,958 pass yards hauled in by Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham is just eleven yards short of the 2,969 combined yards by Winnipeg’s top four wide receivers. The running back battle is a close one between Andrew Harris and Jeremiah Johnson. While we figured this line would be closer to a field goal - we will lay the -5 (-110) ATS price at SportsInteraction and back BC over Winnipeg.
2016 Grey Cup Futures Odds At SportsInteraction
CFL handicappers are advised that this is your last call to bet on the richest Grey Cup Championship futures odds. The prices above will change dramatically once the dust settles on Semi-Final Sunday action. We drew a couple of tangible "tells" from these odds while researching our predictions this weekend. First, the monster +800 price difference between Edmonton and Hamilton did help us decide on the Eskimos in the East Semi-Final. Though slightly more subtle, the spread between the Lions and Blue Bombers to capture the Cup is +300 which tells us bookmakers feel BC has a better chance at playing in the Western Final. Neither are "end all - be all" but they are helpful hints.
Long time advocates of shopping around at the top online bookmakers to secure the best prices, we often cringe when we hear handicappers dismissing odds as lacking value. We see and hear it all the time in the form of Team A is going to beat Team B but their isn’t any “value” in their current price. We call hogwash. Anytime we are able to add another stack to our bankroll, regardless of the size, we love the received value. That’s the case with Calgary’s Grey Cup line as some may view it as devalued at its current -149 money line price. However, since the Stamps will be big favourites in the title match, we may be able to work both sides with the underdog on Championship Sunday. Back the Stampeders to claim the 104th CFL Grey Cup with a ten-unit wager at SportsInteraction. Bet on the CFL postseason, and sports of all sorts, at any of these top ranked online sportsbooks.
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