Week 14 of the CFL season is set to kickoff on Friday night. Eight teams will be in action throughout the weekend which will feature back-to-back double-headers on Friday and Saturday. The Calgary Stampeders will get the week off as one of just two CFL teams that have already played 12 of their 14 games this season.
BC at Hamilton
The BC Lions will conclude their three-game road trip on Friday night when they visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The Lions, losers of five-straight, sit four points back of Calgary for third in the CFL West, with a game in hand. The two clubs will meet next week in a game holding even more importance than this game. However, this week’s showdown can either put a lot of pressure on the Stamps, or relieve most of it.
The Tiger-Cats have won two-straight, albeit against the two worst teams in the league. At 6-5 on the year, they sit tied with Montreal for second in the CFL East. They could still catch Toronto and earn a bye in the playoffs. However, there also remains the possibility that they could miss the playoffs entirely in a crossover situation where the West Division’s four-seed takes over the final playoff spot in the East.
Spread: Lions (+6.5) 1.90 | Tiger-Cats (-6.5) 1.90
Money Line: Lions 3.15 | Tiger-Cats 1.35
Over/Under: Over (44.5) 2.00 | Under (44.5) 1.83
Kickoff will take place at 7:00 pm ET from Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton.
Saskatchewan at Edmonton
Following Lions-Ticats will be the Saskatchewan Roughriders visiting the Edmonton Elks for the divisional rivals’ first meeting of the 2021 season. This game will hold the least importance of any of the four CFL matchups set to take place this weekend. However, it will not be completely void of relevance.
The Riders have clinched a CFL playoff spot. However after surrendering the season-series to Calgary, the Stamps could still catch Saskatchewan by the end of the season. The Riders lead the Stamps by just two points, but also have a game in hand. A win this weekend would put Saskatchewan one win or Calgary loss away from clinching second. The Riders cannot catch Winnipeg for first.
On the opposite sideline, it has been a season to forget in Edmonton. After starting 2-2, they have dropped six-straight and sit at 2-8. Still yet to pick up a home win, the Elks are not quite mathematically eliminated but consider yourself more likely to win the lottery than see Edmonton take part in playoff football this season.
However, Riders quarterback Cody Fajardo insists he will not let the opposing team’s record dictate how he plays this weekend.
“It’s a lot different when you have guys who are playing for their jobs, rather than a playoff position… I don’t think they are going to roll over by any means,” he said.
Spread: Roughriders (-6.5) 1.86 | Elks (+6.5) 1.95
Money Line: Roughriders 1.35 | Elks 3.10
Over/Under: Over (46.5) 1.95 | Under (46.5) 1.86
Action gets underway at 9:45 pm ET from Commonwealth Stadium.
Toronto at Ottawa
Saturday’s action will begin with the CFL-worst Ottawa Redblacks hosting the first-place Toronto Argonauts.
The Argonauts, winners of four of their last five, have also clinched a playoff spot. However, they still have positioning to play for. They sit just two points ahead of Hamilton and Montreal, who all have three games left. So, finishing anywhere between first and third remains a possibility.
The Redblacks, on the other hand, are the only team in the CFL that has officially been eliminated from playoff contention. They sit at an abysmal 2-10, with their only two wins coming against the West bottom-feeder Elks. Ottawa has been outscored by an average of 13.2 points per game this season.
Spread: Argonauts (-10.5) 1.90 | Redblacks (+10.5) 1.90
Money Line: Argonauts 1.18 | Redblacks 4.75
Over/Under: Over (46) 1.90 | Under (46) 1.90
Kickoff is set for 4:00 pm ET from TD Place Stadium.
Montreal at Winnipeg
The fourth and final game of the weekend will feature the Montreal Alouettes and Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The CFL-best Blue Bombers are a force to be reckoned with. They sit at 10-1 and have yet to lose at home this season. They have clinched first in the West and no longer have anything to play for, standings-wise. However, they are still listed as heavy favorites against a Montreal team playing for their playoff lives and positioning.
The Alouettes sit at 6-5 and have won four of their last five games. Similarly to Hamilton as described above, they could still finish first, second or third in the East, and potentially even miss the playoffs.
Spread: Alouettes (+13) 1.90 | Blue Bombers (-13) 1.90
Money Line: Alouettes 5.75 | Blue Bombers 1.11
Over/Under: Over (44.5) 1.90 | Under (44.5) 1.90
Kickoff will be at 7:00 pm ET at IG Field in Winnipeg.