The CFL will kickoff week eleven on Friday night as the Edmonton Elks get set to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Six teams will be in action this week with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts enjoying the week off.
Winnipeg at Edmonton
The Elks and Blue Bombers meet again. The two clubs clashed last week when the home Bombers crushed the Elks by a score of 30-3. They also met a few weeks earlier in Edmonton and the Bombers took that one quite handily as well, 37-22. Friday night’s game will mark the third meeting between the two teams in each of their last four games.
Winnipeg, who sits at a league-best 8-1 this season, will look to complete the 3-0 season series sweep over their West Division rivals. The Bombers have won six-straight overall, with their last loss coming nearly two months ago.
At 2-6, Edmonton sits at the bottom of the CFL West. They remain the lone team in the CFL to have yet to record a home win. The Elks are 0-4 at Commonwealth Stadium this season, and will look to change that tonight. However their odds do not look great, lining up against the unequivocal best roster in the CFL.
Spread: Blue Bombers (-12) 1.90 | Elks (+12) 1.90
Money Line: Blue Bombers 6.50 | Elks 1.14
Over/Under: Over (42.5) 1.86 | Under (42.5) 1.95
Kickoff will take place at 9:00 pm ET from Edmonton.
Montreal at Ottawa
The Montreal Alouettes and Ottawa Redblacks will also face off for the second time in as many weeks. The Redblacks were unable to hang on to a late lead in Montreal as Vernon Adams Jr.-replacement Matt Schiltz orchestrated a last-minute touchdown drive to give Ottawa a four-point victory.
Schiltz will start in place of the injured Adams Jr. and says he is ready to take the helm.
“I’m ready to seize the opportunity and make the most of it,” said the 28-year-old. “My expectation’s to go in there and win games for this team. Be a leader, a distributor (of the ball), take care of the ball and come out with the win.”
Schiltz’s Als sit at second in the CFL East with a 4-4 record. They will be hoping to create further separation from the third place Ticats with a win. The two teams will sit tied at 4-5 with a Montreal loss.
The Redblacks playoff hopes are all but gone. At 2-7, they find themselves at the bottom of the CFL standings with a little over a month left in the shortened season.
Spread: Alouettes (-5.5) 1.90 | Redblacks (+5.5) 1.90
Money Line: Alouettes 1.45 | Redblacks 2.90
Over/Under: Over (47) 1.95 | Under (47) 1.86
Action gets underway at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday.
Calgary at BC
The BC Lions will host the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday evening in a pivotal West Division showdown. A few weeks ago, one may not have predicted this game to be of particular importance. However, with Calgary coming off of massive back-to-back wins over Saskatchewan and with the Lions dropping their last two, the teams find themselves neck-and-neck in the standings.
BC sits third in the CFL West at 4-4, while Calgary sits a mere half-game behind them at 4-5. The winner of this game will take sole possession of third in the division.
This matchup will feature two of the CFL’s most respected veteran quarterbacks: Michael Reilly and Bo Levi Mitchell.
Reilly is having a season to remember, recording 2047 passing yards in 8 games, 10 touchdowns, just 1 interception, a 73.% completion rate and a league-best 113.6 quarterback efficiency rating (among QBs with more than one pass attempt).
It has been a different story for Mitchell who has missed some time due to injury. In six games, he has recorded 1468 yards, but 10 interceptions to just 5 touchdowns, a 60.7% completion rate, and a 71.1 quarterback efficiency rating. Mitchell threw 4 interceptions in the two teams’ first meeting, when the Lions took down Calgary on the road, 15-9 in week two.
Spread: Stampeders (+3.5) 1.86 | Lions (-3.5) 1.95
Money Line: Stampeders 2.45 | Lions 1.54
Over/Under: Over (43.5) 1.86 | Under (43.5) 1.95
Kickoff is set for 7:00 pm ET.