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    GAME RECAP


    PRAIRIE FOGG: BOMBERS STIFLE ESKS IN ONE-SIDED WIN



    EDMONTON — There’s something about playing the Edmonton Eskimos that brings the best out of Kevin Fogg.


    Nearly four months after scoring on a 110-yard missed field goal return in the season-opener, the Winnipeg Blue Bomber defender was at it again on Saturday night, forcing one fumble, recovering another and scoring on an interception to help the visitors defeat the Eskimos 30-3.


    Fogg and the Bomber defence stifled Mike Reilly from start to finish, scoring 20 points off seven turnovers to silence a crowd of 28,788 at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.


    Reilly was held to 164 yards on 17-of-31 passing and threw two interceptions, including the pick-six to Fogg in the third quarter that put the game out of reach for the Green and Gold.


    The Eskimos’ pivot left the game in some discomfort with just over four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter after taking a sack, but was later spotted wearing his helmet and appeared to be alright.


    Matt Nichols did what was needed, completing 16 of 20 for 169 yards and an interception in the win, while Andrew Harris rushed for a first-half touchdown and 73 yards on 20 carries.


    With the win, the Bombers pulled into a third-place tie in the West with the Eskimos, the division rivals owning identical 7-7 records.


    The two teams will meet again to close out the regular season on Nov. 3 in a rematch at Commonwealth, with the season series now knotted at one game apiece.


    Rookie defensive back Marcus Sayles seemed like he was everywhere early in the game, setting the tone with a blocked punt on the opening possession to set up a Justin Medlock field goal, giving the Bombers the game’s first strike.


    Sayles was at it again the next time on defence, delivering an echoing hit on Sam Giguere to force the Eskimos to punt for the second consecutive time out. The Bombers mustered a first down thanks to some pinpoint accuracy from Nichols on a 29-yard completion to Drew Wolitarsky, but all they could do was flip the field before having to punt.


    Field position would become the theme of the first half, with the Eskimos’ second major miscue of the first quarter tilting the gridiron in Winnipeg’s favour. With Duke Williams looking to extend the drive on a second-down catch, Fogg forced him to fumble and sophomore Brandon Alexander recovered, setting the Bomber offence up near midfield.


    However, the Bomber offence failed to take advantage, as a false start penalty and Kwaku Boateng‘s ninth sack of the season led to a second-and-23, and eventually another punt by Medlock.


    After the two offences combined for just five first downs and 104 yards of offence through 15 minutes, the Bombers finally cashed in on their edge in field position early in the second quarter. It started with an illegal contact penalty, which extended the drive on second down before Harris moved the sticks again with back-to-back runs into Eskimos territory.


    Following completions to Wolitarsky and rookie Daniel Petermann — making his first career start in place of the injured Nic Demski — Chris Streveler finished things off with a one-yard sneak from the one, scoring the game’s first major to put Winnipeg ahead 10-0.


    The Eskimos’ third turnover of the first half would prove to be the costliest. After a two-and-out, Reilly was back on the field and looking to make something happen, but his pass on second-and-nine was intercepted by Bombers national safety Taylor Loffler and, after a pitch to Fogg, returned to the Edmonton 26.


    Moments later, the workhorse running back Harris was on his way into the end zone for his first touchdown of the game, extending the Bombers’ lead to 17-0.


    The Esks broke their goose egg with a late field goal from Sean Whyte, but trailed by two touchdowns going into the break. Nichols completed nine of his 11 passing attempts in the first half for the Bombers, but the big difference through 30 minutes was the three turnovers by the Eskimos.


    It was more of the same for the Green and Gold early in the third quarter, when Reilly, driving the Eskimos into scoring position to try and pull within a touchdown, threw an errant pass that was intercepted by Fogg. The Bombers’ playmaking corner had his fourth pick of the season, and would take it back 71 yards for a touchdown the other way, extending Winnipeg’s lead to 24-3.


    The Bomber defence wasn’t finished yet. Soon after, Alexander hit Reilly’s arm from behind while throwing, with the fumble falling into the hands of Fogg, marking the fifth turnover of the game for the Eskimos. Medlock added another three-pointer, extending the lead to 27-3, with 20 of those points coming off turnovers.


    Medlock added his third field goal of the night for the Bombers, while Nichols was picked off by Eskimos defender Monshadrik Hunter in the fourth quarter.


    Reilly left the game with 4:30 left and was replaced by Danny O’Brien after being sacked and getting up slowly. He was looked at by trainers but was later spotted standing with a helmet on alongside Kevin Glenn.


    Turnovers were by far the biggest factor in the game, with the Bombers holding a 7-1 edge in the takeaway department. The Eskimos gave the football away three times each on fumbles and interceptions, and once on downs. That took the pressure off the Bomber offence, which needed just 239 net yards and 17 first downs to notch the W.


    Wolitarsky led Bombers receivers with four catches for 51 yards, while Harris, in addition to his 73 yards on the ground, added 24 receiving yards on four receptions. With 1,051 yards on the season, Harris remains the league’s second-ranked rusher, still 90 yards back of league-leader and Ottawa REDBLACK William Powell.


    Despite the one-sided score, running back C.J. Gable had 64 yards on 11 carries for the Eskimos. Their passing attack was led by Bryant Mitchell, who finished with a game-high 69 yards on six receptions.


    Both teams hold a two-point edge over the fifth-place Lions, as the race for playoff positioning in the West continues to intensify. The top three teams are guaranteed a spot, but a fourth addition is almost a certainty via the East Division crossover.


    The slumping Eskimos, who have lost back-to-back games and four of their last five, look to get back on track in a Thanksgiving clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Oct. 8.


    The Bombers seek a third straight win on Oct. 5 when they visit the nation’s capital to take on the REDBLACKS.
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    Sept. Picks................and Best Bets


    09/29/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    09/28/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    09/22/2018 4-2-0 66.66% +9.00
    09/21/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/07/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    09/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    09/02/2018 1-0-1 100.00% +5.00




    TOTALS............7-8-1........46.66%......-9.00




    DATE.....................ATS.................UNITS ...................O/U..................UNITS..............TOTAL


    09/29/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............-1.00
    09/28/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................1 - 0..................+5.00..............+10.00
    09/22/2018..........3 - 0.................+15.00................1 - 2...................-6.00...............+9.00
    09/21/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................1 - 0..................+5.00...............-0.50
    09/07/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................0 - 1...................-5.50...............-11.00
    09/03/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00.................1 - 1...................-0.50...............-11.50
    09/02/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 0..................+0.00..............+5.00




    TOTALS................5 - 6..................-8.00................6 - 4...................+8.00................+0.00
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    RIDERS LOOK TO CONTINUE STRONG SECOND HALF AGAINST ALS



    MONTREAL — The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes are close out Week 16 Sunday afternoon, as the cross division rivals collide for a matinee at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium.


    The Riders are on a roll, having won five of their last six games. Meanwhile, the slumping Als are looking to avoid a third straight loss.


    Saskatchewan held off the Toronto Argonauts for a 30-29 victory on the road last week. The Riders led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter, but saw the lead slip away as the game progressed.


    Kicker Brett Lauther booted a 56-yard go-ahead field goal with just over a minute remaining in the game to put the Riders back on top. The Argos attempted a 51-yard field goal for the with 10 second left on the clock, but fell short of the comeback.


    Riders quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 233 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the win. Jordan Williams-Lambert turned both of his receptions into touchdowns, while Naaman Roosevelt had a team-high 105 yards on 10 catches.


    Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones was happy with his team’s effort, despite letting the win almost get away.


    “We’re never going to apologize for a win, I can assure you that,” Jones told Riderville.com. “We’re on the road, east coast travel, so there’s a lot of factors and things against you. You look at all these game where you have to travel, they’re tough games. They did a good job of scrapping and getting back into the football game… we’re fortunate to walk out of here with a win.”


    The Riders have a bone to pick with Montreal after the Als defeated them back in Week 3. Saskatchewan fell behind early in the game and fought back in the second half, but ultimately lost 23-17. It was Montreal’s first win of the season.


    “That was a big game for us early in the season, and for us to just lose it the way we lost it…” said defensive lineman Willie Jefferson. “We’ve grown a lot as a team now. We’re just trying to get over that hump, get through this next game and keep going.”


    They will have to try and pick up a win without their top receiver. Roosevelt is being kept out of the lineup for precautionary reasons after taking a hit last week.


    Kenny Shaw, a former 1,000-yard receiver with the Toronto Argonauts before signing with the Ottawa REDBLACKS last season and then being cut this off-season, will take his place.


    One player that wasn’t part of the narrative the last time these teams faced was Alouettes pivot Johnny Manziel.


    The Als are aware that they will be going up against an unpredictable quarterback in Manziel — a challenge that defensive back Ed Gainey is looking forward to.


    “He’s a guy that can make plays any time he’s out there,” said Gainey. “He’s the quarterback that we’re playing against this week. We’re not going to make it bigger than what it is. I know he’s looking to get in his groove, but not against us.”


    The Als looked to be trending in the right direction heading into their Week 13 bye, winning two straight games. However, Montreal has struggled since returning to action, dropping two straight.


    The Winnipeg Blue Bombers downed the Als 31-14 in Week 15, snapping a four-game losing skid. Manziel’s first start in six games wasn’t enough to lead Montreal to victory. He completed 18-of-25 attempts (72%) for 212 yards with one interception.


    Manziel said he felt more comfortable in his third CFL start, but not seeing the results is frustrating.


    “These guys want to win,” Manziel said after the loss. “There’s no denying the will and the want to in this locker-room and with this team. It’s the little things that we’re not doing to keep us together as far as penalties, flipping the field when we need to, doing little bitty things that we can execute better on.”


    Manziel will still be searching for his first CFL win when he takes the field on Sunday afternoon.


    The Als still have a lot of kinks to work out, and little time to do it. Montreal is averaging a league-low 303.2 net yards on offence, while giving up a league-worst 427.5 yards on defence.


    In a move for the future of the franchise, the Alouettes decided to trade veteran running back Tyrell Sutton to the BC Lions earlier in the week in exchange for a second round pick and conditional sixth round in 2019.


    The 31-year-old spent six seasons with the Alouettes, amassing 3,573 yards on 649 carries in 69 games. Sutton has not seen the field since Aug. 18 and was on the teams six-game injured list.


    Twenty-four-year William Stanback’s time has arrived, becoming the full-time starter in Montreal with long-term upside. Stanback offers a unique blend of size and speed, and has earned the role of lead back after averaging 6.4 yards per season to date throughout his rookie campaign.


    By The Numbers:


    13 – League-leading sacks for Riders defensive lineman Charleston Hughes. However, he has now gone three games without taking down a quarterback.


    16 – Straight games that the Riders have gone without reaching the 300-plus yard passing mark.


    48 – Sacks given up this season by the Montreal Alouettes.


    79 – Tackles this season by Als linebacker Henoc Muamba, the second most in the league behind only Alex Singleton of the Calgary Stampeders
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    It’s no secret that the Riders are the favourites heading into Week 16, especially given their record in the second half of the CFL season.


    However, it’s Montreal’s recent track record against Saskatchewan that is working in their favour.


    The Als have won four of their last five meetings against the Riders, and have used a different quarterback in each win – Kevin Glenn, Vernon Adams Jr, Darian Durant and Drew Willy.


    Can the Riders pull off a fifth win with Manziel? Or will the Riders continue to cruise into the playoffs?


    Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN2
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    RIDERS HOLD OFF ALS FOR 34-29 VICTORY AT PERCIVAL MOLSON STADIUM



    MONTREAL — The Saskatchewan Roughriders keep finding a way to win.


    The Riders picked up their sixth win in seven games, taking down the Montreal Alouettes 34-29 to cap off Week 16.


    Zach Collaros threw for 394 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the win.


    Johnny Manziel threw his first two CFL touchdown passes in the victory, but his efforts just fell shorts of a comeback win.


    The Als got on the board first after capitalizing on a Riders’ turnover. Jesse Joseph sacked Collaros, forcing the ball loose, which was then recovered by Ryan Brown at Saskatchewan’s own 32-yard line.


    Manziel followed that play up with a long 24-yard pass to Ernest Jackson to place the Als deep in the red zone. Antonio Pipkin capped off the drive with a short run across the goal line to put Montreal up 7-0 midway through the first quarter.


    The lead didn’t last long.


    The Riders responded on their ensuing drive as Tre Mason blew past Montreal’s defence for a 27-yard rushing touchdown.


    Saskatchewan would take their first lead of the game before the end of the first quarter. On the final play, a scrambling Collaros connected with Kyran Moore for a 23-yard major.


    The extra point was unsuccessful.


    It was Johnny time in the second quarter.


    Manziel’s first CFL touchdown was a display of trickery. The Als pulled off a double reverse that fooled the Riders’ defence. Manziel found Adarius Bowman in stride on the play for a 47-yard touchdown strike to give the Als a 14-13 lead.


    Boris Bede notched an 18-yard field goal to pull the Als further ahead midway through the second quarter.


    However, the Riders would regain the lead before the end of the half.


    Collaros led a steady drive down the field, guiding his team deep into Alouettes territory and just short of the end zone. Nick Marshall dove across the goal line on a quarterback sneak to put the Riders back ahead.


    Saskatchewan’s two-point convert was successful, giving the Riders a 21-17 lead.


    A late field goal by Brett Lauther put the Riders ahead 24-17 at halftime.


    Saskatchewan continued putting points on the board in the third quarter. Collaros connected with Jordan Williams-Lambert for a 23-yard gain on the opening drive of the half. It appeared that Williams-Lambert had just made it into the end zone, but automatic video review showed that he was just inches short.


    Marshall finished the job with a one-yard quarterback sneak to give the Riders a 30-17 lead.


    Despite giving themselves a significant hurdle to overcome, Montreal continued to fight.


    Momentum began to shift in favour of the Als at the end of the third quarter when Stefan Logan scored a 74-yard kick return touchdown, making it a one point game.


    The Als weren’t done there.


    Henoc Muamba was able to pick off a pass that was tipped off the fingers of a Riders receiver, and run the ball back to Montreal’s 51-yard line to give the offence a short field to work with.


    Manziel showed off his speed on the drive by dashing for 25 yards, putting his team in the red zone. On the next play, Manziel found Ernest Jackson in the end zone for a 20 yard touchdown pass to trail the Riders 31-29.


    Manziel appeared to dive into the end zone for the two-point convert attempt, but was ultimately ruled short.


    That was as close as the Als would get as the Riders held on for the win.


    Lauther kicked another field goal with just over four minutes remaining in the game to extend their lead to 34-29.


    The Riders were able to run down the clock after getting the ball back to hold on for the ‘W.’


    Saskatchewan will travel to Edmonton next week for a West Division clash with the Riders, while the Als will be in tough against the Calgary Stampeders.
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    WEEK 17


    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:30 PM Winnipeg Blue Bombers Ottawa Redblacks


    Saturday, October 6, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:00 PM Toronto Argonauts British Columbia Lions

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home
    1:00 PM Calgary Stampeders Montreal Alouettes
    4:00 PM Edmonton Eskimos Saskatchewan Roughriders




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    Sept. Picks................and Best Bets


    09/30/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/29/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    09/28/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    09/22/2018 4-2-0 66.66% +9.00
    09/21/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/07/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    09/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    09/02/2018 1-0-1 100.00% +5.00




    TOTALS............8-9-1........47.05%......-9.50




    DATE.....................ATS.................UNITS ...................O/U..................UNITS..............TOTAL


    09/30/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 1..................-5.50................-0.50
    09/29/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............-1.00
    09/28/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................1 - 0..................+5.00..............+10.00
    09/22/2018..........3 - 0.................+15.00................1 - 2...................-6.00...............+9.00
    09/21/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................1 - 0..................+5.00...............-0.50
    09/07/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................0 - 1...................-5.50...............-11.00
    09/03/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00.................1 - 1...................-0.50...............-11.50
    09/02/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 0..................+0.00..............+5.00




    TOTALS................6 - 6..................-3.00................6 - 5...................+2.50................-0.50
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    Tuesday’s six-pack


    Major league teams with best attendance this season:


    1) LA Dodgers 47,033 per game


    2) Bronx 42,998


    3) St Louis 42,019


    4) San Francisco 38,965


    5) Chicago Cubs 38,798


    6) LA Angels 37,286


    Quote of the Day
    “We were terrible on offense. I don’t think it made a difference for the offense. That’s what it was. It was as bad as we’ve played on offense with that many yards in a long time.”
    Aaron Rodgers


    Tuesday’s quiz
    Which current NFL player played for the Amsterdam Admirals, in 1996?


    Monday’s quiz
    Tom Brady tied an NFL record Sunday, throwing a TD pass to his 70th receiver; he shares this record with Vinny Testaverde.


    Sunday’s quiz
    Saints’ coach Sean Payton was a QB for the Chicago Bears in the strike replacement games they had during the 1987 season.




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    Tuesday’s List of 13: Nobody asked me, but……


    13) You don’t think pro football players are tough? Vikings’ long snapper Kevin McDermott lost the tip off of his left pinky Thursday, when it got caught in a player’s helmet. He didn’t just lose his fingernail, he lost the tip of his finger, and later on, he came back into the game, missing only one punt snap while they bandaged up the finger.


    12) Bad beat from late Saturday night: USC was -3.5 over Arizona, and led 24-14 in the last 2:00. Wildcats had 4th-and-goal inside the 10-yard line, but instead of kicking the easy FG to make the game a one-score game, Kevin Sumlin goes for it and Arizona scores a TD with 1:40 left.


    Now all they all have to do to cover the spread is make the extra poi— you got it, they missed, and USC won 24-20, covering by half a point.


    11) UMass football coach Mark Whipple was suspended without pay for one week by the school, after he drew an analogy to rape while discussing a sequence in his team’s game.


    On UMass’ radio broadcast after the Minutemen’s 58-42 loss at Ohio U, Whipple referred to a play on which he believed the Bobcats should have been called for pass interference, saying, “We had a chance there … and they rape us, and (the referee) picks up the flag.”


    No bueno. Choose your words better, coach.


    10) Billy McKinney is a 24-year old OF for the Blue Jays who was a first round pick of the Oakland A’s five years ago. Weird thing is, he’s already been traded three times:


    — July 5, 2014, A’s traded him to the Cubs as part of the Jeff Samardzija/Addison Russell swap.
    — July 25, 2016, Cubs traded him to New York as part of the Aroldis Chapman trade.
    — July 26, 2018, New York traded him to Toronto as part of the JA Happ swap.


    9) After a 56-27 loss to Notre Dame last week, Wake Forest fired defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel; their defense scored two TD’s Saturday in a 56-24 win over Rice. Obviously Rice isn’t close to being as good as Notre Dame, but did the coaching change make a difference?


    8) With Sam Bradford the #3 QB in Arizona now, he loses an active roster bonus of $312,500 per game, not that he is hurting for money. Bradford banked $65M in the five years he played for the Rams, so he should be OK financially.


    7) The grandfather of Rams’ WR Cooper Kupp was an offensive lineman in the NFL for 11 years; he played for the Saints in their early days, where he blocked for Archie Manning.


    6) NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes will wear Hartford Whaler throwback uniforms for their December 23 home game; very cool green uniforms with the great Whaler logo. Hurricanes were the Hartford Whalers from 1972-97, before moving from Hartford to Raleigh.


    5) Tony Parker looks weird in a Charlotte Hornets’ uniform; he played 17 years for the Spurs. Some things you just get used to.


    4) There is a US Senator from Rhode Island named Sheldon Whitehouse; if you’re a politician and your last name is Whitehouse, don’t you have to run for President?


    3) Brewers 3, Cubs 1……….Dodgers 5, Rockies 2


    Colorado visits Wrigley Field tonight in the NL Wild Card game.


    2) Last week, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto started showing a presentation to his class of 500 students, but instead of his presentation showing on the screen, a hard core porn movie appeared. Whoops.


    1) Last three games the Pittsburgh Steelers played at home, they allowed 37.7 ppg. Atlanta is coming to Steel City this coming Sunday; Falcons’ defense is a mess, too.
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 17
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    The final weekend of CFL games in the month of September tipped things off on Friday night with Calgary rolling over Toronto 38-16 to easily cover the 13-point spread at home. The Stampeders officially clinched a playoff spot with that win.


    Saturday’s action got underway with the Hamilton pasting British Columbia 40-10 as a 6 -point home favorite to even this home-and-home series at one game apiece. Later that night, Winnipeg made a statement in the West Division playoff race with an impressive 30-3 victory against Edmonton as a 5 -point underdog on the road.


    Week 16 in the CFL carried over to Sunday with Saskatchewan slipping past Montreal 34-29, but failing to cover as a 6 -point road favorite.


    Friday, Oct. 5


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7-7 SU, 7-6-1 ATS) at Ottawa RedBlacks (8-5 SU, 6-7 ATS)

    Point-spread: Ottawa -1
    Total: 52


    Game Overview


    The Blue Bombers have won their last two games both straight-up and against the spread to move into a tie for third in the West standings. The total has stayed UNDER in both contests after going OVER in their previous four games. They have benefitted from much better play on the defensive side of the ball the last two games. During its previous four-game losing streak, Winnipeg had allowed at least 31 points in each of the four losses.


    Ottawa is a game and half ahead of Hamilton in the East coming off last week’s bye. It brings a modest two-game winning streak (SU and ATS) into Friday’s inter-division clash and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the RedBlacks’ last six games. They are 2-4 ATS at home this season and 2-4 ATS in six previous games closing as favorites. Trevor Harris is fourth in the CFL in total passing yards and he has tossed 14 touchdowns. Despite the bye, he is still listed as questionable on the latest injury report.


    Betting Trends


    -- Winnipeg has covered ATS in eight of its last 12 games against the RedBlacks, but it lost the first meeting this season 44-21 as a 6 -point home favorite. The total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Ottawa.




    Saturday, Oct. 6


    Toronto Argonauts (3-10 SU, 5-8 ATS) at British Columbia Lions (6-7 AU, 8-5 ATS)

    Point-spread: BC -7
    Total: 51


    Game Overview


    Toronto’s straight-up losing streak reached five games with Friday night’s loss. The defending Grey Cup Champions continue to play their way out of this season’s playoffs. They have only covered the spread once in this current slide and the total has gone OVER the closing line in their last four games with a points-allowed average of 36.5 points in those four losses. Toronto gave up 24 unanswered second-half points against Calgary after trailing by just four points at the half.


    The Lions recent three-game winning streak (SU and ATS) came to an end with Saturday’s loss. That total ended as a PUSH on a closing line of 50 after staying UNDER in five of their previous seven games. BC lost to Toronto 24-23 in August with Travis Lulay at quarterback. It closed as a three-point road favorite with the total staying UNDER 50 points. Jonathan Jennings and Cody Fajardo split time at quarterback in Saturday’s loss with a combined 215 yards passing, one touchdown throw and three interceptions.


    Betting Trends


    -- Toronto has won four of its last five road games against the Lions SU and it has a 5-1 edge ATS in its last six trips to BC. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last six meetings overall.




    Monday, Oct. 8


    Calgary Stampeders (11-2 SU, 8-5 ATS) at Montreal Alouettes (3-11 SU, 7-7 ATS)

    Point-spread: Calgary -12
    Total: 50


    Game Overview


    The Stampeders have had a few hiccups along the way, but they have once again positioned themselves for a deep run at this year’s Grey Cup title. This will be the 14th-straight season they advanced to the playoffs, but the memory of two-straight losses in the title game as favorites is still fresh in their mind. Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell completed 20 of his 34 passing attempts against Toronto on Friday night for 307 yards and two scores. He has now tossed 29 touchdowns on the year.


    Give credit to the Alouettes for covering against one of the hottest teams in the CFL in the loss to Saskatchewan, but you get the feeling that Montreal fans are counting the days for this season to be over. Johnny Manziel tossed a pair of touchdowns in Sunday’s loss against no interceptions, but he ended the day with just 138 yards passing to go with a team-high 45 yards running the ball.


    Betting Trends


    -- Montreal has been able to cover in seven of its last eight games against Calgary including a 25-8 loss in July as a heavy 19 -point road underdog. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of the last nine meetings.


    Edmonton Eskimos (7-7 SU, 6-8 ATS) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-5 SU, 7-7 ATS)
    Point-spread: Saskatchewan -4
    Total: 52


    Game Overview


    Behind Mike Reilly as the CFL’s most prolific passer and CJ Gable as the third leading rusher in the league, the Eskimos had been able to average 28.3 points through the first 13 games of the season. This is what made the recent three-point effort against Winnipeg so stunning at this point of the season. It never helps when you turn the ball over seven times resulting in 20 points for the opposing team.


    Saskatchewan has a golden opportunity to take a firm grip on the second spot in the West Division playoffs while posting its seventh SU win in its last eight games if it can get past Edmonton on Monday. The Roughriders have failed to cover in their last three outings. The total has gone OVER in their last five games and they have scored at least 30 points in four of those contests.


    Betting Trends


    -- Edmonton has a 4-2 edge against its West Division rivals in its last six trips to Saskatchewan and it has gone 5-2 ATS in its last seven road games against the Roughriders. The total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings in Saskatchewan.
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    Week 17



    Friday, October 5


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    WINNIPEG (7 - 7) at OTTAWA (8 - 5) - 10/5/2018, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 30-14 ATS (+14.6 Units) in games where the line is +3 to -3 since 1996.
    WINNIPEG is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 19-7 ATS (+11.3 Units) in road lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) in road games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WINNIPEG is 3-2 against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-2 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, October 6


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    TORONTO (3 - 10) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (6 - 7) - 10/6/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    TORONTO is 0-7 ATS (-7.7 Units) in road games after 2 or more consecutive straight up losses over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    TORONTO is 3-2 against the spread versus BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    TORONTO is 3-2 straight up against BRITISH COLUMBIA over the last 3 seasons
    4 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Monday, October 8


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    CALGARY (11 - 2) at MONTREAL (3 - 11) - 10/8/2018, 1:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MONTREAL is 11-21 ATS (-12.1 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 11-21 ATS (-12.1 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in home games in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 13-30 ATS (-20.0 Units) in home games in October games since 1996.
    MONTREAL is 1-10 ATS (-10.0 Units) in home games revenging a loss versus opponent over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 4-1 against the spread versus CALGARY over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 3-2 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    EDMONTON (7 - 7) at SASKATCHEWAN (9 - 5) - 10/8/2018, 4:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 126-94 ATS (+22.6 Units) revenging a loss versus opponent since 1996.
    EDMONTON is 10-2 ATS (+7.8 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 12-25 ATS (-15.5 Units) in home games in October games since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SASKATCHEWAN is 4-2 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-2 straight up against SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 6 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, October 5


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games
    Winnipeg is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 6 games
    Winnipeg is 19-6 ATS in its last 25 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 17 of Winnipeg's last 23 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Ottawa
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Winnipeg's last 16 games when playing Ottawa
    Winnipeg is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Winnipeg is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa RedBlacks
    Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games
    Ottawa is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Ottawa is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games at home
    Ottawa is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 11 of Ottawa's last 16 games when playing Winnipeg
    Ottawa is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg








    Saturday, October 6


    Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 5 games
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games on the road
    Toronto is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games when playing British Columbia
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing British Columbia
    Toronto is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Toronto is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    British Columbia Lions
    British Columbia is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    British Columbia is 8-16 SU in its last 24 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games
    British Columbia is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    British Columbia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games at home
    British Columbia is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of British Columbia's last 6 games when playing Toronto
    British Columbia is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
    British Columbia is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Toronto
    British Columbia is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto






    Monday, October 8


    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games
    Calgary is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games on the road
    Calgary is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Montreal
    Calgary is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Calgary's last 9 games when playing Montreal
    Calgary is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Calgary is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
    Montreal is 7-18 ATS in its last 25 games
    Montreal is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games
    Montreal is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home
    Montreal is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Montreal's last 9 games at home
    Montreal is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Calgary
    Montreal is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Montreal's last 9 games when playing Calgary
    Montreal is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Calgary
    Montreal is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing at home against Calgary




    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games
    Edmonton is 8-4 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
    Edmonton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games on the road
    Edmonton is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Edmonton is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Edmonton is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Edmonton's last 12 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Edmonton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Edmonton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Edmonton is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Saskatchewan is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games at home
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Saskatchewan is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Edmonton
    Saskatchewan is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Saskatchewan's last 12 games when playing Edmonton
    Saskatchewan is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    Saskatchewan is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    Saskatchewan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games when playing at home against Edmonton
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    Week 17


    Winnipeg (7-7) @ Ottawa (8-5) (-1, 52.5)
    — Blue Bombers won three of last four series games, but they lost 44-21 at home to Ottawa in August; road team won five of last six. Bombers won their last two visits here, 33-20/33-30; over is 3-1 in last four series games. In its last 13 games, Winnipeg is 7-0 when it scores 29+ points, 0-6 when it scores less- they’re 3-4 on road. Over is 6-3 in last nine Bomber games. RedBlacks held its last six opponents to 26 or less; they won last two games, are 4-2 at home this season. Three of their last four games stayed under.

    Toronto (3-10) @ BC Lions (6-7) (-7, 51.5)
    — Road team won eight of last nine series games; Argos won last four visits here (three by 11+ points), and also beat Lions 24-23 (+3) at home back in August. Under is 5-1 in last six series games. Toronto lost its last five games (1-4 vs spread); they’re 1-3 as road underdogs, but one cover was back in July. Argos’ last four games went over total. Lions won three of last four games but got smoked by Hamilton LW; BC is 5-1 SU at home, 2-1 as home favorites.

    Calgary (11-2) (-12.5, 50.5) @ Montreal (3-11)
    — Home side won last ten series games; Calgary lost last four visits here, all as road favorites (three by 7+ points)- they beat Alouettes 25-8 at home July 21. Under is 7-2 in last nine series games. Stampeders are 11-2 but they lost two of last three road games; they’re 4-1 as road favorites. Over is 5-1 in their last six games. Als lost their last three games, by 18-17-5 points; they’re 1-6 at home, 2-5 as home underdogs. Four of their last five games stayed under.

    Edmonton (7-7) @ Saskatchewan (9-5) (-4, 52.5)
    - Eskimos won seven of last nine series games, beating Roughriders 26-19 back in August; Edmonton won two of its last three trips to Regina. Under is 3-1 in last four series games. Eskimos lost four of last five games, losing 28-15/30-3 last two weeks; Edmonton lost its last four road games, but is 2-0 as a road underdog this season. Saskatchewan won six of its last seven games after a 3-4 start; they’re 1-4 vs spread as favorites this year. Riders’ last four games were all decided by five or fewer points.


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    Week 17



    Friday, October 5

    Winnipeg @ Ottawa


    Game 651-652
    October 5, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
    111.743
    Ottawa
    120.547
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 9
    46
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Ottawa
    by 1
    51 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (-1); Under





    Saturday, October 6

    Toronto @ BC Lions


    Game 653-654
    October 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    99.367
    BC Lions
    115.115
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    BC Lions
    by 16
    52
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    BC Lions
    by 7
    51
    Dunkel Pick:
    BC Lions
    (-7); Over





    Monday, October 8

    Calgary @ Montreal


    Game 655-656
    October 8, 2018 @ 1:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Calgary
    115.574
    Montreal
    107.749
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Calgary
    by 8
    52
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 14
    50 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (+14); Over


    Edmonton @ Saskatchewan



    Game 657-658
    October 8, 2018 @ 4:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Edmonton
    108.850
    Saskatchewan
    111.02
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Saskatchewan
    by 2
    59
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Saskatchewan
    by 4
    52 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Edmonton
    (+4); Over
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    Sept.& Oct. Picks................and Best Bets


    09/30/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/29/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    09/28/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    09/22/2018 4-2-0 66.66% +9.00
    09/21/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/07/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    09/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    09/02/2018 1-0-1 100.00% +5.00




    TOTALS............8-9-1........47.05%......-9.50




    DATE.....................ATS.................UNITS ...................O/U..................UNITS..............TOTAL


    09/30/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 1..................-5.50................-0.50
    09/29/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............-1.00
    09/28/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................1 - 0..................+5.00..............+10.00
    09/22/2018..........3 - 0.................+15.00................1 - 2...................-6.00...............+9.00
    09/21/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................1 - 0..................+5.00...............-0.50
    09/07/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................0 - 1...................-5.50...............-11.00
    09/03/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00.................1 - 1...................-0.50...............-11.50
    09/02/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 0..................+0.00..............+5.00




    TOTALS................6 - 6..................-3.00................6 - 5...................+2.50................-0.50





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    NICHOLS SHINES AS BOMBERS TOP REDBLACKS IN OVERTIME THRILLER



    OTTAWA – It was a certain victory, until it wasn’t.


    Despite holding a 15-point lead with just over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Blue Bombers saw a victory which seemed so sure nearly slip through their hands after Trevor Harris and the REDBLACKS staged a remarkable comeback, tying the game in regulation and forcing OT.


    But it was the Bombers who emerged victorious, as QB Matt Nichols and his offence converted the touchdown and two-point conversion in overtime while the defence did the rest, as LB Adam Bighill forced a fumble to seal the victory for Winnipeg.


    Nichols finished the game with 265 yards passing and three touchdowns, while RB Andrew Harris racked up 163 all-purpose yards, including 132 rushing.


    The Bombers were desperate to reverse their fortunes from the last time the two teams met, suffering a lopsided victory at the hands of the REDBLACKS back in week 10.


    After an opening drive field goal by Justin Medlock opened the scoring for the Blue Bombers, the REDBLACKS took over, and RB William Powell showed why he is the leafs leading rusher through 16 weeks. After a quick toss by QB Trevor Harris to WR Greg Ellingson, Powell found a gaping hole in the Bomber defence, sprinting down the left sideline for a 48-yard gain. Two plays later, Harris found Powell on a wheel route and the running back made no mistake, finding the end zone for the game’s first major. Despite K Lewis Ward‘s remarkable consistency, the REDBLACKS opted to go for the two-point convert, and Harris found SB Brad Sinopoli for the conversion.


    Matt Nichols picked up right where he left off on the Bombers second drive, completing six of seven passes on an efficient drive, picking his way through the REDBLACKS defence with completions to four different receivers. After an Andrew Harris rush put the Bombers at the 11, Nichols capped the drive by finding Darvin Adams for the touchdown, pushing the Bombers back into the lead.


    The two teams traded field goals on their next two drives as offences ruled in a first half which saw five lead changes.


    After a would-be first down for the REDBLACKS was cancelled out by an offensive penalty, DE Tristan Okpalaugo made one of the first big defensive plays of the game, bringing down Harris in the backfield for a sack and forcing the first punt of the game midway through the second quarter.


    Defences tightened up as the half drew to a close after a wide-open first quarter, and Medlock kicked home his fourth field goal of the half as time expired to give the Blue Bombers a 19-11 lead.


    Starting at their own 46-yard line, the Bombers made their way all the way down to the REDBLACKS five yard line, thanks in large part to a big 19-yard scamper by RB Andrew Harris. But they couldn’t find the dagger for their second major of the evening, and settled for yet another Medlock field goal – his fifth of the night – and extended Winnipeg’s lead to 11 points.


    Despite Medlock’s dominance in this one, his counterpart on the REDBLACKS found a way to outshine him. Rookie kicker Lewis Ward responded with another field goal of his own, in the process tying the all-time record of 39 consecutive field goals.


    Andrew Harris continued to put his mark on the game for the Bombers, ripping off a 23-yard gain on the first play of the ensuing Winnipeg drive. But teammate Nic Demski didn’t fare nearly as well on the following play, as he lost a hold of the football and the REDBLACKS recovered in prime field position.


    Ottawa’s offence failed to convert a first down on their ensuing possession, and rather than going for it on third and short, the REDBLACKS turned to their trusty kicker to help chip away at the Blue Bombers lead. With a 39-yard field goal, rookie Lewis Black set a new CFL record with his 40th consecutive field goal, surpassing the record previously set by Rene Paredes.


    The fourth quarter brought a breakthrough for the Blue Bombers, as Matt Nichols‘ tossed his second touchdown pass of the game, this time finding SB Weston Dressler. The short drive was aided in part by a couple of roughness penalties by the REDBLACKS defence, a thorn in Ottawa’s side for much of the evening.


    Another Medlock field goal extended the Bomber lead to 15, but the REDBLACKS weren’t giving up just yet.


    Harris came out firing, first finding Brad Sinopoli for a 19 yard gain, and then putting a perfect pass into the hands of Julian Feoli-Gudino for another big first down. Harris would find his latter target once more two plays later wide open down the right sideline, as Feoli-Gudino scored his first touchdown as a member of the REDBLACKS.


    Ward’s convert brought Ottawa to within eight points of the Bombers with juust over three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.


    After a big stop by the REDBLACKS defence, Harris and the offence got the ball back with just under two minutes to go, and a long field to drive in order to tie the game up.


    Facing third-and-three with the game on the line, SB Greg Ellingson brought down a remarkable catch to convert the first down and keep Ottawa’s chances alive. After being invisible in the first half, Feoli-Gudino continued to be a gamebreaker late in this one, making several key catches on the drive.


    But it was Ellingson who shone brightest late in the game, bringing down a pass from Harris to move inside the 10-yard line, and capping the drive with a crucial touchdown catch just inside the end zone. Not content to finish his night there, Ellingson also brought in the two-point conversion, tying the game at 32 and forcing overtime.


    After losing the coin-toss, The Bombers would get possession first, and Nichols and the offence did their job. Nichols first found Dressler for his second touchdown of the night before completing the two-point convert to Darvin Adams.


    The REDBLACKS nearly got it done on their drive following the score, but Adam Bighill forced a Brad Sinopoli fumble to end the game.
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    MONDAY, OCTOBER 8
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    LIONS LOOK TO HELP PLAYOFF ODDS VS. ARGOS



    VANCOUVER — The BC Lions will try to keep pace in the West when they take on the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday at BC Place.


    The Lions are in a tight race for a playoff spot. BC currently sits last in a log jammed division, but is only two points back of fourth place Edmonton and four points back of third seated Winnipeg.


    While the Argos have not mathematically been ruled out of the playoffs, their chances of making the post-season are bleak, but the defending Grey Cup Champions can stay alive with a win Saturday night.


    The Double Blue dropped to 3-10 on the season with a lopsided 38-16 loss to the Calgary Stampeders last week. Toronto trailed by only four points heading into halftime, but the Stamps proved why they own the best record in the league, galloping away in the second half.


    Pivot McLeod Bethel-Thompson threw for 273 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. The loss was Toronto’s fifth straight.


    Despite a disappointing year for the reigning Grey Cup Champs, Head Coach Marc Trestman is determined to finish the season strong.


    “I tend to see the glass half full,” Trestman told Argonauts.ca after the game. “I think we’ve got good leadership on this team. I think we’ll find a way to weather the storm. We know it’s going to pass eventually. We’re building some backbone along the way and we’re learning some life lessons.”


    This wasn’t the season the Argos envisioned. They lost their leader Ricky Ray to injury in Week 2. The team has struggled to find an identity ever since.


    Neither Bethel-Thompson or James Franklin have been unable to fill the huge shoes left by the future hall of famer, leading to offensive struggles.


    The Boatmen are averaging just 21.6 points per game this season, the second lowest in the league behind only the Montreal Alouettes.


    The Argos have also yet to win a game on the road this season, making the matchup at BC Place even more daunting.


    “They’re a great team,” said defensive back William Likely. “They’re playing at home so they’re going to have a lot of momentum. They’re trying to make a playoff run. We’ve just got to go out and execute and play defence and play Argo football.”


    Th Lions have only lost once at BC Place all season, tipping the scales in favour of the home team.


    Newly acquired DeVier Posey will be playing against his former team for the first time on Saturday. Despite only signing a few weeks ago, Posey knows there is a lot on the line for the Lions.


    “It’s an important game in our season for us,” Posey told BCLions.com. “It’s a turning point to keep up in the Western race. A win is important, and that’s what I’m focused on this week. “


    The Lions playoff hopes took a hit last week with a 40-10 loss against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The game was over before the half as the Ticats led 30-3 after 30 minutes of play. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings struggled, throwing for only 146 yards and three interceptions before being replaced by Cody Fajardo in the second half. Two of those interceptions were returned for pick sixes.


    The 26-year-old says he is ready to turn the page on a disappointing game.


    “You can’t win football games like the way we turned the ball over,” said Jennings. “That’s a big emphasis on my part. I think that we’re locked in and focused on what we need to do to be better than last week.”


    The Argos narrowly edged the Lions 24-23 at BMO Field in their only previous meeting back in Week 10. Wilder Jr. had a big performance for Toronto with 18 carries for 91 yards and four catches for 49 yards. Lions running back Jeremiah Johnson kept pace with Wilder, racking up 117 total yards and a rushing touchdown.


    That was the last game the Argos won. They have since dropped five straight. The Lions are 3-2 during that same time span.


    “I really just think we’re a better team than when we played against them the first time,” said defensive back Otha Foster. “Of course, we’re playing them at home. Our home field record is good. We feel we have a good game plan going in and we feel like we can take them down this time.”


    While linebacker Solomon Elimimian is close to returning to the field after having wrist surgery, he will sit out Saturday’s contest. Quarterback Travis Lulay is still battling a shoulder injury after taking a hard hit in Week 14. Jennings will once again get the start.


    By The Numbers:


    5 – Straight years that the Lions and Argos have split their season series.


    21 – Sacks made by the BC Lions defence in the last five games.


    37 – Average points allowed by the Argos in their last four contests (42, 36, 30 and 28). Toronto is allowing a league-worst 31.8 points per game through 17 weeks.


    784 – Team leading receiving yards for Toronto’s S.J. Green.



    The BC Lions can’t afford to make any mistakes.


    The Winnipeg Blue Bombers picked up a crucial 40-32 victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Friday night. A Lions loss on Saturday would put them further behind in the division with just few weeks left in the season.


    This is the last game against an East opponent for BC. The final four matches on the schedule are versus divisional rivals, including two meetings with the powerhouse Stamps.


    With favourable home field advantage and a 4-3 record against teams in the East, the Lions need to play to their advantage on Saturday.


    The first step is taking care of the Argos.


    Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN and ESPN+.
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    LIONS HOLD OFF ARGOS LATE SURGE TO WIN AT BC PLACE



    VANCOUVER — The BC Lions held off a late surge from the Toronto Argonauts lead by quarterback James Franklin to take home two points on Saturday night and keep things interesting in the West Division.


    The Leos walked away with a 26-23 victory on home turf at BC Place as Jonathon Jennings tossed for 199 yards and a touchdown while running back Jeremiah Johnson rushed for 118 yards.


    The game opened up with a hard hit that shook up the Argos lineup even more. On a completed over-the-middle pass to SJ Green, Lions Linebacker Jordan Herdman came through trucking, unfortunately ending Greens night.


    Shortly after, a deep ball was thrown intended for Duron Carter who slipped during a one on one battle with Anthony Orange, creating space for Orange to pick off Bethel-Thompson for Oranges fifth interception of the campaign. Orange you glad he’s with you BC?


    The ensuing drive took off with what we’ve all been waiting for. Jon Jennings getting into the action and throwing a 40-yard bomb down field that Bryan Burnham came down with on a 50/50 ball.


    A few penalties later, Jennings answered the call from recent criticism on the half of his own General Manager Ed Hervey, by throwing his first touchdown of the game. The 14-yard dart up the middle to Cory Watson opened the scoring and capped a 5-play 73-yard drive, however, a missed convert kept it that 6-0 early Lions lead.


    The Lions kept it going, putting the common denominator on display when the Orange and Black’s D applied all sorts of pressure on the Argos, backing them up inside their own ten, forcing them to concede two-points, extending the Lions lead to 8-0.


    The next drive showed off what else Jennings had in his arsenal, running for a big first that ultimately led to Ty Long tacking on an extra three points to the Lions lead, making it 11-0 after the first frame.


    The second quarter got under way with McLeod Bethel-Thompson and company earning their first three points of the game to cut into score.


    On their next possession, Bethel-Thompson was hit on his release by TJ Lee who popped the ball upright for Lions’ Defensive Tackle Davon Coleman to come down with. That was Bethel-Thompson’s second INT of the game, the first time he threw multiple picks in a game all year. The pick led to a Lions field goal, spreading the lead to 14-3.


    No, James Wilder Jr., wasn’t in the game tonight, but Brandon Burks sure did look like him when he took off out of the gates for a 69-yard, 3-2-1 blast-off run. The run set up Bethel-Thompson and the Argos in great field possession where they capitalized on a flat pass touchdown to Llevi Noel, cutting the Lions lead to just four, 14-10.


    Ty Long from long for three. You’d expect it from him with a name like that, right? Well it fits him because he hit a 50-yarder, making 17-10 on the board.


    It was just about all Lions in the first half, the big man Davon Coleman got another pick with his sticky mitts on a driving Argos squad with just over 30-seconds left in the half. The pick set up a whopping 51-yard three-pointer from Ty Long, making it a ten-point lead after two.


    The second half started like it ended, Lions dominating, protecting their den. Talk about pressure, how about from Shawn Lemon this time, who earned himself his ninth sack of the year.


    The pressure did not stop there, no sir. The Lions kept it coming from all angles forcing Bethel-Thompson to chuck it up there when Winston Rose channeled his inner centre-fielder emulating what may as well been a pop out fly ball. That fourth pick from Bethel-Thompson ended his night in exchange for James Franklin who started the fourth.


    Meanwhile, Jon Jennings continued to turn heads by one, throwing a 33-yard pass to the outside shoulder of DeVier Posey and then two, taking off himself for 33-yards on his own merit by foot. Then Ty Long took over, adding six of his own on two separate field goal occasions, 26-10 Lions lead deep in the fourth.


    You’d think it’s all but done by how this one is going, not entirely… Que a Duron Carter touchdown. He broke the plane by being the first man back to the ball and getting his first as an Argo. The Argos would go for two, but failed on the convert, keeping it a 26-16 score.


    Not long after that, the game got even closer. Ty Long could have sealed the deal, but a rare miss had Duron Carter taking it back to good field position with a minute and 42 to go.


    With the Argos trying to get back into this one, James Franklin started to put together a drive and a half. On a clutch third down and twelve, Argos receiver Myles White earned the inches, keeping the drive alive. A few plays later, White notches six and just like that, a six-play, 76-yard drive made it a three-point game at 26-23 in favour of the Lions. Unfortunate for the Argos, it was just too little too late when their on-side attempt went to the Lions, topping off what made for very passionate 60 minutes.


    The BC Lions took the ball game 26-23, extending their home record to 6-1 and inching themselves closer to a playoff berth.


    The Lions will head to an enormous bout in Calgary when they face the league’s best squad, while the Argos host Hamilton to kick things off for Week 18 on Friday, October 12th.
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    TOTALS................7 - 7..................-3.50..................6 - 7...................-8.50................-12.00
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    Paul Byron has scores twice, Canadiens beat Penguins 5-1
    October 6, 2018
    By The Associated Press



    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jonathan Toews scored his third goal of the game 2:20 into overtime and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4 on Saturday night.


    Toews tied it at 4 at 6:59 of the third period when he corralled the rebound of Alex DeBrincat's slap shot and pushed it past goalie Jake Allen. Toews scored the winner on a breakaway to give the Blackhawks their second consecutive overtime victory.


    Chris Butler put the Blues ahead 4-3 in the third just 22 seconds after Vladimir Tarasenko's second goal. The goal was Butler's first in the NHL since March 7, 2015, at Toronto.


    Cam Ward stopped 26 shots to improve to 2-0. Allen made 25 saves.


    Tarasenko's second goal initially was not called a goal on the ice, but off-ice officials signaled to the referees to stop play for a video review 27 seconds after the puck entered the net.


    Marcus Kruger and Patrick Kane also scored for Chicago.


    Colton Parayko added a goal for the Blues, and Ryan O'Reilly had three assists.


    CANADIENS 5, PENGUINS 1


    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Paul Byron had two goals and added an assist in Montreal's victory over Pittsburgh.


    Byron had his first multi-goal game since scoring a hat trick last December against Detroit.


    Brendan Gallagher, Joel Armia and Charles Hudon also scored to help the Canadiens snap a five-game losing streak against Pittsburgh. It was Montreal's first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 18, 2016.


    Carey Price made 21 saves for his first win against Pittsburgh since Oct. 13, 2015.


    Riley Sheahan scored for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang, a Montreal native, had an assist and passed Hall of Famer Paul Coffey for most points in team history by a defenseman with 441.


    LIGHTNING 2, PANTHERS 1, SO


    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - J.T Miller and Nikita Kucherov scored in the shootout and Tampa Bay beat Florida in the regular-season opener for both teams.


    Florida goalie Roberto Luongo departed midway through the second period with a lower-body injury after teammate Frank Vatrano landed on his extended right leg during a scramble in front of the goal. The 39-year-old Luongo stopped all 13 shots he faced in just over 32 minutes.


    Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 42 saves in regulation. He made one save in the shootout and had another shot hit the post.


    The Lightning got a third-period, short-handed goal from Anthony Cirelli. Jacob MacDonald scored for the Panthers.


    GOLDEN KNIGHTS 2, WILD 1, SO

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Erik Haula scored in the shootout and Vegas beat Minnesota.


    Max Pacioretty scored his first goal for Vegas, tying it with 1:31 left in regulation. Marc Andre-Fleury made 29 saves for the Golden Knights.


    Matt Dumba scored for Minnesota, which was the only team in the Western Conference to sweep Vegas last season. Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 shots.


    STARS 5, JETS 1


    DALLAS (AP) - Jamie Benn had two power-play goals, Tyler Seguin scored another and had a goal at even strength in Dallas' victory over Winnipeg.


    Ben Bishop made 32 saves, allowing only Kyle Connor's goal.


    Dallas dominated the first period with a 16-9 advantage in shots and two goals less than three minutes apart by Alexander Radulov and Seguin, the latter on the power play. Benn scored power-play goals in the second and third periods, and Seguin scored in the third. The Stars' top line accounted for all five goals and five assists. Seguin and Radulov each had two assists.


    PREDATORS 4, ISLANDERS 3


    NEW YORK (AP) - Viktor Arvidsson scored twice and Nashville spoiled New York's home opener.


    Mattias Ekholm and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, and P.K. Subban had two assists. Juuse Saros, starting in place of reigning Vezina Trophy winner Pekka Rinne, finished with 26 saves to help the Predators win their second straight to start the season.


    Mathew Barzal had a goal and an assisst, and Valtteri Filppula and Anders Lee also scored for the Islanders. They were trying to get new coach Barry Trotz a win in his home debut.


    SABRES 3, RANGERS 1


    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Carter Hutton made 43 saves and Buffalo beat New York for its first victory of the season.


    Captain Jack Eichel added an empty-net goal in the final seconds. After being booed by their home fans in a shutout loss to Boston on Thursday night in the opener, the Sabres snapped a six-game losing streak at KeyBank Center dating to last season.


    Brett Howden scored for New York.


    DUCKS 1, COYOTES 0

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - John Gibson stopped 41 shots, rookie Max Comtois scored for the second straight game to open his NHL career and Anaheim beat Arizona.


    The Ducks and Coyotes played a tight game until Comtois scored in the closing seconds of the second period. He had a goal 49 seconds into Anaheim's season-opening win over San Jose.


    Anaheim had a penalty with 2:01 left in regulation and another with a minute left. Arizona pulled goalie Antti Raanta with about 30 seconds left to create a 6-on-3, but Gibson didn't let anything through for his 17th career shutout. Arizona was shut out in consecutive games to open a season for the first time in 39 years as a franchise after opening with a 3-0 loss to Dallas.


    DEVILS 5, OILERS 2

    GOTHENBURG, Sweden (AP) - Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac scored two goals each to lead New Jersey pasr Edmonton in the season-opener for both teams.


    Stefan Noesen also scored, Miles Wood had two assists,and Keith Kinkaid made 17 saves.


    Milan Lucic and Leon Draisaitl scored for Edmonton.


    SENATORS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 3


    TORONTO (AP) - Thomas Chabot had two goals and an assist, and Craig Anderson made 34 saves in Ottawa's victory over Toronto.


    Dylan DeMelo and Chris Tierney, who were among the players acquired from the San Jose Sharks in a trade for Erik Karlsson, also scored for Ottawa. Mark Stone added an empty-net goal.


    Mitch Marner, Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly each had a goal and an assist for Toronto.


    AVALANCHE 5, FLYERS 2


    DENVER (AP) - Colin Wilson scored two goals, Semyon Varlamov had 35 saves and Colorado beat Philadelphia.


    Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog and J.T. Compher also scored. Sean Couturier and Mikhail Vorobyov scored for the Flyers.
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    ALS SET TO HOST STAMPS ON THANKSGIVING MONDAY



    MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes face a must-win situation on Thanksgiving Monday, when they host the Calgary Stampeders at Percival Molson Stadium in Montreal.


    At 3-11, Mike Sherman’s Als are running out of breathing room; the magic number for Montreal is a single point either dropped by the Alouettes or gained by anybody in the West Division.


    Dave Dickenson’s Calgary team is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum; at 11-2, the Stamps are four points clear with a game in-hand on their closest divisional opponent (Saskatchewan).


    While it’s been a tale of two very different seasons in Calgary and Montreal, recent history states that Monday’s contest may not be as cut-and-dried as it looks on the surface; the Stamps have dropped just eight regular-season games since 2016 — two of them at Molson Stadium.


    It seems like ages since the Stampeders dispatched Toronto 38-16 last Friday, and Dickenson’s group is understandably raring to get back on the field and take another step towards home-field advantage in the West Division.


    After surviving a few weeks of serious injury absences, the Stamps will get a number of key faces back on both sides of the ball.


    Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell is excited about the return of centre Ucambre Williams and leading receiver Eric Rogers to the fold offensively.


    “The last couple weeks it’s been the other way, (we’ve been) losing a lot of guys,” Mitchell told Stampeders.com. “To see those two leaders that are vocal (is good), and Eric helps push the ball downfield and Ucambre controls the inside well.”


    As for the challenge posed by Montreal’s decent defensive unit, Mitchell and co. know what to expect.


    “They’re a team that tackles well, they blitz well (and) try to play the number game and never get outnumbered, so we’ve got to get out there and see what they do,” said Mitchell. “We have to react to the things they do, play well and hit our shots when they’re there.”


    Defensively, the Stamps have Ciante Evans back in their secondary and Cordarro Law re-entering on the line.


    “Ciante back is huge on the back end, (and) it’s nice having Law back, he’s one of those veteran, older guys that’s been doing it for a long time,” said star Calgary linebacker Alex Singleton. “Things happened the last few years here (in Montreal), that’s fine. We’re here to win a football game.”


    Key to the success of Singleton and the defence will be stopping William Stanback and the Montreal run game.


    “Like every week, you (try to) take the running out of the game (and) make them one-dimensional,” continued Singleton. “They’re a good team, but if you can stop them and make a QB beat you, in any game, it benefits the D.


    “He’s a big physical guy, he’s kinda like a (James) Wilder. He’s bigger, 6-foot-2, 6-foot-3 and 220. It’s not a small shifty guy — he’s just going to try to run you over.”


    It’s win-or-go home time for the Alouettes, and a win on Monday would still be no guarantee Montreal will have a playoff life to battle for come Week 18.


    While the team did make progress in last week’s five-point loss at home against Saskatchewan, close is not good enough in pro football — especially after the first half the Als suffered through this season.


    “I felt like we did some good things, but you look at the scoreboard walking out of the stadium and you still lost by five,” quarterback Johnny Manziel told MontrealAlouettes.com. “That’s the only thing that matters right now: Finding wins in the last four weeks of the season.”


    While Manziel’s improvisational skills served the team well last week — the Texas A&M product completed nine of 16 passes for 138 yards and a pair of touchdowns — Head Coach Mike Sherman would prefer to see his offensive line shore up and allow the team’s offence to run properly.


    “He’s forced to improvise,” said Sherman, “and I’d rather we become a little bit more in the system as opposed to being in the backyard playing ball.”


    The Alouettes will have some roster shuffling for Monday’s contest, with leading receiver B.J. Cunningham and offensive lineman Tony Washington both landing on the six-game injured list this week.


    Washington’s absence will allow Luc Brodeur-Jourdain to make his first start of the season; the 35 year-old is relishing the opportunity.


    “Football’s a team sport, and I know my role,” said the Laval product and 10th-year pro. “It’s my chance to show, to my teammates and organization, that I still have what it takes to play.”


    T.J. Graham, who was released earlier this season only to be brought back by General Manager Kavis Reed, will slot into Cunningham’s spot.


    “It’s hard not to see B.J. out there, with how consistent he’s been throughout the year,” said Manziel. “But T.J.’s looked well, (and) we’ve had a good week of practice.”


    By The Numbers:


    0 – As good as Bo Levi Mitchell has been on the road in his career (29-8-2), the Calgary pivot is 0-2 at Molson Stadium.


    29 – Season-high points scored by Montreal in last week’s loss against the Riders;


    53 – Sacks allowed by the Alouettes this season, 19 more than any other team in the CFL. Montreal has allowed five or more sacks in each of its last four games — the first time that’s happened in club history.


    75 – First-quarter points allowed by Calgary this season; the Stamps have allowed just 3.6 first-quarter points in wins, but 17.5 in their two losses. A quick start is clearly a major key to success against the league’s best team.



    With the weather firmly turned towards fall, the importance of games in the CFL is correspondingly increased.


    Calgary can lock up a home playoff date — and take another sizeable step towards a first-place finish — with a win on Thanksgiving Monday.


    Montreal is playing for its playoff life, and even that is not guaranteed beyond the end of the first game of Monday’s doubleheader.


    At this point, both teams want to continue building momentum: The Stamps for what will likely be another deep playoff run, and the Als for 2019.


    As lopsided a matchup as it is on paper, recent history dictates nobody should write this one off.


    Kickoff is at 1:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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    STAGE SET FOR ESKS, RIDERS IN THANKSGIVING SHOWDOWN



    REGINA — The log jammed West Division could get even more complex when the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders close out Thanksgiving Weekend at new Mosaic Stadium.


    The Esks have lost four of their last five games, with the BC Lions hot on their tails for the final spot in the post-season. A win against the Riders would put Edmonton in a tie with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for third seed in the West.


    Meanwhile, the Riders are in sole possession of second place in the division and are trying to lock down a home playoff date.


    Needless to say, both teams will be hungry for a win on Thanksgiving Monday.


    The Eskimos struggled in all three phases last week, falling to the Bombers 30-3 at home. Quarterback Mike Reilly had some uncharacteristic struggles in the loss, throwing for just 164 yards with no touchdown passes and two interceptions.


    “It was just not good football by us offensively,” Reilly told Esks.com after the game. “I’m the quarterback so that’s on me to get the guys rolling in terms of moving the chains and executing the offence. I have to figure out what to improve on and there’s going to be a lot after watching that film.”


    Defensive lineman Jake Ceresna was a bright spot for the Eskimos in the loss. The 24-year-old managed to charge past the offensive line twice for a pair of quarterback sacks.


    Reilly will have one of his top weapons back in the offence Monday with the return of Duke Williams. The CFL’s top receiver left last week’s game with a shoulder injury after making just two catches. There were initial fears that the 25-year-old could miss significant time, but the team confirmed earlier this week that the injury was not serious.


    It will have to be all hands on deck for the Eskimos when they travel Saskatchewan. Head Coach Jason Maas says they know their backs are against the wall.


    “We know what we have to do,” said Maas. “A sense of urgency, absolutely. I think our guys understand… this is playoff style games down the stretch. We’re not guaranteed anything right now. We have to go out and play and earn our way in. That starts week-to-week and day-to-day. We haven’t done well enough the past two weeks.”


    The Esks have only won two games on the road this season, while the Riders are 4-3 at new Mosaic Stadium.


    Saskatchewan held off the Montreal Alouettes on the road for a narrow 34-29 victory last week. Quarterback Zach Collaros shone in the victory, throwing for a 394 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The 30-year-old received Shaw Top Performer of the Week honours for his impressive play.


    Kyran Moore and Shaquille Evans both surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark.


    The Riders have arguably been the top team in the league throughout the back half of the season, boasting a 6-1 record dating back to Week 10.


    However, Saskatchewan is refusing to rest on its laurels.


    “All these games out here matter,” Collaros told Riderville.com. “They’re big games because everybody seems to be winning games, especially in our division right now. It’s a big one. We certainly know that, and you can feel it…. but once you’re out there and the whistle blows and the its first snap, its just another football game.”


    It appeared the Riders might have top receiver Naaman Roosevelt back in the lineup when he was taken off the six-game injured list earlier this week. The team’s leading receiver sprained his knee in the teams close 30-29 victory over the Toronto Argonauts back in Week 15.


    It turned out the move was made too soon. After a day back at practice, the 30-year-old was put back on the six-game.


    “We were hoping he was a little farther along,” said head coach Chris Jones. “If it was the Grey Cup, he could probably go out and play. But it’s one of those deals where we’re just going to try and give him some weeks to get more healthy before he’s able to help contribute to our football team.”


    There was also some concern that Evans would be out as well after taking a hard tumble at practice and was not on the field Saturday. However, the Notre Dame product will play on Monday.


    By The Numbers:


    12 – Rushing touchdowns by both Eskimos quarterbacks Mike Reilly and James Franklin this season. The record for touchdowns by a pivot in a single season is 14 by Doug Flutie in 1991.


    13 – Games in a row that Mike Reilly had thrown a touchdown before it was snapped last week. He has thrown at least one touchdown in 21 of his last 23 games.


    23 – Points given up by the Edmonton Eskimos last week on a total of seven turnovers.


    36 – Sacks this season by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. That is already nine more than they had all of last year.



    CFL fans have a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Monday with this all-west matchup that is sure to be intriguing.


    Collaros has been on his game this year, completely turning around his W-L record after an 0-12 skid in Hamilton. The pivot ranks second in the CFL with a .700 win percentage in 2018. Last week the Riders racked up 502 net yards of offence, their best yardage total since July of 2015.


    However, the Esks may have the most powerful offensive weapon of all in quarterback Mike Reilly. The 33-year-old will surly have some extra motivation on Monday after a lacklustre performance the previous week.


    Turkey and CFL football. Does it get any better than that?


    Kickoff is at 4:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN and ESPN+.
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    DEFENSIVE DUEL: STAMPS TOP ALS 12-6 AT PERCIVAL MOLSON STADIUM



    MONTREAL — Defence was the name of the game in Montreal on Monday afternoon.


    The Calgary Stampeders walked away with a narrow 12-6 victory over the Montreal Alouettes in the first match of a Thanksgiving Day doubleheader.


    Bo Levi Mitchell has struggled at Percival Molson Stadium throughout his career, entering the game with a 0-2 record at the field. However, the 28-year-old overcame his demons to help the Stamps capture their first win in Montreal since 2013.


    Johnny Manziel’s first CFL victory will have to wait at least another week. The former Heisman Trophy winner threw for 250 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.


    Stamps defensive lineman Micah Johnson recorded five tackles with two quarterback sacks.


    The Stamps managed to pick up the ‘W’ despite not registering a point until early in the fourth quarter.


    The win secured a home playoff game for Calgary and officially eliminated the Montreal Alouettes from postseason contention.


    Both defences held strong in the opening quarter as both teams played to a scoreless stalemate in the first 15 minutes.


    The Stamps appeared to making progress on a drive that carried into the second quarter. However, Mitchell’s pass was intercepted by Chris Ackie at Montreal’s own 20-yard line to end the promising push.


    The game was still tied 0-0 at the three minute warning.


    It was Montreal that would get on the board first with a 44-yard field goal late in the second quarter to lead 3-0.


    The Als got the ball back again before the end of the half and made the most of their limited time on the clock. Receiver Ernest Jackson tipped a high pass back into his own hands for an 16-yard gain. That play was followed by another impressive catch, this time by T.J. Graham, who managed to stay in bounds for a 25-yard catch.


    Despite having momentum on the drive, Montreal ran out of time and had to settle for a 41-yard field goal by Boris Bede on the last play of the half.


    Terry Williams appeared to provide a spark for the Stamps midway through the third quarter with a 81-yard punt return touchdown. However, the major was called back due an illegal block to keep the Stamps scoreless.


    After struggling through 45 minutes of play, the Stamps finally managed to get on the board early in the fourth quarter.


    Mitchell moved the sticks by finding Juwan Brescacin on back-to-back completions, and then running the ball himself to put Calgary in the red zone.


    Terry Williams capped off the drive by rushing into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown. The successful extra point gave Calgary their first lead of the afternoon.


    The Stamps added to the lead with a long 49-yard field goal by Rene Paredes.


    Calgary missed a field goal with 25 second left on the clock to put the game away, giving the Als one last chance to pull off a comeback victory.


    Calgary is back at home on Saturday to face the BC Lions. Montreal is on a bye week, and will return to action Oct. 20 against the Toronto Argonauts at BMO Field.




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    GAME RECAP


    JEFFERSON’S PICK-SIX IN FINAL MINUTES LIFTS RIDERS OVER ESKS



    REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders came out on top in a close 19-12 battle against the Edmonton Eskimos on Monday in a game that saw both defensive units dominate all day long. The Riders have now won three straight and have improved their record to 10-5.


    Defensive end Willie Jefferson was the hero of the day for Saskatchewan, as he delivered the game-winning score with under two minutes to play after intercepting Mike Reilly and bringing it all the way back for a 49-yard pick-six. Jefferson also added five tackles and a sack.


    The Riders’ defence finished the game with three interceptions against Reilly, with Ed Gainey and Nick Marshall also making impressive plays to get their hands on the ball.


    Both Reilly and Zach Collaros faced major challenges trying to find enough room to make a play in the face of relentless defensive pressure. Charleston Hughes recorded his league-leading 15th sack of the season for the Riders, and the team finished with five sacks in total.


    The Esks’ defence finished with two takeaways of their own, with defensive lineman Alex Bazzie stripping the ball from Collaros and defensive back Mercy Maston recording a fourth quarter interception.


    Sean Whyte led the way with four field goals on four attempts for the Esks, while Brett Lauther made four of his six attempts for the Riders.


    Collaros finished the game with 25 completions on 38 attempts for 259 yards, while Reilly completed 13 of 27 passes for 222 yards.


    The Riders’ offence worked their way down the field on their opening drive after a 24-yard catch from Kenny Shaw and a couple hard runs from Tre Mason gave the team momentum. A 17-yard catch and run from Marcus Thigpen set the offence up with a 1st-and-goal, but Edmonton’s defence stood their ground to force a field goal. Lauther knocked the 23-yard kick through to give the Riders the early lead.


    Edmonton quickly tied the game after Reilly hit Duke Williams with an accurate strike for 30 yards to help put the team in position for a field goal. Whyte made the 32-yard kick to tie the game at three apiece. The 32-year-old kicker also added an 18-yard field goal on the next drive to give the team the lead after a defensive penalty on Edmonton helped put the Riders in position.


    Saksatchewan’s defence applied constant pressure on Reilly throughout the first half, and the veteran passer was forced to scramble and gain yards with his legs in order to escape. Reilly led his team in rushing on the day as a result, gaining 57 yards on 8 carries.


    The Riders’ defence came up with a big play in the second quarter when defensive back Ed Gainey jumped in front of a pass intended for Kenny Stafford and made the interception. Gainey returned the ball 34 yards to midfield to set the Riders up with solid field position. Collaros dropped back and found Kyran Moore for a 21-yard pickup a couple plays later , but the Esks’ defence stood strong once again and prevented the Riders from converting the turnover into points.


    Charleston Hughes helped get the ball back for the Riders near the end of the opening half when he recorded his league-leading 16th sack of the season, but once again there was no room for Collaros to make a play against the stout Edmonton defence.


    The Esks’ defence would add a turnover of their own when defensive lineman Alex Bazzie got through the Riders’ line to sack Collaros and force the fumble. Linebacker Adam Konar recovered the ball, and Edmonton capitalized with a 42-yard field goal from Whyte that gave the team a 9-6 lead before the half.


    Saskatchewan managed to tie the game on their opening drive of the second half when Lauther made a 43-yard field goal, but the Esks answered right back after two quick first down plays from Williams set up a 45-yard field goal from Whyte, putting Edmonton up 12-9.


    Both defences refused to give up any significant ground in the second half. The Riders added their second interception of the game when heavy pressure on Reilly forced an errant pass to sail into the hands of defensive back Nick Marshall.


    Marshall returned the pick 16 yards to set up Collaros and company, and the quarterback quickly found receiver Shaq Evans for an 18-yard gain through the air as the third quarter came to a close. But the Esks’ defence stood strong and forced the Riders to settle for a 50-yard field goal attempt that fell well short of the mark.


    Edmonton appeared to be in position to win the game after defensive back Mercy Maston got picked off Collaros in the fourth quarter, but Edmonton’s ensuing offensive drive ended abruptly as a result of Jefferson’s impressive game-winning play. Reilly barely got the pass off before taking a hit, and the pass went directly into the hands of Jefferson as he took off down the field in full stride.


    The play was challenged by Edmonton for roughing the passer, but the touchdown stood, securing the victory for Saskatchewan.


    Week 18 will see the Riders will travel to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Saturday, while the Esks will host the Ottawa REDBLACKS on Saturday.
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    Sept.& Oct. Picks................and Best Bets


    10/08/2018 3-1-0 75.00% +9.50
    10/06/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    10/05/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/30/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/29/2018 2-2-0 50.00% -1.00
    09/28/2018 2-0-0 100.00% +10.00
    09/22/2018 4-2-0 66.66% +9.00
    09/21/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    09/07/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    09/03/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    09/02/2018 1-0-1 100.00% +5.00




    TOTALS.........12-13-1........48.00%......-11.50




    DATE.....................ATS.................UNITS ...................O/U..................UNITS..............TOTAL


    10/08/2018..........2 - 0.................+10.00................1 - 1..................-0.50................+9.50
    10/06/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................0 - 1..................-5.50................-11.00
    10/05/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 1..................-5.50................-0.50
    09/30/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 1..................-5.50................-0.50
    09/29/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00..................2 - 0.................+10.00.............-1.00
    09/28/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................1 - 0..................+5.00..............+10.00
    09/22/2018..........3 - 0.................+15.00................1 - 2...................-6.00...............+9.00
    09/21/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................1 - 0..................+5.00...............-0.50
    09/07/2018..........0 - 1.................-5.50...................0 - 1...................-5.50...............-11.00
    09/03/2018..........0 - 2.................-11.00.................1 - 1...................-0.50...............-11.50
    09/02/2018..........1 - 0.................+5.00..................0 - 0..................+0.00..............+5.00




    TOTALS................9 - 7..................+6.50..................7 - 8...................-9.00................-2.50
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    WEEK 18

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:30 PM Hamilton Tiger Cats Toronto Argonauts


    Saturday, October 13, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    2:00 PM Saskatchewan Roughriders Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    5:00 PM Ottawa Redblacks Edmonton Eskimos
    8:00 PM British Columbia Lions Calgary Stampeders




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    WEST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV


    1 Calgary x 14 12 2 0 24 430 270 7-0-0 5-2-0 4-2-0


    2 Saskatchewan 15 10 5 0 20 386 373 5-3-0 5-2-0 5-2-0

    3 Winnipeg 15 8 7 0 16 466 365 4-3-0 4-4-0 2-5-0

    4 BC 14 7 7 0 14 330 359 6-1-0 1-6-0 2-4-0

    5 Edmonton 15 7 8 0 14 383 389 5-2-0 2-6-0 4-4-0




    EAST DIVISION


    RK TEAM GP W L T PTS F A HOME AWAY DIV


    1 Ottawa x 14 8 6 0 16 359 333 4-3-0 4-3-0 3-2-0


    2 Hamilton x 14 7 7 0 14 407 341 4-3-0 3-4-0 3-1-0

    3 Toronto 14 3 11 0 6 304 440 3-4-0 0-7-0 1-3-0


    4 Montreal 15 3 12 0 6 253 448 1-7-0 2-5-0 2-3-0
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 18
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    The extended Week 17 schedule due to Canada’s Thanksgiving holiday started with Winnipeg’s thrilling 40-32 victory over Ottawa in overtime on Friday night. The action shifted to British Columbia on Saturday night and the Lions squeezed out a 26-23 win against Toronto as a seven-point favorite.


    Monday’s holiday doubleheader started with Calgary grinding out a 12-6 road win against Montreal as a heavy 13 -point favorite. Saskatchewan remained the hottest team in the CFL right now with a 19-12 victory over Edmonton as a 3 -point favorite at home.


    Friday, Oct. 12


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-7 SU, 6-7-1 ATS) at Toronto Argonauts (3-11 SU, 6-8 ATS)

    Point-spread: Hamilton -7
    Total: 52


    Game Overview


    Ottawa’s loss combined with a Week 16 bye has the Tiger-Cats a game back in the East Division title race. They have already beaten Toronto once in a 42-28 romp on Sept. 3 as nine-point home favorites. The total went OVER 51 points in that game and it has gone OVER or ended as a PUSH in their last five outings. Hamilton is averaging 29.1 points per game as the third-highest scoring team in the CFL.


    The Argonauts’ extended straight-up losing streak reached six games and it was just the second time they covered against the spread during this slide. The total stayed UNDER the closing 52-point line against the Lions after going OVER in their previous four games. Toronto is 3-1 ATS in its last four home games with the total going OVER in four of its last five games played at home.


    Betting Trends


    -- Hamilton has a 7-2 edge ATS in its last nine road games against the Argonauts and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Toronto.




    Saturday, Oct. 13


    Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-5 SU, 8-7 ATS) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-7 SU, 8-6-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Winnipeg -3
    Total: 53


    Game Overview


    Saskatchewan has just one SU loss in its last eight games with Monday’s win against Edmonton. This was the first time the Roughriders were able to cover in their last four games and the total stayed UNDER for the first time in their last six contests. Defensive end Willie Jefferson returned a late fourth-quarter interception 49 yards for a score in Monday’s come-from-behind victory.


    The Blue Bombers helped their postseason plans with Friday’s win while extending their current winning streak to three games both SU and ATS. This followed a four-game losing streak (SU and ATS) in what has been a wild roller-coaster ride since early August. Matt Nichols threw for 265 yards and three touchdowns against Ottawa and, on the year, he has completed 64.5 percent of his 341 passing attempts for 2,633 yards and 15 scores.


    Betting Trends


    -- Saskatchewan has already won a home-and-home series against Winnipeg both SU and ATS heading into the third meeting this season between the two West Division foes. It won the first two meetings by a combined score of 63-50 and the total went OVER in each of those games.


    Ottawa RedBlacks (8-6 SU, 6-8 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (7-8 SU, 6-9 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -3
    Total: 51


    Game Overview


    Despite Friday’s loss to Winnipeg, the RedBlacks still clinched a playoff berth in the East. The total went OVER 52 points in that game after staying UNDER in four of their previous six games. Trevor Harris played one of his better games of the year last Friday night with 349 yards passing and three scoring strikes against no interceptions. William Powell turned in another strong effort running the ball with 95 yards on 14 carries.


    Edmonton is currently on the outside looking in when it comes to the CFL playoff picture in the West. Mike Reilly was picked off three times in Monday’s loss and he completed just 48.1 percent of his 27 passing attempts on the day. This was the Eskimos’ third loss in a row both SU and ATS. The total has stayed UNDER in all three setbacks after this once potent offense was held to a combined 30 points.


    Betting Trends


    -- Edmonton has won eight of its last nine home games against Ottawa SU. It has a 6-3 edge ATS and the total has gone OVER in six of those nine meetings.


    British Columbia Lions (7-7 AU, 8-6 ATS) at Calgary Stampeders (12-2 SU, 8-6 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary-10
    Total: 49


    Game Overview


    The Lions are right in the thick of things for a playoff berth in the jumbled West Division standings. With Saturday’s win, they are 4-1 SU in their last five games with a 3-2 record ATS. With the total staying UNDER against Toronto, it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of BC’s last nine games. Jonathon Jennings continues to get the call at quarterback for an injured Travis Lulay on an offense that is averaging 23.6 PPG.


    Calgary’s lead over Saskatchewan in the West sits at a game and half, so it still needs to win on Saturday to stay on track for another division title. There has to be some concern with Monday’s effort, but for some reason Montreal always plays the Stampeders’ tough. This is still a team that is averaging 30.7 points per game behind Bo Levi Mitchel at quarterback while holding opposing teams to 19.3 PPG.


    Betting Trends


    -- Calgary beat BC 27-18 in early August as a 12 -point home favorite to extend its SU winning streak against the Lions to five games. The total stayed UNDER 49 points in that game and it has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings.
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