CFL: Week 14 Preview

TAKING DOWN THE COMPETITION: The BC Lions have been steam rolling the rest of the CFL all season.

Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (+1, 58)
The Als have rattled off six wins in seven opportunities in order to assume the top spot in the East Division where they hold a four-point advantage over Toronto heading into play this week. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo has thrown for no less than 329 yards and has a total of 10 touchdowns over his last four games against the Tiger-Cats, but Montreal failed to cover in each of those contests.

Hamilton has only one victory in its last seven games and sits four games under .500 despite leading the league in scoring (30 points per game). Quarterback Henry Burris’ 27 TD passes are also tops in the league, but it hasn’t been enough because of a crumbling defence that ranks dead last in the CFL in preventing points (31.8 ppg).

Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders (-6.5, 46.5)
The Edmonton Eskimos have serious injury concerns at quarterback. Both regular starter Steven Jyles and backup Kerry Joseph are dealing with injuries and have been inconsistent when healthy this season. Third-stringer Matt Nichols was awarded the majority of practice time at QB this week and could get the nod Friday.

Not only did the Stampeders have their four-game winning streak snapped by Saskatchewan last week, but RB Jon Cornish was fined by the league for “mooning” some Rider fans in the process. Calgary head coach John Hufnagel said he will also discipline Cornish, who has racked up 1,118 yards from scrimmage this season, for his outlandish behaviour. Whether that action has any bearing on his playing time this week remains to be seen. The Stampeders are 1-4 ATS in their last five home games.

Toronto Argonauts at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-3, 50.5)
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers try to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season when they welcome the Toronto Argonauts Saturday. The Bombers snapped a four-game slide last week with a 34-12 victory over Hamilton, but Winnipeg (3-9) is still in last place in the East with just six points.

Argonauts first-year head coach Scott Milanovich announced Jarious Jackson as his starting QB this weekend because of the injury suffered by first-stringer Ricky Ray against Montreal last week. Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.

BC Lions at Saskatchewan Roughriders (+3, 48)
The Lions try for a fourth straight win this weekend when they clash with the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Mosaic Stadium. Quarterback Travis Lulay threw for 260 yards and a TD in last week’s win over Edmonton, which means he has tossed at least one score in every game this season and 23 in a row dating back to last season.

Roughriders QB Darian Durant hasn’t enjoyed much success against BC in his career. The signal-caller hasn’t thrown a single TD pass and has been picked off five times over his last four matchups with the Lions, who are 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings with Saskatchewan. The under is 4-0 in the last four meetings between the clubs.