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    ESKS, RIDERS SET TO OPEN PRE-SEASON IN EDMONTON


    EDMONTON — As the lights go on, the battle only intensifies.

    That was the message from Head Coach Jason Maas, whose Edmonton Eskimos are set to take on the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the first pre-season game of 2018 Sunday night at the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton.

    Both West Division foes have had plenty of competition already since training opened exactly one week ago, but there’s something about live game action, under the bright lights and against a real opponent, that just can’t be captured in practice.

    “The best form of competition is against other people on the field playing football,” Maas told Esks.com. “We don’t do that in practice. You can’t tackle, you can’t see the aggression. You can’t see the finish that you can see when the lights are on.”

    Sentimentally, Sunday’s contest is the start of a journey the Eskimos hope will come full circle in November, when the city hosts the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw. Of course, when that happens in six months’ time, many of the roughly 85 players expected to dress for Sunday’s game will not be with the club.

    Maas will use pre-season game No. 1 to see validate what he’s seen in camp and come closer to shaping his roster for the regular season.

    “People are going to rise to the occasion and that’s what pre-season games are all about. Guys make teams by pre-season games, there’s no doubt about it. It’s a validation of what you saw in practice.”

    With the Esks getting the bye in the third week of pre-season, and their finale coming on Friday night, Maas says he plans to use his starters the majority of the first half.

    Mike Reilly, who appears unlikely to play on Friday, gets the start on Sunday night but is expected to go less than a quarter.

    “If he goes out and plays a great couple of series he probably won’t play after that,” Maas said of the CFL’s reigning Most Outstanding Player. “But I’m looking at the guys we’re counting on, or the guys who came into camp with jobs who — after the first week — still looked really good. They’re going to be in there for the half.”

    The Eskimos appear to have the majority of their defensive starters in the lineup on Sunday night, including highly-touted sophomore Kwaku Boateng at defensive end along with corner Arjen Colquhoun, who missed some time earlier in camp with an injury. JC Sherritt, who suffered a season-ending injury in the opener last year, is starting at middle linebacker.

    On the O-line, the Eskimos have moved American tackle Colin Kelly into the departed Joel Figueroa‘s old spot, with Kelvin Palmer and Tommy Draheim battling for the right tackle position.

    Bryant Mitchell is not in the lineup for the Eskimos due to an apparent injury, while sophomore Duke Williams is slated to line up in the slot on Sunday after spending most of his rookie season as a field wideout. Sophomore Canadian Nate Behar, who’s expected to compete for a starting job, is not in the lineup.

    With the Eskimos lining up their starters in front of the home fans, Riders head coach/general manager Chris Jones is going to see many of his backups and fringe players get a true test in Sunday’s pre-season opener.

    Big-ticket off-season acquisition Zach Collaros will not play for the Riders, nor will Canadian quarterback Brandon Bridge, as David Watford gets his first game action at quarterback in nearly three years. Watford, now in his second season with the Green and White, converted to receiver with the Philadelphia Eagles before returning to his roots as a passer in the three-down game.

    The list of who’s not playing for the Riders in their first pre-season game is more telling than the list of players who are. Jovon Johnson, Willie Jefferson, Charleston Hughes, Ed Gainey, Zack Evans, Eddie Steele and Crezdon Butler are among defensive regulars who won’t play, while Chad Owens, Rob Bagg and newly-signed running back Jerome Messam are missing from the offence.

    Jones said Sunday will be about evaluating Canadians and he also specifically mentioned three-technique defensive tackles, but you can bet he’ll be keeping an eye on the three quarterbacks as well. Watford, Marquise Williams and B.J. Daniels are in competition for developmental roles behind Bridge and Collaros on the depth chart.

    “It’s fun to be able to go and compete against somebody else and see all the work you put in in the off-season and just like always,” Jones told Riderville.com. “There’s going to be somebody we have high expectations for who doesn’t quite reach what we think and then vice-versa. There are going to be some hard decisions coming down the road.”

    Watford, specifically, has drawn positive reviews for his camp performance.

    “He’s had a really good camp,” said Jones. “He’s a guy that a couple of years ago when he first came out of college we tried him out — he ran a 4.5 and was a tremendous athlete, had a great arm. We look forward to seeing what he brings as a quarterback.”

    Sunday’s starting quarterback for the Riders, meanwhile, is looking forward to seeing his first live action.

    “I may look like I’m chill right now, but on the inside I’m so happy,” Watford told the team’s official website. “I’m thankful. I’ve been praying about this for a long time.

    “Actually getting hit, being able to drive the ball down the field, scoring touchdowns,” he added. “Just that live element of it, it’s different being in practice than in an actual game. It’ll add more fun to it, being able to go out there with the guys, lead them down the field, score touchdowns.”

    Terran Vaughn, who’s competing to start at left tackle for the Riders, gets the start on Sunday night, while Marcus Thigpen, suspended for the first two games of the season, will see shares at running back along with former NFL runner Zac Stacy.

    It’s unknown how long they’ll play, but the Riders have their top three receivers listed as starters in Naaman Roosevelt, Bakari Grant and Duron Carter.

    Kickoff is at 5 p.m. ET and can be seen live on TSN.
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    POSITION BATTLES: 20 TO WATCH IN TRAINING CAMP

    TORONTO — For CFL players, the six-month road to the Grey Cup can be grueling and full of hurdles both mental and physical in nature.

    Despite how long it feels though, don’t let anyone tell you it’s a marathon. While a select handful of veterans have the luxury of job security going into the season, the sprint has begun for anyone trying to win a roster spot.

    From the quarterback competition in Montreal to potential starting running back jobs in Calgary and BC, CFL.ca takes a look at 20 position battles to watch throughout training camp.

    1. Quarterback, Montreal Alouettes

    In the Running: Drew Willy, Josh Freeman, Matthew Shiltz, Antonio Pipkin, Garrett Fugate

    The Favourite: Drew Willy

    The battle everyone’s anticipated this spring could have an anti-climactic ending if Drew Willy takes the starting quarterback job in Montreal. But that’s the safe pick, as the learning curve is significant for former NFL hand Josh Freeman while the Als may want to give Matt Shiltz a little more seasoning.

    Many believe the Als have a talented roster but the question mark is at quarterback, which is why all eyes will be on the only true battle for a number one QB position this training camp.

    2. Running back, Calgary Stampeders

    The Participants: Terry Williams, Dominique Williams, Don Jackson, Romar Morris, Rushel Shell III

    The Favourite: Terry Williams

    When asked about the possibility of bringing in recently-released veteran John White, Stamps head coach Dave Dickenson said he wouldn’t rule out anything, but he likes the guys he’s got. American running backs are a dime a dozen but Dickenson is hoping he can find someone special to replace the departed Canadian Jerome Messam.

    Terry Williams has the advantage going into camp considering his experience and what he did in his only career start last year, rushing for 156 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout win over the Als. His speed could bring a different dimension to the Stampeder offence, although first he’ll have to claim the No. 1 job.

    3. Middle linebacker, Toronto Argonauts

    The Participants: Bear Woods, Taylor Reed

    The Favourite: Toss-up

    Jim Popp is collecting linebackers for his new defensive coordinator Mike Archer, as the Argos try to sustain success with the defence that played an unheralded role in capturing the 105th Grey Cup. All signals point to competition between Bear Woods and Taylor Reed at the middle linebacker position, although whoever ends up losing could factor in at WILL along with Terrance Plummer and Khalil Bass.

    The Argos’ linebacker situation is cloudy to say the least, with Woods and Reed both signing with the team at around the same time this off-season. Do the Boatmen go with the sure-handed field general in Woods or the younger-but-also-proven Reed?

    4. Boundary corner, Saskatchewan Roughriders

    The Participants: Chris Lyles, Jeremy Cutrer, Rudy Johnson, Nick Marshall, Orlandus Harris

    The Favourite: Chris Lyles

    Some had earmarked John Ojo for this position when he signed over a month ago, but the former all-star defensive back was cut on Tuesday morning. The battle for the boundary is a key one on Chris Jones’ defence, as the Riders’ coach would surely like to avoid having to rely too much on top receiver Duron Carter at the position.

    So far in camp we haven’t seen much if any of Carter there, while the veteran Chris Lyles has emerged as the early favourite. Chris Jones will look for strong, rangy defenders to fill the spot previously occupied by Kacy Rodgers.

    5. Left tackle, Edmonton Eskimos

    The Participants: Chauncey Briggs, Tommie Draheim, Kevin Palmer, Andrew Peterson

    The Favourite: Chauncey Briggs

    Kevin Palmer and the recently-signed Tommie Draheim come with CFL experience, but it was 23-year-old rookie Chauncey Briggs getting the first look in camp as the Esks look to fill Joel Figueroa‘s old spot. Choosing a replacement for one of the CFL’s best tackles will be critical for the Eskimos, who look to continue protecting their Most Outstanding Player in quarterback Mike Reilly.

    While Colin Kelly could shift to left tackle and Matt O’Donnell to right tackle, the Eskimos have the ratio flexibility to start two Americans on their O-line. It appears Brock Sunderland is trusting his American scouting to unearth a young gem in lieu of older, more expensive options.

    6. Running back, BC Lions

    The Participants: Jeremiah Johnson, Brandon Rutley, Travon Van

    The Favourite: Jeremiah Johnson

    The life of a running back in pro football can be perilous to say the least. Just look at Jeremiah Johnson, who could be fighting for a job just a year after being considered one of the most talented backs in the CFL.

    Ed Hervey has signaled his intentions at the running back position by bringing in Brandon Rutley via trade and signing recently-released Travon Van. It’s still up in the air who will be the top ball-handler on the west coast.

    7. Backup quarterback, Calgary Stampeders

    The Participants: Nick Arbuckle, Larry Brihl, Tyler Rogers, Ricky Stanzi

    The Favourite: Ricky Stanzi

    Andrew Buckley‘s retirement just before the start of camp has left the Stampeders scrambling for a No. 2 option for franchise quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. Ricky Stanzi competed for that job with Buckley last year and lost, making him the most logical choice to be the backup. But he’ll see plenty of competition.

    While Tyler Rogers and Larry Brihl signed up late, Nick Arbuckle should have the best chance to push Stanzi for the job. The Stamps have looked at the 24-year-old Arbuckle in the past and he’s finally getting his chance. Interestingly, the Stampeders have opted against bringing in an experienced backup like Mitchell Gale, Rakeem Cato or the recently-released Jeff Mathews.

    8. Left tackle, Saskatchewan Roughriders

    The Participants: Takoby Cofield, Jarvis Harrison, Terran Vaughn

    The Favourite: Terran Vaughn

    By starting a third American O-lineman in Travis Bond at guard, the Riders hope to enjoy the same success as division rival Winnipeg last year. Chris Jones has strength in numbers up front, but it won’t mean much if he can’t find a solid option at left tackle following the departure of Bruce Campbell.

    Terran Vaughn, 24, appears to be the early favourite to take the job, but keep an eye on that spot over the next week as the Riders look to do everything they can to protect their biggest investment, new quarterback Zach Collaros.

    9. WILL linebacker, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    The Participants: Jovan Santos-Knox, Ian Wild

    The Favourite: Jovan Santos-Knox

    All off-season, when reporters asked if the Bombers would bring in Henoc Muamba, Kyle Walters and Mike O’Shea maintained their trust in Jovan Santos-Knox. The signing of Adam Bighill shores up the middle linebacker spot in Winnipeg, but Santos-Knox is still in the running for a job at WILL linebacker.

    The pressure is on for both Santos-Knox and the veteran Ian Wild, who appear to be in competition for the WILL linebacker position.

    10. Wide receiver, Edmonton Eskimos

    The Participants: Vidal Hazleton, Juron Criner, Kenny Stafford, Torrance Gibson, Shaq Hill, Keevan Lucas, Miles Shuler

    The Favourite: Vidal Hazelton

    The field is much bigger than pictured, as no receiver spots are safe outside of Derel Walker‘s. But it makes sense for the Eskimos to keep Duke Williams at his field wideout spot and plug in Bryant Mitchell in the slot, leaving the boundary receiver position up for grabs.

    If that’s how it plays out, Vidal Hazelton is left to compete with veterans Juron Criner and Kenny Stafford along with a handful of rookies. The always-talented Hazelton might have the edge but he’ll have to put in a productive camp to keep his job.

    11. Defensive backs, BC Lions


    The Participants: Too many to count

    The Favourite: No clear favourite

    The most complicated position battle resides in Vancouver, where it’s hard to pick out a lock among the six starting defensive back positions if you include the SAM. On paper, Anthony Thompson is the safety, Otha Foster is the SAM and T.J. Lee is in at half, but Ed Hervey has a mix of veterans and newcomers in camp and he’s hoping the odds play in his favour.

    Kendall James and Anthony Orange (formerly known as A.J. Jefferson) may be penciled in early as starters at the corner positions while Marcell Young, Garry Peters and Winston Rose could be competing for the open spot at half. Solomon Means is also throwing his hat in the ring.

    12. Backup quarterback, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    The Participants: Alex Ross, Chris Streveler, Zack Mahoney

    The Favourite: Alex Ross

    Even with just one year next to his name, Alex Ross may be the Bombers’ second-string quarterback by default following the departure of Darian Durant. He was supposed to compete to be the team’s developmental third-stringer, but now he’s the most sensible backup due to his experience.

    Chris Streveler has talent but is just 23 and too raw to be thrown into the fire, while Canadian Zack Mahoney is likely fighting for a chance just to stay on the roster after going undrafted.

    13. Receiver, Ottawa REDBLACKS

    The Participants: Chance Allen, Linell Bonner III, Seth Coate, Kieren Duncan, Richard Mullaney, Dominique Rhymes, RJ Shelton, Noel Thomas

    The Favourite: No clear favourite

    Greg Ellingson and Diontae Spencer are the only returning internationals penciled in as starters for the REDBLACKS, opening up some intriguing competition following the departures of Juron Criner, Kenny Shaw and Josh Stangby.

    One of the CFL’s highest-octane offences is hoping to unearth some new young talent at receiver, with the returning but mostly-unknown Dominique Rhymes leading the charge for one of likely a few starting jobs.

    14. Quarterback, Hamilton Tiger-Cats


    The Participants: Dane Evans, Bryant Moniz, Johnny Manziel, Vernon Adams Jr.

    The Favourite: It’s complicated

    The Hamilton Tiger-Cats didn’t bring in Johnny Manziel to ride the pine for two years. With that said, he’ll have to take his time to reach a minimum level of comfort with the three-down game before being ready to play.

    Dane Evans and Bryant Moniz are competing just to make the team, while Manziel and Vernon Adams Jr., considered by some to be one of the league’s most intriguing prospect, will be dueling to become the second-string quarterback to Jeremiah Masoli — at least for now.

    15. Wide receiver, Toronto Argonauts

    The Participants: Bralon Addison, Jonathan Epps, Christopher Harper, Tobais Palmer, Rodney Smith, Brian Tyms, Cole Watson, Chandler Worthy

    The Favourite: Brian Tyms

    Jeff Fuller (released) and DeVier Posey (NFL) are out, while S.J. Green and Armanti Edwards are on the wrong side of 30 so the Argos are stocking up on young international receivers. The Argos have started two internationals out wide before at X and Z, and have the ratio-flexibility to go that route again.

    There’s some talent in Argos camp, but keep an eye on Brian Tyms, who essentially red-shirted his time with the Argos after arriving part way through the year. He’s high on talent but so far hasn’t turned that into production, but working in Marc Trestman’s offence could change that.

    16. Defensive tackle, Ottawa REDBLACKS

    The Participants: Michael Klassen, Daryl Waud

    The Favourite: Daryl Waud

    The departure of Zack Evans opens what is literally a gigantic hole in the figurative heart of the REDBLACKS defence. Looking to stay national at that spot, it appears Rick Campbell will turn to either Daryl Waud or Michael Klassen.

    Waud is an intriguing name. Once one of the most highly-touted draft prospects, the former Western defensive lineman was picked in the second round of the CFL Draft before turning down an NFL contract with the Washington Redskins to sign with the Argos. With some better injury luck Waud could become a steal for Marcel Desjardins.

    17. WILL linebacker, Calgary Stampeders

    The Participants: Jameer Thurman, Maleki Harris, Wynton McManis, Dwayne Norman, Keith Reineke, Tyler Stoddard

    The Favourite: Jameer Thurman

    It was believed that Jameer Thurman would be penciled in as the starter after thriving as the starting WILL linebacker last season, but Dave Dickenson has raved about his depth at the position, which has been left open after the retirement of seasoned veteran Deron Mayo.

    The incumbent Thurman has to be the early favourite, but the Stampeders’ American scouting is part of what’s helped them dominate the league over the last decade or so, and it appears Dickenson and GM John Hufnagel have a few ideas up their sleeves this training camp.

    18. Field wideout, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

    The Participants: Drew Wolitarsky, Tylor Henry, Daniel Petermann, Tyrone Pierre, Rashaun Simonise, Brendon Thera-Plamondon

    The Favourite: Drew Wolitarsky

    It’s no secret that the Bombers plan to start two Canadian receivers on offence, with one of those spots occupied by newcomer Nic Demski. Former supplemental draft pick Drew Wolitarsky seems to have the inside track on the job, but a talented crop of rookies could make for a difficult decision from the coaching staff.

    Rashaun Simonise is the big name here. The former University of Calgary receiver is considered a bit raw after being out of football for the last year, but he’s been in an NFL camp with the Cincinnati Bengals and has the highest upside of any Canadian receiver on the roster aside from perhaps Demski.

    19. Offensive line, Montreal Alouettes

    The Participants: Sean Jamieson, Trey Rutherford, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain

    The Favourite: Sean Jamieson

    All off-season it looked like the Als planned to start two Americans on the O-line, with Xavier Fulton slated to line up opposite of Jovan Olafioye. The script was flipped when Olafioye was released, leaving more questions than answers on Montreal’s front five.

    It appears the Als will start four Canadians on the offensive line, with Philip Blake moving from guard to tackle, Kristian Matte moving to centre, Ryan Bomben at left guard and an open competition at right guard. Sean Jamieson may be the front-runner but second-overall pick Trey Rutherford should state his case.

    20. Receiver, Montreal Alouettes


    The Participants: T.J. Graham, Eugene Lewis, Jack Bramswig, Alton Howard, Jamal Robinson

    The Favourite: T.J. Graham, Eugene Lewis

    Kavis Reed has built up a solid cast of national starters in his year as a general manager, and the payout could be seen on the offensive side of the ball, specifically at the receiver position. The Als could start as many as six American receivers, leaving room for up to three more starters outside of B.J. Cunningham, Chris Williams and Ernest Jackson (although it’s believed George Johnson will start at field wideout, making it five international receivers starting in total).

    T.J. Graham, Eugene Lewis, Jack Bramswig, Alton Howard and Jamal Robinson are internationals competing for starting roles this week in camp, with Graham and Lewis holding the edge in experience coming into camp.
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    ESKS IMPRESS IN PRE-SEASON OPENING WIN OVER RIDERS


    EDMONTON — Mike Reilly was nearly perfect while C.J. Gable, Shaq Cooper and Jordan Robinson each rushed for a touchdown, leading the Edmonton Eskimos past the Saskatchewan Roughriders 35-12 in the first game of the pre-season.

    The Esks’ starters had a short but efficient day, most of them leaving the game after Duke Williams’ 20-yard touchdown put them ahead 14-0 after just two possessions.

    Zach Kline added another major on a quarterback sneak, as the Eskimos took care of a Riders team missing many of its regulars with relative ease on a clear, sunny May afternoon at the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.

    Kevin Glenn saw his first action with the Eskimos and also threw the most passes for the team, completing 10 of 13 attempts for 131 yards, while Robinson, with the help of his 37-yard touchdown scamper, had a game-high 47 rushing yards.

    With Zach Collaros and Brandon Bridge watching from the sideline, David Watford started for the Riders but completed less than half his attempts, going 8-of-17 for 87 yards and a pick in 30 minutes of action.

    While Reilly picked up where he left off after the best season of his career, the Riders’ defence struggled with penalties out of the gate, going offside three times and taking two other infractions for illegal contact and face masking.

    The league’s reigning Most Outstanding Player took advantage of the penalty-aided opening drive, completing four of his five passes and eventually setting up a three-yard touchdown run by Gable.

    The first drive in nearly three years for Watford, who’s back at quarterback after spending time in the NFL as a receiver, resulted in a quick two-and-out, putting the ball back in the hands of the Eskimos’ offence. And like clockwork, the Eskimos were back in the end zone when Reilly connected with Williams, making it 14-0 Eskimos.

    That was all Head Coach Jason Maas needed to see from his franchise quarterback, with Reilly leaving the game after going 5-of-6 for 69 yards and a touchdown.

    As the Eskimos turned to some of their backups, with roughly 85 players dressed for the team’s first pre-season game of 2018, the Riders began to chip away at the deficit. Watford mostly held his own through most of the first half, completing roughly half of his passing attempts and setting up three consecutive field goals by Brett Lauther — including a 55-yarder — to make it 14-9.

    But after getting away with a couple of close calls, Watford airmailed a second-down passing attempt and was intercepted by Johnny Adams, who returned it to the Saskatchewan 44 with just over a minute left in the half.

    The turnover set up the first points of the game for Glenn, whose 29-yard completion to slippery return-man Jamill Smith set up an impressive 11-yard touchdown run by Cooper, extending the Eskimos’ lead t0 21-9 heading into the break.

    With Marquise Williams in the game for the Riders, former NFL back Zac Stacy made his first impression, running for 18 yards and then adding another 20 through the air on back-to-back gains. The drive would stall, leading to Lauther’s fourth field goal of the game and cutting the deficit to 21-12.

    In a game with so many new names, Eskimos linebacker Gerald Rivers made sure his was well-known after recording back-to-back sacks on Williams deep in the Riders’ end. That set up the longest run of the game, as Robinson found a crease and sprinted 37 yards to cushion the Eskimos’ lead.

    After Danny O’Brien handled the third quarter for the Esks, Kline stepped in for the fourth. On the heels of a Stacy fumble, Kline connected with 2018 draft pick Harry McMaster for a 25-year pickup to the one, eventually setting up a quarterback sneak to make it 35-12.

    O’Brien, who’s battling to be the third-string quarterback behind Reilly and Glenn, completed two of his seven passing attempts in the game.


    Derel Walker, the Eskimos’ top receiver coming into 2018 after the departures of Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman, had a game-high 38 yards on just one catch, while the sophomore Williams finished with three grabs for 37 yards.

    Cooper, who’s been highly-touted throughout camp for the Eskimos, rushed for 36 yards on four carries and added another 34 through the air for a total of 70 yards on seven touches.

    Sean Whyte missed a 40-yard field goal for the Eskimos on his only attempt of the game late in the first half.

    Eli Jenkins, the fifth quarterback to enter the game for the Esks, took on mop-up duty with under three minutes remaining.

    For the Riders, Head Coach Chris Jones said he’d have a close eye on the quarterbacks on Sunday, with three of them battling for the third-string job behind Collaros and Bridge. But it wasn’t pretty for any of them, with Williams completing just three of his seven attempts for 32 yards and an interception, followed by B.J. Daniels going 9-for-20 for 133 yards.

    Aside from the fumble, Stacy made a case for himself to get carries when Marcus Thigpen (suspended) is missing to start the season, finishing with 62 yards from scrimmage on nine touches, including a pair of receptions.

    Former Auburn quarterback Nick Williams, who’s vying for a job as a defensive back with the Riders, had an interception on Esks pivot O’Brien.

    Duron Carter was held without a reception in a half of action, but did make an impact on defence with a couple of big hits, including one to hold Juron Criner to a three-yard gain late in the first half.

    Thigpen, who’s suspended for the first two games of the regular season following a positive drug test, looked as explosive as ever with four touches and 54 yards.

    The Esks are back in action on Friday night when they wrap up their pre-season in Winnipeg, while the Riders have to wait until June 8 to finish theirs when they host the Calgary Stampeders.
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    Manziel watches a lot, throws a little
    May 20, 2018

    HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) Johnny Manziel spent much of the first day of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' training camp as an observer.

    The 2012 Heisman Trophy winner watched a lot of the session Sunday, a day after signing with the Canadian Football league club. Manziel threw while working with the five other quarterbacks and did short tosses to receivers, but knelt off to the side or stood with quarterbacks coach Dan Morrison during 1-on-1 pass drills and 7-on-7 sessions at Ron Joyce Stadium.

    ''That's because he doesn't know the terminology, he doesn't know anything,'' Tiger-Cats coach June Jones said. ''Dan was walking through each route as it was called. But (on Monday) guess what? We're going to walk in and start taking a couple.''

    Manziel has plenty to learn about Canadian football. Standing on the field for the first time only served to further drive that point home.

    ''Spacing is a little bit different on the defensive side if I had to look at anything,'' Manziel said. ''On offense, I've never ran this many routes that are predicated off of one defender ... every route has an opportunity to break three or four different ways, which is different.

    ''But I think it gives you the versatility and offensive weapons to be able to attack coverages more intensely than it would just running a fixed route. I know it's going to take some time but now I see it more-so and my expectations are tempered.''

    Hamilton's other quarterbacks include starter Jeremiah Masoli, CFL veterans Vernon Adams Jr., and Bryant Moniz along with youngsters Dane Evans and Chris Merchant of the Vanier Cup-champion Western Mustangs.

    Jones said the Ticats aren't waiting for Johnny Football to become familiar with their offensive terminology and schemes.

    ''He's got to catch up because we've got guys in there and he will,'' Jones said. ''We have plenty of time in camp. I'd say in 2 1/2 weeks he'll have a handle on everything.''

    The 25-year-old former Texas A&M star was selected in the first round - No. 22 overall - by the Cleveland Browns in the 2014 NFL draft. He was released in March 2016 after posting a 2-6 record over two tumultuous campaigns.

    Manziel actively pursued an NFL contract this offseason, throwing during pro days at both Texas A&M and the University of San Diego, and participating in The Spring League - a development circuit for players overlooked by the NFL.

    He has dealt with several off-field issues. In 2016, a domestic assault charge against Manziel in Dallas was dismissed after he took an anger management course and participated in the NFL's substance-abuse program. In a recent interview, he said he's been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and has stopped drinking.

    The CFL approved the signing, saying that in December it began the process to determine if Manziel could join the league. Manziel had to meet certain conditions, including an assessment by an independent expert on domestic violence, a review by legal counsel and a discussion with Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.

    ''I've been very upfront with my past and the fact that I haven't been perfect by any means,'' Manziel said. ''Obviously, the magnitude of my mistakes in the past are something I'm definitely not proud of but at the end of the day I feel like I've come a long way from that person that I was at that time.

    ''I feel I've grown a lot and feel through the mistakes I've made they've turned me into a better person, they've turned me into a man. I'll never be able to outrun my past . . . the only thing I can do is grow and hopefully be a better person moving forward and I have every intention of doing that.''
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    2018 West Division Outlook
    June 1, 2018


    East Division Outlook


    BC Lions – 6 wins projected (7-11 last season)

    I know it had been about 20 years since the BC Lions missed the playoffs, but last season is, sadly for BC fans, a sign of things to come. Yes, they’ll be back in the near future (Wally Buono is finally hanging it up at the end of this campaign) and a new “growth cycle” can begin.

    However, that means no playoffs again this season. Even though BC has done some things to fortify the trenches (their offensive line was major issue last season) the secondary lost key personnel. If you can’t defend the pass you are in trouble in the “pass-friendly” CFL.

    Calgary Stampeders – 11 wins projected (13-4-1 last season)

    Another disappointing ending to a promising season for Calgary as they lost to the Argonauts in the Grey Cup. This was the 2nd straight season the Stampeders lost the Grey Cup, and this is a motivator but also a challenge for Calgary. It can become a mental hurdle that is tough to overcome. That said, though another successful regular season is likely (particularly if Bo Levi Mitchell is fully healthy) I expect the Stampeders to again fall short of the ultimate prize.

    They are loaded again on the offensive side of the ball and no team scored more points than they did last season. However, a lot of changes in the defensive secondary and there is much to prove there.

    Edmonton Eskimos – 12 wins projected (12-6 last season)

    Edmonton will be right up there again with Winnipeg and Calgary. In last year’s post-season they beat the Blue Bombers but then lost to the Stampeders. This season I expect them to outdo both in the regular season as well as in the post-season (should they meet). They have the top pivot in the league with QB Mike Reilly. Though there have been changes in terms of the wide receiver group he will be working with, there is still a ton of talent in the receiving corps and Reilly still has an excellent group to work with.

    Though the defense is undergoing some transition and some veterans have departed, their strength wasn’t on that side of the ball last season. That said, there could be some improvement simply from a hungrier group spurred on by an influx of younger players. Well-coached and hungry from falling just short last season, I look for Edmonton to be the top team in the West this season.

    Saskatchewan Roughriders – 9 wins projected (10-8 last season)


    Big hopes of course start at the pivot position for Saskatchewan after their big trade with the Tiger-Cats to acquire Zach Collaros. The concern though comes with pass protection and the Roughriders have had some changes along the offensive line. Of course, a revamped offensive line could be unwelcome news for Collaros and Company. The Riders have upgraded in the secondary but playing in the same division with Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg continues to make gaining any headway in the West an uphill battle.

    Saskatchewan is solid overall on defense but transitions taking place along the offensive line and in the backfield will take time. The Roughriders went just 4-6 in the division last season and that continues to be the issue this season as well.

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers – 11 wins projected (12-6 last season)

    Winnipeg’s Matt Nichols is coming off of the best season of his career. The Blue Bombers will again battle it out with Edmonton and Calgary for the top spot in the West. One interesting point though is that a surprise right before training camp opened was the retirement of Darian Durant. That means if Nichols gets hurt again, like he did late last season, the Blue Bombers no longer have a veteran like Durant to answer the call. Though the Winnipeg offense is prolific, they still need to improve on the other side of the ball.

    No other team in CFL had more “overs” than they did on the O/U line as they can score like crazy but struggle to stop teams. Some changes have been made in the secondary but until the unit has a chance to jell, we could see early season struggles again with the Blue Bombers defense. They had a bit of a gambling mentality on defense in terms of creating takeaways, but it also resulted in giving up too many plays. I need to see more from this defense before I would tab them to take the top spot in the West.
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    2018 East Division Outlook
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    West Division Outlook

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats – 10 wins projected (6-12 last season)

    The big splash in the off-season just recently occurred with Johnny Manziel being signed by Hamilton. The Ticats should prove to be set at the pivot position since they already have Jeremiah Masoli under center. In addition to Manziel bringing some NFL skillsets to the CFL game, the coaching of the Tiger-Cats certainly has influence from south of the border as well. Head coach June Jones is a top offensive mind and now don’t be surprised if the defense shows vast improvement too.

    The new defensive coordinator, Jerry Glanville, has an NFL coaching pedigree and will bring improvement on that side of the ball for Hamilton. On the offensive side of the ball coach Jones will have more weapons as Terrence Toliver was lost to injury in the season-opener last year and the Ticats have added through the draft plus were able to get valuable experience with Toliver sitting out last season. This team might start a little slow but once Glanville has the defense rolling and as long as the offensive line jells (guard Ryan Bomben was traded), the Ticats are likely to be the top team in the East.

    Montreal Alouettes – 6 wins projected (3-15 last season)

    Quarterback duel in Montreal. Veteran Drew Lilly, inexperienced but talented Matt Shiltz, and former NFL QB Josh Freeman means there will be quite a battle at the pivot position for the Alouettes. The concern is that the pivot is literally the “pivotal” position that is so critical in CFL that Montreal is unlikely to do any better than doubling their win total from last season. Of course, that would be an improvement, but this team still has a long way to go. Also, will the late change (just prior to the season) in defensive coordinators hurt the Alouettes?

    Montreal has a veteran DC now in Rich Stubler and their defense has talent but underperforms. That said, the late change from Khalil Carter to Stubler does create some concern about a unit that struggled last season. More NFL connections here as Mike Sherman is the new head coach. Of course, he had a lengthy career south of the border but there will be a transition period for certain as he absorbs as much as he can as quick as he can in the CFL game. Long-term things should get better but, barring a miracle, this is most certainly a transitional year for Montreal.

    Ottawa RedBlacks – 8 wins projected (8-9-1 last season)

    Just as in College Football and the NFL, I like teams that are strong in the trenches. The RedBlacks have a lot of depth on both lines and this is particularly true on the offensive line. The concern for Ottawa is that even though their offense was very productive last season, they are relying on a lot of new incoming personnel at receiver this season. There are most certainly going to be some growing pains. Those growing pains aren’t exclusive to just one side of the ball either.

    On the other side, the defense is putting in a new system and has a lot of new personnel. Though the system will likely prove to be a good one for this unit, it will take time for everyone to get on the same page. If the defense jells quickly and the receivers are better than expected, the RedBlacks could challenge Hamilton for top spot in the East. However, if the transition takes longer than expected and there are struggles, Ottawa maybe in a battle just to stay one step ahead of Montreal in the East.

    Toronto Argonauts – 9 wins projected (9-9 last season)

    Give the Argos credit for finding a way last season but it is still hard to believe they won the Grey Cup after just a 9-9 regular season. Just as last year’s Cinderalla run was highly unlikely, a repeat is even more unlikely as there has only been one of those in the past 20 seasons! Big chances for the coaching staff as Marc Trestman (in just his 2nd year as head coach) has a new offensive coordinator and a new defensive coordinator.

    This is particularly concerning on the defensive side of the ball because the now-departed Corey Chamblin was regarded as one the top DCs in the league. Don’t be surprised if Toronto’s offense also loses a step (literally) with the departure of speedy receiver DeVier Posey. The Argonauts will struggle to match last season’s 9 win total and I expect little to no post-season noise for them even though they play in the weaker East Division.
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    Wednesday’s 6-pack

    More odds to win the US Open golf tournament next week:

    22-1— Patrick Reed

    28-1— Brooks Koepka

    30-1— Matsuyama, Mickelson, Garcia

    33-1— Henrik Stenson

    40-1— Branden Grace

    45-1— Watson, Kuchar, Casey

    Quote of the Day
    “Grit? What is it? I believe it’s driven by love. Inspired by vision and purpose. Fueled by optimism and belief. Powered by faith and hope. Revived by resilience. Kept alive by stubbornness. And if we’re honest includes some fear of failure and desire to prove oneself.”
    Jon Gordon

    Wednesday’s quiz
    In the movie Draft Day, Kevin Costner played the GM of which NFL team?

    Tuesday’s quiz
    Montreal Expos once drafted Tom Brady as a catcher, in the 18th round of the ’95 draft. He was a left-handed hitter.

    Monday’s quiz
    Milwaukee Brewers played one year in Seattle before moving to Wisconsin; they were the Seattle Pilots in 1969.


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    Wednesday’s List of 13: Mid-week musings…….

    13) Movie recommendation: I told you about the book last summer, but Molly’s Game the movie was even better. Very good.

    Story deals with a young woman runs celebrity poker game in Los Angeles and New York City; she eventually gets in trouble with the law when she begins raking the pot, which is what makes it illegal. Having members of the Russian mob playing in her games complicates things.

    Anyway, very good movie. Worth your time to watch it.

    12) Jake Arrieta’s complaints with the Phillies’ defensive shifts over the weekend confirmed what I had suspected; when the shifting doesn’t work, it drives some pitchers nuts.

    11) Sporting News ranked all 32 NFL starting QB’s; 19th for Cam Newton seems very low- 30th for Eli Manning seems ridiculously low.

    10) Max Scherzer got three strikeouts on nine pitches in the 6th inning vs Tampa Bay Tuesday, just the 92nd time this has happened in major league history.

    9) Good trivia, part 1; we talked yesterday about the A’s drafting Kyler Murray, the Oklahoma QB/CF. His dad and uncle were also outstanding athletes.

    Turns out his uncle Calvin was the batter when Randy Johnson hit that bird with a pitched ball in a spring training game and the poor bird exploded in mid-air.

    8) Good trivia, part 2: When Jesse Owens won the gold medal in the 200-meter sprint in the 1936 Olympics, Mack Robinson won the silver medal- they both broke the previous Olympic record.

    Mack Robinson was Jackie Robinson’s older brother.

    7) Vince McMahon’s XFL hired Oliver Luck (Andrew Luck’s dad) as Commissioner/CEO. The elder Luck was also once President of NFL Europe and AD at West Virginia- he was a backup QB for the Houston Oilers back in the day.

    XFL starts in 2020; the AAF will also be a spring football league— it starts next year.

    6) Nebraska Cornhuskers signed dual-threat QB Luke McCaffery, the youngest son of former NFL WR Ed McCaffery, and brother of Panthers’ RB Christian McCaffery.

    5) A horse named Gronkowski is 12-1 to win the Belmont Stakes Saturday on Long Island.

    4) When a team is rebuilding like the Kansas City Royals are, they tend to draft more college players, since they’re obviously older than high school kids and generally take less time to get to the major leagues. The Royals need help.

    First 11 players the Royals drafted this week are college players.

    3) A government contractor was taken into custody at a Secret Service checkpoint at the White House when he showed up for work. He was wanted for attempted murder. Yikes.

    2) Get well soon to New Jersey Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman, who diagnosed with lymphoma this week. Hope he is feeling better soon.

    1) RIP CM Newton, 88, former basketball coach at both Vanderbilt/Alabama, who was later the AD at Kentucky. He was the President of USA Basketball from 1992-96. RIP, sir.
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    CFL Week 1— Not much info to go on early in the season

    Since 2006, CFL underdogs are 115-66-2 against the spread (63.5%) in the first four weeks of the season.

    Edmonton (-6.5, 51) @ Winnipeg— Blue Bombers won three of last four series games; Edmonton won four of its last six visits to Winnipeg. Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.

    Toronto (-1.5, 52) @ Saskatchewan— Roughriders won three of last four series games; Argos won three of last four visits to Regina. Four of last five series games stayed under the total.

    Hamilton @ Calgary (-9, 53)— Calgary won last 10 series games, covering four of last five; Ti-Cats lost last visit here 60-1 last July, but now June Jones/Jerry Glanville are in their first full year coaching Hamilton. Hamilton is 3-2 vs spread in last five visits here. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games, but last two went over.

    Montreal @ BC Lions (-7, 49)— Lions won/covered last five series games; Alouettes are 1-4, both SU/ATS in their last five visits here. Three of last four series games went over.
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 1
    June 11, 2018


    A new season of football in the CFL gets underway this week with the first four games in an 18-game schedule that leads to the postseason battle for this year’s Grey Cup.

    Toronto took a page from Ottawa’s stunning upset against Calgary in the 2016 championship game by upending the Stampeders last November in the 2017 Grey Cup title game.

    Calgary remains the clear favorite to finally win a CFL title this season at +200 futures odds with BetOnline. Edmonton is second on that list at +600 followed by Toronto and Winnipeg at +650. Hamilton rounds out the Top 5 at +700 betting odds.

    (2017 Records - Straight Up, Against the Spread)

    Thursday, June 14

    Edmonton Eskimos (12-6 SU, 10-7-1 ATS) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-6 SU, 13-5 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -6
    Total: 53


    Game Overview

    This is a big season opener for Edmonton after finishing third in the West last year behind Winnipeg on a head-to-head tiebreaker. The Eskimos went on to beat the Blue Bombers in the playoffs 39-32 as three-point road favorites, but they would rather be playing at home this time around in the quest for a CFL title. Mike Reilly is back as the team’s starting quarterback after leading the league in passing yards (5,830) in 2017. He was also at the top of the list in touchdown throws with 30.

    The Blue Bombers were dealt a major blow to their offense when quarterback Matt Nichols went down with a knee injury that has him listed as out for the season opener. In his place, Alex Ross got the start in Winnipeg’s final preseason game. However, the betting line for Thursday’s game reflects the question marks surrounding the quarterback situation. The Blue Bombers generated little offense on the ground with 57 yards rushing in a 34-21 loss to British Columbia this past Friday.

    Betting Trends

    -- Edmonton has gone 5-2 against the spread in its last seven games against the Blue Bombers and the total has gone OVER in four of the last five meetings in Winnipeg.

    Friday, June 15

    Toronto Argonauts (9-9 SU, 9-9 ATS) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8 SU, 7-11 ATS)
    Point-spread: Saskatchewan -1
    Total: 52


    Game Overview

    The reining CFL Champions begin their title defense the same way they earned it; behind veteran quarterback Ricky Ray. When healthy, he is one of the best pure passers in the CFL. He played in 17 of 18 games last season and threw for 5,546 yards and 28 touchdowns, while completing an impressive 71 percent of his 668 passing attempts. Slotback SJ Green was his top target with 1,462 yards and 10 touchdowns on 104 receptions. The ground game will be anchored by James Wilder Jr. after gaining 872 yards last season in 15 games.

    The Roughriders turned the corner last season with 10 wins after going just 5-13 in 2016. They made the playoffs as a crossover team from the West, but they lost to Toronto 25-21 in the opening round as three-point road underdogs. Zach Collaros started nine games for Saskatchewan last year, but he is another quarterback that has struggled to stay healthy. He played into the third quarter of the final preseason game before Brandon Bridge took over the reins.

    Betting Trends

    -- Toronto has posted an 8-3-1 record ATS in its last 12 road games against Saskatchewan and the total has stayed UNDER in four of the last five meetings overall.

    Saturday, June 16

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS) at Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1 SU, 8-10 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary -9
    Total: 53


    Game Overview

    The Tigers-Cats have been front page news in the States heading into the new season with the addition of former Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel to the roster. June Jones, who was a head coach in the NFL with Atlanta continues to stick with Jeremiah Masoli as his starter, but that could be subject to change if Hamilton falls behind early on Saturday night. The Tiger-Cats started last season with eight straight-up losses before turning things around with a 6-4 record over their last 10 games.

    Calgary has been the best CFL team in the regular season for the past two years, but its quest for a Grey Cup came up short in back-to-back losses to Ottawa and Toronto in the title game. The Stampeders started the 2016 season with a stunning Week 1 loss to BC as 2 -point road favorites. Last season, they had to settle for a SU tie against Ottawa in Week 1 as six-point favorites on the road. They closed out the 2017 campaign with a 0-6 record ATS in their final six games.

    Betting Trends

    -- Hamilton has been able to cover in five of its last seven road games against Calgary and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 11 meetings overall.

    Montreal Alouettes (3-15 SU, 8-10 ATS) at British Columbia Lions (7-11 SU, 8-8-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: BC -6
    Total: 49

    Game Overview

    Montreal has nowhere to go but up as the longest shot in the CFL futures (+1800) to win the 2018 Grey Cup. In an effort to get things going in the other direction after winning just three games last season, Mike Sherman was brought in as head coach after making a name for himself in the NFL. It appears that Drew Willy will get the call at quarterback after getting the majority of the reps in the preseason.

    The Lions finished last in the West in 2017 in light of some stiff competition from the other four teams, but there is still enough talent on both sides of the ball to stay in the mix this time around. Jonathon Jennings is penciled in as BC’s starter at quarterback after throwing for 3,639 yards and 16 touchdowns in 15 starts last season. He also tossed 19 interceptions, which were the most in the league. The Lions added quarterback Cody Fajardo as a free agent in the offseason.

    Betting Trends

    -- BC is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 home games against Montreal and the total has stayed UNDER in 11 of the last 16 meetings at BC Place.
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    How to wager on the CFL for bettors new to the sport
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    The 2017 Toronto Argos entered the CFL playoffs with a .500 record but ended up lifting the Grey Cup at season's end. They're the perfect example of why the books have a hard time with the sport.

    The NBA season is over and there’s still another three months before the NFL campaign kicks off again. If baseball isn’t enough to hold you over until then, let us suggest pro football’s northern cousin – the Canadian Football League.

    The CFL season begins Thursday and there are plenty of reasons to get on board. First one is obvious – it’s a more level playing field between the sportsbooks and bettors. Oddsmakers don't spend the same amount of time agonizing over the numbers they hang on CFL games because it's just a fringe sport. There are only nine teams in the league but that doesn’t mean there’s anything predictable about what happens on the field.

    Underdogs went a perfect 8-0 against the spread in the first two weeks of the season last year and the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts entered the playoffs with a .500 record.

    Here’s a quick and dirty betting guide to handicapping the silly ball north of the border.

    What are the differences between the NFL and CFL?

    There are many but we’ll go over a few of the key ones. Here is a good breakdown of all the rule differences the NFL and CFL for those that are interested.

    • Three downs to make 10 yards and gain a new set of downs. Having one less down makes running the ball almost an afterthought in the CFL. Some teams use it effectively but don’t expect any type of 60/40 pass/run ratio.

    • Bigger ball, longer and wider field and end zone. Canadian football fields are 10 yards longer, about 15 yards wider, and the end zone is 10 yards deeper.

    • 12th man is on the field not in the stands. CFL has 12 players on the field for each team at all times as opposed to the NFL’s 11.

    Best betting trends

    Bet the underdogs early in the season

    Remember that stat about underdogs going 8-0 in the first eight games last season? Well, that’s no fluke. Underdogs in the first four weeks of the season are 115-66-2 against the spread since 2006. That’s a 63.5 percent win rate over a 12-year sample size.

    Winnipeg, Hamilton, Saskatchewan and Montreal are your Week 1 underdogs this season. The Blue Bombers and Roughriders are both getting points at home. Winnipeg was among the best ATS bets last season.

    More Unders than Overs

    You would think the rule differences would mean higher scoring games in the Canadian Football League but the Over has been a sucker’s wager for years. There have been more Overs than Unders in just one CFL season since 2005 and the Under is 508-426-11 (54.4 win rate) in all regular season games in the last 13 years.

    Be on the lookout for totals above the 50-point threshold. The Under cashes 56.6 percent of the time over the same time frame with any games with the Over/Under line set at 50 or higher. Three of Week 1’s four games all have totals at or above 50 points.
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    2018 CFL Win Totals

    The 2018 Canadian Football League begins on Thursday June 14 and here are Win Totals for all nine teams.

    All teams play an 18-game regular season scheduled and listed below are the records from the 2017 campaign.

    Calgary Stampeders 13-4-1
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers 12-6
    Edmonton Eskimos 12-6
    Saskatchewan Roughriders 10-8
    Toronto Argonauts 9-9
    Ottawa Redblacks 8-9-1
    BC Lions 7-11
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats 6-12
    Montreal Alouettes 3-15

    The 2018 Win Totals per BetOnline.ag are listed below.

    BC Lions
    Over 6 -150
    Under 6 +130

    Calgary Stampeders
    Over 11 -150
    Under 11 +120

    Edmonton Eskimos
    Over 11 -120
    Under 11 +100

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Over 9 -125
    Under 9 +105

    Montreal Alouettes
    Over 5 -130
    Under 5 +110

    Ottawa Redblacks
    Over 8 +110
    Under 8 -130

    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Over 8 -130
    Under 8 +110

    Toronto Argonauts
    Over 9 +110
    Under 9 -130

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Over 10 -140
    Under 10 +120
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    Week 1


    Thursday, June 14

    Edmonton @ Winnipeg

    Game 371-372
    June 14, 2018 @ 8:30 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Edmonton
    117.571
    Winnipeg
    115.052
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 2 1/2
    56
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 7
    51
    Dunkel Pick:
    Winnipeg
    (+7); Over



    Friday June 15

    Toronto @ Saskatchewan


    Game 373-374
    June 15, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Toronto
    117.726
    Saskatchewan
    117.420
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Saskatchewan
    Even
    56
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Toronto
    by 1 1/2
    52
    Dunkel Pick:
    Saskatchewan
    (+1 1/2); Over



    Saturday June 16

    Hamilton @ Calgary


    Game 375-376
    June 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Hamilton
    116.525
    Calgary
    113.007
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Hamilton
    by 3 1/2
    49
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 9
    53
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (+9); Under

    Montreal @ BC Lions


    Game 377-378
    June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 pm

    Dunkel Rating:
    Montreal
    98.172
    BC Lions
    102.039
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    BC Lions
    by 4
    46
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    BC Lions
    by 7
    49
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (+7); Under
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    Thursday, June 14

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    EDMONTON (0-0) at WINNIPEG (0-0) - 6/14/2018, 8:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 15-5 ATS (+9.5 Units) as an underdog over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    WINNIPEG is 3-2 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-3 straight up against EDMONTON 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, June 15

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    TORONTO (0-0) at SASKATCHEWAN (0-0) - 6/15/2018, 9:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 134-98 ATS (+26.2 Units) as an underdog since 1996.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 20-4 ATS (+15.6 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SASKATCHEWAN is 3-2 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    SASKATCHEWAN is 3-2 straight up against TORONTO 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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    Saturday, June 16

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    HAMILTON (0-0) at CALGARY (0-0) - 6/16/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 over the last 3 seasons.
    CALGARY is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.
    HAMILTON is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 3-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 4-0 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MONTREAL (0-0) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (0-0) - 6/16/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MONTREAL is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
    Remember the 3 G's Gambling, Golf, Girls not in any particular order.....

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    Week 1


    Not much info to go on early in the season

    Since 2006, CFL underdogs are 115-66-2 against the spread (63.5%) in the first four weeks of the season.

    Edmonton (-6.5, 51) @ Winnipeg— Blue Bombers won three of last four series games; Edmonton won four of its last six visits to Winnipeg. Under is 6-4 in last ten series games.

    Toronto (-1.5, 52) @ Saskatchewan— Roughriders won three of last four series games; Argos won three of last four visits to Regina. Four of last five series games stayed under the total.

    Hamilton @ Calgary (-9, 53)— Calgary won last 10 series games, covering four of last five; Ti-Cats lost last visit here 60-1 last July, but now June Jones/Jerry Glanville are in their first full year coaching Hamilton. Hamilton is 3-2 vs spread in last five visits here. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games, but last two went over.

    Montreal @ BC Lions (-7, 49)— Lions won/covered last five series games; Alouettes are 1-4, both SU/ATS in their last five visits here. Three of last four series games went over.


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    Thursday, June 14

    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 7 games
    Edmonton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Edmonton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 7 of Edmonton's last 8 games on the road
    Edmonton is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Winnipeg
    Edmonton is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games when playing Winnipeg
    Edmonton is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Edmonton's last 5 games when playing on the road against Winnipeg
    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
    Winnipeg is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
    Winnipeg is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone OVER in 17 of Winnipeg's last 25 games
    Winnipeg is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 9 games at home
    Winnipeg is 4-7-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing Edmonton
    Winnipeg is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games when playing Edmonton
    Winnipeg is 2-4-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    Winnipeg is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing at home against Edmonton



    Friday, June 15

    Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Toronto's last 9 games
    Toronto is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
    Toronto is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    Toronto is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Toronto is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Toronto is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games at home
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Saskatchewan is 3-8-1 ATS in its last 12 games when playing at home against Toronto
    Saskatchewan is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games when playing at home against Toronto



    Saturday, June 16

    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Hamilton is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Hamilton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Hamilton is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    Hamilton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
    Hamilton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Hamilton's last 11 games when playing Calgary
    Hamilton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Hamilton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Calgary is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
    Calgary is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games
    Calgary is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games at home
    Calgary is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games at home
    Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Calgary's last 11 games when playing Hamilton
    Calgary is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing at home against Hamilton


    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
    Montreal is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Montreal is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 9 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    British Columbia Lions
    British Columbia is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    British Columbia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 5 games
    British Columbia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    British Columbia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 5 games at home
    British Columbia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
    British Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
    British Columbia is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Montreal
    British Columbia is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of British Columbia's last 9 games when playing at home against Montreal
    Remember the 3 G's Gambling, Golf, Girls not in any particular order.....

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