Redblacks (1-4-1) vs. Blue Bombers (3-2)
CFL Football: Friday, August 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm (TD Place Stadium)
The Line: Redblacks -3 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Ottawa Redblacks meet Friday in CFL action at TD Place Stadium.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last four games. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won six of their last eight road games. Matt Nichols is completing 69.1 percent of his passes for 1,438 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Nichols has five touchdown passes in his last two games played. Weston Dressler and Darvin Adams have combined for 679 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Andrew Harris has 37 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 83.4 yards per contest, and Harris leads the way with 240 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 34.8 points and 411 yards per game. Taylor Loffler leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 22 tackles, Jamaal Westerman has five sacks and TJ Heath has four interceptions.
The Ottawa Redblacks could use a win here to rebound from a rough 1-4-1 start to the season. The Ottawa Redblacks are 1-1-1 at home this season. Trevor Harris is completing 70.2 percent of his passes for 1,939 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. Harris has five touchdown passes in his last three games played. Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli have combined for 1,083 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Diontae Spencer has 16 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 78.5 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 187 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 28.2 points and 432.3 yards per game. Taylor Reed leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 31 tackles, Zack Evans has three sacks and Jerrell Gavins has one interception.
The Blue Bombers are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 road games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The RedBlacks are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers aren't playing good defense this season, as they've allowed 25 or more points in four of their five games this season and a combined 82 points in their two road games. The Ottawa Redblacks could easily have been on the winning side of every game this season that's come down to the wire, and they've had an extra week to prepare for this contest and rest up. Given the Redblacks rest and defensive struggles with Winnipeg, this is a game Ottawa should win.