Toronto Argonauts vs. Ottawa Redblacks CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/2/18
Ottawa Redblacks (4-2) vs. Toronto Argonauts (1-5)
CFL Football: Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 7:00 pm (BMO Field)
The Line: Toronto Argonauts +3.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPN2
The Ottawa Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts meet Thursday in CFL action at BMO Field.
The Ottawa Redblacks look for a third straight victory to build on their impressive 4-2 record. The Ottawa Redblacks won two of their last three road games. Trevor Harris is completing 64.4 percent of his passes for 1,506 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. Harris has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last 10 games. Brad Sinopoli and Greg Ellingson have combined for 899 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Diontae Spencer has 24 receptions. The Ottawa Redblacks ground game is averaging 90.5 yards per contest, and William Powell leads the way with 469 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Ottawa is allowing 21 points and 372.3 yards per game. Antoine Pruneau leads the Ottawa Redblacks with 27 tackles, Michael Wakefield has three sacks and Rico Murray has two interceptions.
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The Toronto Argonauts need a victory here to snap a three-game losing streak while rebounding from a rough 1-5 record. The Toronto Argonauts have lost two of their last three home games. James Franklin is completing 65.2 percent of his passes for 967 yards, two touchdowns and six interceptions. Franklin has a combined four touchdown passes and six interceptions in his last two seasons. S.J. Green and James Wilder Jr. have combined for 565 receiving yards on 55 receptions while Armanti Edwards has 18 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 84 yards per contest, and Wilder leads the way with 301 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 29.8 points and 411.5 yards per game. Marcus Ball leads the Toronto Argonauts with 26 tackles, Cleyon Laing has three sacks and T.J. Heath has two interceptions.
The RedBlacks are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record, 22-6 ATS in their last 28 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. East. The Argonauts are 7-16 ATS in their last 23 games following a ATS loss, 6-18 ATS in their last 24 games following a straight up loss and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games in August. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
The Toronto Argonauts have looked awful during this losing stretch and are being outscored by 15 points in their last three games. The Ottawa Redblacks have been in a lot of close games this season, but they're playing some of their best football as of late and already beat Toronto earlier this year by 15 points on the road. The Toronto Argonauts have also failed to cover 13 of their last 20 games as an underdog. I have no choice but to side with the Ottawa Redblacks and the cheap chalk.