Winners of four straight, the Toronto Argonauts are doing more than just “hitting their stride”: they are changing the CFL football betting odds. While Winnipeg remains a step ahead of everyone, Toronto has quickly closed the gap and sits as favorites to win the East and even the Grey Cup per some CFL simulations. ‘Argomania’ is making a comeback.
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Where CFL Teams Stand Heading into Week 17
As we approach Week 17, the Argonauts will rematch the Stampeders. Calgary edged Toronto in their first meeting this season. This was the last time Toronto lost, as they now sit just behind Winnipeg in our latest Power Rankings.
1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-2)
- Last Week: 1
The Bombers took their second bye after getting dismantled by the Tiger-Cats. Winnipeg came out of the last bye with two straight two-point wins over Calgary and Saskatchewan. Now, it gets a chance to sweep Saskatchewan 3-0 with a win on Friday.
- Next Game: vs Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-8)
2. Toronto Argonauts (8-5)
- Last Week: 2
The Argonauts won four straight, but they were against two opponents who have combined for just seven wins this season. If Toronto wants to take Argomania to the next level, it will need to dispatch Calgary in its own stadium as an underdog according to the online sportsbook.
- Next Game: vs Calgary Stampeders (9-5)
3. Calgary Stampeders (9-5)
- Last Week: 4
Calgary’s 25-11 win over the Lions last week was their biggest of the season. Finally, the Stampeders recorded a victory over a winning opponent in the division. Now, Calgary gets a chance to beat Toronto again and cover the spread at home, where it is 0-7 for the season.
- Next Game: vs Toronto Argonauts (8-5)
4. BC Lions (9-4)
- Last Week: 3
Just when it seemed like the Lions had it going again, they get stonewalled by the Stampeders. But that’s alright, as the Lions now get to host the Redblacks in a bounce-back game. Lined at 5½ points, BC gets to get things going as they are tied as the biggest favorites this week.
- Next Game: vs Ottawa Redblacks (3-10)
5. Montreal Alouettes (6-7)
- Last Week: 5
Lost in Argomania is the improved play of the Alouettes. The team has won four of its last five games and is 5-4 since Danny Maciocia took over as coach. It gets to redeem itself in a potentially dangerous matchup against Edmonton, then finishes its season with home-and-home games against Ottawa and Toronto, respectively.
- Next Game: vs Edmonton Elks (4-10)
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6. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6-8)
- Last Week: 7
Saskatchewan is reeling with three straight losses and may need help to get into the postseason. Whatever it is that’s hampering this team, be it injuries or off-field antics, the Riders better solve it since three of its final four games are against Winnipeg and Calgary.
- Next Game: vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-2)
7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4-10)
- Last Week: 6
The Tiger-Cats could not carry over its momentum into Week 16 as it fell short against Montreal. The good news is that Hamilton committed “just” two turnovers, with Dane Evans being mistake-free (though he failed to score a touchdown). Still, those two turnovers were too costly as Hamilton must now play flawlessly to salvage a playoff spot.
- Next Game: vs Saskatchewan Roughriders (Week 18)
8. Edmonton Elks (4-10)
- Last Week: 8
Edmonton snapped a losing streak in the Mosaic Stadium. Now, it can snap its historic losing streak at home. Do it for the fans! The Elks are 3½-point underdogs against Montreal. If you believe, like Victor Cui still does, place a bet online on Edmonton to finally do it.
- Next Game: vs Montreal Alouettes (6-7)
9. Ottawa Redblacks (3-10)
- Last Week: 9
Nick Arbuckle got destroyed by his old team, the Argonauts, as Ottawa lost what may have been the most deflating game of the year for them. Their playoff hopes are not entirely extinguished. But Ottawa will need to win and hope some of the teams ahead of them lose.
- Next Game: vs BC Lions (9-4)