CFL betting picks, predictions for Week 4: Lions stay undefeated vs. Redblacks, Tiger-Cats pick up first win over Elks


Here at the Sporting News, we love all kinds of football and sports betting. It doesn’t matter if it’s the NFL, college football, USFL, or, yes, even our friends to the north in the CFL. Below, we’ll give our advice for Week 4 CFL spread and moneyline picks using odds courtesy of DraftKings.

Week 4 kicks off Thursday between the Lions (2-0) and Redblacks (0-2). British Columbia has been one of the surprise teams this season, as quarterback Nathan Rourke has their offense humming.

Another game to watch this weekend is between the Elks (0-3) and Tiger-Cats (0-3) Friday night. Hamilton has struggled through their first three games after playing in the Gray Cup last year. Neither team has been great on defense, so something has to give this week.

CFL Best Bets: Advice, picks for Week 4

Lions (-2) vs. redblack. The Lions (2-0) have handled their business through the first two games, outscoring their opponents (103-18). BC’s first two games were at home, but that kind of dominance is still impressive, especially with a second-year quarterback.

The Redblacks (0-2), however, will pose a tough test for British Columbia on Friday. Ottawa’s first two games were against the defending Gray Cup champ, Winnipeg, and, despite dropping both contests, it only lost by a total of nine points. Jeremiah Masoli is leading the show in Ottawa, and he’s thrown for 711 yards through the first two games. The Lions’ defense is allowing 200 passing yards per game, so we could see a defensive battle play out. British Columbia is 2-0 against the spread, while Ottawa is 1-1 ATS. Take the Lions on the spread and sprinkle some on the UNDER (48) to kick off Week 4.

Elks vs. Tiger-Cats (-6.5). Both teams need a win through the first month of the 2022 season. Hamilton (0-3) is coming off a 14-point defeat to the Bombers, making it the second double-digit loss of the season. The Ti-Cats offense should get back on track on Friday against an Elks’ defense, which is allowing 42.5 points per game and 185.5 rushing yards per game. Hamilton is 0-3 ATS while the Elks are 1-2 ATS to start the season.

The Elks (1-2) played one of their best games last week, losing by seven points to Calgary in the Battle of Alberta. Edmonton QB Nick Arbuckle had one of his better performances (226 yards, TD, INT), however, it wasn’t enough, as RB James Wilder Jr. could not get going on the ground (45 yards on 11 carries). Arbuckle will not be under center against the Ti-Cats with the Elks starting rookie Tre Ford. Ford was selected in the first round of the CFL Draft out of Waterloo. He faces a tough task against a talented Hamilton defense. The best bet here is Hamilton on the spread until we see how Ford plays in his first-ever CFL start.

Alouettes (+4.5) vs. Roughriders. Montreal (2-1) will be looking to defeat Saskatchewan (2-1) in back-to-back weeks. The Als crushed the Roughriders 37-13 at home thanks to great play in all three phases. Montreal quarterback Trevor Harris carved up the Roughriders’ defense, completing 72.7 of his passes for 262 yards and a touchdown.

Saskatchewan could not protect QB Cody Fajardo and had a series of miscues that put it behind the proverbial eight-ball. However, we should expect the Roughriders to bounce back at home, where they defeated the Tiger-Cats (30-13) in Week 1.

Saskatchewan is 2-1 ATS, while Montreal is 3-0 ATS through three games. Montreal could have Vernon Adams back under center, who missed last week’s game due to illness. The Roughriders have a host of notable injuries, including WR Shaq Evans, who suffered a fractured ankle. The Als will likely keep it competitive to cover, but the Roughriders should pull out a home win.

Blue Bombers (-5) vs. Argonauts. In the final game of Week 4, the Blue Bombers (3-0) will head onto the road to take on the Argos (1-1). Winnipeg is still perfect on the season after defeating Hamilton 26-12 at home. The Bombers are led by the battery of Zach Collaros and Brady Oliveira. Collaros is tied with Rourke as the fifth-leading passer in the CFL with 718 yards.

Winnipeg is averaging 21.3 points per game and holding opponents to just 13.7 points per game on defense. The Bombers’ defense should not have any issues with an Argos’ offense that is scoring just 11.5 points per game. Toronto got destroyed by British Columbia last week (44-3) and is now 0-2 ATS this season. Argos RB Andrew Harris will look to put on a show against his former squad, but the Blue Bombers should have their way with Toronto QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson.

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