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CFL Friday Night: Blue Bombers Host REDBLACKS

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Blue Bombers Flying High Into Week 10

The Ottawa RedBlacks and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers open Week 10 of CFL action on Friday when they meet at Investors Group Field. Both teams may have the same records, but they are heading in different directions.

Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.

Oddsmakers have Winnipeg as 6.5-point favorites. The total has settled at 54.5.

The Bombers had a slow start out of the gate with rookie quarterback Chris Streveler at the controls. They have surged to three straight victories against eastern conference opponents and sit tied for second in the West.

Ottawa has gotten the job done more often than not without looking very dominant. A 23-point win over the Riders back in Week 2 is set aside. The REDBLACKS have two unconvincing wins against Montreal. Add in a late-game collapse against the Argos in Week 8.

Their play has left the door open in the East Division.

The CFL schedule eases toward the season’s second half.  The division races are heating up. Games like Friday’s become ever more important. Winnipeg will see it as a winnable home game. The REDBLACKS will see this as a game they could pick up on their divisional rivals.

Blue Bombers are Formidable at Home

There is little doubt that Investors Group Field has been an unwelcoming place for eastern conference visitors. They gave Hamilton a 29-23 loss. Toronto a 40-14 beat-down.

The Bombers are 4-1 overall against the East this season.

Winnipeg was a 29-23 winner in its last matchup at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. They earned a push of the -6-point spread as favorites. The total score of 52 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

One of the major story-lines entering Friday’s game is the running back battle. Winnipeg’s Andrew Harris leads the league with 720 rush yards. Ottawa’s William Powell ranks second with 608.

The Bombers will make one change to the roster that downed the Ticats last week. Ryan Lankford enters in place of the Weston Dressler, who started the last six games.

REDBLACKS Offense Was on Tilt Last Week

Ottawa won its last outing, a 24-17 win against the Montreal Alouettes on August 11. The RedBlacks failed to cover in that game as a -14-point favorite. The 41 combined points took the game UNDER the total.

Ottawa’s own offense will be looking to build on a strong 587-yard performance in last week’s victory.

The REDBLACKS defense hopes to get a boost with the return of Anthony Cioffi at SAM linebacker. The young Rutgers product recorded seven tackles, two sacks and scored a touchdown in his last two outings prior to missing the Montreal game.

Mike Klassen will slide onto the interior part of the D-line. He is replacing George Uko who is on the one-game injured list. Klassen has seen his share of snaps in rotation duty this season. He has recording 16 tackles and a sack in eight games.

Ottawa has had increasingly strong production from rookie receiver R.J. Harris. The University of New Hampshire alum has had 50 or more receiving yards in each of the team’s last four games. He hauled in his first career touchdown last week against the Alouettes.

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NameRecordATSOffenseDefenseDiffATS HomeATS AwayOU RecordOU HomeOU Away
Power Stats

Yards Per Point


Yards Per Pass


Yards Per Rush

Team Records

Ottawa RedBlacks

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf3-11-02-12-20-12-128.5023.005.50
Last 32-11-01-11-20-11-128.6724.674.00

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

NameRecordHomeAwayATSATS HomeATS AwayOffenseDefenseDiff
vs Conf1-21-10-12-12-00-129.3324.005.33
Last 33-02-01-02-0-11-0-11-035.6719.0016.67


Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense25.00521.252
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense283.503248.255
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense93.256120.506
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense33.50123.134
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense204.756280.757
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense117.75277.503

Head To Head Summary


Head To Head Detail

DateAwayHomeScoreLineTotalOU ResultARYAPYATYATTHRYHPYHTYHTTAway Team AttemptsHome Team AttemptsAway Team CompletionsHome Team Completions
Sep 22, 2017OTTWIN9-2911515126631923585531
Aug 4, 2017WINOTT33-309730041601302523931
Nov 4, 2016WINOTT33-2013630245121121552842
Oct 29, 2016OTTWIN23-1013432347211062703953
Oct 24, 2015OTTWIN27-201283975413192643133
Oct 16, 2015WINOTT24-27742363154913514612
Oct 3, 2014WINOTT20-427022329331882894772
Jul 3, 2014OTTWIN28-36862413270673073742
Sep 16, 2005WINOTT37-2114919834701972804772
Aug 19, 2005OTTWIN17-381263114373423573992

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Ottawa RedBlacks

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 11, 2018MON24-17W-14/50L/U1144736011031442713H
Aug 2, 2018TOR41-42L-6.5/48L/O46377427131297433-1A
Jul 28, 2018HAM21-15W6/55W/U6526833831310383-1A
Jul 20, 2018BC29-25W-7/53L/O67355430119325444-1H
Jul 12, 2018CAL3-27L3/54L/U351151691332423835H

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

DateOpponentscoreResultlineATS Resultoffensive rush yardsoffensive passing yardsoffensive total yardsdefensive rush yardsdefensive passing yardsdefensive total yardsturnoversLocation
Aug 10, 2018HAM29-23W-6/57.5P/U90169270139221390-1H
Jul 27, 2018TOR40-14W-10/53.5W/O92274366157212393-4H
Jul 21, 2018TOR38-20W-3.5/52W/O184236429221431730A
Jul 14, 2018BC17-20L-4.5/55L/U187203401733243992A
Jul 7, 2018BC41-19W-6.5/55.5W/O152207359107158280-3H

Next up:

Ottawa home to Montreal Friday, August 31
Winnipeg at Calgary Saturday, August 25

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