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CFL Betting: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts

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Winnipeg probably holds the sports betting record for delayed opening lines in the Canadian Football League.

Don’t expect to see any CFL odds for this matchup until later in the week because the state of the Bombers’ quarterback corps is in jeopardy. Buck Pierce is injured yet again and his backup, Alex Brink, was also removed from last week’s loss.

Pierce left in the first quarter of the 42-10 loss at Edmonton with a left foot injury. Brink had to be helped off the field in the third after his head hit the turf hard. Third-stringer Joey Elliot came on and completed the Bombers’ only touchdown pass. All three quarterbacks had interceptions.

Winnipeg head coach Paul LaPolice said that the way they lost was unacceptable and that every man, including the coaches, have to be held accountable.

"Everybody has to start looking in the mirror,” added Jovon Johnson. “Right now we are playing with the wrong attitude and no enthusiasm.”

Pierce had recently been talking about beating themselves so maybe this is a mental hurdle for the Bombers. It can’t help that the offensive leader keeps going down.

The offense would also be aided by the return of Chad Simpson. With Bloi-Dei Dorzon in the backfield the offensive attack is one-dimensional. And the line still is having trouble protecting, evidenced by the quarterbacks being constantly harassed and hit. Winnipeg allowed four sacks to Edmonton and has given up a league-high 11 this season.

Johnson wasn't happy about six turnovers by the offense, which put his side on a short field all night. But his guys should shoulder some of the blame for the 0-3 start as the defense has now allowed 116 points this season for an average of 38.7 per game.

After opening last year at 7-1, the Blue Bombers have gone 4-11 since. This will be a short week for them after having played on Friday and both games are on the road.

The Argonauts are faced with a more difficult scheduling situation. They played the last game of Week 3 late Saturday night, traveled home and now have to get ready for this midweek matchup. With the game on Wednesday, Toronto only had one day of full-pads practice.

An anemic offence that once plagued this franchise for years on end has found a savior in Scott Milanovich. The Argos lead the league in total offense through three weeks.

Toronto’s offense registered 24 first downs and 391 yards on the road against Hamilton but lost 36-27 as 3.5-point CFL odds underdogs. Milanovich blamed the loss on the failure to execute ample scoring opportunities, poor special teams coverage and penalties.

The Boatmen were forced to settle for field goals four times inside the 25-yard line. Chris Williams returned a missed field goal and a punt for majors. Toronto got in a 21-0 hole in the second quarter and never recovered.

Kicker Noel Prefontaine injured his leg on coverage in the first half and did not return. Anthony Alix took over in the second half and made two chip-shot field goals but missed a 24-yard attempt. Bettors will want to monitor Prefontaine’s injury because kicking is a big part of the CFL.

For the Bombers’ pivot situation, there is no word on Pierce’s status but Brink did say that he didn’t suffer a concussion and that he would be ready to play Wednesday.

Winnipeg beat the Argos in their first two meetings last season but then dropped the next two. Three of the four matchups went over the total.