The NFL Network will broadcast its second ever CFL betting affair on Saturday afternoon, and if the contest between the Calgary Stampeders and Hamilton Tiger-Cats is anything like last week’s duel between the Saskatchewan Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes was, you won’t want to miss it!
Calgary Stampeders (1-0, 1-0 ATS) – The Stampeders put on a real clinic in Week 1 to start the season against the Toronto Argonauts, but they needed a miracle of a fumble returned for a touchdown in the last minute of the game to hold onto the cover of the 13.5 point CFL line. However, it was a much deserved cover. The Stamps held the Toronto offense to just 206 total yards and forced four turnovers. The ‘D’ also ended up with three sacks of rookie QB Cleo Lemon on the night. Offensively, Calgary dominated, rolling up 484 total yards. The problem was stalling out in the red zone. The Stampeders ended up settling for six field K Rob Maver field goal attempts. He converted on five of the six, or the game would have been significantly more interesting. QB Hank Burris did throw a pick without a touchdown pass, but he accounted for 324 passing yards and another 45 on the ground. The lone offensive touchdown of the encounter belonged to RB Joffrey Reynolds, who ended the night torching Toronto’s defense for 116 yards on 17 carries.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1, 0-1 ATS) – Perhaps the decision to start QB Kevin Glenn was an ill-advised one. Glenn only completed 15 of his 30 passes for 197 yards and a TD with a pick. His only offensive weapon was second year man WR Marquay McDaniel, who surprised many by recording team highs in both catches (7) and yards (108). WR Maurice Mann was held out of the lineup due to injury but is expected to make his Hamilton debut on Saturday. WR Arland Bruce had high expectations coming into this year, but he had a dud of a first game, catching just three balls for 44 yards. RB DeAndra Cobb was disappointing as well. The Ti-Cats only got him the ball seven times for 22 yards on the ground. The Tabbies lost a pair of fumbles as a part of their four turnovers for the game. They had no answer for anything that Winnipeg was throwing at them on the other side of the ball though, which is why the 29 points scored didn’t nearly stand up. Winnipeg scored four offensive majors and kicked three field goals. The Bombers had 291 passing yards and 211 rushing yards on the day. Hamilton is going to need a significantly better effort to stop the Calgary attack.
Hamilton covered both spreads last season against the Stampeders, and we think the same is happening tonight. The Tabbies have high expectations this year, and starting off at 0-2 wouldn’t be acceptable. This is a short spread to cover, and we think that Hamilton is going to come out and beat it with ease.
Selection: Hamilton Tiger-Cats -2 at BetCanadian