Over the course of the last three seasons, the Montreal Alouettes and the Calgary Stampeders have dominated their respective divisions. They’re going to meet on the gridiron in CFL betting action on Saturday night in the highlight game of Week 9.
With the Winnipeg Blue Bombers still playing at a very high level, it is clear that Head Coach Marc Trestman and company have their work cut out for them to repeat as East Division champs for a fourth straight season. Still, QB Anthony Calvillo is going to be the first quarterback to reach the 2,200 yard mark in the league this week, and he’ll likely be the first to reach 2,400 as well. RB Brandon Whitaker missed a game due to injury and has played in one fewer game this year than half of the rest of the league, yet he is still 70 yards ahead of the rest of the field in the rushing department with 566 yards. Perhaps even more impressive though, is the fact that WR Jamel Richardson has been out of the fold for a game, yet he and WR SJ Green are both in the Top 5 in the league in receiving, and they could be No. 1 and No. 2 by the time this one is said and done with. Montreal has its work cut out for it, but it definitely still in the cream of the crop in the East Division.
And then there is Calgary, which isn’t playing tremendous ball right now, but it still is doing better than a heck of a lot of the other garbage in the West Division. The Edmonton Eskimos have fallen off the face of the earth, the BC Lions haven’t been able to get out of their own way, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have the worst record in the league and just fired their head coach. Still, QB Henry Burris feels like he should have a heck of lot more than 2,044 passing yards right now, and RB Joffrey Reynolds feels like he should have more than 339 rushing yards. The defense for the Stamps has definitely had some up and down moments, but it looks absolutely nothing like the unit that ranked No. 1 in the league in each of the last two seasons. There is definitely work for Head Coach John Hufnagel and company to do if the Stampeders hope to make it back to the Grey Cup once again this season, and a win in this one against arguably the best side in the league would be paramount for the success of the club.
We still believe that Montreal is head and shoulders above the rest of the league at this point. If there was truly anything wrong with AC in the past, those problems are said and done with the bye week being a distant memory. Stick with the Alouettes to take care of arguably their hardest fixture left of the season.
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