Calgary Stampeders CFL Preview

The Stamps have posted 10-plus wins in five consecutive seasons and look ready to challenge BC for top seed in the tough Western division

 

The Calgary Stampeders hovered through the 2012 season within a game of .500 against the spread through Week 17 with sportsbooks and bettors seemingly uncertain over how much backup QB Kevin Glenn could be trusted. Filling in for an injured Drew Tate (shoulder), Glenn posted one of his better years with 25 touchdowns to 16 interceptions and a 67-percent completion rate, a career high.

 

[dropcap2]T[/dropcap2]ate returned in Week 18 and the two split duties the final two games but when the Stamps were ready to play host to Saskatchewan in the first round of the playoffs, it was Tate’s turn to take back the No. 1 spot he had earned in training camp five months earlier. This time, Tate lasted only 36 passes and two touchdowns before a broken wrist ended his season and what some thought, all hope for the Stamps as they moved onto face BC in the Western final.

 

Glenn once again got the job done as a 6.5-point road dog, guiding his team to a 34-29 win at BC Place and a berth in the 100th Grey Cup but Tate will be back under center Friday when the Stamps host the Lions in Week 1 action.

 

We’re essentially back to square one with the Stampeders and while there is no guarantee over Tate’s durability, Glenn’s 12 years of experience and his performance last year provide depth few teams can match at what is the most pivotal position in football.

 

The kicker? Calgary’s Season Win Total odds (11 Over -115) are actually down a half-game over last year!

 

BY THE NUMBERS

Behind BC (plus-120), Calgary (plus-103) showed the second-best point differential in the league last season and the Stamps were one of only two teams to finish with a winning record both home (7-2 SU) and away (5-4 SU).

 

– Calgary produced identical 5-4 O/U records home and away last year but garnished an impressive 6-3 ATS record when playing on the road including a 5-1 ATS mark when getting points

 

CUP COUNTDOWN

PickSixtySports.com has tracked Grey Cup Odds at three separate sports betting outlets since early May and the Stampeders (+400) bounced back and forth between 4 to 1 and 7 to 2 odds.

 

– In 2012, the Stamps’ odds to win the Cup opened at +450 and closed at +522

 

As noted above, CFL Season Win Total futures for the Stamps are listed at (11 Over -115).

 

PLUS/MINUS

Key additions for the Stamps include LB Rod Davis, OL Dan Federkeil and DT Etienne Legare

 

Subtractions: WR Romby Bryant, SB Arjei Franklin, DT Brian Bulcke, DE Anwar Stewart and DT Chris McCoy

 

Read our 2013 CFL Eastern Conference Previews for more online betting tips!

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS                 HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

TORONTO ARGONAUTS                       MONTREAL ALOUETTES

 

FINAL WORD

It was another quiet offseason in Calgary which saw the team sign or extend 11 players, seven of which were non-imports. The Stamps have a methodical approach to building teams and maintaining talent and considering how they have posted double-digit wins in seven of the past eight seasons; it seems to be paying off. Tate has great potential and ever-reliable Glenn gives the Stamps a 1-2 punch at the QB position that most CFL clubs are envious of. Expect more of the same from the Stamps in 2013 as they challenge the Lions for top spot in the West.

 

CFL betting previews for the rest of the West will be posted here throughout the next week as we countdown to kickoff!

 

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SU: Straight-up

ATS: Against the Spread

O/U: Over/Under 

MLB Picks: San Francisco Giants at L. A. Dodgers

San Fran saves its best for a Dodgers team who have struggled all season vs. divisional opponents

 

The San Francisco Giants sleepwalked their way through a weekend set vs. the Miami Marlins but it’s time for a reality check Monday as the Giants begin a three-game series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

Baseball odds favor the home side at LA (-113) and a low total of 6.5 with left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3, 2.96 ERA) on the hill for his third career start vs. San Francisco. Ryu is 4-1 at home with a 1.88 ERA but he’s 0-2 vs. this NL West rival and winless in his last three turns overall.

 

San Fran counters with Madison Bumgarner (7-4, 3.25 ERA) who is looking for his fourth consecutive win and ranks top 10 among qualified National League starters in both K per nine innings (9.00) and WHIP (1.01).

 

PICKY, PICKY

San Francisco rolled into its series vs. the Marlins off back-to-back wins vs. San Diego which made it three-straight divisional series wins at home for the G-Men since May 3. The problem is that San Fran appears to be “saving up” its best performances for divisional games and divisional games only. Here are some links provided by our friends at SportsDatabase.com which break down the Giants season. Click on the corresponding link for detailed analysis.

 

22-12 vs. the NL West and scoring 4.6 RPG

team = Giants and season >= 2013 and C and o:division = ‘NL West’

 

14-19 vs. non-divisional NL teams (4.1 RPG) and that includes a 4-10 record their last 14

team = Giants and season >= 2013 and C and o:division != ‘NL West’

 

2-6 vs. Interleague opponents and scoring 3.2 PPG

team = Giants and season >= 2013 and not C

 

On average they are favorites in every spot but a guy has made a small fortune this year fading San Fran when they play anyone from outside their division (+11.8 units).

 

The value of SDQL is that you can gain access to the same sports betting information on the Los Angeles Dodgers by simply changing the ‘team’ input. For example, the Dodgers record in 2013 vs. NL West opponents is 11-23, seen here:

 

team = Dodgers and season >= 2013 and C and o:division = ‘NL West’

 

SAN FRANCISCO TREATS

The Giants are tied for second in the majors hitting against lefties (.284) and the average 4.9 runs per game when the opposing starter hurls from the first base side. San Francisco has won five-straight against the Dodgers and it’s entirely possible the MLB odds maker and betting public are hinging too much weight on the past four days of action without factoring enough variables. We’ll take our chances with the quality road team who seems to “gets up” for divisional games.

Pick: Take the Giants +104

 

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BC Lions CFL Preview – 2013

After winning their third-straight division title in 2012, the Lions were upset in Round 2 of the playoffs by a Stampeders club they’ll face in Week 1

 

Lions general manager Wally Buono can never be accused of hanging onto players too long and following a disappointing playoff loss to Calgary, the West Coast youth movement was on. Coming off his first sub-1,000-yard receiving season in 10 years, veteran slotback Geroy Simon was traded to Saskatchewan for WR Justin Harper and a 2014 draft pick. Arland Bruce III was released along with defensive back Byron Parker, both of whom will visit with the Montreal Alouettes in Week 12.

 

Emmanuel Arceneaux’s return from the NFL should help to ease the minds of the Lions faithful and will bolster the Lions already prolific offense led by Travis Lulay, who signed a three-year deal during the off-season. BC’s defense led the league in fewest points allowed last season (20.4) and with the majority of starters returning it looks like they’ll be at a premium once again.

 

BY THE NUMBERS

The Lions went 8-1 straight-up (SU) at home during the regular season and 6-3 against the spread (ATS), with two of the non-covers coming against Eastern opponents. Four of their six overs came at BC Place, giving the Lions a record of 2 overs and 7 unders during road games.

 

– The Lions defense led the CFL in fewest points per game, rushing yards and passing yards allowed in 2012

 

CUP COUNTDOWN

PickSixtySports.com has tracked Grey Cup Odds at three separate sports betting outlets since early May and the Leos (+350) have moved back and forth between 3 to 1 and 7 to 2.

 

– In 2012, the Lions’ odds to win the Cup opened at +400 and closed at +302

 

CFL Season Win Total futures have been released and BC is listed at 11.5 Over (-115)

 

PLUS/MINUS

Key additions for the Lions include WR Emmanuel Arceneaux, DE Julius Williams and QB Joey Elliott

 

Subtractions: SB Geroy Simon, QB Mike Reilly, SB Arland Bruce, CB Byron Parker, S Cauchy Muamba, DT Khalif Mitchell and James Yurichuk

 

Read our 2013 CFL Eastern Conference Previews for online betting tips!

WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS                 HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

TORONTO ARGONAUTS                       MONTREAL ALOUETTES

 

FINAL WORD

The Lions drew a fantastic schedule in 2013 starting with a playoff-revenge game in Calgary Week 1. After that its home for a non-divisional game followed by a home-and-home with the Eskimos. BC’s only trips to the East during the first-half of the season fall in Week’s 5 (at Toronto) and 9 (at Montreal) and in-between the Lions get two home dates sandwiching a bye week. The second-half gets tougher but if Lulay can stay healthy we could see at least 12 wins as BC goes after its third-straight West division title.

 

CFL betting previews for the rest of the West will be posted here throughout the next week as we countdown to kickoff!