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
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).
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
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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!
ATS: Against the Spread