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 

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!

Montreal Alouettes CFL Preview – 2013

The Als kick-off the season in Winnipeg and bring along with them a sparkling 5-0 June road record from the past 10 years

 

With 10 East Division titles to their credit since 1999 it would take a hardened critic to find holes in the Alouettes system but as Dan Hawkins steps into his new role as head coach, it’s also going to take a lot of work for Montreal to maintain their status quo.

 

[dropcap2]F[/dropcap2]ormer coach Marc Trestman moved south to Soldier Field this off-season where he’ll call shots for the Chicago Bears and that’s helped quiet the usual round of preseason questions over how much gas QB Anthony Calvillo still has left in the tank. Calvillo’s numbers last season speak for themselves and after surpassing the 5,000-yard passing plateau for the third time under Trestman, Hawkins will surely rely on his veteran to help guide an offense that was first in red zone efficiency.

 

The Addition of Arland Bruce III provides AC with yet another skilled receiver to help maintain the Als’ potent offensive attack but Montreal needed to shore up its D and appear to have done so with some key free agent acquisitions in the form of Byron Parker and Ejiro Kuale. Leading tacklers Shea Emery and Chip Cox remain with the team as does the sack-leader John Bowman (7).

 

BY THE NUMBERS

Montreal had 7 overs and 3 unders through the first 10 weeks of the 2012 season and allowed each of its first four opponents to score 30-plus points but that trend may not continue when the Als open the season at Winnipeg on June 27.

 

– The Als past five road games in the month of June all stayed under the total and Montreal was 5-0 SU, winning by an average of 16 PPG

 

CUP COUNTDOWN

PickSixtySports.com has tracked Grey Cup Odds at three separate sports betting outlets since early May and Montreal (+500) has seen a modest slip from +450.

 

– In 2012, the Alouettes’ odds to win the Cup opened at +600 and closed at +575

 

Futures betting for CFL Season Win Totals is now available and the Als are listed at 10 Under (-130).

 

PLUS/MINUS

Key additions for the Als this season include HC Dan Hawkins, QB Quinton Porter, CB Byron Parker, SB Arland Bruce III, RB Jerome Messam and DE Ejiro Kuale

 

Early Subtractions: HC Mark Trestman, LB Rod Davis, DB Dwight Anderson, WR Brian Bratton, and QB Adrian McPherson

 

Late Cuts: QB Quinton Porter, CB Seth Williams, WR Damone Blackman, WR Michael Campbell, WR Phillip Livas, G Matt Cleveland, DE Mike Lockley, DE Cyril Obiozor, DT Scott Paxson, DB BJ Scott and DB Devon Torrence

 

FINAL WORD

An aging but still capable quarterback, a new head coach and a flood of new talent to help shore up a defensive unit and special teams which ranked at the bottom of several key statistical categories. Trestman was 11-7 in his first year with Montreal (2008) and they also hit 11 wins in Trestman’s final year but to reach that mark again they’ll need to improve on a .500 record vs. the division and the team would be best served to take care of that before the calendar flips to October.

 

CFL betting previews for every team will be posted here throughout the next week as we countdown to 2013 kickoff in Winnipeg on Thursday, June 27!