Week 3 CFL Picks: Calgary at Montreal

The Stampeders have a Friday night record of 25-8 SU and 23-8-2 ATS since 2008


After a no-show in the second-half vs. Saskatchewan last week the Calgary Stampeders travels further east in Week 3 and CFL odds for Friday’s contest are tilting towards the home side. After opening at Montreal -2, sportsbooks on gameday are split between Als -2.5 and -3. Pick Sixty columnist Pat Archibald offers his take on tonight’s game.



This is déjà vu all over again. Flash back to game three of 2012. Calgary rolled into Montreal with Kevin Glenn at quarterback after losing Drew Tate the previous week due to injury. Same exact date as well, oddly enough. Montreal scraped out a one-point win in a high scoring tilt.


Currently Montreal is adjusting to a new coaching staff and there is obvious discord in town. QB Anthony Calvillo promises to show less frustration on the field but he added, “I did that countless times under Marc Trestman. Now all of a sudden it is an issue?” Hmmm.


This is a dreaded “two and two” situation for Calgary. Two on the road facing a team playing consecutive home games. That definitely gives Montreal an edge. I do not feel that Calgary is at a major disadvantage with Kevin Glenn at the helm. He’s been through the full gamut in his 13 years in the league and has had success against the Als.


We could go into a lot of statistical detail here but this selection is based on two issues that were discussed in our article “Office Politics”. I believe that Montreal is in some disarray and a level of distrust exists between some players and some coaches. As well I feel that Calvillo is very much showing his age and is into “chuck and duck” mode, looking at the pass rush with worries about getting hit. This will certainly not be lost on the Stamps.

Pick: I’ll take Calgary +3


For more CFL betting check out the Pick Sixty Sports preview and prediction for Winnipeg at Hamilton!