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06/29/2013 09:39 AM

Saturday, June 29

Game Score Status Pick Amount


Saskatchewan - 3:30 PM ET Saskatchewan +1 500 POD # 1


Edmonton - Under 49.5 500 POD # 2

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07/01/2013 06:06 PM

'Over' bettors cash big in CFL Week 1

The ‘over’ went a perfect 4-0 in Week 1 CFL openers,

The eight teams combined to score 277 points in Week 1 (69.25 points per game) with the Calgary Stampeders leading the way with 44 points in their opener against the BC Lions. The two clubs played 24 points over the 52-point total.

In fact, the four openers played over their respective totals by a combined average of 17 points.

Here are some of the biggest adjustments on the CFL futures board after Week 1:

Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS, 1-0 over/under)

Opened: +800
After Week 1: +400

The Roughriders destroyed the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium, 39-18, on Saturday. The Green Riders received a 131 yard-effort from RB Kory Sheets and put four offensive TDs on the board. Saskatchewan’s focus now turns to its Week 2 home opener against the Calgary Stampeders.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS, 1-0 over/under)

Opened: +1700
After Week 1: +2200

Oddsmakers opened the Blue Bombers as the biggest underdogs in the league and their odds have tumbled further after falling 38-33 to the Montreal Alouettes in the season opener.

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07/03/2013 10:50 AM

CFL
Dunkel

Winnipeg at Montreal
The Blue Bombers look to bounce back from last week's loss to and build on their 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 games following an ATS defeat. Winnipeg is the pick (+7 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Alouettes favored by only 5. Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+7 1/2). Here are all of this week's CFL picks.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

Game 421-422: Winnipeg at Montreal (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 110.958; Montreal 116.011
Dunkel Line: Montreal by 5; 57
Vegas Line: Montreal by 7 1/2; 53
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+7 1/2); Over

Game 423-424: Toronto at BC (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 111.596; BC 121.933
Dunkel Line: BC by 10 1/2; 49
Vegas Line: BC by 4 1/2; 52 1/2
Dunkel Pick: BC (-4 1/2); Under


FRIDAY, JULY 5

Game 425-426: Calgary at Saskatchewan (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 116.023; Saskatchewan 119.660
Dunkel Line: Saskatchewan by 3 1/2; 50
Vegas Line: Saskatchewan by 1; 54
Dunkel Pick: Saskatchewan (-1); Under


SUNDAY, JULY 7

Game 427-428: Edmonton at Hamilton (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 112.462; Hamilton 111.921
Dunkel Line: Edmonton by 1; 60
Vegas Line: Hamilton by 7; 55
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (+7); Over




CFL
Long Sheet

Week 2

First Post

Thursday, July 4

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WINNIPEG (0 - 1) at MONTREAL (1 - 0) - 7/4/2013, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WINNIPEG is 5-3 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 4-4 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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TORONTO (1 - 0) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (0 - 1) - 7/4/2013, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Friday, July 5

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CALGARY (1 - 0) at SASKATCHEWAN (1 - 0) - 7/5/2013, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SASKATCHEWAN is 45-25 ATS (+17.5 Units) in July games since 1996.
CALGARY is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) when playing on a Friday over the last 2 seasons.
CALGARY is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
SASKATCHEWAN is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CALGARY is 5-3 against the spread versus SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
CALGARY is 7-1 straight up against SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Sunday, July 7

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EDMONTON (0 - 1) at HAMILTON (0 - 1) - 7/7/2013, 5:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 3-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
EDMONTON is 3-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CFL

Week 2

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Trend Report
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Thursday, July 4

7:00 PM
WINNIPEG vs. MONTREAL
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 9 games
Winnipeg is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
Montreal is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games at home

10:00 PM
TORONTO vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
Toronto is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
British Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games at home


Friday, July 5

9:00 PM
CALGARY vs. SASKATCHEWAN
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Calgary
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games


Sunday, July 7

5:00 PM
EDMONTON vs. HAMILTON
Edmonton is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 7 games when playing Edmonton
Hamilton is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games

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07/04/2013 10:23 AM

Reilly eyeing for bounce back performance in Week 2


EDMONTON -- Call it first game jitters or just plain old bad luck, but Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly knows his Week 2 performance will have to be better than the one he put forth in Week 1.

“There’s obviously a lot that we need to work on it’s the first game of the season, so it’s a good learning experience. (Saskatchewan) played a great game. They came out and took it to us early and we just got to get better,” he said.

“It’s the first game and we weren’t sharp, that goes for everybody in this room. We have to focus up and have another great week of work and bring a better focus next week and if we do that I think we will be alright.”

In his first start as a Edmonton’s undisputed starting pivot, Reilly completed 17 of his 35 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

One of those three interceptions ended up being the turning point for the entire game. Pinned deep in his own end with no time left on the clock in the first half, Reilly tossed an ill-advised pass while under pressure that was picked and returned for a touchdown by Riders linebacker Rey Williams.

The score gave the Riders a 22-1 lead heading into the half, one which the Eskimos were never able to recover from.

Reilly believes the mistake was just one thing that he’ll have to correct while watching tape leading into their Week 2 clash with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

"That was a terrible decision by me and it cost our team,'' said Reilly. "I take pride in being the type of guy that learns from mistakes and that's not going to happen again.''

The start was the fourth of Reilly’s career and while it wasn’t exactly a gem, Esks head coach Kavis Reed said that type of outing is expected from a quarterback of Reilly’s stature.

“With a young QB you’re going to have to make sure you manage him as well as the football game and from that perspective I am going to look at that. Mike is in his fourth start and we knew that he was going to do some very good things but we knew that he was going to have to learn on the fly as well.

“There is little to any doubt that he is the guy, there is no question about that. We have to do things differently to make sure we help him out in terms of his growth in his process.”

Much like everything in football, Reilly’s progress in Edmonton will take time.

“This is an education game; this is one of those ones where you dissect the situation. I look at my management and I look at the play calling and performance and go from there.”

Esks offensive lineman Matt O’Donnell thinks it’s just a matter of getting back to work and coming together as a team.

"We've got a lot to work on as a team and as unit,'' O'Donnell told the Canadian Press Tuesday after a long practice in sweltering 30 C temperatures at Commonwealth Stadium.

"We've just got to come together as a team, limit turnovers, limit mistakes (and) limit penalties.''

"But) we've got to come together as a team and not turn on each other.''

At practice Tuesday, Reed was part X's and O's tactician and part psychologist. He walked amongst his players during exercises, shaking hands, keeping spirits up.

By the end of the practice he stood at midfield and hollered at the waves of players sprinting, or in the case of some linemen, wheezing, past him from sideline to sideline in conditioning drills.

"We're the only ones who believe!!'' he shouted. "We're the only ones we have!!''

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07/04/2013 10:25 AM

No slowing down: Calvillo, Burris not showing age


TORONTO -- It seems that age is but a state of mind for Canadian Football League quarterbacks.

Two of the best, Anthony Calvillo of the Montreal Alouettes and Henry Burris of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, are 40 and 38 respectively as the 2013 season kicked off.

The 39-year-old Kerry Joseph, who began his career with the Ottawa Renegades, is hanging on as a backup with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Anthony Calvillo and Henry Burris took little time to start spreading the ball around, combining for 625 yards and 4 touchdowns in Week 1.

"Anthony is in phenomenal shape for his age," Montreal general manager Jim Popp said. "He's playing at the highest level, MVP level.

"So we don't really look at his age. When the day comes that he says 'I'm retiring, I just can't do any more on the field,' then it becomes more of a panic button scenario."

There was speculation last winter that Calvillo may pack it in when Marc Trestman left after five years to become head coach of the NFL Chicago Bears, but Calvillo was back in camp under new coach Dan Hawkins.

And why not? He completed 333 passes to reach the 5,000-yard mark for the seventh time in his career in 2012, despite playing through an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder that hindered his throwing motion and required off-season surgery.

Two seasons ago, the East Los Angeles native broke a handful of passing records set by Damon Allen, who played until he was 44.

Calvillo entered his 20th CFL season last week, his 16th with Montreal, with 5,777 completions for 78,494 yards and 449 touchdowns.

If he stays healthy, he should top 10,000 pass attempts, 6,000 completions and 80,000 yards this season.

If he doesn't stay upright, Montreal could be in big trouble. His backup in recent years, Adrian McPherson, is gone, and he will have third-stringer Josh Neiswander and rookie Tanner Marsh as contingency plans.

"We're always preparing people," said Popp. "The truth is you don't know what you have until you have to play someone else and see how they perform."

Burris is also coming off a year that saw him establish career highs in completions (391), attempts (604), yards (5,367) and TDs (43) for the Ticats. Burris has thrown for over 4,000 yards in eight of the last nine years.

Bringing in the experienced Kent Austin as head coach may be what Hamilton needs to get a talented group to succeed on the field and keep Burris at his top level in his 15th CFL campaign.

"He had a really good camp, he really did," Austin said prior to last week's opener in Toronto. "He came in in great shape, he was stronger than last year from what I understand.
"He threw the ball pretty well most of camp. He's really smart, he takes coaching, he wants to be good and wants to win."

Not only did Austin win Grey Cups as a player, he's also excelled with veteran quarterbacks as a coach. He was the Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator in '04 when Allen was a Grey Cup champion and CFL MVP and was the Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach in '07 when Joseph earned the same double achievement.

"He's brought success to quarterbacks and also brought success to his teams," Burris said. "He's a great coach and both Damon and Kerry have told me I'm going to enjoy working with him."

Last week, Burris proved that he was picking up right where he left off in 2012, generating 361 yards and 3 touchdowns on 24 of 37 passing in Toronto.

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07/04/2013 10:27 AM

CFL
Dunkel

Winnipeg at Montreal
The Blue Bombers look to bounce back from last week's loss to and build on their 7-0 ATS record in their last 7 games following an ATS defeat. Winnipeg is the pick (+7 1/2) according to Dunkel, which has the Alouettes favored by only 5. Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+7 1/2). Here are all of this week's CFL picks.

THURSDAY, JULY 4

Game 421-422: Winnipeg at Montreal (7:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Winnipeg 110.958; Montreal 116.011
Dunkel Line: Montreal by 5; 57
Vegas Line: Montreal by 7 1/2; 53
Dunkel Pick: Winnipeg (+7 1/2); Over

Game 423-424: Toronto at BC (10:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Toronto 111.596; BC 121.933
Dunkel Line: BC by 10 1/2; 49
Vegas Line: BC by 4 1/2; 52 1/2
Dunkel Pick: BC (-4 1/2); Under


FRIDAY, JULY 5

Game 425-426: Calgary at Saskatchewan (9:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Calgary 116.023; Saskatchewan 119.660
Dunkel Line: Saskatchewan by 3 1/2; 50
Vegas Line: Saskatchewan by 1; 54
Dunkel Pick: Saskatchewan (-1); Under


SUNDAY, JULY 7

Game 427-428: Edmonton at Hamilton (5:00 p.m. EST)
Dunkel Ratings: Edmonton 112.462; Hamilton 111.921
Dunkel Line: Edmonton by 1; 60
Vegas Line: Hamilton by 7; 55
Dunkel Pick: Edmonton (+7); Over




CFL
Long Sheet

Week 2

First Post

Thursday, July 4

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WINNIPEG (0 - 1) at MONTREAL (1 - 0) - 7/4/2013, 7:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
WINNIPEG is 5-3 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
MONTREAL is 4-4 straight up against WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons
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TORONTO (1 - 0) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (0 - 1) - 7/4/2013, 10:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 3-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Friday, July 5

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CALGARY (1 - 0) at SASKATCHEWAN (1 - 0) - 7/5/2013, 9:00 PM
Top Trends for this game.
SASKATCHEWAN is 45-25 ATS (+17.5 Units) in July games since 1996.
CALGARY is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) when playing on a Friday over the last 2 seasons.
CALGARY is 17-6 ATS (+10.4 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.
SASKATCHEWAN is 7-17 ATS (-11.7 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 3 seasons.

Head-to-Head Series History
CALGARY is 5-3 against the spread versus SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
CALGARY is 7-1 straight up against SASKATCHEWAN over the last 3 seasons
4 of 8 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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Sunday, July 7

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EDMONTON (0 - 1) at HAMILTON (0 - 1) - 7/7/2013, 5:00 PM
There are no Top Trends with records of significance that apply to this game.

Head-to-Head Series History
EDMONTON is 3-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
EDMONTON is 3-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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CFL
Armadillo's Write-Up

Week 2

Winnipeg (0-1) @ Montreal (1-0)— Alouettes won first game for former Boise State/Colorado coach Hawkins 38-33 (-3.5) last week at Winnipeg, with four takeaways (+3), four sacks; Als led 23-13 at half—they’re 3-2 in last five games vs Bombers, with all three wins going over total, both losses staying under. Winnipeg won two of its last three road games LY, after losing first six by average score of 40-14; seven of their last ten games stayed under total- under is 6-2-1 in last nine Montreal tilts (4-0-1 in last five at home). Alouettes lost two of last three home games; they split pair of games here with Bombers LY.

Toronto (1-0) @ British Columbia (0-1)— Defending Grey Cup champ Argonauts are on 6-0 roll after beating Hamilton 39-34 (-3.5) in opener last week; Ray threw ball for 368 yards (10.8/attempt) and Argos didn’t turn ball over, but they’ve lost last four games with Lions by average score of 26-14, dropping last three visits here, by 5-22-21 points. BC lost three of last four games, getting thumped 44-32 (+3.5) in Calgary last week (trailed 31-6 at half); they allowed 200 rushing yards, Lulay was sacked three times. Lions have won six of last seven home games, getting upset here in playoffs by Stampeders LY. Argos won last three road games, scoring 29 ppg.

Calgary (1-0) @ Saskatchewan (1-0)—Stampeders (-3.5) beat BC Lions 44-32 at home last week, winning opener for home fans dealing with horrible flood in their town; Calgary ran ball for 200 yards, outgained Lions by 82 yards- they won three of four vs Riders LY, splitting pair here- they scored 30+ points in all three wins, lost 17-10 in one of two visits to Regina. Saskatchewan’s win in Edmonton last week snapped 5-game losing skid from LY; Riders lost last two games on Taylor Field, are 3-4 overall in last seven at home- they were outgained by 64 yards in Edmonton last week, but were +4 in turnovers. Last eight Calgary games, five of last six Roughrider games went over the total.

Edmonton (0-1) @ Hamilton (0-1)—Home side won five of last six Eskimo-TiCat games, with Edmonton losing 51-8 (+3) here LY, then winning 35-20 (-2.5) at home three weeks later. Last five series games were all decided by 15+ points. TiCats gave up 489 yards in 39-34 (+3.5) loss in SkyDome last week, allowing 10.8 yards per pass attempt- they’ve lost five of last six games overall, but have won three of last four at home. Eskimos were down 22-1 at halftime of 39-18 home loss to Riders last week, turning ball over four times (-4), allowing Saskatchewan 144 rushing yards. Over is 7-0-1 in last eight Edmonton games, 8-3 in last eleven Hamilton tilts.




CFL

Week 2

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Trend Report
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Thursday, July 4

7:00 PM
WINNIPEG vs. MONTREAL
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Winnipeg's last 9 games
Winnipeg is 2-10 SU in its last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Montreal's last 12 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
Montreal is 4-11 ATS in its last 15 games at home

10:00 PM
TORONTO vs. BRITISH COLUMBIA
Toronto is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
Toronto is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
British Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 6 games at home


Friday, July 5

9:00 PM
CALGARY vs. SASKATCHEWAN
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Calgary
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games


Sunday, July 7

5:00 PM
EDMONTON vs. HAMILTON
Edmonton is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Hamilton
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 7 games when playing Edmonton
Hamilton is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games


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CFL

Week 2

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CFL Thursday football: What bettors need to know
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Montreal Alouettes (-7, 52)

Dan Hawkins began his tenure as coach of the Montreal Alouettes by defeating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and spoiling the debut of their new stadium. The Blue Bombers (0-1) will be out for revenge when they visit Montreal (1-0) on Thursday. Hawkins relied heavily on quarterback Anthony Calvillo and receiver S.J. Green in his first CFL regular-season game, but the Blue Bombers got to Calvillo on numerous occasions and the veteran pivot finished the game with tape on his throwing hand.

Winnipeg held a nine-point lead heading into the fourth quarter last week but was unable to produce offense in the final 15 minutes en route to a 38-33 setback. Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce threw an interception on his final play of the game but can build on his 258-yard performance as Winnipeg looks for a rare road victory. The Blue Bombers' defense averaged 29.5 points against per game last year.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, TSN

ABOUT THE BLUE BOMBERS (0-1): James Green has rejoined the team with fellow linebacker Rene Stephan out for a month with a hamstring injury. Green spent three campaigns with the Blue Bombers but was released after last season and spent the previous week helping the effort in his hometown of Calgary following devastating floods in the area. Defensive end Zach Anderson was promoted to the main roster and former Winnipeg defensive lineman Marquis Frazier was added to the practice roster with JT Gilmore suffering from a calf injury.

ABOUT THE ALOUETTES (1-0): Rookie Tyron Carrier recorded Montreal’s first punt return for a touchdown in three years in the season opener. Carrier, who finished with 103 yards on six returns, gives the Alouettes a special teams threat they have lacked in recent seasons. Green finished with 119 yards, although no other Montreal receiver accounted for more than 37. The latter number could be a concern, considering how pass-heavy the Alouettes have been in recent seasons.

TRENDS:

* Blue Bombers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games.
* Alouettes are 5-0 ATS in their last five games in Week 2.
* Under is 5-2 in Blue Bombers last seven vs. East.
* Blue Bombers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Montreal was 7-2 at home last year while Winnipeg finished 2-7 on the road.

2. Pierce threw three interceptions in Week 1, including two in the first half that resulted in 10 points for the Alouettes.

3. These East Division foes will not face each other again until Oct. 14 in Montreal.


Toronto Argonauts at B.C. Lions (-6, 52.5)

The BC Lions opened this season like they finished the last one: with a loss to the Calgary Stampeders. The Lions (0-1) will attempt to put that season-opening setback behind them when they host the defending Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts (1-0) on Thursday. Lions quarterback Travis Lulay finished Week 1 with three touchdown passes on 283 passing yards and added 55 rushing yards, but BC could not overcome a 25-point first-half deficit en route to a 44-32 loss.

Toronto posted a 39-34 triumph over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to open its season after raising the banner for its Grey Cup victory. Quarterback Ricky Ray’s 368 passing yards and four touchdown tosses paced the Argonauts, who also received 112 rushing yards from Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player Chad Kackert. Toronto’s defense allowed just three points in the second half of Friday’s victory.

TV: 10 p.m. ET, TSN

ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (1-0): Chad Owens, who set a professional football record for all-purpose yards last season with 3,863, amassed 235 combined yards in Week 1. Fellow slotback Jason Barnes caught two touchdown passes to go with 85 total yards and wide receiver Spencer Watt scored his fourth career touchdown, giving Toronto depth in its receiving corps. Kicker Swayze Waters is expected to miss at least two weeks with an injury suffered on Friday, leading the Argonauts to re-sign veteran Noel Prefontaine.

ABOUT THE LIONS (0-1): Wide receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux led the team with 103 receiving yards, surpassing the 2,000-yard plateau in his career to start his third CFL season. Arceneaux, who last played for BC in 2010, spent three seasons trying to earn a spot on an NFL team, trying out with Minnesota, Washington and the New York Jets. Arceneaux’s return helped blunt the loss of CFL all-time receiving yards leader Geroy Simon, who was traded in the off-season. K Hugh O’Neill missed an extra point attempt in the first half of Week 1, but converted the next two and made a 40-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

TRENDS:

* Argonauts are 7-1 ATS in their last eight road games.
* Lions are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games.
* Over is 5-1 in Argonauts last six games overall.
* Under is 14-4 in the last 18 meetings.

EXTRA POINTS:

1. Toronto, which finished 6-4 against West Division last year, was the only East Division team to secure a winning record versus the West.

2. The Lions were 8-1 at home last year en route to a league-best 13-5 regular-season record.

3. Kackert, who recorded 638 rushing yards on 100 attempts last year, has already surpassed his longest career regular-season run with a 57-yard touchdown dash on Friday.

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07/04/2013 10:35 AM

Thursday, July 4

Game Score Status Pick Amount

Winnipeg - 7:00 PM ET Winnipeg +7 500 POD # 3

Montreal - Over 54.5 500 POD # 2


Toronto - 10:00 PM ET Toronto +5 500 POD # 1

BC Lions - Under 53.5 500 POD # 4

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07/05/2013 12:34 PM

2013 CFL.ca Game Notes: A look at Week 2


TORONTO -- One week down, 18 to go.

After a high-scoring Week 1 where 277 points – the third highest opening week total in history – were scored, Week 2 gets underway with a Thursday night double header.

The Als and Blue Bombers kick things off with a rematch of last week’s entertaining clash, one that saw Montreal escape Winnipeg with a narrow 38-33 win.

Later that night, the Argonauts and Lions go head-to-head in a matchup of the last two Grey Cup winners in Vancouver.

On Friday night, two bitter rivals renew hostilities at Mosaic Stadium, with the Riders hosting the Calgary Stampeders.

Closing out Week 2 will be the Tiger-Cats and Eskimos, who meet at Hamilton’s temporary new home Alumni Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week’s CFL.ca Game Notes.

By the Numbers:

Scoring surplus: There were 277 points scored in the first four games for an average of 69.3 per game. That made it the THIRD HIGHEST scoring opening week in CFL history. Only 1992 (74.3) and 1990 (70.0) were higher.

Holding onto the ball: The biggest change over the last two seasons has been a 19 per cent drop in the number of turnovers per game. In 2012, there were just 4.1 giveaways per game – an all-time low for any season in CFL history. This trend continued as only 15 turnovers were committed in the first four games.

A passing league: In 2012, teams rushed only 18.9 times per game on average – the second-lowest total in CFL history (1993 was 17.6). The league-wide pass efficiency rating of 93.5 ranked #1 all-time, only the second year ever it has been 90+. The league-wide pass efficiency rating for Week 1 of 2013 was a stunning 98.3.

A Golden Age for FG kickers: Over the last two seasons, CFL field goal kickers have made 81.6 per cent of their attempts. Prior to 2011, the league average since 1954 was just 66 per cent, and as recently as 2005 it was just 71 per cent. In Week 1 kickers pushed that rate even higher to 18-of-21 for an 85.7 per cent mark.

Returners on the rise: In 2012 returners brought back 14 kicks for TDs, up by 6 from 2011. There were NO kickoff return TDs in 2012, marking the first time since 2001 that none occurred. However, there were three kicks returned for TDs in Week 1 including the first kickoff since September 2011, when Hamilton’s Marcus Thigpen brought one back.

Comeback kids: In 72 regular season games in 2012, 36 of the wins were by teams coming from behind. The largest comeback of the year was by Hamilton who trailed Saskatchewan by 19 before bouncing back to win 35-34. A total of 40 of the 72 games were decided in the final 3:00. Two teams came from behind to win during the opening week of 2013.

No sacks zone: There were 120 possessions in Week 1, 13 of which saw a team allow a sack. None of those 13 drives produced a touchdown for the offence. On the other 107 drives there were 25 TDs scored – a big drop off.

BC 1K: This week marks the Lions’ 1,000th regular season game in their 60-year history. They have an active 6-game home win streak heading into their game with defending champion Toronto this week.

Calgary dominance: In Week 1 the Stampeders had the league’s top rusher (Jon Cornish 172 yards), tackler (Jonathan Hefney 10 tackles), special teams tackler (Karl McCartney with 4), QB sacker (Charles Hughes 3). They scored the most points (44), and drew the fewest penalties (3). They stretched their regular season win streak to 5 games.

Offensive excellence: In the CFL the two-and-out is a fact of life in three down football. The CFL averages about 11 of them per game. In Week 1 Toronto and Hamilton combined for only 3, piling up over 930 yards of net offence in the process.

Going Streaking:

Calgary: Have won 5-straight regular season games

Toronto: Have six consecutive wins in all games including the 2012 post-season.

BC: Has a current 6-game home winning streak in regular season.

Saskatchewan: Got back on track last week snapping a 5-game overall losing streak.

Fast starts:

Toronto: Began both the first and second halves last week with back-to-back TD drives.

Saskatchewan: Also began both the first and second halves last week with back-to-back TD drives. They scored 28 of their 32 offensive points on those 4 drives including 233 of their 330 net yards for the game.

Hamilton: Had 3 TDs and a FG in their first 4 possessions, but only scored 3 points on their final 7 drives.

Calgary: Has now outscored BC 40-0 in the first quarter alone in their last two meetings.

Roster Moves:

After missing Week 1, Montreal Alouettes running back Brandon Whitaker is expected to make his first appearance since going down with a torn ACL in Week 12 of last season.

Fullback Patrick Lavoie is also expected to make his 2013 debut. Sitting out for the Als will be returner Tyron Carrier with a shoulder injury.

In Saskatchewan, receiver Geroy Simon will miss his second-straight game with a lower-body injury.

The Argos will have an old face handling their kicking duties, as Noel Prefontaine will take over for the injured Swayze Waters.

Kicker Paul McCallum and linebacker Solomon Elimimian are both expected to be back in the Lions' lineup after missing Week 1 with injuries.

Milestone Watch:

Receiving Leaders Updated: Three of the CFL’s all-time leading receivers are active for 2013 (Geroy Simon #1, Arland Bruce III #12 at 10,809 yards, and Nik Lewis #13 at 10,529 yards). With 29 yards Bruce can pass Tom Scott (10,837) for the #11 spot. Other active players in the Top 50 are: Jamel Richardson at #39 (7,877) and Terrence Edwards (WPG) at #45 with 7,088. Lewis’ consecutive games streak with at least one catch stands at 158 games.

Rushing leaders updated: With most of the league’s all-time rushing leaders now retired, and the transition from early rushing precedence to the “passing game”, little impact will be made this year. The Top 3 active rushers are all quarterbacks: Henry Burris (HAM) at #45 with 4,771 yards, Kerry Joseph #53 (4,470) and Anthony Calvillo #73 (3,662). The leading active rusher among running backs is Jon Cornish (CGY) with 3,499 yards at #81 all-time after leading the CFL with 172 last week. He moved up three places on the all-time list last week from #84.

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07/05/2013 12:36 PM

Stephen: Silence is golden for Stamps at Mosaic

When the Calgary Stampeders landed in Regina, they discovered another opponent to battle. A glance at the south end of Mosaic Stadium reveals the Roughriders installing Grey Cup seating, some of which will be open for Friday night’s game with the Stampeders. And I’m willing to bet there will not be many Stampeder fans occupying those seats.

“It will be tough playing and with our cadence,” noted quarterback Drew Tate.

“We practiced for it all week, we’re going to try to stay with it and hopefully be consistent. We have to adjust, that’s football.”

The Stampeders practiced with simulated crowd noise at McMahon Stadium this week to prep them for the expected noisy reception. Reception aside, Tate is looking to build on a strong opening week effort against the BC Lions.

“I feel good, I feel very confident about our game plan,”said Tate, fresh from a 19-of-27 effort.

“We’re prepared for a lot of different kind of looks and a lot of different kind of scenarios.”

The Stampeders handled all scenarios well last week in their season opener with the Lions. Offensively, they racked up 44 points while yielding no sacks, committing no penalties and allowing just one turnover.

The Stamps will also be looking to kickoff their annual ‘Calgary Stampede’ road trip on a positive note.

This week, Jonathan Hefney will remain on the roster for the Stampeders after making his Calgary debut with a 10 tackle performance in Week 1.

However, his status was uncertain during the week as strong-side linebacker Keon Raymond tested his wonky ankle. After a couple of workouts, the determination was made to keep Raymond on the sidelines.

“It looked like it was going to happen, “said Coach John Hufnagel.

“But he came in on the morning of the third day of practice and it was sore and we just don’t want to rush it right now. Hef was also practicing the position so he is ready to go and excited to be here to play.”

Friday night’s clash will be the first time these two teams meet since last year’s Western Semi-Final, a game that saw the Stamps steal a victory away from the Riders in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.

In the loss, Riders receiver Weston Dressler was almost unstoppable, registering 153 yards on six receptions. The speedy receiver always seems to have big games against the Stamps.

“When you play a team enough times, you’re bound to have a big game every now and then,” smiled Dressler.

“Offensively, we just have to make the most of the opportunities because when you’re playing a good defence, there aren’t a lot of opportunities.”

For the Stampeders to win, and silence, the crowd, they will have to implement the same formula that worked in their opener.

In that game, the Stampeders marched down the field and scored on their opening drive, something that ignited the crowd. On the road, they have to look to achieve the same goal, but use that success to silence the crowd.

Given the extra seating, they’ll need every possible tool at their disposal to quiet the gathering.

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07/05/2013 12:39 PM

Nye: Can the Riders make the dream come true?

Finally, it’s here!

The first week of the CFL season, or any season for that matter, is why fans are fans and why we can’t wait to see the ball sail through the air for the opening kick.

So much has been put into the off-season and training camp to set a team up for the unknown and in Saskatchewan, the unknown also comes with the image everyone in this province has been yearning for since Mark Cohon announced the 2013 Grey Cup was to be played at Mosaic Stadium; Darian Durant and his teammates hoisting the Cup in front of sea of green in their home stadium, the shrine of all things football in Saskatchewan, and a great send off for a stadium that will be replaced in 2017.

But it’s a long way before anybody knows if that dream comes true although it’s a goal the coaches, players, management and fans can’t help but think about.

When Rider Nation goes to bed on Friday night, these are the types of things they will ponder?

Is Darian Durant going to take the next step?

There is no doubt Darian Durant has to be great. Most quarterbacks do for their team to win, especially in the CFL. It’s very rare to find a team win a championship in spite of their quarterback like the Baltimore Ravens did with Trent Dilfer a decade ago.

The Grey Cup Champion quarterbacks have been Ricky Ray, Travis Lulay, Anthony Calvillo, Anthony Calvillo, Henry Burris in the last five years.

Durant is taking the next step as a quarterback by protecting the ball. His touchdown to interception ratio has improved each of the last three years, as has his completion percentage.

Signs the once self described 'gunslinger' is understanding while the mentality has it’s big play upside can turn around and bite your team in the end.

Will the offensive line get it together?

The Riders offensive line wasn’t a big concern coming into the season but a freak incident in practice that broke Patrick Neufeld’s leg all of a sudden has fans worried.

Durant was hit early and often in the pre-season finale against Calgary. Ben Heenan is at a new spot to replace the right tackle but for the other four, they have no excuse. Xavier Fulton, Brendon LaBatte, Dominic Picard and Chris Best are all-star calibre linemen.

How good can this offence be?

With Durant’s 2010 5,500 yard year a not too distant memory, Geroy Simon’s arrival, the emergence of Kory Sheets, the consistency of Weston Dressler, the preseason of Taj Smith and the non-import duo of Getzlaf and Bagg, many are thinking this Rider offence is going to put up some major numbers with many majors.

The top offence in the league last year had nearly 7,000 yards. Can the Riders eclipse that mark? On paper it seems that way.

Is this defensive line going to become the 2nd coming of ‘The Gang’

A text message into ‘The Green Zone’ was curious if this defensive line could become as synonymous with rushing the passer as the one in the ‘89 with Bobby Jurasin, James Curry, Gary Lewis, Chuck Klingbeil and Vince Goldsmith.

John Chick looks like he hasn’t missed a beat since leaving the CFL after his 2009 Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Ricky Foley is promising big things after his stats took a big drop in a different role with the Argonauts last season.

Tearrius George’s two sacks in the first pre-season game and his intensity since day one of training camp has many expecting a big year for the defensive tackle.

Oh, and the ‘man that makes it all tick’ as stated by Foley, Keith Shologan will hold down the nose tackle spot to allow the play makers to get after it.

Add to that mix a veteran like Jermaine McElveen and rookie standouts Antonio Coleman and Will Davis, this unit might have to come up with a nick name.

Is the Wolfpack going to have a bite to match their bark?

One of the mandates this offseason was to improve the secondary. Just play Romby Bryant’s touchdown at the end of the West Semi Final in 2012 and you’ll find out why.

Terrell Maze and Tyron Brackenridge have stayed but everyone else is gone and Craig Butler and Macho Harris will be asked to do more.

In comes the loud and proud Dwight Anderson, Weldon Brown and Carlos Thomas.

They’ve dubbed themselves the ‘Wolfpack’ and look to bring a swagger to the defense.

What will happen in the kicking game?

The first time Chris Milo trots on to the field on Saturday to kick a field goal, he’ll either have fans rest easier or increase anxiety.

Milo has been money in practice but his 1 for 3 performance in the pre-season was reason for concern.

Milo should be fine. He can kick in the pros. He did it with amazing efficiency in 2011. While 2012 was a let down, he just needs to find his swing to make sure Corey Chamblin isn’t knocking down Brendan Taman’s door to find a kicker like they did last year with Sandro DeAngelis.

So if Rider Nation doesn’t sleep well on Friday night, the above is why. There are so many expectations and some major questions.

I just hope they realize there are 21 more weeks until they’ll be able to know for sure if the ’Celebration in Rider Nation’ involves their team.

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