In a rare midweek CFL betting battle, the Calgary Stampeders will take to the road for the second straight week when they duke it out with the Toronto Argonauts at Rogers Centre.
Calgary Stampeders (2-0, 2-0 ATS) - Give the Stamps all the credit in the world for going into Hamilton and escaping with a 23-22 upset victory. This was a hard-fought game that went back and forth the entire way, but a crucial goal-line stand in the third quarter and K Rob Maver field goal with 13 ticks left on the clock made the difference in the 'W'. The Calgary defense was fantastic on the ground, holding the Ti-Cats to just 2.8 yards per carry. Offensively speaking, the team is still a mess in the passing game. QB Henry Burris didn't complete a single pass more than 17 yards downfield during the Tabbies. The offensive line caused Burris to run for his life 11 times for 36 yards in spite of the fact that he only got sacked once. Though this is a team that has dominated time of possession and has run at least 60 plays in both of its games this year, until Burris can stretch the field and throw for more than 275 yards in a game, there is going to be a big problem in Calgary. RB Joffrey Reynolds ran for 98 yards, giving him 214 for the two games on the year. With just under 1,000 more in his next 16 games, he Reynolds will have his fifth straight 1,200+ yard year.
Toronto Argonauts (1-1, 1-1 ATS) - If not for a tad bit of bad luck against Calgary to start the season, the Argos would be 2-0 ATS. However, there is a great argument that Toronto is still in horrifying shape coming into this game. The rushing attack got a huge boost last week from RB Corey Boyd, who ran for 109 yards and a score in his second game as a starting back in the CFL. RB Cleo Lemon also ran into the end zone for his first career rushing touchdown in the league. Still, the passing game for the Boatmen is anemic at best. Lemon hasn't reached 200 passing yards yet in a game in the CFL, and he has really yet to form any sort of bond with any of his receivers. None had more than four catches in Week 2 against Winnipeg. Still, putting 36 points on the board was impressive against a defense that looked great in Week 1 against Hamilton. The 'O' had to settle for four field goals and managed just two offensive TDs. The man who changed the game was Chad Owens, who returned a missed field goal 117 yards for the touchdown in the fourth quarter that put the Argos ahead for good. There is still plenty of work to do in Toronto, but the Argonauts have to feel good about splitting their first two road games of the year.
Calgary already blew apart the Boatmen once this year, winning 30-16 at home. Considering the fact that that moved the Stamps to 5-1 ATS and 6-0 SU over the L/6 clashes of these rivals, there is no reason to believe that this won't continue again in a romp for the visitors.
Selection: Calgary Stampeders -6 at BetCanadian