CFL Betting Preview
Montreal Alouettes at Calgary Stampeders
Wednesday, 10:00 pm Eastern – TSN


SBG Global Opening Line: Stampeders  -  5.5 ,  Total  52


The CFL regular season gets underway on Wednesday with a rematch of last year’s Grey Cup as the Calgary Stampeders host the Montreal Alouettes.  The Alouettes may be looking for a bit of revenge but it won’t be easy to get it on the road against the defending champs.


Bookmaker reports that early Canadien Football Betting has the public taking Stampeders at Home.


Last year the Alouettes had no success at all against Calgary, losing both regular season meetings (23-19 in Montreal and 41-30 at Calgary) and the Grey Cup (22-14).  Montreal returns Anthony Calvillo, Ben Cahoon, Scott Flory, Bryan Chiu, Kerry Watkins, Jamel Richardson and Avon Cobourne on offense and they have newcomers like Andrew Hawkins and Brandon Whitaker who should contribute this season.  Calvillo was the CFL’s Most Outstanding Player last year throwing for 5,633 yards and a career-high 43 TDs.


This is the fourth straight year that Calgary opens at home and they have won the last three years, beating B.C. 28-18 last year, Hamilton 37-9 in 2007 and Edmonton 24-14 in 2006. Calgary finished the 2008 season with a 7-2 home record.  They are 20-6-1 record at McMahon over the last three seasons. 


Calgary’s offense scored 568 points and 58 touchdowns in 2008 and they return pretty much everyone including QB Henry Burris.  He was the Outstanding Player in the Western Division and the Grey Cup MVP.

Three-time CFL All-star rusher RB Joffrey Reynolds returns at running back. SB Nik Lewis set team records with his fifth straight 1,000-yard season and 88th straight game with at least one catch in 2008. Calgary’s defense led the CFL in points per game allowed (21.5) in 2008 but not everyone is back.  The kicking game does return K Sandro DeAngelis and P Burke Dales.


SBG Global Current Line: Stampeders  -  7.5 ,  Total  52


Here are the Canadien Football Betting stats for Wednesday’s game. The Alouettes are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings.


The Stampeders are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games. The Stampeders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 1. The Stampeders are 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.


The Under is 5-0 in the Alouettes last 5 games in Week 1. The Under is 4-1 in the Stampeders last 5 home games.


Pick: Stampeders