RedBlacks vs. Stampeders Prediction: CFL Week 1 Point Spread, Odds
June 15, 2019, 7:00 PM ET | McMahon Stadium
The CFL head office didn’t waste any time scheduling the Grey Cup rematch in week one. The Stampeders defeated the Redblacks in last season’s game, but this year, these two teams look completely different.
Betting AnalysisCalgary enters this game on a four-game winning streak against Ottawa. They are also 6-2-2 in their last 10 games head to head. Yes, these two teams have tied twice in the last two and a half years.
Both of these teams are slow starters to start the season, or at least offensively speaking they are. The Stampeders have a good history of playing to the under in games in June, as they are 21-5 to the under in their last 26 games in this month. Meanwhile, the Redblacks are 4-1 to the under in their last five games on the road. The Redblacks are 1-5 ATS in their last six games at McMahon Stadium.
Of note, the Stampeders are heavy favourites not only to win the West Division (+125) but to also repeat as Grey Cup Champions (+269). The Redblacks are longshots to win the Grey Cup (+900), but in the hunt to win the East (+187)
You talk about a shaky offseason – that’s exactly what the Redblacks had. In fact, they may have had one of the worst CFL off seasons in some time. The team lost its starting quarterback, a top receiver, and an all-star offensive lineman.
Welcome to the Dominique Davis era, as the 29 year old earned the starting position out of training camp. Davis is in his fourth CFL season, and first as a starter. The team is expected to start five Canadians on the offensive line to protect their starter. It will be interesting to see if they can get the job done.
Another player to watch is running back Mossis Madu, who is the team’s new starter after William Powell opted to sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a free agent. Powell was second in the league in rushing with 1362 yards.
You’ll probably need a program to figure out this year’s version of the Calgary Stampeders, but returning is one familiar face, or maybe better said, the face of the franchise – Bo Levi Mitchell.
After a busy offseason that saw many teams enquire about the free-agent Quarterback, he is back in Calgary for an eighth season, which makes the Stampeders a contender for the Grey Cup.
Perhaps the biggest question mark will be what the defence does this 2019 season. Seven starters from the Grey Cup game and three other depth players departed, as did the defensive co-ordinator DeVone Claybrooks, who is now the Head Coach of the BC Lions.
Stud lineback Alex Singleton has left for the NFL, as well as Micah Johnson (Saskatchewan) and Ja’Gred Davis (Hamilton) through free agency.