Stampeders vs. Blue Bombers Prediction: CFL Week 9 Point Spread, Odds
August 08, 2019, 8:30 PM ET | IG Field
It’s a battle for first place in the CFL’s West division and a re-match of last year’s Western Final. It will be interesting to see if these two teams continue their recent trends. The Bombers have been struggling as of late dropping back to back games, while the Stampeders have won four of their last five games and on a roll coming into this one.
CFL Odds and BettingIt’s a who’s hot who’s not scenario entering this game between these two West division rivals. The Stampeders have played well this season, despite missing their starting Quarterback for much of it. Playing in Winnipeg has been a friendly experience for Calgary as of late, as the Stampeders are 5-2-1 against the spread in their last eight games in the Manitoba capital.
The Bombers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight games played against the West division, and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
Of note, the Bombers are now only 5-2 straight up this season, and 5-2 ATS, while the Stampeders have the same win-loss record, but are 2-5 ATS. The two teams also combine for a 5-9 over record this season. Backing that number up as well is their head-to-head mark of 3-0-2 to the under in the last five games played in Winnipeg.
It’s a short week for the 5-2 Stampeders who are coming off a 24-18 win over the Eskimos, and are currently on a three-game winning streak.
Back-up Quarterback Nick Arbuckle has played well while replacing the injured Bo Levi Mitchell, with a 4-1 record in five starts. He hasn’t had much help with the team’s running attack, as the Stampeders have failed to produce a 100-yard rushing game from any player on the roster this year. Last week against the Eskimos the team used six different players to rush for a grand total of 55 yards.
Of note, the Stampeders received some good news on starter Bo Levi Mitchell, who has been out of the lineup since week two of the season when he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in a win against the Lions. There is an outside chance he plays against the Bombers, but it is more likely the star pivot returns to the line-up on August 17 versus the Montreal Alouettes.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
After starting off the 2019 season with a 5-0 record, the third best start in franchise history, the Blue Bombers have gone ice cold over the last two games.
They spent the last two weeks in Ontario, and were promptly swept by the Tiger-Cats (23-15) and Argos (28-27). In both games they were beaten by back-up Quarterbacks and they will likely face another one on Thursday evening.
In Toronto last week McLeod Bethel-Thompson completed a season-high 37 passes for 343 yards against the Bombers defence – and that is a major concern. Another concern is how the Bombers dominated the first 26 minutes of play and were leading 20-0, only to watch that lead evaporate with the Argos scoring 28 points in the remainder of the game.
Andrew Harris was by far the best Bomber on the field, rushing for 152 yards on 15 carriers and two touchdowns. Many questioned why the league’s top back didn’t receive more touches in the game. Harris now leads the CFL in rushing through eight weeks of the season.