The Calgary Stampeders are the CFL betting favorites to defeat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Date: Friday, 7th July
Time: 8:30 PM
Sportsbooks odds for fans who bet on football:
Calgary Stampeders -3 (-115) 56 (-110) -155
Winnipeg Blue Bombers +3 (-105) 56 (-110) +135
In the QB-cle: Bo Levi Mitchell tossed for 295 yards and three touchdowns without an interception on 19-of-31 passing to help the Stamps finally exact a measure of revenge on the Redblacks as well as pick up their first W of the season on Thursday. It might rub some Calgary fans the wrong way that Mitchell is sort of auditioning for the NFL, but as long as it results in performances such as that of Thursday, then it behooves the Stamps that the QB continues pursuing his American dream.
Offense: Kamar Jorden caught two of Mitchell’s TD passes and had 71 yards receiving, while Andrew Buckley added 62 yards rushing and one score on three carries. Third-year wide receiver Lamar Durant had a team-best six catches for 126 yards.
Defense: The Stamps added veteran international DL Aston Whiteside to their practice roster, CFL.ca reported on Monday. Whiteside has 43 career defensive tackles including five tackles for loss as well as 12 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one special-teams tackle and two knockdowns in 43 games in over three CFL seasons.
Trends for fans who bet on football: Calgary has beat Winnipeg in their last five meetings. The football betting total has gone over in four of the Stamps’ last five games against the Bombers.
In the QB-cle: Matt Nichols went 23 of 36 for 331 yards with a whopping four TDs and one pick in the Blue Bombers season-opening win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday (Winnipeg had a bye in week 1). Nichols is a seven-year CFL veteran and started 13 games last season, but this is the first season he has entered knowing in advance he was going to be the starting QB – and he certainly looked every bit the role on Saturday.
Offense: Running back Andrew Harris rushed for a first down to set up a Justin Medlock go-ahead field goal in the second OT to give the Bombers the 43-40 win. Harris finished with 57 yards on 13 carries. Former Roughie Weston Dressler ran roughshod over his erstwhile team with 24 receiving yards and two touchdowns in the third, including the longest pass-and-run TD of his decade-long career (87 yards) – good enough to be named CFL week 2 top performer.
Defense: Brandon Alexander recovered a fumble to set up the Bombers’ first drive of the second half, which resulted in a 27-17 Winnipeg lead.
Trends for fans who bet on football: The Blue Bombers are 0-5 straight-up and 1-4-1 against the spread in their last five and six times hosting the Stamps, respectively. The football betting total has gone over in five of Winnipeg’s last six home games versus the Stampeders.