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    Saturday, June 16


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6-12 SU, 9-9 ATS) at Calgary Stampeders (13-4-1 SU, 8-10 ATS)
    Point-spread: Calgary -9
    Total: 53



    Game Overview


    The Tigers-Cats have been front page news in the States heading into the new season with the addition of former Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Johnny Manziel to the roster. June Jones, who was a head coach in the NFL with Atlanta continues to stick with Jeremiah Masoli as his starter, but that could be subject to change if Hamilton falls behind early on Saturday night. The Tiger-Cats started last season with eight straight-up losses before turning things around with a 6-4 record over their last 10 games.


    Calgary has been the best CFL team in the regular season for the past two years, but its quest for a Grey Cup came up short in back-to-back losses to Ottawa and Toronto in the title game. The Stampeders started the 2016 season with a stunning Week 1 loss to BC as 2 -point road favorites. Last season, they had to settle for a SU tie against Ottawa in Week 1 as six-point favorites on the road. They closed out the 2017 campaign with a 0-6 record ATS in their final six games.


    Betting Trends


    -- Hamilton has been able to cover in five of its last seven road games against Calgary and the total has stayed UNDER in nine of the last 11 meetings overall.


    Montreal Alouettes (3-15 SU, 8-10 ATS) at British Columbia Lions (7-11 SU, 8-8-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: BC -6
    Total: 49



    Game Overview


    Montreal has nowhere to go but up as the longest shot in the CFL futures (+1800) to win the 2018 Grey Cup. In an effort to get things going in the other direction after winning just three games last season, Mike Sherman was brought in as head coach after making a name for himself in the NFL. It appears that Drew Willy will get the call at quarterback after getting the majority of the reps in the preseason.


    The Lions finished last in the West in 2017 in light of some stiff competition from the other four teams, but there is still enough talent on both sides of the ball to stay in the mix this time around. Jonathon Jennings is penciled in as BC’s starter at quarterback after throwing for 3,639 yards and 16 touchdowns in 15 starts last season. He also tossed 19 interceptions, which were the most in the league. The Lions added quarterback Cody Fajardo as a free agent in the offseason.


    Betting Trends


    -- BC is 16-5 ATS in its last 21 home games against Montreal and the total has stayed UNDER in 11 of the last 16 meetings at BC Place.


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    Saturday June 16


    Hamilton @ Calgary



    Game 375-376
    June 16, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Hamilton
    116.525
    Calgary
    113.007
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Hamilton
    by 3 1/2
    49
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 9
    53
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (+9); Under


    Montreal @ BC Lions



    Game 377-378
    June 16, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Montreal
    98.172
    BC Lions
    102.039
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    BC Lions
    by 4
    46
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    BC Lions
    by 7
    49
    Dunkel Pick:
    Montreal
    (+7); Under





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    HAMILTON (0-0) at CALGARY (0-0) - 6/16/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 11-3 ATS (+7.7 Units) in a home game where the total is greater than or equal to 52 over the last 3 seasons.
    CALGARY is 11-2 ATS (+8.8 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.
    HAMILTON is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) as an underdog of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 3-1 against the spread versus HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 4-0 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    2 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    MONTREAL (0-0) at BRITISH COLUMBIA (0-0) - 6/16/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    MONTREAL is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-14 ATS (-11.4 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-12 ATS (-9.2 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 against the spread versus MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    BRITISH COLUMBIA is 4-0 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Hamilton @ Calgary (-9, 53)— Calgary won last 10 series games, covering four of last five; Ti-Cats lost last visit here 60-1 last July, but now June Jones/Jerry Glanville are in their first full year coaching Hamilton. Hamilton is 3-2 vs spread in last five visits here. Under is 8-2 in last ten series games, but last two went over.


    Montreal @ BC Lions (-7, 49)— Lions won/covered last five series games; Alouettes are 1-4, both SU/ATS in their last five visits here. Three of last four series games went over.




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    Saturday, June 16


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
    Hamilton is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Hamilton is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Hamilton is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games on the road
    Hamilton is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
    Hamilton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Hamilton's last 11 games when playing Calgary
    Hamilton is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    Hamilton is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Calgary


    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Calgary is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games
    Calgary is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 5 games
    Calgary is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games at home
    Calgary is 20-2 SU in its last 22 games at home
    Calgary is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Calgary's last 11 games when playing Hamilton
    Calgary is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    Calgary is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing at home against Hamilton




    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 6 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing British Columbia
    Montreal is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    Montreal is 2-16 SU in its last 18 games when playing on the road against British Columbia
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Montreal's last 9 games when playing on the road against British Columbia


    British Columbia Lions
    British Columbia is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    British Columbia is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 5 games
    British Columbia is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games at home
    British Columbia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of British Columbia's last 5 games at home
    British Columbia is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
    British Columbia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Montreal
    British Columbia is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing at home against Montreal
    British Columbia is 16-2 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Montreal
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of British Columbia's last 9 games when playing at home against Montreal
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 2-2-0........50.00%.....-1.00




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.......................UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............0.50


    Totals........................2 - 0.....................+10.00...................0 - 2....................-11.00............-1.00
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    SATURDAY, JUNE 16
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    HAM at CGY 07:00 PM
    HAM +7.5
    O 54.5



    MTL at BC 10:00 PM
    BC -8.0
    O 49.0
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    GAME RECAP


    WHEN IT COUNTS: STAMPS COME ALIVE IN FOURTH TO TOP TICATS



    CALGARY – It took just over three full quarters but the Calgary Stampeders offence came alive when it counted most, finding pay dirt in the fourth quarter and outlasting the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 28-14 in their season opener Saturday evening at McMahon Stadium.


    Despite passing for over 200 yards in the first half it was the Stampeders run game that fueled the home squad in the final frame with Don Jackson and Terry Williams combining for 117 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in the contest.


    The Ticats — who held the lead for a good majority of the game — ran into an active Stampeders secondary down the stretch which shut down Jeremiah Masoli who passed for 302 yards on just under 70% passing.


    One of the subplots in this matchup was how the young and inexperienced Tiger-Cats secondary would net out against a veteran-laden Stampeders offence. Despite scrimmaging from their own seven-yard line to start the game, Calgary pressed the issue early as Mitchell connected twice with Reggie Begelton totaling 70 yards to set up a 23-yard Rene Paredes field goal to open the contest 3-0.


    The Stampeders continued to move the ball with ease for the remainder of the first quarter but would lament a few missed opportunities as three overthrows stalled Calgary drives.


    Despite being in control most of the opening frame the Stamps would surrender the first major of the game when Masoli helped get his team out of a second-and-long deep in his own end.


    Facing pressure, Masoli stepped into a deep throw down the near sideline to WR Mike Jones who had a step on his man and turned a catch-and-run into a 76-yard gain. On the ensuing play, Masoli went play-action, froze the Stampeders defensive front and scampered 13-yards untouched for the major and a 7-6 Ticats lead heading into the second quarter.


    As the second quarter rolled on, it was the tale of two quarterbacks looking to attack in different ways. Despite some incompletions, Mitchell continued to stretch the field while Masoli took what he could underneath. Both moved the ball well but could not capitalize once in opposing territory.


    The teams traded a pair of field goals before the half with Hamilton holding a slim 11-9 advantage.


    Despite each defence forcing drives to come to a halt, both pivots each put up over 200 yards passing in the first half with Masoli completing passes at a rate of 84%.


    Masoli continued to operate at a high efficiency when the third quarter began but two consecutive positive possessions ended just past midfield – one by fumble, one by sack.


    The Stamps also had challenges gaining traction in the third against a Ticats defence that despite giving up big gains along the ground, took away the deep ball.


    Calgary opened the fourth quarter with a 23-yard field goal by Paredes to regain the lead 12-9 before they finally took their biggest lead of the contest. A 39-yard pass interference call on Hamilton’s DB Don Unamba allowed Mitchell to find Kemar Jorden for a 15-yard touchdown with 9:58 remaining. The five-play, 65-yard touchdown drive was capped off by a Terry Williams run on a two-point conversion to give Calgary a 19-11 lead.


    The Tiger-Cats looked to answer and did so with a 43-yard field goal after a pair of completions from Masoli to Jalen Saunders cut the lead to 19-14 with 4:25 on the clock. Saunders finished with over 100 yards receiving on the day.


    The Ticats had an opportunity to make a comeback, taking the ball with 2:33 left and scrimmaging from their 34 yard line. A pair of Saunders completions put them in Calgary territory Masoli was flished out of the pocket, forced a throw and was picked off by veteran Brandon Smith.


    Jackson put the game away shortly thereafter when he took a handoff 44 yards for the touchdown and iced the 28-14 victory.


    Hamilton will double dip in Alberta visiting the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 2. As for the Stampeders, they will get another shot at an Eastern opponent when they visit Toronto for a Grey Cup rematch with the Argonauts.




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    GAME RECAP


    JENNINGS LEADS LIONS OVER ALS IN WEEK 1 FINALE



    VANCOUVER — Jonathon Jennings and the BC Lions clawed their way to a 22-10 home victory over the Montreal Alouettes in the Week 1 finale on Saturday night. The Lions’ versatile quarterback got his 2018 season off to a hot start, completing 20 of 24 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns while also adding a career-high 57 yards on the ground. BC’s defence did its part as well, adding an interception and five sacks to help hand Montreal their 12th-straight loss.


    The Alouettes came out strong on their opening possession, with running back Tyrell Sutton carrying the ball five-straight times to put the Lions’ defence on their heels. Receiver B.J. Cunningham appeared to give Montreal the early lead with a long 52-yard touchdown catch, but the play was called back on a holding penalty.


    Drew Willy and the Als’ offence made up for it just two plays later after the veteran quarterback found receiver Chris Williams deep down the field for a 56-yard connection. The ball was knocked loose before Williams could cross the goal line, but receiver Eugene Lewis was there to recover it in the end zone for his first career CFL touchdown. Kicker Boris Bede added the extra point to give Montreal the early 7-0 lead.


    Jennings looked sharp on the Lions’ second offensive drive, zipping a slant pass to receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux to get things rolling. The athletic quarterback used both his arm and legs to push the Lions down the field, and BC’s passing attack found a steady rhythm that would continue throughout the game.


    Receiver Bryan Burnham made an acrobatic 12-yard catch on the drive, and Jennings hit receiver Shaq Johnson on the very next play for a 35-yard touchdown. Johnson used his speed to gain separation and get open on the right side of the field, and kicker Ty Long knocked through the extra point to tie the game at seven apiece. Jennings completed his first ten passes of the game.


    The Montreal offence looked strong again on their second drive, with Willy hooking up with receiver Ernest Jackson for a 54-yard strike. Odell Willis’ first sack as a Lion stifled the Als’ drive, but Bede made the most of the field position by making the 30-yard field goal to give Montreal the 10-7 lead. Willy was 10 of 12 for 183 yards and a touchdown after the opening half.


    Jennings continued to make plays in multiple ways after the Lions got the ball back, and the athletic quarterback found space in the Als’ defensive front for a 21-yard run to bring the Lions into Montreal territory. The Als’ defence bounced back on the drive to hold strong, and Long punted the ball for a single to bring BC within two points.


    Running back Jeremiah Johnson began to get the Lions’ running game going in the second quarter, and Long would boot another punt for a single to bring the score to 10-9 in the second quarter.


    Both defences stole the show in the third quarter, with both defensive lines clogging up running lanes and applying pressure to keep the big plays to a minimum. The lone score of the quarter would be a 27-yard BC field goal from Long, giving the Lions a narrow 11-10 lead.


    BC continued to build momentum near the end of the quarter with Jennings completing seven-straight passes, and Long would knock through a 30-yard field to extend the Lions’ lead to 15-10 early in the fourth quarter.


    The first turnover of the game came when Willy was picked off by Lions defensive back Garry Peters while trying to complete a short pass over the middle to Eugene Lewis. Jennings continued his big performance immediately after getting the ball back, calling his own number for a 16-yard scamper. The Lions’ offence capitalized on the Peters interception when Jennings connected with receiver Cory Watson for an 11-yard touchdown strike, giving BC a 22-10 lead that would hold to seal the Week 1 victory.


    The Alouettes will look to bounce back when they host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Friday in Week 2, while the Lions will be off until travel to face the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 3.
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    WEEK 2


    Thursday, June 21, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:30 PM Saskatchewan Roughriders Ottawa Redblacks


    Friday, June 22, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:00 PM Winnipeg Blue Bombers Montreal Alouettes
    10:00 PM Hamilton Tiger Cats Edmonton Eskimos


    Saturday, June 23, 2018
    Time (ET) Away Home
    7:00 PM Calgary Stampeders Toronto Argonauts




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 3-5-0........37.50%.....-12.50




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.................. .....UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................3 - 1.....................+9.50.......................0 - 4..................-22.00............-12.50
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    CFL Betting Recap - Week 1
    Joe Williams




    League Betting Notes


    -- Favorites went 3-1 SU in Week 1
    -- Favorites/underdogs went 2-2 ATS in Week 1
    -- Home teams posted a 3-1 SU record in Week 1
    -- Home teams posted a 3-1 ATS record in Week 1
    -- The 'Under' went 3-1 in Week 1


    Analysis


    The opening weekend was a disaster forthe East Division, as all three teams lost their initial game of the season. It was a great weekend for Ottawa (0-0), as they will head into Week 2 in first place as a result of everyone else's misfortune.


    Toronto (0-1) lost a rematch of last season's East Final, as Saskatchewan (1-0) exacted a little revenge, 27-19. The Argonauts seemed to have a multitude of chances to get on top and bail out the betting public, but a pick-six late in the game sealed the win for the Roughriders. There were also just 22 total points heading into the fourth quarter, but 'under' (50) needed to chew their nails at the end of the 27-19 victory by the Riders.


    Hamilton (0-1) took it on the chin in a 28-14 loss at Calgary (1-0), 28-14. QB Jeremiah Masoli rolled up 344 passing yards while also running for a touchdown, but it wasn't nearly enough for the Ti-Cats. QB Bo Levi Mitchell was up to his normal tricks, tossing for 297 yards and a touchdown while running for 12 yards. The Stamps pass defense isn't likely to be a problem this season, it's just that the Ti-Cats turned to the pass game and abandoned the run after being down late.


    The most entertaining game of the weekend was the Thursday night opener in Winnipeg (0-1), as Edmonton (1-0) outlasted the Bombers 33-30. The Blue Bombers were able to hang on for the cover (+7.5), and that was never really in doubt. However, the Esks picked up a touchdown with 1:36 remaining, tying it up with a two-point conversion at 1:22 and then they posted the game-winning field foal from Sean Whyte with just :13 left in regulation. It was a punch in the gut for Winnipeg, and it will be interesting to see how they bounce back in Montreal this weekend.


    Team Betting Notes


    -- The Alouettes and Blue Bombers were battle in Montreal in a battle between 0-1 teams. The Bombers are 4-1 ATS in their past five following a straight-up loss, and they're 21-8 ATS in their past 29 on the road. In addition, they're 6-2 ATS in their past eight against teams with a losing record.


    -- For Montreal, they're 0-11 ATS in their past 11 following a straight up loss, and they're 3-14 ATS in the past 17 overall dating back to last season. On their home turf, they're 5-16 ATS in the past 21 home games and 2-5 ATS in the past seven in June. In this series, Montreal is 1-6 ATS in their past seven home games against Winnipeg. The 'over' has cashed in each of the past five meetings in Montreal, and four of the past five overall.


    -- The 'under' is an impressive 23-3 in the past 26 games for Montreal in the month of June.


    -- The RedBlacks make their season debut in Week 2 against the Riders. Ottawa has covered in each of their past five outings in June, and 5-2 ATS in their past seven contests on Thursday. The 'under' is 12-4-1 in the past 17 for the RedBlacks, while going 3-1-1 in their past five against teams with a winning overall mark.


    -- For Saskatchewan, the under is 10-1 in their past 11 games overall while cashing in each of their past six road outings. The under is also 4-1 in their past five games in the month of June.


    -- The Ti-Cats head to Edmonton with a 2-7 ATS mark over their past nine games in the month of June. They're also just 5-12-2 ATS in the past 19 against teams with a winning overall mark. Hamilton has covered five consecutive meetings in Edmonton, while the 'over' is 5-1 in the past six meetings in Northern Alberta. The 'under' is 19-5 in the past 24 games in June.


    -- The Esks are 5-0 ATS in the past five games following a straight-up victory, while going 5-1 ATS in the past six overall. However, they're just 1-4 ATS in the past five in June, and 6-13 ATS in the past 19 games at home. The 'under' is 9-4 in the past 13 games in June for Edmonton.


    -- The Argos look to bounce back in Week 2, but they're just 5-15 ATS in their past 20 following a straight-up loss. They're also 4-9 ATS in their past 13 against teams with a winning overall mark.


    -- The Stamps have posted a 19-9-1 ATS mark in the past 29 following a straight-up wein, but they're just 1-4 ATS in the past five in June and 1-4-1 ATS in the past six on the road. Calgary travels to meet Toronto in Week 2, and they're 5-1 ATS in the past six trips to Ontario. They're also 5-1 ATS in the past six meetings while the 'under' has hit in five of the past seven in this series.
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    CFL Betting Notes - Week 2
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    Thursday, June 21


    Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Ottawa RedBlacks (0-0 SU, 0-0 ATS)

    Point-spread: Ottawa -3
    Total: 51


    Game Overview


    Saskatchewan will be looking to take down its second-straight opponent from the East coming off last week’s win. Zach Collaros made a successful debut as the Roughriders’ new starting quarterback with 203 yards passing and one touchdown throw, while completing 72 percent of his 25 passing attempts. Jerome Messam was another big offseason addition at running back and he added 72 yards rushing on 21 carries in Friday’s victory.


    Credit Saskatchewan’s defense for holding Ricky Ray to just 232 yards through the air and Toronto’s ground game to 54 total yards.


    The RedBlacks come off that Week 1 bye fresh and ready to go. They lost to Saskatchewan 31-20 as 2 -point home favorites in the opening round of last season’s CFL playoffs with the Roughriders coming over from the West as a crossover team.


    Heading into this season, Ottawa has Trevor Harris back as its starting quarterback after missing time in 2017 due to injury. Its offensive line was also banged up heading down the stretch last year. Harris proved he could move the ball down the field through the air with 4,679 yards passing in 15 games.


    Betting Trends


    -- The road team has won the last four meetings both SU and ATS with the total going OVER in four of the last six matchups in this inter-division clash.


    Friday, June 22


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Montreal Alouettes (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Winnipeg -2
    Total: 46


    Game Overview


    The Blue Bombers turned to Chris Streveler as their starting quarterback for the injured Matt Nichols and he ended the game against Edmonton with three scoring strikes to keep things interesting for all four quarters.


    He ended the game with 178 yards passing on 15 completions. Weston Dressler was his top target with four catches for 74 yards and a score and Andrew Harris racked-up 77 yards on 14 rushing attempts.


    Montreal had the fewest straight-up victories of any CFL team last season (three) and its opening-day effort against BC could point towards another long campaign in 2018.


    The Alouettes scored all 10 of their points in the opening quarter before their offense ground to a halt. Drew Willy got the start at quarterback and he ended the night with 281 yards passing, but just one touchdown pass against one interception.


    Betting Trends


    -- Winnipeg has covered in six of its last seven road games against the Alouettes with the total going OVER in the last five meetings in Montreal.


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -6
    Total: 55


    Game Overview


    CFL fans waiting for the debut of Johnny Manziel as the Tiger-Cats newest quarterback will have to wait a bit longer after starter Jeremiah Masoli put on an aerial show that included 200 yards passing in the first two quarters of last week’s opener. He ended the game with 344 total yards passing, while completing 25 of his 36 attempts, but he did not find the end zone through the air. The Tiger-Cats only gained 56 yards on the ground on 12 rushing attempts.


    Edmonton had its hands full with Winnipeg in Week 1 with the only difference in the final score being a field goal as time expired. Mike Reilly led the CFL in both passing yards and touchdown throws last season and he started the 2018 season with 408 yards and one score through the air. He was also the team’s leading rusher last Thursday night with 43 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Derel Walker hauled in eight receptions for 176 yards as one of eight different players to catch a ball from Reilly in that game.


    Betting Trends


    -- Hamilton is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last five road games against the Eskimos and the total has gone OVER in five of the last six games of this inter-division tilt played in Edmonton.


    Saturday, June 23


    Calgary Stampeders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Toronto Argonauts (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Calgary -3
    Total: 52


    Game Overview


    Calgary needed all four quarters to get past Hamilton last Saturday in a game that was closer than the final score might indicate. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 297 total yards with 200 coming in the first half. It was the Stampeders’ ground game that helped generate 19 points in the fourth quarter. Don Jackson and Terry Williams rushed for a combined 117 yards and a score on 18 rushing attempts overall. Calgary did get a solid effort from its defense when it needed it the most.


    The Argonauts scored a grand total of five points in the first three quarters of last week’s loss before posting 14 points in the fourth quarter to keep things interesting. Ricky Ray did not have his best night throwing the ball against Saskatchewan, especially in the first half when Toronto was held to 71 yards through the air. He ended the game with 232 yards passing with no touchdown throws against one interception.


    Betting Trends


    -- Calgary has gone 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and it is also 5-1 ATS in its last six road games against Toronto. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings.
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    SASKATCHEWAN (1 - 0) at OTTAWA (0-0) - 6/21/2018, 7:30 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    OTTAWA is 28-12 ATS (+14.8 Units) in games where the line is +3 to -3 since 1996.
    OTTAWA is 10-1 ATS (+8.9 Units) in June games since 1996.
    SASKATCHEWAN is 135-98 ATS (+27.2 Units) as an underdog since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    SASKATCHEWAN is 3-2 against the spread versus OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    SASKATCHEWAN is 4-1 straight up against OTTAWA over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, June 22


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    WINNIPEG (0 - 1) at MONTREAL (0 - 1) - 6/22/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games off a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in road games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 2-2 against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-1 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    HAMILTON (0 - 1) at EDMONTON (1 - 0) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HAMILTON is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing on a Friday over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HAMILTON is 4-1 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, June 23


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    CALGARY (1 - 0) at TORONTO (0 - 1) - 6/23/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 129-97 ATS (+22.3 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 4-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 4-1 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Thursday, June 21


    Saskatchewan Roughriders
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 5 games
    Saskatchewan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Saskatchewan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games on the road
    Saskatchewan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Ottawa
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games when playing Ottawa
    Saskatchewan is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Saskatchewan's last 6 games when playing on the road against Ottawa
    Ottawa RedBlacks
    Ottawa is 14-7 ATS in its last 21 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Ottawa's last 9 games
    Ottawa is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Ottawa is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games at home
    Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Saskatchewan
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing Saskatchewan
    Ottawa is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Saskatchewan
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Ottawa's last 6 games when playing at home against Saskatchewan




    Friday, June 22


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
    Winnipeg is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games
    Winnipeg is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Winnipeg's last 16 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg




    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Hamilton is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
    Hamilton is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Hamilton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Hamilton is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Edmonton is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 8 games
    Edmonton is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games at home
    Edmonton is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    Edmonton is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    Edmonton is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing at home against Hamilton






    Saturday, June 23


    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Calgary is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
    Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games
    Calgary is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 7 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
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    Week 2



    Thursday, June 21

    Saskatchewan @ Ottawa


    Game 361-362
    June 21, 2018 @ 7:30 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Saskatchewan
    111.779
    Ottawa
    118.365
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Ottawa
    by 6 1/2
    58
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Ottawa
    by 2
    51
    Dunkel Pick:
    Ottawa
    (-2); Over





    Friday June 22


    Winnipeg @ Montreal



    Game 363-364
    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
    114.928
    Montreal
    92.710
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 22
    50
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 2
    46 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Winnipeg
    (-2); Over


    Hamilton @ Edmonton



    Game 365-366
    June 22, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Hamilton
    112.788
    Edmonton
    117.495
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 4 1/2
    51
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 7
    55 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (+7); Under





    Saturday June 23


    Calgary @ Toronto



    Game 367-368
    June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Calgary
    115.944
    Toronto
    115.658
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    Even
    47
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 3 1/2
    51 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (+3 1/2); Under
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    Saskatchewan (1-0) @ Ottawa (0-0)— Roughriders won four of last five games with Ottawa; winning last three visits here, by 2-1-11 points. Underdogs covered last six series games. Over is 6-3 in series games. Riders held off Toronto 27-19 at home LW, breaking open close game with a pick-6 midway thru 4th quarter. RedBlacks had the bye last week. (Ottawa -1.5, 50.5)


    Winnipeg (0-1) @ Montreal (0-1)— Blue Bombers won eight of last 10 games with Montreal; they won five of last six visits here, winning last one in OT LY. Four of last five series games went over total. Winnipeg was outscored 11-0 over final 1:36 last week in 33-30 home loss to Edmonton, who outgained Bombers 487-315. Alouettes didn’t score after 1st quarter LW in 22-10 loss at BC. (Winnipeg -3, 46.5)


    Hamilton (0-1) @ Edmonton (1-0)— Road team won six of last seven series games; underdogs are 4-0-2 vs spread in last six. Ti-Cats won three of last five visits to Edmonton. Over is 5-5 in last ten series games. Hamilton were outscored 19-3 LW in 2nd half of 28-14 loss in Calgary; Ti-Cats did gain 400 yards. Eskimos rallied late to win its opener in Winnipeg; Eskimos were down 8 with 2:00 left, but wound up winning 33-30. (Edmonton -6.5, 56.5)


    Calgary (1-0) @ Toronto (0-1)— Stampeders won eight of last nine series games but were upset 27-24 in last visit here last November. Stamps won four of last five visits here. Favorites won four of last five series games. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Calgary held Ti-Cats to three 2nd half points in 28-14 win LW- they were down 11-9 at the half. Argonauts lost 27-19 in Regina LW, giving up 7.5 ypa. (Calgary -3.5, 51.5)
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    REDBLACKS HOST RIDERS ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



    OTTAWA — It has been 221 days since the Ottawa REDBLACKS’ 2017 season came to an end at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on a crisp November afternoon.


    Since then, much has changed for both #RNation and Riderville ahead of their Week 2 meeting on Thursday Night Football.


    CFL.ca has unprecedented coverage Thursday Night Football presented by the Brick, including a 30-minute live show CFL Game Time at 6:30 p.m. ET on-site.


    None of the five Roughriders who scored against Ottawa in last year’s Eastern Semi-Final will suit up for the Green and White on Thursday; quarterbacks Kevin Glenn and Vernon Adams along with receiver Bakari Grant are all gone, kicker Tyler Crapigna is out for the year with an injury and running back Marcus Thigpen has one game left on his suspension.


    But, with a plethora of new faces which have gelled well early in 2018, the Riders dispatched the Toronto Argonauts last week and now have their attention turned firmly to the task at hand in Ottawa.


    “You look, all they do is win football games,” Saskatchewan head coach Chris Jones told Riderville.com of his team’s Thursday opponent. “They’re very good in all three phases and we have to do a good job defending them (and) protecting our quarterback…we’ve got our hands full.”


    Last year’s Eastern Semi-Final was decided by a handful of key plays — Marcus Thigpen’s big run, Christion Jones‘s return, etc. — and both the Riders and REDBLACKS definitely have the playmakers to dazzle again this season.


    The biggest news of the week in Riderville was the announcement Duron Carter will be starting at cornerback. The enigmatic two-time all-star will replace Nick Marshall — injured last week against Toronto — at boundary corner.


    “He’s a better DB now than he was last year against Calgary,” said Jones of the 6-foot-5 Carter, who got a defensive start against the Stampeders late last season. “Getting his eyes in the right spot, being a disciplined DB, that’s the main thing he’s got to work on.”


    As if Thursday’s rematch needed any fuel to the fire, Carter may have stoked the flames when he told CKRM’s Rod Pedersen that it’ll be no challenge at all to face the REDBLACKS’ receiving trio of Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli and Diontae Spencer.


    “I don’t think they bring any challenges to tell you the truth,” said Carter. “They’re not better than the receivers we go up against in practice. So ya. There you go.”


    The flamboyant CFL star was further asked what’s difficult about switching from his regular receiver spot to the corner.


    “Nothing at all,” Carter offered. “If it was a challenge I don’t think Coach Jones would put me there. He has the confidence to put me there just like any other player.”


    There will be some familiar faces lining up opposite the Saskatchewan offensive line on Thursday, as former Riders A.C. Leonard and Jonathan Newsome will both feature in the REDBLACKS rotation up front.


    “They’ve got their game plan, we’ve got ours,” downplayed Jones of the familiarity factor. “They’ve been over there with them all camp, and I haven’t seen Newsome in over a year.”


    It was the Rider defence which stole the show in a 27-19 win over the Argos last week, with winter acquisition Charleston Hughes recording three sacks and second-year pro Derrick Moncrief recording eight tackles.


    For Willie Jefferson, who played opposite Hughes at D-end against Toronto, the veteran presence of Hughes makes his job easier.


    “It’s what they said, man: The hype is real,” said Jefferson of Hughes. “I came out and I did what I do (with two pressures and a pass knockdown) and he played off me and did what he does.


    “He’s a three-time sack leader for a reason. I just wanted to help him and have him help me.”


    Moncrief, meanwhile, has taken a winding path to Rider green, and is now excelling at the same linebacker position which sparked his transfer from Auburn to Oklahoma St. in college.


    “This is my living,” he told Riderville.com‘s Ian Hamilton. “I’m a versatile player, so I feel like I can mix it up all over the field. As long as I’m making plays and making the defence better and communicating with guys, I feel good about everything.”


    Saskatchewan’s roster will see two changes from Week 1; in addition to Nick Marshall, fellow defensive back Denzel Radford hits the injured list this week.


    Fullback Albert Awachie and defensive tackle Curt Maggitt draw in; Awachie played multiple positions while at the University of Toronto, while Maggitt played in nine games with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts in 2016.


    The Riders took their walk-through to Parliament Hill on Wednesday, which has seemingly become an annual tradition since Jones’ arrival.


    In Ottawa, many of the ‘marquee’ changes have come on the defensive side of the ball, where new defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe has quickly gone about putting his stamp on the REDBLACKS defence.


    “Camp was great, we came together as a team especially on D,” defensive end A.C. Leonard told OttawaREDBLACKS.com. “I love this system, it fits me (and) who I am — get to the quarterback, just do my job and that’s all I can ask for.”


    Leonard, who recorded five sacks in both 2016 and 2017 as a member of the Riders, admits he has Thursday’s game circled for a while.


    “I played in Sask the last two years, so I’m ready,” he grinned following practice Monday. “I’ve been ready since the end of last year, when I found out I was coming here. I’m ready to get it going.”


    Another of Ottawa’s premium defensive pickups, defensive back Rico Murray, understands what Riders quarterback Zach Collaros can do: The pair were teammates for three seasons (2014-16) in Hamilton.


    “We know they’re versatile, they’ve got a lot of weapons (and) a new addition with Zach Collaros, who’s pretty much revamping his career out there,” said Murray, who has tallied 247 tackles and 10 interceptions since entering the CFL in 2013. “They’ve got a lot of weapons they can use, (so) we’re trying to stay fast, physical, fly around and have fun.”


    While the defence definitely has a new look, Jaime Elizondo’s REDBLACKS offence returns many of the same key pieces which led it last year.


    Trevor Harris is once again looking to solidify himself as an elite quarterback, dynamic running back William Powell will aim to stay healthy and the “buds” receiving duo of Brad Sinopoli and Greg Ellingson is back.


    The only new face at skill positions on offence for the REDBLACKS in Week 1 is Noel Thomas Jr.; the 23-year-old receiver out of UConn spent last season on the Detroit Lions’ practice roster and is set to make his first professional start at the field wideout position. Also keep an eye on Dominique Rhymes, who’s getting an opportunity at boundary slotback.


    Cruchin’ Numbers:


    3 – Sacks for Charleston Hughes in his Riders debut last week. Did we mention they were all in the first half? His career total: 102.


    13.3 – Yards per punt return in 2017 for Ottawa’s Diontae Spencer, who ranked third in the category (min. 30+ returns).


    110 – Tackles for REDBLACKS linebacker Kyries Hebert — then of the Montreal Alouettes — in 2017, the third-most in the league only to Solomon Elimimian (BC, 144) and Alex Singleton (CGY, 123).


    221 – Days since Saskatchewan’s 31-20 win in last year’s East Semi-Final.



    This game is impossible to predict in any way, shape or form.


    Many of the Riders’ key playmakers from the Eastern Semi are long gone. The REDBLACKS defence has undergone a complete makeover, too.


    Regardless, there’s likely to be a fair amount of bad blood for a Week 2 contest; Jonathan Newsome was cut by the Riders last summer; Zack Evans and A.C. Leonard have swapped colours on their respective D-lines; this is the same Saskatchewan team that ended Ottawa’s season on its own turf last November.


    To top it off, Riders radio man Rod Pedersen claimed to have been “kicked out” of REDBLACKS walkthrough on Wednesday, prompting a Twitter war.


    Gas up and get going, because the 2018 CFL season is finally about to fire up in the nation’s capital.


    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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    REDBLACKS DOWN RIDERS, 40-17, ON THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



    OTTAWA – The Ottawa REDBLACKS shone on both sides of the football en route to a 40-17 win over the visiting Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday Night Football at TD Place.


    Trevor Harris threw for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns, William Powell found the end zone twice and Diontae Spencer showcased his dynamic ability in the win for Rick Campbell’s team, which was bolstered by a monstrous performance by its defence at-large.


    On the flip side, the Riders lost starting quarterback Zach Collaros in the second quarter and managed just 345 yards of offence — 41 of which came in garbage time — on the night. Four turnovers proved costly for Saskatchewan, which never seemed to find its groove on either side of the football.


    The REDBLACKS opened the scoring on the first drive of the night, when a handful of pretty Trevor Harris completions and an offside penalty set up a 26-yard field goal for Ottawa kicker Lewis Ward.


    Zach Collaros and the Riders offence struggled on their first two possessions, with a pair of two-and-outs highlighted by a monster sack by Ottawa’s Michael Wakefield.


    A second field goal from Ward — another chip shot from 23 yards out — then doubled the REDBLACKS lead.


    The visitors woke up offensively late in the first quarter, as Collaros capped a five-play, 62-yard drive with a pinpoint 32-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Williams-Lambert — the latter’s first in the CFL. Saskatchewan kicker Brett Lauther drilled the convert, and the Riders led 7-6 after the opening 15 minutes.


    The lead was short-lived, as Collaros’s first pass of the second quarter was picked off and returned for a touchdown by Ottawa’s Jonathan Rose; the pass was intended for Shaq Evans, but Rose jumped the route and returned it 55 yards to the house. Harris then found Greg Ellingson in the corner of the end zone for the two-point convert, giving the REDBLACKS a 14-7 lead.


    Collaros responded with a 46-yard bomb to Caleb Holley, taking the Riders into the red zone. Two plays later, however, Ottawa forced an end zone interception as Corey Tindal deflected an end zone pass into the hands of teammate Loucheiz Purifoy.


    Two plays later, however, Harris threw a pick-six of his own; enigmatic two-way Rider Duron Carter — exclusively playing defensive back on Thursday night — stepped up, snatched Harris’s pass and returned it 28 yards for a major before his trademark celebration in the end zone. Lauther hit the extra point to tie the game at 14.


    The ridiculous back-and-forth play continued on the next drive, as the REDBLACKS marched down the field to set up a dashing 15-yard touchdown run by William Powell. Harris then found Ellingson for yet another two-point convert, and the hosts took a 22-14 lead.


    Ward’s third field goal of the evening with 1:28 remaining in the first half sent Ottawa to the locker room with an 11-point lead, and it could have been more as the University of Ottawa product sent a 48-yard effort wide right as the clock expired.


    After a two and a half quarters’ worth of chirping, REDBLACKS receiver Diontae Spencer got the best of Carter in their one-on-one matchup midway through the third quarter; Harris chucked up a bomb and Spencer sprinted past Carter on his way to a 56-yard touchdown. The Ottawa quarterback then sprinted the two-point convert in himself to extend the lead to 33-14.


    The host defence continued to impress late in the third quarter, as Rico Murray hauled in his first interception as a REDBLACK with an athletic pick of Bridge in the Ottawa end zone.


    A 35-yard field goal from Lauther cut the lead to 33-17, but it was as close as the Riders would come.


    A handful of Duron Carter pass-interference penalties then gave the REDBLACKS a chance from short range, and Harris and co. did not miss; Powell proved the benefactor as he hauled in a four-yard touchdown reception. Ward’s convert then rounded out the scoring on the night, bringing the lead to 40-17.


    The story of the night proved to be Ottawa’s defence, which limited Saskatchewan on offence and came up with four key turnovers — including two interceptions in their own end zone.


    REDBLACKS receiver Greg Ellingson hauled in a game-high 104 yards, while Riders linebacker Samuel Eguavoen registered a game-high seven tackles in the losing effort.


    With the win, the REDBLACKS moved to 1-0 and will now face the daunting task of travelling across the country for a date with the Calgary Stampeders (1-0) on the Week 3 edition of Thursday Night Football (9 p.m. ET).


    The loss dropped the Roughriders to 1-1 on the young season; Chris Jones’s team will now have eight days off to prepare for a home date with the Montreal Alouettes (0-1) next Saturday (9 p.m. ET).
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    Friday’s 6-pack


    — Dodgers’ pitcher Ross Stripling is also a licensed stock broker.


    — Gleyber Torres passed on the Home Run Derby; they’re having trouble getting guys.


    — Marlins’ P Dan Straily got suspended five games for drilling Buster Posey.


    — It is possible that Brooks Koepka lost the trophy he won for winning the US Open. He says he doesn’t know where it is.


    — Mike Trout had a stretch this week where he reached base 29 of 36 times, the best 8-game stretch of on-base %age since Stan Musial in 1953.


    — In their first 74 games, Kansas City Royals started 11 different players in the #2 spot in the batting order. Not good.


    Tweet of the Day
    “I’ve been pleasantly surprised the last three weeks what a good teammate he is, how smart he is, how he sees the game. He should be playing in the National Football League, and I believe he will when he gets through with us.”
    Hamilton Tiger-Cats coach June Jones III, talking about Johnny Manziel


    Friday’s quiz
    Which NBA team drafted Chris Webber?


    Thursday’s quiz
    Washington Nationals were the Montreal Expos before moving to our nation’a capital.

    Wednesday’s quiz

    Shaquille O’Neal finished his NBA career with the Boston Celtics, in 2011.


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    Friday’s Den: Running Diary of the 1st round of the NBA Draft…….


    7:25: Before the NBA Draft, some NFL news. Bucs’ QB James Winston will be suspended for three games, for something that happened with an Uber drive in Arizona two years ago.


    Buccaneers open at New Orleans, then the Eagles/Steelers come to Tampa Bay. Not great to play those teams without your starting QB.


    Winston had character-related issues in college, too. This isn’t good for him or the Bucs or the NFL or coach Dirk Koetter, who needs a good season to keep his job.


    7:30: NBA Draft is in Brooklyn; they need to do what the NHL/NFL do now and move the draft around the country, get out of New York City.


    Commissioner Adam Silver is one of my heroes; a tall, bald man with glasses who has a great job and does it very well, but stop with the opening statement. Drafts get over-hyped; need to see teams picking players as soon as possible.


    7:35: Jay Bilas has already questioned Deandre Ayton’s “motor” which means he doesn’t try hard all the time. Good Lord, that bothers me, if you spend your #1 pick on someone who is often lethargic. Effort should never be an issue.


    Anyway, the Phoenix Suns take Ayton, whose Arizona team got plastered by Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I picked Arizona, but I’m not bitter at all.


    ESPN has Chauncey Billups (good) and Bilas (annoying) as its analysts, Rece Davis (very good) as its host. Billups compares Ayton to Joel Embiid. Davis points out that Ayton is the 9th straight college freshman to be the first pick in the draft.


    7:44: Marvin Bagley III goes #2 to Sacramento. Bilas downplays Bagley’s defensive abilities, but Duke played a 2-3 zone almost all of last season. Go figure. Billups compares Bagley to Chris Bosh. Bagley is happy to be in Sacramento, which is refreshing.


    Duke had a player picked in the top 3 in the last five NBA Drafts, which is a record.


    NBA saved me lot of money by putting four patches on the right side of each team’s hats which they’re selling on the Interweb. I’m not a fan of a lot of junk on the hats I buy, so this saves me a decent amount of money, because the front of the hats are nice.


    7:48: Worst part of the NBA Draft is they don’t announce the trades as they happen, which is stupid and misleading. Atlanta Hawks take Luka Doncic but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says he is being traded to Dallas, with the Hawks winding up with Trae Young.


    7:55: Memphis takes Jaren Jackson Jr, whose mother is Director of Player Ops for the WNBA. At first, Jackson said he didn’t want to play for Memphis, but I’m sure he won’t mind being paid by Memphis. Billups compares him to Joakim Noah.


    Jackson’s dad played 13 years in the NBA; his first eight years in the NBA, he played for a different team every year.


    8:00: Dallas takes Trae Young, who will be traded to Atlanta. ESPN ruined Young’s season at Oklahoma by over-hyping him a sickening amount and putting a huge target on his back. The Hawks get a 2019 first-round pick from Dallas in addition to the Young/Doncic swap.


    8:08: Orlando takes Mo Bamba with the #6 pick; he has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the longest wingspan ever recorded at the NBA Combine. Bilas says he needs to get a lot stronger.


    They showed video recently of Bamba making ton of 3-pointers in a workout, but he shot 27.5% behind the arc at Texas last year, so we’ll see. The NBA 3-point shot is longer than college.


    NHL Draft is Friday; it’ll be different than this draft. Not better, not worse. Different.


    8:13: Bulls won their fewest games in 14 years this year; they take Wendell Carter, a center from Duke. Carter could’ve gone to Harvard had he wanted to; he is a good shooter, but again, Duke played a ton of 2-3 zone last year, so will defense be an issue, especially on pick/roll? Billups compares him to Carlos Boozer.


    8:18: Cavaliers take Alabama PG Collin Sexton, who Billups compares to Eric Bledsoe. Kid is highly competitive, but Cleveland might be a sad place to watch basketball for a few years, with Lebron James expected to skip town.


    8:24: Knicks missed the playoffs the last five years; why does ESPN have to show Spike Lee before their draft pick? New York takes Kevin Knox, another Kentucky player. John Calipari’s recruiting has to get easier and easier with every year all his guys go in the 1st round.


    Knox played quarterback in high school, which hints at leadership qualities.


    8:30— 76ers take Mikal Bridges, a 4-year player who played on two national title teams with Villanova. He is 6-7 wth a 7-2 wingspan; Billups compares him to Nicolas Batum of the Hornets.


    Bridges’ mother is VP of Human Resources with the 76ers.


    8:37: Charlotte Hornets take a Canadian PG and another Kentucky player, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, who reminds Billups of Michael Carter-Williams, but the kid will be traded to the Clippers. I’d rather live in LA than Charlotte anyway, but no one asked me.


    He shot 40.4% on the arc and 82% on the foul line, both good things, and he didn’t start early last season- he earned his way into the starting lineup.


    ESPN has an international scouting guy named Mike Schmitz on; he says Gilgeous-Alexander was the best guard in the draft.


    8:43: Clippers draft Miles Bridges, who will be traded to the Hornets. Bridges would’ve been a high draft pick LY; Billups compares him to Shawn Marion, a pretty big compliment.


    Clippers gave Charlotte two future 2nd-round picks to swap the 11th and 12th picks.


    8:48: University of Buffalo’s social media people posted this on Twitter:


    “Congrats to @DeandreAyton on being selected #1 overall in the #NBADraft by the @Suns! We hope your @NBA career starts better than your college one ended”


    Wow. Ayton’s college career ended with an ugly loss to Buffalo.


    8:50: NBA Lottery started in 1985; Boston College’s Jerome Robinson is the Eagles’ first player ever taken in the lottery— Clippers took him at #13. John Bagley was the 12th pick in the ’82 Draft, taken by Cleveland.


    Tonight is June 21; on July 6, the NBA Summer League begins in Las Vegas, so these kids who get drafted will be fighting for jobs in 16 short days, against other kids who didn’t get drafted and veterans who’ve played in the NBA before, or are fighting to get there. Very competitive.


    8:54: Denver owner Stan Kroenke’s son Josh started for Missouri’s hoop team 15 or so years ago; if they don’t take Michael Porter Jr, who the hell will?


    8:58: Nuggets draft Porter; their trainer should ask for a raise. Billups compares him to Kevin Durant, which is a total insult to Durant. Porter played three college games, and one of them was for two whole minutes. He is more suspect than prospect.


    In totally unrelated news, Flava Flav threw out the first pitch at the Richmond Flying Squirrels game tonight. Squirrels are the AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants. They had 6,117 fans in Richmond, for a game that was shortened by rain.


    9:06: Washington Wizards take Oregon alum Troy Brown, who I think is a Las Vegas kid and is considered a versatile player. Billups compares him to Andre Iguodala.


    There is a guy sitting next to Arizona coach Sean Miller who has the shiniest bald head I’ve ever seen. As a bald man myself, just don’t have the energy to do that day after day, keep my head totally slick. Plus I’d look like Mr Potato Head if I did that, so no thanks.


    9:14: Zhaire Smith played one year at Texas Tech; the Suns drafted him, but he’s getting traded to the 76ers for Mikal Bridges, which puts the kibosh on Mrs Bridges’ happiness from 45 minutes ago. Smith wasn’t an ESPN top 100 recruit coming out of high school- it is rare for a player like that to be drafted so high.


    9:22: Milwaukee Bucks take Donte DiVincenzo, who started only 10 of Villanova’s 40 games LY, but he played starter’s minutes (29.7 mpg), scoring 13.4 ppg, making 40.1% on the arc, in his only season of college ball.


    He scored 31 points in the national championship game, but anytime I hear a kid raised his draft stock in the Combine, it bothers me. Billups compares him to Tyler Johnson.


    Random fact; over half the players in the NBA (53%) have played in the G-League.


    Talk about draft/trades in the NBA; on June 24, 1998, Dirk Nowitzki was traded by Bucks with Pat Garrity to the Mavericks for Robert Traylor. How did that work out?


    9:29: San Antonio Spurs drafted G Lonnie Walker from Miami, FL, who has had knee issues and also has ballhandling/defensive issues, but he can score. Spurs’ coaches will develop him. Not many kids who go to high school in Reading, PA go to college in Miami.


    9:34: Atlanta Hawks take a kid from the Albany area, Kevin Huerter from Maryland. Huerter’s dad and brother play/played for Siena College; Kevin is an excellent shooter; good luck to the young man. I was surprised when he came out of school, but shooters are always in demand.


    People have too much money: LeBron James’ jersey from Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals just closed on @NBAAUCTIONS to a winning bid of $100,322. Oy.


    9:42: Minnesota takes Josh Okogie, a guard from Georgia Tech. Bilas says his man asset is that “…..he plays his tail off all the time.” No wingspan, no upside, he just tries hard. There are worse things someone can say about you.


    Budweiser just ran a commercial with John Starks, the old Knicks’ guard who talks about being undrafted, then fighting to make it in the NBA. Damn good commercial.


    Starks played 13 years in the NBA, scored over 10,800 points.


    9:46: Utah drafts Grayson Allen; Jazz are coached by Duke alum Quin Snyder. Now I have to watch all of Utah’s summer league games to see if someone kicks Allen’s ass. He got away with being a dirty player in college because Coach K sheltered him, but now he is out on his own. We’ll see how that works out.


    9:51: Chicago Bulls take Chandler Hutchison from Boise State. He is the first Boise player drafted since 1999, which should help their recruiting. Billups compares him to Kyle Kuzma.


    OK, I have Madison Bumgarner on my fantasy baseball team and he’s pitching in a few minutes, so time to grab some food and watch that game. Hope you enjoyed this…….
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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-1 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Montreal Alouettes (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Winnipeg -2
    Total: 46


    Game Overview


    The Blue Bombers turned to Chris Streveler as their starting quarterback for the injured Matt Nichols and he ended the game against Edmonton with three scoring strikes to keep things interesting for all four quarters.


    He ended the game with 178 yards passing on 15 completions. Weston Dressler was his top target with four catches for 74 yards and a score and Andrew Harris racked-up 77 yards on 14 rushing attempts.


    Montreal had the fewest straight-up victories of any CFL team last season (three) and its opening-day effort against BC could point towards another long campaign in 2018.


    The Alouettes scored all 10 of their points in the opening quarter before their offense ground to a halt. Drew Willy got the start at quarterback and he ended the night with 281 yards passing, but just one touchdown pass against one interception.


    Betting Trends


    -- Winnipeg has covered in six of its last seven road games against the Alouettes with the total going OVER in the last five meetings in Montreal.


    Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS) at Edmonton Eskimos (1-0 SU, 0-1 ATS)
    Point-spread: Edmonton -6
    Total: 55


    Game Overview


    CFL fans waiting for the debut of Johnny Manziel as the Tiger-Cats newest quarterback will have to wait a bit longer after starter Jeremiah Masoli put on an aerial show that included 200 yards passing in the first two quarters of last week’s opener. He ended the game with 344 total yards passing, while completing 25 of his 36 attempts, but he did not find the end zone through the air. The Tiger-Cats only gained 56 yards on the ground on 12 rushing attempts.


    Edmonton had its hands full with Winnipeg in Week 1 with the only difference in the final score being a field goal as time expired. Mike Reilly led the CFL in both passing yards and touchdown throws last season and he started the 2018 season with 408 yards and one score through the air. He was also the team’s leading rusher last Thursday night with 43 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Derel Walker hauled in eight receptions for 176 yards as one of eight different players to catch a ball from Reilly in that game.


    Betting Trends


    -- Hamilton is a perfect 5-0 ATS in its last five road games against the Eskimos and the total has gone OVER in five of the last six games of this inter-division tilt played in Edmonton.


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    WINNIPEG (0 - 1) at MONTREAL (0 - 1) - 6/22/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 25-13 ATS (+10.7 Units) in all lined games over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-1 ATS (+6.9 Units) in road lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 7-0 ATS (+7.0 Units) in road games off a division game over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 14-3 ATS (+10.7 Units) in road games in games played on turf over the last 3 seasons.
    WINNIPEG is 8-0 ATS (+8.0 Units) in road games in non-conference games over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-15 ATS (-12.5 Units) in all lined games over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 3-12 ATS (-10.2 Units) as an underdog over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-6 ATS (-6.6 Units) as a home underdog of 3 points or less over the last 3 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 0-8 ATS (-8.8 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest over the last 2 seasons.
    MONTREAL is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) in games played on turf over the last 2 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    MONTREAL is 2-2 against the spread versus WINNIPEG over the last 3 seasons
    WINNIPEG is 3-1 straight up against MONTREAL over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 4 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    HAMILTON (0 - 1) at EDMONTON (1 - 0) - 6/22/2018, 10:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    HAMILTON is 6-0 ATS (+6.0 Units) in road games when playing on a Friday over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 4-13 ATS (-10.3 Units) as a favorite of 3.5 to 9.5 points over the last 3 seasons.
    EDMONTON is 3-11 ATS (-9.1 Units) in a home game where the total is between 52.5 and 56 over the last 3 seasons.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    HAMILTON is 4-1 against the spread versus EDMONTON over the last 3 seasons
    EDMONTON is 4-1 straight up against HAMILTON over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone OVER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Friday, June 22


    Winnipeg Blue Bombers
    Winnipeg is 11-4 ATS in its last 15 games
    Winnipeg is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games
    Winnipeg is 12-1 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games on the road
    The total has gone OVER in 13 of Winnipeg's last 16 games on the road
    Winnipeg is 2-3-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Winnipeg is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Winnipeg's last 5 games when playing on the road against Montreal
    Montreal Alouettes
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
    Montreal is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home
    Montreal is 3-6-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 4 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    Montreal is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Winnipeg
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Montreal's last 5 games when playing at home against Winnipeg




    Hamilton Tiger-Cats
    Hamilton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Hamilton is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games
    Hamilton is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
    Hamilton is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Hamilton's last 6 games on the road
    Hamilton is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Edmonton
    Hamilton is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Hamilton is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Hamilton's last 6 games when playing on the road against Edmonton
    Edmonton Eskimos
    Edmonton is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
    Edmonton is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
    The total has gone OVER in 6 of Edmonton's last 8 games
    Edmonton is 6-13 ATS in its last 19 games at home
    Edmonton is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
    Edmonton is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Hamilton
    Edmonton is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    Edmonton is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Hamilton
    The total has gone OVER in 5 of Edmonton's last 6 games when playing at home against Hamilton
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    Winnipeg @ Montreal



    Game 363-364
    June 22, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Winnipeg
    114.928
    Montreal
    92.710
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 22
    50
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Winnipeg
    by 2
    46 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Winnipeg
    (-2); Over


    Hamilton @ Edmonton



    Game 365-366
    June 22, 2018 @ 10:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
    Hamilton
    112.788
    Edmonton
    117.495
    Dunkel Team:
    Dunkel Line:
    Dunkel Total:
    Edmonton
    by 4 1/2
    51
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Edmonton
    by 7
    55 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Hamilton
    (+7); Under





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    Week 2





    Winnipeg (0-1) @ Montreal (0-1)— Blue Bombers won eight of last 10 games with Montreal; they won five of last six visits here, winning last one in OT LY. Four of last five series games went over total. Winnipeg was outscored 11-0 over final 1:36 last week in 33-30 home loss to Edmonton, who outgained Bombers 487-315. Alouettes didn’t score after 1st quarter LW in 22-10 loss at BC. (Winnipeg -3, 46.5)


    Hamilton (0-1) @ Edmonton (1-0)— Road team won six of last seven series games; underdogs are 4-0-2 vs spread in last six. Ti-Cats won three of last five visits to Edmonton. Over is 5-5 in last ten series games. Hamilton were outscored 19-3 LW in 2nd half of 28-14 loss in Calgary; Ti-Cats did gain 400 yards. Eskimos rallied late to win its opener in Winnipeg; Eskimos were down 8 with 2:00 left, but wound up winning 33-30. (Edmonton -6.5, 56.5)
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/21/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 3-7-0........30.00%.....-23.50




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.................. .....UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/21/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................0 - 1...................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................3 - 2.....................+4.00....................... 0 - 5..................-27.50............-23.50
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    BOMBERS, ALOUETTES SEEK FIRST WIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL



    MONTREAL — The Montreal Alouettes could use a break.


    The team is on a 12-game losing streak dating back to August of last season, and despite a bright start in BC last week ultimately fell 22-10 to the Lions.


    Mike Sherman’s Als return home this week to host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday Night Football in a Week 2 game with potentially huge implications; Montreal is teetering on the edge of the same abyss as 2017, and a 13th-straight defeat would set the team on course to replicate last year’s last-place finish.


    Quarterback Drew Willy showed flashes against the Lions, but the question remains: Will the Alouettes be able to move the chains consistently?


    On the Winnipeg side of the matchup, Mike O’Shea’s Bombers dropped a 33-30 decision in last week’s weather-delayed Thunder Bowl. Rookie gunslinger Chris Streveler — on in place of injured starter Matt Nichols — showed legitimate playmaking ability (three TDs) as well as some inexperience (two INTs), but overall looked capable of running an offence efficiently.


    “He handles the huddle well,” Bombers offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice told BlueBombers.com. “Some guys get it in the huddle and they’re nervous. He doesn’t need the play call read to him. He hears it once and can repeat it. All those things are about a guy having a command and a presence. And he has that.”


    Streveler will make his second professional start on Friday night against a former Bomber in Willy; the 31-year-old Als pivot started 29 games over three seasons (2014-16) with Winnipeg.


    Few players have spent more time at the stadium and in the film room than Streveler, a true rookie out of South Dakota.


    “He spends a lot of time in the building,” continued LaPolice. “He doesn’t speak too much…sometimes guys are trying to show you how much they know. He doesn’t do that. But if you ask him a question, he’s got an answer.”


    Answers are something the Bombers will hope to have against former teammate Willy.


    “Some of the things we liked about Drew, and the reason we brought him here in the first place, are the things that he’s going to show again,” said Winnipeg head coach Mike O’Shea. “He’s going to throw accurate footballs…be able to push the ball down the field…get out of a jam with his legs.”


    With that said, O’Shea believes his team is better today than it was under the now-Alouettes pivot.


    “He did well for us here for a time,” continued O’Shea. “If you look at our team now compared to the team Drew Willy was leading, we’re a better football team now. Drew worked extremely hard, did well and got us off to a helluva good start — 5-1 and 6-3 (in 2014) and then sometimes everything just sort of catches up with you.”


    The wholesale personnel changes made by Montreal have made preparing for Rich Stubler’s Alouette defence a difficult task early in 2018.


    In addition to former Bomber Jamaal Westerman up front, Montreal added the likes of Tommie Campbell (Calgary) and Mitchell White (Toronto) in the secondary and Henoc Muamba (Saskatchewan) at linebacker.


    “I was watching film of Montreal from last year and I think out of their front six only one of them is playing in his original spot,” said Winnipeg centre Matthias Goossen. “I could watch six different games… I could watch Westerman with Winnipeg last year, Henoc from Sask… it’s just so hard to watch film that way. That’s why it’s difficult in the early part of the season because you don’t have a lot of film to study.”


    For Richie Hall’s defensive unit, there was a sense that last week’s three-point loss in Edmonton was an unjust outcome.


    “I felt great about (the defence). Contested balls, 50-50…to have three big plays…we were in position with hands up,” said Bombers linebacker Adam Bighill. “If they make a great play, shoot, that’s football. We’ll live to play another down. As long as the ball is not over our head with a miscommunication and no one in sight, I could care less. Guys were fighting hard.”


    The Bombers’ roster will see four changes from Week 1; Maurice Leggett and Ian Wild both return to Winnipeg’s ridiculously deep linebacker corps, freshly-signed Mitchell Gale will slot in at QB-3 on the depth chart and national running back Kienan LaFrance slides in to back up Andrew Harris.


    Leggett is easing back from injury, and has recorded 50 or more tackles in each of his four seasons as a Bomber, while the dependable Wild has had two of his last three seasons derailed by injury. Gale last suited up for BC in 2017, while LaFrance rushed for 273 yards and a pair of touchdowns with Saskatchewan.


    Despite 12 straight losses, including a tough start to the season in BC, the Als are enjoying the optimism of a new season and a fresh start.


    Rich Stubler’s defence looked decent against BC, but Khari Jones’s offence sputtered and died after a couple big-time plays in the first quarter. The end result was a disappointing 22-10 loss, but quarterback Drew Willy believes the first quarter serves as a glimpse of what could be for the Alouette offence in 2018.


    “We got off to a fast start, (with) a touchdown on the first series — two, one got brought back — (but) we were able to deal with some adversity,” Willy told MontrealAlouettes.com. “Any time you can get off to a fast start, it’s good. We need to put more drives like that together.”


    Of course, the familiarity factor with Willy — less than two years removed from his Bomber days — and the Winnipeg defence could be key come Friday night.


    “I practised against those guys for two and a half years, (and) still have some really good friends there — that’s the thing about the CFL, it’s a league (where) a lot of people know each other,” continued Willy. “They’ll have some things on me, I’ll have some things on them, but it’s whoever executes the game plan better.”


    T.J. Graham remains out for the Alouettes after missing the season-opener, but other than that the Als boast a deep receiving corps that could benefit from the speed of off-season addition Chris Williams. Williams fell two yards shy of a hundred in his first game as an Alouette, catching six passes for 98 yards and on one play getting behind the Lions’ defence.


    He’ll keep a Bombers’ secondary honest, the same one that was burned for a 101-yard touchdown by Derel Walker last week and allowed 408 yards to Mike Reilly in a Week 1 loss.


    In order to stretch the field with their dangers receivers, however, the Als’ O-line will have to protect Willy, which will be a test following an injury to Ruben Carter. The Als will start national Sean Jamieson in his spot at right tackle after the O-line allowed five sacks in its debut.


    The Als are leaving the door open for John Bowman to make his 2018 debut after missing the opener, but the veteran defensive end could be a game time decision.


    Cruchin’ Numbers:


    5 – League-high sacks allowed by Montreal in Week 1. For Drew Willy to be effective, the Alouette offensive line is going to have to afford him the protection and time to make plays.


    13 – Quarterbacks who have started a game for Montreal since Anthony Calvillo’s last game in August 2013 (Josh Neiswander, Troy Smith, Tanner Marsh, Jonathan Crompton, Alex Brink, Rakeem Cato, Kevin Glenn, Brandon Bridge, Vernon Adams, Darian Durant, Drew Willy, Matt Shiltz).


    110 – Yard field-goal return touchdown for Kevin Fogg last week against Edmonton. If you missed it, it was the kind of play that makes special teams ‘special‘.


    1,192 – Career points for Winnipeg kicker Justin Medlock, who is on milestone watch this week as he closes in on the 1,200 mark. The veteran out of UCLA’s career kicking percentage is 86.2 per cent, and he has been at or over 80 per cent in every season since 2011 en route to becoming the CFL’s undisputed premier kicker.

    To say this is a big game for both the Bombers and Alouettes is an understatement.


    Winnipeg has plenty to prove, chiefly whether it can win with Chris Streveler under centre.


    The Alouettes are looking to avoid their 13th straight loss and subsequently slide further into a hole at the bottom of the East Division standings.


    Winnipeg was carved up at times by Mike Reilly and the Eskimos offence in Week 1; Montreal’s offence failed to break down BC for the bulk of their season opener on the west coast.


    You don’t want to throw the term ‘must-win’ out there this early in the season, but it certainly feels like it’s valid — especially in Alouette-land, where the pain of last season is only a few losses away from threatening to repeat itself.


    Kickoff is at 7 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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    BOMBERS DOMINATE ALL PHASES, CRUSH ALOUETTES 56-10



    MONTREAL — Any questions surrounding rookie quarterback Chris Streveler‘s ability to lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were answered on Friday night, as the 23-year-old pivot threw for three touchdowns and ran for another in a dominant 56-10 win over the Montreal Alouettes.


    Streveler’s gaudy half-time numbers told one part of Friday’s contest: 18 completions on 22 attempts, 196 pass yards, two touchdowns. With 55 rush yards and a touchdown on the ground.


    The other story of Friday’s one-sided game at Percival Molson Stadium?


    Tristan Okpalaugo with two of Winnipeg’s three first-half sacks, as part of a larger effort by the Bomber defence to limit Montreal to just 95 yards of offence in the first half.


    In other words: At 34-7 after 30 minutes of football, the front end of Friday Night Football’s doubleheader was decided.


    The Bombers opened the scoring on the first drive of the evening, as a Streveler-led drive set up a 13-yard Justin Medlock chip-shot field goal.


    Okpalaugo and the Winnipeg defence then set the tone on Montreal’s first offensive snap of the ballgame, as the 28-year-old brought down Als quarterback Drew Willy for a loss of eight yards.


    Paul LaPolice’s Bomber offence then mixed it up on its next possession, with Streveler lateraling across to Darvin Adams to set up a flea-flicker pass to Andrew Harris in the end zone. Medlock’s convert gave Winnipeg a 10-0 lead.


    The Bomber defence then got to Willy again, as Drake Nevis levelled the Montreal pivot with a crunching sack.


    Montreal showed some life early in the second quarter, as a powerful 44-yard Tyrell Sutton run set up a Willy-to-B.J. Cunningham touchdown connection. Boris Bede‘s convert cut the hosts’ deficit to just three points.


    Winnipeg’s offence roared in response, with a number of Streveler completions setting up a 10-yard touchdown pass to Nic Demski; Medlock’s convert gave the Bombers a 17-7 lead.


    Things began to unravel for the Alouettes later in the second quarter; the strong field position earned by a Stefan Logan kick return was negated by a monster sack from Okpalaugo — his second of the night — on Willy.


    After that two-and-out, Streveler marched the Bombers back inside the red zone and proceeded to find his former college roommate Drew Wolitarsky in the end zone for a 16-yard touchdown. Medlock’s convert extended the Bombers’ lead to 17 points.


    The second quarter went from bad to worse for the Alouettes on the ensuing drive.


    A Willy pass was intercepted by Okpalaugo, only to be brought back on an offside penalty against the latter; Winnipeg defensive back Anthony Gaitor then sacked Willy heavily on the next play for a loss of 12 yards; Boris Bede’s subsequent third-down punt was blocked by Rashaun Simonise and recovered by the Bombers inside Montreal’s 5-yard line.


    Two plays later, Streveler punched it in from the goal line himself; the following Medlock convert and a final-play field goal from 40 yards out sent Winnipeg to the locker room with a 34-7 lead.


    Medlock and Bede traded third-quarter field goals, and a further Medlock boot from 33 yards out pushed the lead to 40-10.


    Two second-half hits from the Alouettes — Jermaine Robinson‘s low tackle on Harris, and then Henoc Muamba with a high tackle on Streveler — resulted in tempers flaring, and when Streveler found Wolitarsky in the fourth quarter for the duo’s second touchdown of the night, emotions ran high. Medlock’s convert made it a 47-10 ballgame.


    Montreal’s offence continued to struggle, and Bede conceded a safety.


    Winnipeg, meanwhile, continued to show off its quarterback depth; Bryan Bennett relieved Streveler — who started in place of injured regular Matt Nichols — in fashion with three completions for 71 yards and an electrifying 31-yard run.


    Bennett’s debut drive culminated in Kienan LaFrance’s first rush touchdown as a Bomber; Medlock’s convert rounded out the scoring on the night and brought the score to 56-10.


    Chris Streveler’s final line read 22 of 28 passes completed for 246 yards and three touchdowns.


    Montreal linebacker Henoc Muamba registered a game-high 11 tackles in the defeat; nine different players hauled in a catch for Winnipeg.


    With the win, the Bombers improved to 1-1 on the young season and now face a Week-3 trip to Tim Horton’s Field to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Friday Night Football (7 p.m. ET).


    The loss dropped the Alouettes to 0-2 on the campaign; Mike Sherman’s team will head west in Week 3 for a date with the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday evening (9 p.m. ET).
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    MASOLI, TASKER LEAD TICATS TO ROAD WIN OVER ESKS



    EDMONTON — The Edmonton Eskimos couldn’t find an answer for Jeremiah Masoli and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ offence on Friday night, as the versatile quarterback led his team to an impressive 38-21 victory on the road.


    Masoli threw for over 300 yards for the second straight week, finishing 19 of 29 for 332 yards and three touchdown passes. The dual-threat passer also added seven carries for 59 rushing yards, and Luke Tasker also contributed a big performance by hauling in five catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns.


    Ticats running back Mercer Timmis had a breakout performance on the ground, racking up 133 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Brandon Banks also had a big game with six catches for 117 yards and a touchdown.


    Mike Reilly and the Esks’ offence put together some big plays, including an 88-yard touchdown pass, but in the end it was not enough to keep pace with Masoli and the Ticats.


    The Ticats came out strong to start the game, with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli quickly engineering Hamilton’s first touchdown drive of the season. The 29-year-old dual-threat passer found receiver Terrence Toliver for 27 yards right out of the gate. Toliver was making his return to the Ticats after missing most of the 2017 season with an injury. Masoli then found receiver Luke Tasker for a 15-yard catch-and-run touchdown to help give Hamilton the opening lead.


    But quarterback Mike Reilly and the Eskimos wasted no time in responding, with the veteran gunslinger quickly bringing his team down the field just a couple plays later. Reilly demonstrated his ability to connect on the deep ball, finding a streaking D’haquille “Duke” Williams deep down the field for a monster 88-yard touchdown, swinging momentum in Edmonton’s favour.


    The Ticats kept things rolling on offence upon getting the ball back, and Masoli showed how dangerous he can be as both a rusher and a passer. The versatile quarterback led his team down the field with a 31-yard pass to receiver Brandon Banks and a 20-yard sprint up the middle to put the Ticats in scoring position. Hamilton elected to go for it after facing a third down on the drive, and Masoli pitched the ball to running back Mercer Timmis on the option play to set the offence up at the goal line.


    Timmis finished off the drive on the very next play, barrelling his way into the end zone for the one-yard touchdown run. Kicker Lirim Hajhrullahu knocked the extra point through to give Hamilton the 14-7 lead.


    Aside from the early touchdown strike to Williams, Reilly was largely held in check by the Ticats’ defence early on. Edmonton managed to add a single near the start of the second quarter, but Hamilton’s offence quickly took advantage of the opportunity provided by their defence’s strong start.


    Masoli continued to get in a passing rhythm against the Esks’ secondary, and he led his team down the field once again with impressive efficiency. Masoli threw solid strikes to Banks and Toliver to move the chains before finishing the drive with a 45-yard touchdown connection to Tasker. The 27-year-old receiver found running room up the left side of the field as he racked up 37 yards after the catch, and Banks contributed a key block to secure the score and help give Hamilton a 13-point lead.


    The Ticats would add a 44-yard field goal from Hajhrullahu on their next drive to extend their lead again, but Reilly and the Esks’ offence began to get things moving after that. Reilly showed once again how dangerous he can be with the deep ball, as he threw an impressive 55-yard bomb to receiver Kenny Stafford to put Edmonton in scoring position.


    Reilly then found playmaker Derel Walker for a five-yard touchdown strike, giving Walker his second touchdown catch of the season. The Esks went for the two-point convert on the ensuing play, but running back C.J. Gable was stopped at the goal line, making the score 24-14 at the half.


    Both quarterbacks finished the opening half with over 200 yards and two scores through the air.


    Hamilton maintained momentum to start the third quarter, and Masoli showed no signs of slowing down. Stepping up and finding a way to make big throws under pressure, Masoli connected with multiple receivers on the drive before capping it off with a beautiful 18-yard touchdown pass to Banks. Masoli threw the passing score after somehow managing to juke away from an Edmonton pass rusher at the last second, giving Hamilton a 31-14 lead after the extra point from Hajhrullahu.


    But the Eskimos found a momentum spark of their own shortly after when linebacker Blair Smith picked off a Masoli throw, giving the Esks some life in the fourth quarter.


    Edmonton began to mount a late comeback after Hamilton defensive back Jumal Rolle was called for defensive pass interference while covering Stafford down the field. Reilly capitalized on the field position with a one-yard rushing touchdown, making it a 10-point game with under five minutes to play.


    It was Timmis who had the final say in this one, however, as the running back accelerated into open field for a 44-yard touchdown gallop, sealing the 38-21 Hamilton victory. An interception from Hamilton’s Richard Leonard ended the Eskimos’ final attempt to stage a comeback.


    The Eskimos will look to get back on track when they host the BC Lions next Friday, while The Ticats will be at home against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers next Saturday in Week 3 action.
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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    06/22/2018 4-0-0 100.00% +2000
    06/21/2018 0-2-0 0.00% -11.00
    06/16/2018 1-3-0 25.00% -11.50
    06/15/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50
    06/14/2018 1-1-0 50.00% -0.50


    Totals.............. 7-7-0........50.00%.....-3.50




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    DATE W-L-T % UNITS RECORD


    DATE.........................ATS.................. .....UNITS.....................O/U...................UNITS...........TOTAL


    06/22/2018...............2 - 0.....................+10.00....................2 - 0.................+10.00.............+20.00
    06/21/2018...............0 - 1......................-5.50......................0 - 1...................-5.50.............-11.00
    06/16/2018...............1 - 1......................-0.50......................0 - 2..................-11.00.............-11.50
    06/15/2018...............1 - 0 .....................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50
    06/14/2018...............1 - 0......................+5.00.....................0 - 1...................-5.50..............-0.50


    Totals.......................5 - 2.....................+14.00.................... 2 - 5..................-17.50............-3.50
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    Calgary Stampeders (1-0 SU, 1-0 ATS) at Toronto Argonauts (0-1 SU, 0-1 ATS)

    Point-spread: Calgary -3
    Total: 52


    Game Overview


    Calgary needed all four quarters to get past Hamilton last Saturday in a game that was closer than the final score might indicate. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 297 total yards with 200 coming in the first half. It was the Stampeders’ ground game that helped generate 19 points in the fourth quarter. Don Jackson and Terry Williams rushed for a combined 117 yards and a score on 18 rushing attempts overall. Calgary did get a solid effort from its defense when it needed it the most.


    The Argonauts scored a grand total of five points in the first three quarters of last week’s loss before posting 14 points in the fourth quarter to keep things interesting. Ricky Ray did not have his best night throwing the ball against Saskatchewan, especially in the first half when Toronto was held to 71 yards through the air. He ended the game with 232 yards passing with no touchdown throws against one interception.


    Betting Trends


    -- Calgary has gone 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings overall and it is also 5-1 ATS in its last six road games against Toronto. The total has stayed UNDER in five of the last seven meetings.


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    CALGARY (1 - 0) at TORONTO (0 - 1) - 6/23/2018, 7:00 PM
    Top Trends for this game.
    CALGARY is 129-97 ATS (+22.3 Units) when playing with 6 or less days rest since 1996.

    Head-to-Head Series History
    CALGARY is 4-1 against the spread versus TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    CALGARY is 4-1 straight up against TORONTO over the last 3 seasons
    3 of 5 games in this series have gone UNDER THE TOTAL over the last 3 seasons

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    Saturday, June 23


    Calgary Stampeders
    Calgary is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
    Calgary is 13-4 SU in its last 17 games
    Calgary is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games
    Calgary is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 6 games on the road
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Calgary's last 7 games when playing Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Calgary is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Calgary's last 6 games when playing on the road against Toronto
    Toronto Argonauts
    Toronto is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
    Toronto is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
    Toronto is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    Toronto is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary
    The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Toronto's last 6 games when playing at home against Calgary




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    Saturday June 23


    Calgary @ Toronto



    Game 367-368
    June 23, 2018 @ 7:00 pm


    Dunkel Rating:
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    Toronto
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    Dunkel Team:
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    Dunkel Total:
    Toronto
    Even
    47
    Vegas Team:
    Vegas Line:
    Vegas Total:
    Calgary
    by 3 1/2
    51 1/2
    Dunkel Pick:
    Toronto
    (+3 1/2); Under



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    Calgary (1-0) @ Toronto (0-1)— Stampeders won eight of last nine series games but were upset 27-24 in last visit here last November. Stamps won four of last five visits here. Favorites won four of last five series games. Under is 5-2 in last seven series games. Calgary held Ti-Cats to three 2nd half points in 28-14 win LW- they were down 11-9 at the half. Argonauts lost 27-19 in Regina LW, giving up 7.5 ypa. (Calgary -3.5, 51.5)
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    STAMPS, ARGOS SET FOR GREY CUP REMATCH



    The last time that the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts met was in Ottawa on Nov. 26, 2017.


    The game ended with the Argos hoisting the Grey Cup in triumph, while the disappointed Stamps watched from the sidelines for a second straight year.


    The feeling of defeat still lingers in the minds of the Stamps, but the team is looking forward instead of dwelling on the past.


    “Even if they lose, they still have the ring from last year,” DaVaris Daniels told Stampeders.com. “It’s really not about that. It’s about this year and getting better.”


    The Stamps do have an early leg up on the Argos this year with a win in their season-opener. A late fourth quarter surge from Calgary saw the team score two majors in the final 15 minutes en route to a 28-14 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was 17-for-36 passing for 297 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Rene Paredes was perfect on four field goal attempts.


    “When you settle for field goals you get a little nervous,” Head Coach Dave Dickenson said after the game. “You really do, because you’re missing opportunities to really put a gap between you and the opponent. They came back on us but it was a grind. Credit to our team to step up and make the plays when they had to.”


    The Stamps are looking to carry that momentum into Saturday nights matchup and become the only team in the CFL to start the season 2-0. But Calgary knows that it will be no easy feat against a tough Argos team that is looking for its first win of the season.


    The Stamps will be without one of their top receivers in Marken Michel, who has been placed on the one-game injured list.


    Calgary’s offence knows it has a tough task ahead.


    “They have a really good defensive backfield,” said Stamps receiver Kamar Jorden. “They have a lot of vets, a lot of guys who really know how to play their matchups. But I’m confident in our group of guys that we can go out there and make plays and do the things that we usually do in Toronto.”


    The Argos are coming off of a 27-19 loss at the hands of the Saskatchewan Roughriders to open their season. Toronto had a tough time putting points up on the board for most of the evening, while the offensive line struggled to hold off a tenacious Riders defence. Argos pivot Ricky Ray was sacked three times in the first half alone by Charleston Hughes.


    The Boatmen found their stride in the fourth quarter, finding the end zone twice, but it was too little too late for the Double Blue.


    Ray completed 22 of 37 attempts for 233 yards with no touchdown passes and one interception.


    “Offensively, it just took us a while to get into any type of rhythm,” Ray told Argonauts.ca after the loss. “We fought hard. As bad as we played in the first three quarters it seemed like, when you protect the football, you’re still going to be in the game…Guys played hard, but we just didn’t do enough.”


    Veteran defensive back Abdul Kanneh will make his Double Blue debut this week against the Stamps. The 27-year-old was a key part of the Ottawa REDBLACKS 2016 Grey Cup season. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats signed the coveted free agent the following year, but injuries plagued his time with the Black and Gold. The two-time CFL East All-Star was traded to the Argos earlier this month.


    A fresh start in the six may just be what Kanneh needs to re-establish himself as a top CFL defensive back.


    “I’m definitely excited,” said Kanneh. “That’s what I came over here to do. To make sure I can help the team make plays and just do what I know I can do.”


    The Argos are more than aware of the Stampeders lethal offence led by Mitchell, but say that they are up to the challenge.


    “They’re always a great team to compete with,” said Argos defensive back T.J. Heath. “They always come in with everything correct. They have a great receiving core. Bo Levi Mitchell is a great quarterback. Their defence has been good for a while.


    “We’ve got a task, but we’re ready to compete.”


    Crunchin’ Numbers’


    4 – Defensive tackles needed by Stamps linebacker Alex Singleton to reach 200 in his career. Singleton tied for a game-high eight tackles last week.


    5 – Straight games that the Stamps have won in Toronto. Calgary has not lost to Toronto on the road since July 7, 2012.


    6 – The number of times the Stampeders made it into the red zone last week. However, they only cashed in on one opportunity, managing just one major.


    218 – Career starts for Ricky Ray heading into Saturday night’s matchup against the Stamps.



    While the Argos won the most important game of the season last year over the Stampeders, they are still trying to solve their regular season woes against one of the top teams in the West. The Stamps have been victorious in their last eight regular season games against the Boatmen.


    The good news for Toronto? History is on their side. They have not started a season 0-2 since way back in 2002.


    A pivotal matchup in this game to keep an eye out for is last year’s CFL rookie of the year, James Wilder Jr., up against the defensive player of the year in Alex Singleton.


    Will the Stamps get some redemption against the Argos? Or will the Double Blue pick up their first win of the season at BMO?


    Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be seen on TSN, RDS and ESPN+.
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