Stampeders vs. Argonauts
CFL Football: Friday, October 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm (McMahon Stadium)
The Line: Stampeders -16.5 -- Over/Under: 52 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders square off Friday night in a week 18 CFL battle at McMahon Stadium on TSN.
The Toronto Argonauts are desperate for a victory that would snap a disappointing five-game losing streak. The Toronto Argonauts have just one victory since the month of August. Drew Willy is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 681 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Willy and Ricky Ray have combined for 16 touchdown passes. Kenny Shaw and Diontae Spencer have combined for more than 1,400 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Tori Gurley has 36 receptions. The Toronto Argonauts ground game is averaging 88.2 yards per contest, and Brandon Whitaker leads the way with 855 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Toronto is allowing 31 points and 392.2 yards per game. Cory Greenwood leads the Toronto Argonauts with 58 tackles, Shawn Lemon has 14 sacks and A.J. Jefferson has three interceptions.
The Calgary Stampeders look to keep the ball rolling and build on their incredible 13-game winning streak. The Calgary Stampeders have not lost a home game since their 2015 game against the Edmonton Eskimos. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 5,127 yards, 30 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Mitchell has eight touchdown passes in his last four games. Marquay McDaniel and DaVaris Daniels have combined for more than 1,800 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Bakari Grant has 44 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 95.4 yards per contest, and Jerome Messam leads the way with 1,051 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 21.2 points and 362 yards per game. Deron Mayo leads the Calgary Stampeders with 78 tackles, Charleston Hughes has 14 sacks and Jamar Wall has four interceptions.
The Argonauts are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games in October. The Stampeders are 37-18-3 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games. The Argonauts are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Calgary and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 meetings overall.
We all know the Calgary Stampeders have proven to be the best team in the CFL by a wide margin and they haven't lost since the season opener in late June. But Calgary isn't just winning, the Stampeders are covering, which includes six of their last nine wins being decided by double digits. Calgary has also won the last five games against the Toronto Argonauts and has outscored them 75-35 in the last two games. I hate big chalk as you guys know, but this is one of those spots where you can lay it.
The Calgary Stampeders are just on another planet this season.