Ottawa Redblacks at Calgary Stampeders
|Date & Time||Saturday June 15, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Calgary Stampeders -7 -- Over/Under: 52
The Ottawa Redblacks and Calgary Stampeders meet Saturday in CFL action at McMahon Stadium.
The Ottawa Redblacks came up short in the Grey Cup, but it was their first double-digit winning season since 2015 and their second appearance in the championship game in the last four years. Ottawa is also one of the few teams with coaching stability, as Rick Campbell will return for his sixth season. The key for the Redblacks this season will be replacing Trevor Harris at quarterback, and that’s likely going to come down to Jonathon Jennings and Dominique Davis. While the Redblacks offense lost more than their star quarterback, this league has shown in the past that everything will figure itself out once there’s a reliable guy to lead the offense. Defensively, Ottawa returns its top tackler from last season in Corey Tindal, its top pass rusher in Danny Mason and its interception leader in Jonathan Rose. The Ottawa Redblacks have split their last six road games.
The Calgary Stampeders hope to start off their title defense the right way, as they won their eighth Grey Cup last season and fourth since 2001. Dave Dickenson is back as head coach and Bo Levi Mitchell is still quarterback, a tandem that has been kind to Calgary over the years. The Redblacks did lose their top-three receivers from last season and a 1,000-yard rusher in Jerome Messam, so it could be a feeling out process early with so many new faces. However, Ottawa has a quarterback who has thrown for over 24,000 yards and 150 touchdowns, so I’m a big believer that this offense will be just fine in the longterm. Defensively, the Stampeders return their leading tackler in Brandon Smith, their sack leader in Cordarro Law and a ball hawk defensive back in Tre Roberson. The Calgary Stampeders have won five of their last seven home games.
The RedBlacks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games, 25-10 ATS in their last 35 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The RedBlacks are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Calgary. The under is 8-3 in Stampeders last 11 home games. The under is 4-1 in RedBlacks last 5 road games.
These teams are sure to look a lot different than they did a season ago, but the one constant is Bo Levi Mitchell being on that field, and he usually has Calgary as the scariest team in the league when he's playing well. The Ottawa Redblacks have far more questions to answer and a road game against the Stampeders is just a tough spot to open a season. The Calgary Stampeders have also won the last four games against the Redblacks and have won those games by an average of 10.25 points. I'll lay the touchdown.