CFL week 2 betting (June 30): Quick encore for 2016 Grey Cup finalists

Updated: June 30, 2017

After settling for a tie against Calgary on home turf last week in a Grey Cup rematch, the Ottawa Redblacks will have another crack at the very same Stampeders tonight in Alberta in the highly-anticipated back end of this home-and-home series to kick-off week 2 in the CFL; overall record: 3-1, +0.72 units


CFL week 2: Ottawa Redblacks @ Calgary Stampeders
Where: McMahon Stadium, Calgary, AB, Canada
When: Friday, June 30, 9.30am (AET)
Lines: Calgary -7.5, O/U 56.5

Confirmed bet: +56.5/total (two units @ $1.91)

TIW says: In an unusual quirk of the CFL schedule, the two sides that contested the 2016 Grey Cup championship game meet again in week of the new season after playing out a stunning 31-31 stalemate to open their respective CFL campaigns last week. The Stampeders host the Ottawa Redblacks in the second game of a home-and-home five days after Calgary erased a 14-point deficit in the final 10 minutes of regulation to force overtime. Rene Paredes missed a short field goal to win it in the first OT session, and they had to settle for a 31-31 tie. Incredibly, it was their second stalemate with the Redblacks in the past three regular-season meetings. Calgary are 24-3 at home since the start of the 2014 season, including 9-0 in 2016.


They hope to continue their dominance at McMahon Stadium by upending the defending Grey Cup champions in this emerging rivalry. Bo Levi Mitchell, who won the Most Outstanding Player in 2016, threw for 376 yards and two touchdowns to become the fifth quarterback in franchise history to surpass 15,000 yards. Marquay McDaniel caught 10 passes for 114 yards before leaving the game in the fourth quarter because of injury, but he’s expected to suit up here. Ottawa was left with a bittersweet feeling after going to overtime for the third time in their past four meetings with Calgary last week. The Redblacks were seemingly in control up by two touchdowns before Brendan Gillanders’ fumble in the fourth quarter changed the complexion of the game.

They were also aggrieved by some controversial calls that were not overturned by the CFL Command Centre. Trevor Harris started the season off with a bang as he completed 33-of-45 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns in his first game as the undisputed starter following Henry Burris’ retirement in the offseason. Free agent acquisition Kenny Shaw, who set career highs with 77 receptions and 1004 receiving yards with the Toronto Argonauts last season, exited the game with an undisclosed injury as did running back William Powell after rushing for 30 yards on five carries. Normally we’d go for a lower score on the back end of a home-and-home set but the offensive might on either of the ball suggests otherwise – the ‘over’ is 5-0-1 in the past six meetings.


Week 1 results update: 2-1, -0.19 units

Saskatchewan Roughriders +7 @ Montreal Alouettes (one unit @ $1.91) WIN (16-17)
Calgary Stampeders -6 @ Ottawa Redblacks (three units @ $1.91) LOSE (31-31)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ Toronto Argonauts +3.5 (two units @ $1.95) WIN (15-32)



• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Time (AET); prices with thanks to Bet365 (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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