CFL week 7 betting (August 4): Stampeders head east after record win

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Updated: August 3, 2017

After a record-breaking win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week, the Calgary Stampeders are in the East tonight to clash with division leaders Toronto on their home deck. The sharp money appears to be staying away from this CFL week 7 match-up but we reckon there’s enough offensive firepower on either side of the field to exploit the perfect conditions to send this modest total ‘over’; overall record: 11-7, +5.69 units – latest CFL standings here

 

CFL week 7: Calgary Stampeders (4-1-1, 1-1-1 away) @ Toronto Argonauts (3-0-3, 2-1-0 home)
Where: BMO Field, Toronto, ON, Canada
When: Friday, August 4, 9.30am (AET)
Lines: Calgary -6, O/U 54

Confirmed bet: +54/total (one unit @ $1.94)

TIW says: The Calgary Stampeders look to build off their record-breaking performance when they hit the road to take on the Toronto Argonauts in the opening game of week 7 in the CFL tonight. The Stampeders smashed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 60-1 last week to register the largest winning margin of victory in franchise history (and the third biggest in CFL history) while extending their home winning streak to 13 games. Roy Finch’s 97-yard punt return touchdown late in the first quarter acted as a catalyst for Calgary before going on to score four touchdowns in the second quarter to lead the game 39-1, cementing the outcome at half-time.

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 197 yards and a score in two quarters against Hamilton to extend his touchdown passing streak to 18 games in a row and Jerome Messam rushed for 91 yards and three touchdowns to take his league-leading total to 414. Marken Michel (pictured below) had a career night as he hauled in six passes for 190 yards and a touchdown off the bench after Kamar Jorden, who leads the league with four TD catches, suffered an ankle injury in the first quarter. The Stampeders now aim to continue their dominance of the Argonauts by notching a seventh successive victory in the series.

 

Calgary have won the last four meetings in Toronto, including an emphatic 48-20 triumph at BMO Field in 2016, and will be hoping to scorch an Argonauts’ defence that have surrendered 31.7 points per game in their past three. Toronto looks to bounce back from a disappointing 38-27 setback to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The first-place Argonauts were poised to create some separation at the top of the East Division, but were outscored 18-3 in the fourth quarter, and hope to rebound by notching their first win against Calgary since a 33-27 victory on September 21, 2013.

Ricky Ray completed 28-of-38 passes for 386 yards and three touchdowns against Saskatchewan to become Toronto’s all-time leader in passing yards (16,634), eclipsing Condredge Holloway long-standing mark of 16,619. Ray (305) also moved past Matt Dunigan (303) for fifth place on the CFL’s all-time passing touchdowns list with a 14-yard scoring strike to S.J. Green in the second quarter. Linebacker Bear Woods showed no ill effects of the head injury he suffered in the 27-24 victory over the Ottawa Redblacks on July 24 as he led the team with eight tackles against the Roughriders. The Argonauts are 1-7 ATS in their past eight games following a straight up loss while the Stampeders are 4-0 ATS in their past four meetings in Toronto.

 

Week 6 results update: 0-1, -2.0 units

BC Lions +2 @ Edmonton Eskimos (two units @ $1.94) LOSE (26-37)

 

 

• 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 William Hill (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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