This is the kind of game that has the potential for some serious fireworks. Calgary has the stingiest defence in the league (126 points allowed). Winnipeg has the most productive offense in the league (289 points scored).
Will one strength win out over the other or will it be the other aspect of the game that makes the difference?
Oddsmakers are leaning heavily towards Calgary making them a nine-point favourite to win. As could be expected, the money line favours Calgary (-400.00; Winnipeg– +310.00). The over/under has been placed at 53.5 points.
Calgary suffered their first loss of the season last week to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But it wasn’t necessarily because they had a poor game. The Roughriders scored 14 points off a turnover, and special teams play. Bo Levi Mithcell struggled to get the offense going in the first half but still finished the game with 275 yards and four touchdowns (and an interception).
The Blue Bombers are good enough to take advantage of any mistakes Calgary may make this week. Matt Nichols had one of his more productive games of the season last week (23-35 for 291 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception. But he didn’t get a lot of help, and the team lost to Ottawa, 44-21.
Last week’s game was an isolated incident for Calgary. Expect them to come out determined to prove just that and take advantage of a Winnipeg team that can’t decide what it wants to do. Matt Nichols will keep the Blue Bombers within reach. But when push comes to shove, Calgary will win and cover the spread.