There is one thing that Calgary has not done in a long time—lose on Labor Day. But they nearly did last week against a good Edmonton team. The Eskimos did something few have managed to do this season; they made life challenging for Stampeders pivot Bo Levi Mitchell.
A week after throwing for 452 yards and three touchdowns he was held to 255 yards and a single touchdown. He did have some injury issues during the game. But when they needed him most, Mitchell was able to come back in and lead the team in the final moments of the contest to a game-winning field goal.
Edmonton’s defence did its job and limited the mighty Calgary offence to just a single touchdown and 23 points—ten of which came in the second half. But it was the offence that let the team down by committing three turnovers and recording only a field goal in the second half
If the Eskimos can cut out the mistakes, can the beat Calgary? Did Edmonton do something the Stampeders were not ready for?
If they did, expect Calgary to be ready for whatever it was this week. Look for them to play a much cleaner game than last week and to finish more drives with touchdowns rather than kicks.
Look for Edmonton to play a cleaner game as well. But when it comes down to it, Calgary is the better team. The Stampeders will triumph (-161.29) once again over the Eskimos (+135.00). It will be another close contest, but this time it will not be close enough for the Eskimos to cover the spread (3 points).
Even though they didn’t cover the over/under last week, I’d take the over for this one.