Of all the games being played this weekend, this is the one no one expected to mean anything. As it turns out, it is the only one that has any meaning. With a win or a tie, Calgary can lock up the West division title and a first-round bye.
But it doesn’t mean nearly as much to the Lions. They are already locked into their playoff spot. A win or a loss isn’t going to matter to their playoff seating. They are already locked in as the crossover team and have a date with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats coming up.
Do they want to risk anyone getting hurt in a game that means nothing to them? Then again, they did not play well last week. Maybe they don’t want to head into the playoffs with a two-game losing streak.
So—who’s going to win?
It is hard to say without knowing what the Lions are going to do. If they decide to play everyone, it is not hard to see them beating the Stampeders.
Calgary has been playing sloppy, uninspired football in recent weeks. Pivot Bo Levi Mithcell is one of the best in the league, but he has been struggling in the last few weeks. With the Lions rush in his face, he may find it hard to get back on track.
But with the division and a bye in the first round of the playoffs on the line, you have to think that would be enough motivation for Calgary to get it together. Then again, the Lions are 7-1 at home this season.
If the Lions (+190) play everyone, take Calgary (-240) to win, but take the Lions to win against the spread (6). As for the over/under—take the under (49.5).