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Stampeders and Tiger-Cats Open 2018 CFL Season

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Stampeders and TiCats Look to Start Strong

The fans at McMahon Stadium will be treated to a game between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Calgary Stampeders when they take their seats on Saturday. Both teams seem to be moving in the right direction to start the 2018 season.

Oddsmakers have Calgary as 8-point favorites. The total is sitting at 55.

The Tiger-Cats are looking to pick up where they left off at the end of last year. They dropped their first eight games of 2017. The Tabbies then found new life after a coaching change saw June Jones take over the team. June Jones style of offense is fun to watch.

Hamilton finished the second half of the season with a winning 6-4 record. They could not overcome their disappointing start and  missed the playoffs. This season expectations are they will be better.

Jones Has the Offense Humming for the TiCats

The Ticats have placed their trust in Jeremiah Masoli. He enters the season as the undisputed number one quarterback. The 29-year-old has been part of the Black and Gold for the past five years. This is the first time he is starting the season as the definitive starter.

Masoli took over the reins midway through last year. His position as the starter was solidified when the Ticats traded former franchise quarterback Zach Collaros to the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the off season.

If Masoli falters they have a high-profile pivot is waiting in the wings. Former Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel impressed in the preseason. Jones has never wavered from Masoli as his number one. YET.

Masoli has a wealth of talent when it comes to targets. Jalen Saunders, Luke Tasker, and Brandon Banks are all coming off of 1000-yard seasons for the Black and Gold. Nikita Whitlock gets the nod at running back for Week 1. Starter Alex Green is out for two weeks while still recovering from a hand injury.

Stampeders Have High Expectations After Losing Grey Cup Game

Last year’s Grey Cup finalists have lost some key players but are still a force to be reckoned with in the West.

The biggest change on defense for the Stamps is the absence of last year’s sack leader Charleston Hughes. He was traded during the offseason.

The Stamps secondary received a boost with the addition of Emanuel Davis. His first game in the Red and White just happens to be against his former squad.

The Stamps defense is anchored by last year’s Most Outstanding Defensive Player, Alex Singleton. In his 2nd season the 24-year-old racked up an astounding 123 tackles and shows on signs of slowing down.

Bo Levi Mitchell enters his seventh season under center for the Calgary. The 2016 CFL’s Most Outstanding Player will be without his top target from last year. Marquay McDaniel was releases by the team in February.  Jerome Messam, who racked up over 1,000 rushing yards last season, is also gone.

The young wideout duo of Marken Michel and DaVaris Daniels, along with slotback Kamar Jorden, round out a strong receiving core.


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Recent Form

Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Hamilton 6-12 10-8 20.08 40.20 -20.12 4-5 6-3 9-8-1 4-4-1 5-4
Calgary 4-1-1 3-3 31.08 20.17 10.91 2-1 1-2 4-2 2-1 2-1
Power Stats

Yards Per Point

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 15.72 12.18 3.54
CAL 12.62 18.36 -5.74

Yards Per Pass

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 10.06 13.49 -3.43
CAL 12.85 10.80 2.05

Yards Per Rush

Name Offense Defense Differential
HAM 6.23 4.99 1.24
CAL 4.98 5.37 -0.39
Team Records

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 6-12 2-7 4-5 10-8 4-5 6-3 24.61 30.28 -5.67
vs Conf 4-4 2-2 2-2 5-3 2-2 3-1 28.75 26.63 2.12
Last 3 2-1 1-0 1-1 3-0 1-0 2-0 37.33 19.00 18.33

Calgary Stampeders

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 4-1-1 3-0 1-1-1 3-3 2-1 1-2 35.50 20.17 15.33
vs Conf 2-0 1-0 1-0 2-0 1-0 1-0 28.00 10.00 18.00
Last 3 2-1 2-0 0-1 2-1 2-0 0-1 36.67 13.67 23.00

Supergrid

Title Stat Rank Stat Rank
Away Team Overall Scoring vs Home Team Overall Defense 24.61 8 20.20 1
Away Team Road Passing vs Home Team Home Passing Defense 261.44 6 212.60 1
Away Team Road Rushing vs Home Team Home Rushing Defense 87.22 7 85.60 5
Home Team Overall Scoring vs Away Team Overall Defense 28.95 2 30.28 8
Home Team Home Passing vs Away Team Road Passing Defense 248.60 8 321.78 9
Home Team Home Rushing vs Away Team Road Rushing Defense 120.00 1 102.11 6

Head To Head Summary

Name Record ATS OU Score Rush YPR PA CP PY TY TO +/-
Hamilton 0-10 4-6 2-8 16.40 77.80 4.92 38.80 63.66 274.20 357.20 2.00
Calgary 10-0 6-4 2-8 29.60 104.40 5.58 32.70 66.36 268.90 379.00 1.20

Head To Head Detail

Date Away Home Score Line Total OU Result ARY APY ATY ATT HRY HPY HTY HTT Away Team Attempts Home Team Attempts Away Team Completions Home Team Completions
Oct 13, 2017 CAL HAM 28-25 42 264 321 2 76 320 402 2
Jul 29, 2017 HAM CAL 1-60 116 170 295 2 188 308 496 0
Oct 1, 2016 CAL HAM 36-17 109 299 408 2 39 257 310 1
Aug 28, 2016 HAM CAL 24-30 54 439 493 0 52 323 375 0
Oct 2, 2015 CAL HAM 23-20 114 230 344 1 81 152 236 4
Jun 26, 2015 HAM CAL 23-24 37 261 318 1 80 221 343 3
Nov 30, 2014 HAM CAL 16-20 47 342 389 0 50 334 384 1
Aug 16, 2014 CAL HAM 30-20 138 271 409 1 110 350 460 3
Jul 18, 2014 HAM CAL 7-10 71 183 254 2 111 201 312 1
Sep 28, 2013 CAL HAM 35-11 160 238 398 1 147 268 415 5

CFL Betting Odds and Trends

Team Last 5 Games

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 3, 2017 MON 33-0 W -15/50 W/U 173 313 502 79 90 189 -2 H
Oct 27, 2017 OTT 36-41 L 6.5/53.5 W/O 54 428 492 134 338 486 -4 A
Oct 22, 2017 MON 43-16 W -3/51 W/O 73 349 431 51 221 310 -2 A
Oct 13, 2017 CAL 25-28 L 9.5/52.5 W/O 76 320 402 42 264 321 0 H
Oct 6, 2017 WIN 30-13 W 12/56.5 W/U 146 332 484 57 270 343 -2 A

Calgary Stampeders

Date Opponent score Result line ATS Result offensive rush yards offensive passing yards offensive total yards defensive rush yards defensive passing yards defensive total yards turnovers Location
Nov 26, 2017 TOR 24-27 L -7/53 L/U 74 362 447 16 285 313 2 A
Nov 19, 2017 EDM 32-28 W -5/51.5 L/O 182 220 410 68 338 416 -1 H
Nov 3, 2017 WIN 5-23 L -7.5/49.5 L/U 55 103 223 144 74 235 3 H
Oct 28, 2017 EDM 20-29 L -3/53.5 L/U 49 312 375 130 262 414 0 A
Oct 20, 2017 SAS 7-30 L -10/50.5 L/U 45 128 185 150 135 302 1 H

Next up:
Hamilton at Edmonton Friday, June 22
Calgary at Toronto Saturday, June 23

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