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Canadian Football League: The Calgary Stampeders finished with the best record in the CFL a year ago, and when they advanced to the Grey Cup, the expectation was that they would come away with the title. But the Toronto Argonauts pulled off the upset to claim the title, leaving Calgary ruing the missed shot at claiming the Grey Cup.
Calgary may have fallen short a season ago but it is stacked with talent and the expectations are sky-high in 2018. The Stampeders finished last season 13-4-1 and outscored their opponents 523-349. They began the year 13-1-1 and then dropped three straight to end the season. That didn’t faze the team as Calgary bounced back in the playoffs to knock off the Edmonton Eskimos by a score of 32-28 in the West Division Finals.
The Stampeders faced off with an Argonauts team that went 9-9 in the regular season so Calgary was expected to win. However, Toronto pulled out the 27-24 victory and now the Stampeders will enter 2018 with a big chip on their shoulder.
Bo Levi Mitchell returns as the team’s starting quarterback after a solid showing a season ago. He threw for 4,700 yards with 23 touchdowns against only 11 interceptions. Marquay McDaniel led the team in receiving a season ago with 65 catches for 860 yards and four touchdowns.
Calgary’s Most Outstanding Player a season ago was Alex Singleton, who excelled as the team’s best linebacker. He was also named the Most Outstanding Canadian. The team’s Most Outstanding Rookie Award went to Marken Michel.
The Stampeders hope the talent they added in the draft could help get the team over the top. Calgary drafted offensive lineman Ryan Sceviour with the eighth overall pick in the draft and selected linebacker Eric Mezzalira in the second round.
CFL Odds To Win the Grey Cup at BetCRIS
Calgary Stampeders 2/1
Edmonton Eskimos 6/1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 13/2
Toronto Argonauts 13/2
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 7/1
Saskatchewan Roughriders 15/2
BC Lions 10/1
Ottawa Redblacks 12/1
Montreal Alouettes 18/1
Calgary has been posited as the team to beat for the 2018 Grey Cup. The Stampeders have much better odds than any of the other nine teams in the CFL. The Edmonton Eskimos have the second-best odds but since they both play in the same division only one can make the Grey Cup.
The Stampeders were the best team in the league a year ago, including an incredible start to the season. There is every reason to believe they will be in the mix for a Grey Cup once again, as the oddsmakers feel strongly about their title chances.
Grey Cup Titles
Seven -- The Stampeders have captured the fifth-most Grey Cups in the history of the CFL. They have made it to the Grey Cup 16 times, including last year. Calgary’s most recent title came in 2014. The Stampeders won that title with a 20-16 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Mitchell was named the Grey Cup Most Valuable Player in that game and would love to get back in 2018.
Calgary has been one of the better teams in the CFL in recent years and should be right in the mix to win another championship in CFL gambling.
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