CFL 105th Grey Cup Pick
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Cloaked in majesty and mystic, as well as a heaping helping of finality, Championship contests are the pièce de résistance of any sports season. A journey that began on June 6, 2017, has come full circle as Calgary and Toronto are set to battle on Grey Cup Sunday. Though not without struggles, the Argonauts (9-9-0) finished first in the East while the Stampeders (13-4-1) were the class of the CFL during the regular season and claimed the West crown three weeks before the 2017 schedule drew to a close. Two solid defenses, plus high-powered offenses, make this a classic matchup.
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Defense was the story in the East Final as Toronto posted a 25-21 win over Saskatchewan. The Argonauts picked off three Kevin Glenn passes, the first was a pick-six, and Shawn Lemon led the way with three of the Argos four sacks. Despite being down 18-3 after three quarters, the 'Riders kept fighting and were up 21-18 with 2:44 left on the clock. That's when Ricky Ray went to work as he completed five straight passes - including a 22-yard connection with James Wilder Jr. on a third and five play. Backup QB Cody Fajardo finished the drive with 1-yard TD plunge to seal the deal.
Heading back the Grey Cup, for the fourth time over six seasons, Calgary bettered Edmonton 32-28 in the West Final. The Eskimos will look back on this contest as one that got away as they were up 14-0 at the end of the first quarter. Dropped passes, that would have created first downs, a pair of missed field goals, plus brutal run defense that gave up 182 yards, all contributed to the Eskimos demise. Stampeders running backs Roy Finch and Jerome Messam did most of the damage as they posted a combined 152 rushing yards and both scored a touchdown in the comeback victory.
CSB Money Line & ATS Semi-Final Results: 0-2-0 and 1-1-0 Overall: 60-23-1 and 46-37-2
2017 CFL Grey Cup Final Preview and Prediction
- Calgary at Toronto Pick: Stampeders -7 (-115) ATS and (-310) SU at Bodog
Kickoff: TD Place Stadium, in Ottawa, Ontario, at 6:30 PM ET November 26, 2017.
Weather: -5°C mostly cloudy with a 70% chance of light snow flurries.
Calgary and Toronto are squaring off for the third time this season. The Stampeders stomped the Argonauts 41-24 at BMO Field in Week 7 and then completed the series sweep with a 23-7 win at McMahon Stadium during Week 10 action. However, those contests need to be taken with a grain of salt as the Argos were banged up on defense and RB James Wilder Jr. was still two weeks away from starting a journey that ended with the explosive back being named the 2017 CFL Rookie Of The Year. The Argos roll into Grey Cup 105 healthy on defense and very balanced on offense.
After losing their last three regular season games - we wondered how Calgary would play in the West Division Final. Although they played better versus Edmonton, Calgary still doesn't look like the team that rattled off eleven straight wins between Week 5 and Week 17. Recent history is on Calgary's side as the Stamps have owned Toronto with a 9-1 winning run by a combined 331-194 margin. That streak began after the Argos posted a 35-22 win during the 100th Grey Cup back in 2012. Calgary is -7 point chalk at most of the Canada Sports Betting top rated online sportsbooks.
Argonauts vs Stampeders Quick Hits: Toronto and Calgary led the CFL with 50 QB sacks each. The Argos are 6-2 and have averaged 120 rush yards per game since Wilder became their starting running back. Toronto owns a 22-6 Grey Cup record while Calgary is 7-8 in CFL Championship games. In his 15th season, Ricky Ray is looking for his fourth ring while Bo Levi Mitchell has one Grey Cup win over six years. Underdogs have cashed in three straight Grey Cups and dogs are 8-3-1 ATS over the last twelve contests. The last five CFL title fights have been won by 34-23 margin.
Final Score: Toronto Argonauts 27-24
Sportsbooks Accepting Grey Cup 105 Single Bets
No matter the sport, when the discussion turns to online sportsbooks versus government sports lotteries, Championship contests are always the perfect time to point out the major advantage gained by wagering with offshore betting shops. Canuck 'Cappers wanting to wager on the Grey Cup, as a single bet, are not allowed to do so at lottery kiosks due to the minimum two bet parlay requirement. Online bookmakers on the other hand are more than happy to take ATS, straight up or game total single bets. Top linemakers are offering Grey Cup prop betting options as well.
From rushing, receiving and quarterback props, to alternate lines, score props and MOP betting odds, to name a few, bookmakers like Bodog have loaded up for the 105th Grey Cup. Bettors are also reminded that LIVE wagering will be offered, from kick off to the final whistle, during the 2017 CFL Championship clash. Toronto vs Calgary is the centerpiece of the Sunday sports scenes that also features three games from both the NHL and NBA plus a twelve match NFL slate. All of that, plus MLS Cup Conference Final action, is available at these globally recognized online sportsbooks.
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