Calgary Stampeders at Toronto Argonauts (+7, 53.5)
The Calgary Stampeders face the Toronto Argonauts in the 105th edition of the Grey Cup on Sunday in Ottawa. The Stampeders finished the regular season with a league-best 13 victories before downing the Edmonton Eskimos 32-28 victory in the Western Final, and hope to take care of unfinished business after dropping a 39-33 overtime decision to the Ottawa Redblacks as double-digit favourites in the title game last year.
"It was like a nightmare and I had to deal with it for a long time after that," Calgary running back Jerome Messam told reporters. "It's a sucky feeling as you work all season and offseason for it and it was right there for us but we let it slip away." The Argonauts won their last two regular-season games to clinch their first division title in four years before knocking off the Saskatchewan Roughriders 25-21 in the Eastern Final only one year removed from a 5-13 record. Coach Marc Trestman and Ricky Ray have been the architects of the stunning turnaround and the veteran quarterback hopes to put the finishing touches on an incredible season by winning the Grey Cup for the fourth time in his career. "I know what the week is all about and how to balance your time," Ray told reporters. "I can draw off that experience… there's a lot of stuff happening that is different than regular season games."
TV: 6:30 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS, ESPN2
LINE HISTORY: The Stampeders opened as 7-point chalk at most shops and at the end of the week it remains at the opening number. The total hit the betting board at 53 and can be found as high as 53.5. Check out the complete line history here.
Stampeders - DL Cordarro Law (Questionable, Ankle), DB Shaq Richardson (Questionable, Knee), RB Anthony Woodson (Questionable, Undisclosed), DB Tunde Adeleke (Questionable, Undisclosed), OL Pierre Lavertu (Questionable, Neck), LB Maleki Harris (Questionable, Undisclosed).
Argonauts - DE Eric Martin (Out Indefinitely, Suspension), DL Matthew Carson (Out Indefinitely, Suspension), OL Mason Woods (Questionable, Undisclosed), K Ronnie Pfeffer (Questionable, Undisclosed), DL Daryl Waud (Questionable, Foot), DT Alan-Michael Cash (Questionable, Knee), OL J'Michael Deane (Questionable, Concussion)
ABOUT THE ARGONAUTS (10-9 SU, 9-10 ATS, 9-10 O/U): Ray went 28-of-39 through the air for 266 yards and a touchdown in the thrilling win over Saskatchewan to move into fourth place on the CFL's all-time postseason passing yards list with 3,372. James Wilder Jr. continued his stellar play down the stretch as the rookie running back accounted for 104 yards from scrimmage against the Roughriders to give him 1,245 total yards and five touchdowns in his last seven games. Terrance Plummer returned an interception 39 yards for his first career touchdown while Shawn Lemon recorded three sacks as a finally healthy Toronto defence forced four turnovers.
ABOUT THE STAMPEDERS (14-4-1 SU, 9-9-1 ATS, 9-10 O/U): Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 228 yards and a touchdown as Calgary did most of its damage on the ground against Edmonton. Roy Finch accounted for 233 all-purpose yards, including 81 rushing yards, and a touchdown while Messam added 115 total yards and a score against the Roughriders. Defensive back Tunde Adeleke suffered an ankle sprain in the first quarter and is questionable for the Grey Cup while defensive end Cordarro Law could make his first appearance of 2017 after missing the regular season because of a leg injury with Ja'Gared Davis and James Vaughters banged up.
* Stampeders are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Grey Cup games.
* Stampeders are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
* Argonauts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.
* Under is 6-1 in Stampeders last 7 vs. a team with a winning record.
* Stampeders are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
COVERS CONSENSUS: The Covers public is siding with the East Division champion Argos at a rate of 59 percent and the Over is getting 65 percent of the totals action on Covers. View full consensus data here.