Winnipeg’s defense will be the story in this game as the Stampeders have gotten poor quarterback play so far this season. Winnipeg two weeks ago took at beating at IG Field and I am guessing they are looking to take that frustrations out on the Stampeders.
Winnipeg has demonstrated consistent pressure against passers, leading the league with 14 sacks while forcing ten turnovers already.
After being held to only six points by the Lions two weeks ago IG Field in their most recent match-up, the Bombers must focus on getting off to a quick start this time around.
Winnipeg should have enough offense to establish a commanding first-half home lead against Calgary, as their opponent has allowed the third-most yards of net offence (368.3) and second-most offensive plays per game (583), with only average pressure (six sacks in three games).
Calgary Stampeders fans may have witnessed a rough start to 2023 since Bo Levi Mitchell left last season. While they have opened with two wins out of three games despite having an overall point differential deficit.
Calgary has averaged 22.3 points per game under Jake Maier since replacing Mitchell as quarterback; however, he has completed just 57% of his passes while recording two-to-five touchdown-to-interception ratios.
Maier should benefit from the anticipated return of Reggie Begelton (ribs) for this game and Marken Michel’s return from a four-year NFL stint; however, downfield threat Luther Hakunavanhu may miss due to hip issues, while Malik Henry (Achilles tendon injury) could miss all season long.
The -8.5 points do cause me to pause when looking to bet on this game. I don’t see Calgary scoring enough points to keep up. The Blue Bombers pass rush will have a huge night at home and the Blue Bombers will win this game by double digits. The Blue Bombers are one of the top three teams in this league.
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