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Ottawa @ CALGARY
Ottawa +9 -110 over CALGARY

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Posted at 12:30 PM EST. 

7:00 PM EST. This is a Grey Cup rematch in name only, as the Redblacks were raided by the rest of the league this offseason, losing quarterback Trevor Harris, receivers Greg Ellingson and Diontae Spencer, running back Willy Powell and O-lineman Sir Vincent Rogers. Dominique Davis has been pegged by Ottawa coach Rick Campbell to take the reigns as the team's starting quarterback. Davis is 29-years-old and has been bumping around the CFL since joining Calgary's practice squad in 2015. When he was at East Carolina University, he set an NCAA record for most consecutive completions with 36 straight over two games besting the previous record holder, Aaron Rodgers by 10. Davis has just two CFL starts to his name, but he was with Ottawa as their backup and short-yardage specialist last season, so at least he's familiar with the offense and the coaches. He started for the Redblacks in their regular season finale against Toronto, going for 220 yards on 16-of-23 passing in a 24-9 victory.

For all the fuss about the turnover on the offensive side of the ball, Ottawa returns 11-of-12 defensive starters from a year ago, which should not be ignored. Rico Murray was the only man to leave and the Redblacks replaced him with Chris Randle, who was an all-star in Winnipeg just two years ago. There isn't likely much that the Calgary offense can throw at this unit that they've haven't already seen. Meanwhile, there are so many new defenders for the Stampeders that they might need to wear name tags in the clubhouse. A revamped defense can be shaky ground to spot a significant number on, as the Eskimos proved last night. Gone are Micah Johnson, Ja'Gared Davis and James Vaughters and the 26 sacks they racked up last season. That’s not easy to replace. Finally, when you back Calgary at home in its season opener, you will pay a premium to do so and that’s not good strategy regardless of the outcome. The prudent play here is to take the points.

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Our Pick

Ottawa +9 -110 (Risking 2.20 units - To Win: 2.00)

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