Calgary finished in third place in the division before falling in the West semifinal to Saskatchewan. But heading into 2022, the Stamps are viewed as one of the threats to the Blue Bombers’ attempt at a Grey Cup three-peat.
Bettors in Canada will also find odds for the Stamps to win the West and even a season win total (PointsBet). But is Calgary worth a futures bet in 2022?
Calgary among challengers to end Winnipeg’s reign
The Stamps were the toast of the league for several seasons before the Bombers began their run, pulling off five first-place finishes and four Grey Cup appearances from 2013-18. Since then, the league has been dominated by Winnipeg, which has won the Grey Cup the past two seasons (the 2020 season was not played).
But when you get a look at the Calgary’s betting lines to win the West () and the Grey Cup (), it’s clear that oddsmakers see the Stamps as somewhat of a threat to the Bombers in 2022, along with the Roughriders.
One of the most pivotal components to Calgary’s success remains veteran quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, a two-time Grey Cup winner trying to bounce back from back-to-back sub-par seasons.
Beyond him, it’s key to also look at what other moves and how much overall money the team has invested in shoring up the roster around Mitchell in an attempt to build on last season’s third-place finish (8-6).
Key incumbents on offense include running back Ka’Deem Carey, who made a successful transition north of the border by rushing for 869 yards and seven touchdowns while adding a 26-194 line through the air. He signed a two-year extension in January.
Longtime Mitchell targets Reggie Begelton and Kamar Jorden are also back in the fold, the latter having proven last season he was all the way back from a devasting knee injury suffered late in 2018. Fourth-year slotback Richie Sindani returns as well after producing a solid 58 grabs in the last two seasons as a complementary option.
The noteworthy pass-catching acquisition this offseason is Jordan Williams-Lambert, who furnished a 62-764-4 line in 17 games for the Roughriders as a rookie in 2018 but has played in just seven games since, thanks in large part to a season-ending wrist injury in 2021 that derailed a fast start through the first four games.
On the other side of the ball, a defense that allowed the third-fewest points in the league (18.8) and that finished fourth in sacks (32) returns key pieces such as Branden Dozier, Jameer Thurman, and Raheem Wilson.
The team did lose leading tackler Darnell Sankey to the Roughriders, but the addition of former New Orleans Saints fifth-round pick Natrell Jamerson at safety should help shore up the team’s work against both the run and pass.
Is Calgary a Grey Cup candidate in 2022?
This team will have quite a gauntlet to reach Mosaic Stadium and win the Grey Cup, but we think Calgary is worth a wager at the current number. Considering the postseason experience of Mitchell and the team’s stalwart defense. As long as the preseason odds remain +700 or higher, this group could be worth a flier.
Calgary was excellent at keeping Mitchell upright last season while allowing the second-fewest sacks (20), a key ingredient when likely having to face defenses the caliber of Winnipeg or Saskatchewan in a West Division Final, for example.
It would stand to reason that if you like the Stamps to win it all, you like them to win the West. But those odds are quite a bit lower and the thought is that if Calgary impressively makes it through its own division, it can handle the likes of Hamilton, Toronto, or whichever club represents the East.
If you are looking for a bit of a safer futures bet on Calgary, head over to PointsBet and take this team to go Over 9.5 wins (-130) for the season. This group won eight games in 14 last year and with four more contests should be able to go 2-2 in the four extra games to reach 10 victories.