Calgary Stampeders (2015: 14-4 SU, 8-10 ATS, 5-13 O/U)
After winning the 2014 Grey Cup, the Calgary Stampeders were upended by the Edmonton Eskimos in last year’s West Finals. This organization remains on good footing and I expect them to be in the title hunt once again this season. They should enjoy an absolutely seamless transition with long time head coach John Hufnagel retiring (now GM) and handing over the reigns to offensive coordinator Dave Dickenson who has been with the Stampeders since 2009. Calgary will have a new face at running back after veteran Jon Cornish retired. Jerome Messam was brought in late last season and figures to be the starter. The offense, led by quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell who is clearly one of the best in the CFL, will be potent. Though they did lose a pair of dynamic receivers with Eric Rogers and Jeff Fuller departing for the NFL. The team brought in veteran Bakari Grant who joins the likes of Anthony Parker, Joe West and Marquay McDaniel. Rogers led the CFL in touchdowns and receiving yards but the Stamps did a solid job addressing that void. The defense should be extremely good as they have added Hamilton linebacker Taylor Reed to replace Juwan Simpson. Reed and Deron Mayo form one of the league’s best duos. Charleston Hughes remains the ringleader of a ferocious defensive line and the secondary is loaded with playmakers. This organization is extremely well run and they still possess some of the best Canadian player depth in the league which is vital considering a certain number of Canadian players must suit up in every game. Calgary will be in the mix for another division title and Grey Cup in 2016.
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