Grey Cup 2012: Calgary Stampeders Will Knock off Toronto Argonauts
The Calgary Stampeders are better than the Toronto Argonauts in almost every facet of the game.
They just haven't proven it on the field this season.
They lost both head-to-head matchups with the Argonauts this season—but we all know how tough it is to beat a team three times in one season.
Despite playing on the Argonauts' home field at the Rogers Centre, the Stampeders will bring home the Grey Cup.
Beyond being the ultimate trophy for a team in the CFL, this year's game carries a little more significance. This is the 100th Grey Cup, and both teams would love to have their names inscribed on it.
The passing/receiving tandem of Kevin Glenn and Nik Lewis will be a major factor for the Stampeders. Glenn has thrown for 4,220 yards this season and Lewis is clearly his favorite target. Lewis looks more like a FB, but he is indeed one of the CFL's best pass-catchers.
Former Dallas Cowboys cornerback Patrick Watkins may have an issue staying with the quick, 5'10" 240-pound Lewis. Watkins is 6'5" and doesn't have the most fluid hips in coverage. Lewis won't win many jump-ball situations against Watkins, but he can have his way in the slot.
The keys to the game for the Stampeders are ball security and disciplined special teams play. The Argonauts defense has been proficient at taking the ball away; Watkins and safety Jordan Younger each have five interceptions on the season.
Glenn knows that, and he'll be smart with his throws. He threw two interceptions in the Stampeders 39-36 loss to the Argonauts in July and another pick in the second game in August.
He has to limit those mistakes in the Grey Cup.
The Stampeders must also focus on Chad Owens. The Argos' great receiver led the league in receiving yards, but he also led the league in return yards. The Stampeders can't allow Owens to be a factor in the return game.
Winning the field position battle is huge, and it begins there.
Expect the Stampeders to get off to a fast start and for Glenn to have a great and efficient day throwing the ball.
My prediction is a 42-30 victory for the Stampeders.
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