Best CFL picks & predictions for Postseason Divisional Finals
And then there were four. In what has turned out to be a memorable season of CFL action, with plenty of highs and lows for teams across the board, only one week separates us from the 2019 Grey Cup.
After some big-time showings in the divisional semi-finals, both Winnipeg and Edmonton moved on, keeping their hopes alive. On Sunday, the two teams will do their best to try and upset Saskatchewan and Hamilton, respectively.
Fresh off bye weeks, it's clear right now both the Roughriders and the Tiger-Cats hold the best Grey Cup odds. But, as we've learned throughout the year, upsets can happen. Will the same be said with trips to the championship game on the line?
We're about to find out, as two teams will advance to the Grey Cup, while the other two will be forced to watch the big game from home.
- 01Can Edmonton shock us all and take down Hamilton?
- 02Roughriders will hope to hold off the Blue Bombers
- 03Hamilton remains the No. 1 favorite to win the Grey Cup
- 04Don't mistakenly rule out the other teams for the title
Can Edmonton shock us all and take down Hamilton?
This year, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats proved time and time again they were the best team in the CFL. They hold a 15-3 record and won their final six games of the regular season. On both sides of the ball, they were dominant.
For Edmonton, which took down Montreal in the divisional semi-finals, it's obvious they're going to have their hands full against Hamilton.
The Tiger-Cats have one of the best offenses out there, led by quarterback Dane Evans. On the year, he's thrown for 3,754 yards and 21 touchdowns. We can't mention this offense without showing love to Brandon Banks, though. The speedy receiver is having a year to remember.
Banks has 1,550 yards to his name with 13 touchdowns. He's also averaging nearly 14 yards per reception, which is quite impressive. Edmonton will have to try and stop that production.
This is going to be a tough one for Edmonton. While they've had a nice run, our CFL picks are going with Hamilton to advance to the Grey Cup.
Roughriders will hope to hold off the Blue Bombers
Last weekend, no team had a more impressive showing in the divisional semifinals than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
They traveled to Calgary and used a HUGE fourth quarter to end the Stampeders' season. Indeed, Winnipeg outscored Calgary 20-0 in the final quarter to take home a 35-14 win.
Their reward, though, is a brutal road game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who earned a bye last week after going 13-5.
Roughriders' quarterback Cody Fajadro has been dealing with an oblique injury, but he came out and said nothing will stop him from playing on Sunday. On the season, he's thrown for more than 4,300 yards and 18 touchdowns.
This one has all the makings to be a shootout. With that said, Saskatchewan will have the higher CFL odds, and we're taking them to win.
Hamilton remains the No. 1 favorite to win the Grey Cup
It should really come as a surprise to no one. Hamilton closed out the year as the top team in the league and are the favorites to lift the Grey Cup trophy in less than two weeks.
Hamilton holds the best CFL odds at 2.80 to win it all. Again, with such a brilliant offense and defense powering the way, many out there think they'll simply be too tough to be taken down.
Do you think the Tiger-Cats will prove everyone right and win the title? If so, get your bets in.
Don't mistakenly rule out the other teams for the title
While Hamilton is expected to take home the Grey Cup, ruling out the other three teams still in contention would be foolish.
Any given week, a team is capable of pulling off a shocker. You've seen it in all sports around the world, and the CFL is no different. Saskatchewan actually beat Hamilton 24-19 back in August.
Should they face off in the Grey Cup final, they'll have the confidence knowing they've been able to take them down.
At the same time, both Edmonton and Winnipeg will do everything they can to record an upset. Easier said than done, but you never know what might happen over the next two weeks.