Best CFL picks & predictions for postseason divisional semi-finals
The 2019 postseason has officially arrived in the Canadian Football League, with Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Saskatchewan all looking to punch their tickets to the Grey Cup later this month.
The division semifinals are set to be played this weekend, with both the Tiger-Cats and Roughriders earning byes this week. In this piece, we break down the highly-anticipated showdowns, as we're getting closer and closer to the campaign coming to a close.
It's been a year to remember in the CFL, but only one team will be able to come out on top and call themselves the top dogs.
- 01Montreal and Edmonton will go at it on Sunday
- 02Calgary hoping to stay hot against Winnipeg
- 03Hamilton the No. 1 favorite to lift the Grey Cup title later this month
- 04Don't forget about the Roughriders for the title hunt
Montreal and Edmonton will go at it on Sunday
In the first game of the 2019 CFL postseason, the Montreal Alouettes will host the Edmonton Eskimos on Sunday. There's no question this should be a close one.
The two teams faced off twice this season, once in Edmonton and once in Montreal. In the Edmonton showdown, the Eskimos were able to escape with a 32-25 victory. When they played in Montreal, though, the Alouettes got some revenge and left the stadium with a 20-10 win.
What will the third matchup of the year have in store for fans? Well, with this game being played in Montreal, the Alouettes will have a bit of home-field advantage in their favor. The Alouettes were 6-3 at home this year, while the Eskimos were a lowly 3-6 on the road.
With all this being said, we think Montreal will be able to get the job done in front of their home fans and come away with a clutch victory.
“Remember, it is not over. The new season begins! I'm so excited about this new season. A 3-game season is coming up!”— Alouettes de Montréal (@MTLAlouettes) November 4, 2019
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Calgary hoping to stay hot against Winnipeg
In the second divisional semi-final, the Calgary Stampeders will host the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is a showdown that figures to produce a ton of points.
Both teams have explosive offenses, which will leave the teams' defenses scrambling for stops. Calgary enters this one 12-6 on the year, while the Blue Bombers are 11-7.
The two sides played three times this year, with every game decided by four points or less. This tells you this postseason contest should be a see-saw affair. But, who has the edge?
Well, Calgary will be the home team, looking to its fans to try and rattle Winnipeg when they have the pigskin in their hands. Will it work?
The last time the two sides played in Calgary, the Stampeders won 37-33. We're picking them to get the job done once again, with our CFL picks going in their favor.
LET'S PACK OUR HOUSE!— Calgary Stampeders (@calstampeders) November 4, 2019
Hamilton the No. 1 favorite to lift the Grey Cup title later this month
With the postseason officially getting started, there's no question all of the teams still in the hunt are looking up to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
They finished the season on an absolute tear and no question proved themselved to be the best team in the league. Now, will they be able to close things out with a championship?
The oddsmakers out there have them with the best Grey Cup odds. After going 15-3 during the regular season and winning their last six games, it's easy to see why.
With Brandon Banks playing like the MOP this year, will he and the aerial attack be able to power the Tiger-Cats to the Grey Cup championship? If you think so, get your bets in.
Don't forget about the Roughriders for the title hunt
While a lot of focus and attention will be on Hamilton heading into the postseason, fans must always remember about the other team who has a bye this week: the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Roughriders closed out the year going 13-5, winning the last three games of the regular season. Throughout the year, they proved they have what it takes to go on a title run, with their CFL odds often increasing. Now, it's time to reinforce that.
Players including Cody Fajardo, Shaq Evans, Kyran Moore, William Powell and others are hungry for the hardware. If you think the Roughriders have what it takes to go the distance, you can place your bets on them as well.