News CFL Division Semifinals Picks: Can Collaros transport bombers?

CFL Division Semifinals Picks: Can Collaros transport bombers?


After 21 weeks the march to the Gray Cup will officially start on Sunday. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Saskatchewan Roughriders will enjoy a day while the remaining four play-off teams compete for the right to meet them next week.

Let's continue right away.

East Semi-Final

Edmonton Eskimos (8-10) in the Alouettes of Montreal (10-8)

Point spread: Alouettes -1.5
Moneyline: Eskimo & # 39; s (2.04), Alouettes (1.80)
Over / Under: 50.0

Again: 6C (feels like 2C), 60% chance of mixed rain / snow, 24 km / h wind

Season Total points for: Edmonton (406), Montreal (479)
Season Total points against: Edmonton (400), Montreal (485)

It is a combination of franchises that the 2019 CFL campaign started with opposite expectations.

Edmonton brought in the franchise quarterback Trevor Harris and an abundance of new assault weapons with a battle for first place in the West. But everything did not go according to plan. The Eskimo & # 39; s could never beat a team with a winning record and ended up with the berth for the crossover playoff. However, they have overcome a multiple-week injury to Harris, who is now healthy and well-rested.

In May, the competition took charge of the Alouettes, which were full of question marks on the field, which included the continuation of their ten-year search for a star-shaped caller. Then the head coach was fired days before the start of the season, and the GM a month later.

The dynamic combination of QB Vernon Adams Jr. rose from the rubble. and interim HC Khari Jones. Montreal caught lightning in a bottle and drove it to second place in the east and a home play-off date.

The two clubs split their season series (weeks 1 and 6), with the visitors both times falling short. Historically, the Alouettes have a spectacular 26-9 play-off record la belle province compared to the Eskimo & # 39; s on the road 20-30.

The weather conditions are wet, but mild for November and manageable wind, which means that the superior passing attack of the Eskimos cannot be impeded.

Edmonton's creepy ability to fall short in coupling situations is a major concern. I feel that the wildcard game is from the legs of Vernon Adams Jr. the difference will be if the If wins by three or less.

Pick: Alouettes (win and cover)

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West Semi-Final

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-7) in Calgary Stampeders (12-6)

Point spread: Stampers -5.5
Moneyline: Blue Bombers (2.95), Stampeders (1.43)
Over / Under: 49.5

Again: -11C (feels like -16C), 70% chance of snow (2-4 cm), 12 km / hour wind

Season Total points for: Winnipeg (508), Calgary (482)
Season Total points against: Winnipeg (409), Calgary (407)

Each club survived quarterback adversity during 2019.

Winnipeg lost starter Matt Nichols, snatched with backup Chris Streveler and traded in for Zach Collaros, who won his only start in week 20 against Calgary. Meanwhile, the Stampeders were without eternal all-star gunslinger Bo Levi Mitchell for seven games, as Nick Arbuckle kept the team on the hunt for the top position in the division.

Mitchell closed the year off strongly when he threw 10 touchdowns during his last four games and passed more than 300 meters in five of the last seven. The concussion and overall injury history in combination with rust for Collaros is a real concern because he strives to achieve the ultimate comeback story.

The Blue Bombers must find a way to break a Stamps Run Defense that allows the second lowest meter-per-carry to prevent any pressure being exerted on Collaros' arm. The problem for Winnipeg is that their stud RB Andrew Harris did not score a touchdown this season in three match-ups against Calgary. Winnipeg & # 39; s bait as a whole, especially near the goal line, adds the versatile Streveler.

Where a balanced attack is crucial for the bombers, the Stampeders air the ball well with their abundance of weapons. In the lead is Reggie Begelton who flourished in his trio of head-to-head battles against Winnipeg with three TD's, 230 yards and 12 receptions.

The season series went to the Blue Bombers 2-1, with the guest team coming up victorious every time. The total number of points scored over the three meetings was an average of 59. Of the two QB & # 39; s, Mitchell has the better play-off record (5-1) compared to Collaros at 1-1.

The weather conditions should not influence the West too much. It will be cold, but the wind speed and snow accumulation are expected to be low. This corresponds to a scenario in which Calgary can stay in their comfort zone and Mitchell can let it rip.

Pick: Stampeders (win), Blue Bombers (spread coverage)


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