And then there were four. The Edmonton Eskimos beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by 3 points to earn the right to play Ottawa this coming week, and the BC Lions won a 1 point nail biter over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to advance and face the Calgary Stampeders this Sunday. I took the Eskies to win the game in Hamilton, but the spread pick ended up being a push with the Eskimos favoured to win by 3 points, which they did do. In the other game I had the Bombers +5.5, so although they lost the game they did cover the spread, which resulted in a 1-0-1 week for my CFL spread picks last week.
I’m now 39-32-1 on my CFL picks this year.
Edmonton Eskimos @ Ottawa Redblacks
- Edmonton -3
- Ottawa +3
The Eskimos are once again 3 point favourites on the road in the East Division this week in Ottawa. The Redblacks earned the bye by finishing atop the East Division standings this season even though they have a losing record of 8-9-1 over the course of the season. The Western Division is far superior to the East, which is why it’s once again easy to take the Eskimos to complete their strange road to another Grey Cup Final.
The Redblacks were 2-6-1 at home this season, so I’m not giving them much of an advantage playing at TD Place in this game. They are also only 3-6-1 against Western Division teams on the season. They did beat the Eskimos at TD Place by a score of 23-20 way back in week 7, and also defeated the Eskies in OT in week 1, but you may recall that Edmonton had a very slow start the to season and really picked things up in the second half. In fact, the Eskies are now 6-1 in their last 7 games and have been playing some very impressive football.
The Eskies are peaking at the right time and I expect them to be able to handle the Redblacks in Ottawa this Sunday.
Play: Eskimos -3
BC Lions @ Calgary Stampeders
- BC +7
- Calgary -7
I’m not going to read too much into the Stampeders week 19 loss to the Montreal Alouettes by a score of 17-8. The Stamps basically took the game off and they should be fully healthy heading into this clash with the Lions. The Stamps finished the season with a ridiculous 15-2-1 record and you have to remember that they were 1-1-1 to start the season, so they were riding a 14 game winning streak before dropping the game in Montreal.
The Lions are the real deal as well, finishing with a 12-6 record on the season, and currently riding a 4 game winning streak, but they’re still on a level below this Calgary team when they play their best.
I’m expecting the Stamps to be fully prepared and ready to defend their home field, where they are 9-0 this season. I’m expecting a message to be sent to whoever comes out of the Eskimos vs Redblacks game that there is no hope in the Grey Cup.
Play: Stampeders -7