Bold Predictions for the CFL Semi Finals
Edmonton Eskimos vs Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Collaros bites it on first play of the game, Special Teams Make the Difference
Turnovers Will be Key for the Ticats
Forcing turnovers is a major part of winning a football game, especially in the playoffs. Taking the ball away from the opposing team is demoralizing for them and a massive boost for the team that does it. Just as important as taking the ball away is scoring when those opportunities arise, and that is what will happen for the Ticats in this matchup. With a terrifying defensive line including Chick and Laurent, as well as a versatile linebacking corps featuring Simoni Lawrence, Hamilton’s defence has plenty of players who can rack up turnovers. In the end the Tiger-Cats will win this game, and the difference will be the points scored off turnovers.
Tiger-Cats Can’t Hang with Edmonton Offence
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs British Columbia Lions
Winnipeg Will Win in Overtime by a Field Goal
The game will certainly be a close call, so much so that both teams are going to need extra time before a winner is decided. As if that bold prediction isn’t enough, let’s go one step further and pick the winner. With the game on the line it will be prized free agent kicker Justin Medlock who trots out to kick one of the biggest field goals of his life. The snap is back, the hold is good…and Medlock boots one home to give the Bomber faithful a glorious road victory. Bonus Prediction: Rookie sensation Taylor Loffler picks off Jonathan Jennings in a big spot.
Winnipeg’s Defence Comes up Big
When the weather gets colder and every game becomes a must-win scenario, defence makes the difference. Winnipeg has thrived off its ball-hawking defence with multiple play-makers across the board like Loffler, Maurice Leggett, TJ Heath, and Kevin Fogg. Between just those four players the Bombers have 22 interceptions, more than the entire Lions defence combined. When it comes to pass rush, the Bombers don’t have a truly dominant player outside Jamal Westerman, but counter that with blitzes and tight coverage. It will be a dogfight, but the Bombers underrated defence will be the difference in the game.
B.C. will blow out Winnipeg with an Unstoppable Offence
Forget all the talk about the Bomber defence, this game is going to be all about the Emmanuel Arceneaux show, featuring Bryan Burnham and Terell Sinkfield. With the electric quarterback play of Jennings behind his stalwart offensive line, the Lions are going to put up an unstoppable aerial attack that picks apart the Winnipeg secondary. Also, don’t forget that BC has the number one ground game in the CFL and won’t shy away from using it to salt away the game. Fans are in for some fireworks, and most of them will be for the B.C. Lions.