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CFL Playoffs Preview

CFL Playoffs
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At long last, the CFL playoffs are upon us. The Bombers and the Argos have already locked up a spot in their respective finals after stellar regular season records. Let’s take a look at the first two playoff games and what we can expect.

Montreal Vs Hamilton

It looks like Hamilton will go with Jeremiah Masoli at QB. Masoli has finished strong during the regular season throwing for over 300 yards in four of his last six starts. Dane Evans had some good moments over the course of the season, but all indications point to Masoli getting the nod. Brandon Banks will need to be involved for a successful postseason run for the cats. He finished the year with 474 yards and two touchdowns off of 44 catches. That is a huge drop off from the 112 catch, 13 touchdowns, and 1,550 yard campaign from 2019. If the Montreal defense can force them to run the ball, that may be a way to limit the damage they can do.

Speaking of Montreal, they ran the ball well this year with William Stanback totaling 1,176 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. They traded for Trevor Harris when Vernon Adams was injured and now have a decision to make in that regard. Adams does know the system better which probably gives him an edge on Harris. Harris also had a difficult go with the Elks this season. Both defenses will be tested in this matchup. My prediction is that in a close one, Hamilton comes out on top and moves on to play Toronto, and then upsets the Argos to make it back to the Grey Cup.

Calgary Vs Saskatchewan

This matchup I think will be more lopsided. Cody Fajardo has done some great work leading the Riders offense, but he did throw a lot of interceptions. He threw for 2,970 yards for 14 touchdowns while running for 468 yards and four touchdowns. Bo Levi Mitchell for the Stampeders had a negative TD/INT ratio which could mean the Rough Riders could capitalize on costly mistakes. They will also need to make sure to limit the damage Ka’Deem Carey can cause on the ground. Keep an eye out for Shawn Lemon who lead the team with eight sacks. On the flipside, A.C Leonard led Saskatchewan with 11. Ultimately I think the balanced attack will be too much for Calgary and that they will win by a comfortable margin to get a rematch with Winnipeg – and lose that rematch.

Early Grey Cup Predictions

Winnipeg has been rolling all year and look ready to do so again with a loaded roster. Hamilton has more of a chance to beat the Argos than some people are giving them credit for. Anything can happen in the CFL playoffs. Based on all of this, I predict that we will have a 2019 Grey Cup rematch with Winnipeg getting the repeat.

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