Well that was fun! After what was one of the most exciting playoff weekends in recent memory, fans are now looking forward to how the CFL Division Finals will play out on Sunday. Of course we at Last Word on Canadian Football are just as excited, and have come up with our next wave of Bold Predictions. Make sure to check out how we thought the CFL Semi Finals would pan out and feel free to give us kudos or heckles as we deserve. Now, lets get ready for what is sure to be another great week of playoff football with some good-natured postseason forecasting.
Bold Predictions for the CFL Division Finals
Edmonton Eskimos vs Ottawa Redblacks
The legend of John White continues…
Forget the two best receivers in the CFL in Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker, this Edmonton Eskimos team will make their way to the Grey Cup on the shoulders of the un-tackle-able John White. White pilled up 160 yards and two touchdowns against a Hamilton Tiger-Cats team that had one of the strongest front fours in the CFL. With the East Division final coming against an Ottawa Redblacks defensive front that can’t claim near the talent Hamilton boasted, White is in for an encore. The possibility that quarterback Mike Reilly is hobbled with a hand injury is all the more reason for the Esks to run and run often. The Eskimos win the day with a 130+ yard rushing day, courtesy of White.
An all-West Grey Cup sparks playoff angst among fans…
Many fans are upset about the Grey Cup rematch happening in the East Final. Thanks to the East Division’s inability to field a team with a .500 record, a West Division team has crossed over with a better record and is winning games. Add it all up and this year’s East Final could finally have the league change its playoff format to make sure road teams do not have better records than home teams. If Edmonton wins, and creates an all-West Grey Cup, expect many fans to shout for a playoff change because it will not be fair for Edmonton to have travelled as much as they have ahead of the Grey Cup. Also, expect them to win it regardless.
Refs cost another team a chance at the Cup…
This prediction is really more for both games as we saw the men in black and white fumble more often than not in last week’s Semi-Finals. As much as we hate to say it, history is set to repeat itself this week in the Division Finals, and when it does look out. Fans of the team that suffers the wrong call will quickly forget that they have spent the past week telling Hamilton and Winnipeg fans to “suck it up”, and will call for the heads of the entire refereeing staff. The worst part of it all is that this really doesn’t feel like a bold prediction, and that’s troubling.
British Columbia Lions vs Calgary Stampeders
It’s all in the swing, Calgary boots in a game winning field goal…
The West Division Final has come down to the Calgary Stampeders and B.C. Lions throwing down at McMahon Stadium. These two teams have had close match ups before, and none as thrilling as the nail-biting overtime win back in Week 6. This West Final game will end up being much the same to the disappointment of Lions fans. Both teams are equally matched up and both have a few injuries that may effect on-field production. In the end this game, just like last week’s Semi Final, will come down to a field goal. But unlike Winnipeg’s controversial 61-yard attempt, Calgary’s Rene Paredes will make the field goal and win the game for the Stampeders.
Wally Buono shows why he’s the greatest
Wally Buono is The Godfather of Canadian Football. The Italian-born coaching legend can put anybody to sleep with an offer they can’t refuse. This week he will offer Calgary the best of his offence, and it will be more than they bargained for. Jonathon Jennings and Emanuel Arceneaux are an unstoppable dual threat and Buono will know how to balance his offence with Bryan Burnham and Shawn Gore so that Arceneaux isn’t targeted and shadowed every play. Jennings and Co. will make a huge difference, but it will be Buono who makes all the right calls to lead his team to victory.
Lions run down the Stamps
While the rumbling Jerome Messam gets all the headlines, people seem to forget that it was the Lions who had the CFL’s #1 rushing attack this year. Buono spent the year rotating Anthony Allen, Jeremiah Johnson, and Chris Rainey to keep them all fresh and defences off guard. Therefore, look for BC to set the tone early with plenty of punishing, physical runs to keep Bo Levi Mitchell off the field and the clock running. If this happens, the Lions will shock the league by knocking off the vaunted Stampeders to advance to the 104th Grey Cup.
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