It was another big winning week in the CFL for us. We went 4-0 which was a great way to end the regular season.
We now move on to the post-season. This week we will see the Eastern Sem-Final, with the Edmonton Eskimos taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
In the Western Semi-Final match-up, the BC Lions will play host to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The winners of the Eastern Semi-Final will take on the Ottawa Redblacks the following week, and the winner of the Western Semi-Final gets to lose the next week to the 104th Grey Cup Champions, the Calgary Stampeders.
I mean really – is there any doubt?
Let’s get on with the betting tips for this week:
Eskimos vs Tiger-Cats Betting Tips:
The Tiger-Cats play host in this one but are 3 point underdogs. The Edmonton Eskimos wrapped up the season with a 5-4-0 away record. They’re taking on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who didn’t have the best home record at 3-6-0.
It’s the post season and anything can happen of course but I think we’ve got to take the Edmonton Eskimos -3. If they lose so be it but the East has been utter trash this season and I just can’t back them over a Western team.
The Eskimos offense have both solid passing AND solid rushing and both of those are going to be enough to overcome Hamilton.
Now to Hamiltons credit in the two games Edmonton played against them they weren’t actually blowouts. The Tiger-Cats had two solid games and beat the Eskimos once 37-31, and lost 29-26 in a tight one just 2 weeks ago.
However the Tiger-Cats stumbled in here with a loss to the Alouettes. That was absolutely brutal and Hamilton don’t deserve to be in the post-season. I like Eskimos to take this one by at least 3 and hopefully more.
Blue Bombers vs Lions Betting Tips:
A trickier one here which takes place in B.C. The Blue Bombers had an insane road record this season at 7-2-0 so home field advantage may not be a factor in this game.
Despite that, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers come into this one as the underdogs at 4.5 points. The Lions look to have Gaitor and Johnson playing but Gore doesn’t look like he’ll make it.
To be honest we’d rate the B.C. Lions slightly higher than the Blue Bombers. However we just can’t ignore the Blue Bombers road record, or their actual performances against B.C. this year.
In their two games against the B.C. Lions, the Blue Bombers won 37-35 and 35-32. This indicates we’re in for a tight game and as it’s the playoffs anything can happen of course and teams will throw caution to the wind.
Based on that we like the Blue Bombers to take their impressive road form into the post season. The only concern is a lack of experience for Matt Nichols in the playoffs – and I think if they get to the final we’ll see that. However I don’t think he’ll choke here – as long as Winnipeg take it cautious and don’t turnover the ball as much they should at the very least cover the spread – and I think they’ll pull out the upset win.