Who’s ready for the CFL Ppayoffs, 2017 edition? The CFL playoffs semifinal games kickoff on Sunday and feature teams who are a combined 13-4 over the last five weeks of the season. The Grueling Truth has the preview and predictions for the CFL playoffs semifinal games — so read on!
Saskatchewan Roughriders +1.5 at Ottawa RedBlacks
Sunday | 1:00 p.m. ET
The Roughriders and Redblacks are almost a pick ‘em matchup as of this writing on MyBookie.ag. If you look at the stats between the two teams you will see why this game is too close to call. The two teams are second and third respectively in points allowed and fourth and fifth respectively in points scored. The teams split their regular season matchups, each winning one game by one point and both scoring 50 points total.
One thing that stands out in the two 2017 meetings would be the fact that, in the game Saskatchewan won over Ottawa, Ryan Lindley started at quarterback because of an injury to starter Trevor Harris. The Riders are a good road team with a winning mark of 5-4 this season so homefield advantage shouldn’t be that big of a deal in this game.
This game in the end is nearly too close to call; I think Trevor Harris makes the Redblacks very dangerous and they are at home. The Roughriders have a deeper and better roster and I like the Riders to win this one in a close one because of a superior overall roster. Final score: Saskatchewan 27, Ottawa 24.
Edmonton Eskimos -2.5 at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Sunday | 4:30 p.m. ET
Another game that the oddsmakers at MyBookie.ag have labeled a close game and once again I totally understand. Winnipeg was the second-best team in the CFL for most of the season but as of late the Eskimos have played maybe the best football of anybody in the CFL.
The biggest question about this game is the state of Winnipeg QB Matt Nichols calf injury. With a healthy Nichols, the Bombers won both regular season matchups. If Nichols isn’t 100%, the Bombers will have no chance; a healthy Nichols makes this game competitive
The Eskimos’ season has been streaky as they began the season on a seven-game win streak to the low of a six-game losing streak and now, back on a high of five-game win streak heading into the playoffs. since the acquisition of running back C.J. Gable. Gable has not been valuable merely because of his running ability, but has alos been outstanding in pass protection.
This game will hinge on the health of Matt Nichols and with his left calf being the culprit, I do not see how he can be 100%. If he’s not, the Blue Bombers will begin their offseason Sunday evening. I think the Eskimos will be too much for the banged-up Blue Bombers. Prediction: Edmonton 30, Winnipeg 23.
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