The stage is set. With some surprises and great football being played in the conference semi-finals, it is no doubt that the two matchups this Sunday will be hard fought and entertaining until the final whistle.
Eastern Conference Finals
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts
Can the Saskatchewan Roughriders pull off a second straight road win in Toronto to punch their ticket to the Grey Cup? They beat Ottawa and Toronto just over a month ago to help cap off the two game road trip in Weeks 15 and 16. With both games being decided by less than 4 total points, it will be no easy task, especially in a game as big as the eastern conference final.
Saskatchewan’s defence last week won the turnover battle which was key to helping them win that game. With Trevor Harris back in the lineup replacing Ryan Lindley, the Riders knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task. The Redblacks coughed the ball up 3 times, 2 of them interceptions and a fumble recovery. This defence is going to have to continue to find ways to take the ball away from a red hot Argos offence. With MVP candidate Ricky Ray playing lights out and having one of the best seasons of his career, the challenge of stopping him and the talented offence around him is going to be a daunting task for the green and white.
Western Conference Finals
Edmonton Eskimos at Calgary Stampeders
The Edmonton Eskimos are coming off a huge win in Winnipeg last week. With a late second half show of dominance, this is what they need to bring to the table when rolling into Calgary this week. Mike Reilly’s 334 yards in the air and C.J Gables 107 caused all sorts of issues for the Bombers defence. With Calgary dropping 3 out of their last 4 in somewhat meaningless games, they need to hope their guys are well rested and ready to come out firing on all cylinders on Sunday. Bo Levi Mitchell has been playing well, but as mentioned has not played in 3 weeks as the Stamps were the first team to clinch that first round bye. With a balanced attack from Mitchell and Messam, the offence can no question get the job done. On the other side of the ball, with a defence allowing a league leading 20 points a game matched up against an offence of dangerous potential, this could lead to some interesting and entertaining football.