After a gruelling season of ups and downs for all of the CFL’s teams, we’ve made it to the last game of the season as tomorrow is Grey Cup Sunday and Hamilton is the destination.
The two teams at hand are at opposite ends of the spectrum as expectations were at the beginning of the season in June. Winnipeg coming off a heartbreaking Grey Cup loss to Toronto and Montreal has lost the East Final to eventual champion Toronto. Going into the year, Winnipeg had high hopes to get back to reclaim the CFL’s ultimate prize, meanwhile, Montreal was an island of misfit toys led by head coach Jason Maas and new to Montreal QB Cody Fajardo.
Winnipeg did start 2-0 but had two bumps in the road losing to BC at home 30-6, their first home loss to a West Division opponent since 2018 and on the road to newcomer Darren Crum in OT in the Nations Capital. Since the OT loss to Ottawa, Winnipeg is 10-2 to end the year with wins against 16-2 Toronto and a 47-17 trashing of their Grey Cup opponent Montreal. Winnipeg is the team that expected to be in Hamilton, they were supposed to be here and they are here for the fourth year in a row. A dynasty is looming if they can get the job done tomorrow night and I among others believe and think they can but in a 60-minute football game anything can happen.
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Now it’s the team from Montreal, the misfit toys of the CFL, the team who struggled against good competition for most of the CFL season and the team who rained on a 16-2 Toronto Argonaut parade in front of a recording setting crowd by the CFL at BMO Field. The Montreal Alouettes are the hottest team in the CFL, having won 7 in a row since losing to Toronto back in September at home on a last second Field Goal block. The defence has been relentless since Shawn Lemon arrived on scene in La Bell Province and the offence is clicking at the right time led by Cody Fajardo at the QB helm. Montreal’s defence has also capitalized in these playoffs huge by turnovers as they had 9 against Toronto and 2 INT’s against both Hamilton quarterbacks two weeks ago. Now the question remains to be seen, can the league’s hottest team win 8 games in a row to end the seaosn and hoist the Grey Cup? That is up to them. I think they have what it takes but it’s going to take winning the game on all three sides of the football in order to get the job done on a Sunday night in Steel Town.
As for who wins in my opion? The betting article will be out later with my best bets yes, Bets, so stay tuned!!
Hi, my name is Griff and I'm a complete sports nut. I love to play sports, watch sports and most importantly bet on sports too. If I'm not watching or betting on sports, you can find me on the golf course, between the pipes as your average beer league goaltender. Although sports take up most of my life, I also love spending time with my two dogs, streaming usually a 90's Simpson's or attempting to read more books.