Prediction Time: CFL.ca writers make their Semi-Finals picks - CFL.ca
|CFL.ca 08 Nov 2019 at 19:44|
Both teams squared off in Week 1, with the Eskimos taking the victory at Commonwealth Stadium. In the rematch in Week 6, Montreal got their revenge at home.
Vernon Adams Jr. is coming in on the heels of a fantastic campaign in which he was one of the league’s breakout stars in 2019. He’s thrown for 3,942 yards and 24 touchdowns while also rushing for 394 yards and another 12 scores in 82 carries in 16 outings.
The Als will also likely run with a committee of William Stanback and Jeremiah Johnson out of the backfield. The team rested Johnson in Week 21 while Stanback went for 49 yards on 12 carries against the REDBLACKS. DeVier Posey is still questionable for the game as he continues to deal with a lower-body injury. However, Eugene Lewis and Quan Bray will be ready to roll.
On the defensive side of the ball, Henoc Muamba and John Bowman have gotten some rest as well over the final weeks of the regular season. That should help them in this game.
Trevor Harris returned in Week 20 and got some reps in ahead of the playoffs. He sat the Esks’ final game against Saskatchewan. The 33-year-old finished the year with 4,027 yards and 16 touchdowns in 13 games. When he went down with an injury in Week 13, Harris was arguably the frontrunner for the league’s Most Outstanding Player award.
He’ll have a full complement on the offensive side. C.J. Gable is expected to return after missing a month with an injury. The three-headed monster of Greg Ellingson, DaVaris Daniels and Ricky Collins Jr. will all be a full-go for this game as well.
Edmonton’s defence is tied for the league lead in sacks and is also first in the league in yards allowed per game (222.9). Montreal, on the other hand, sits last in both categories. However, their defence has put in some inspired performances down the stretch and can’t be taken lightly by anyone.
Montreal is trying to keep the magical season going while Edmonton is going trying to upset the 20,000-plus fans that will pack Percival-Molson Memorial Stadium on Sunday.