Calgary Stampeders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL Pick, Odds, Prediction - 11/18/18
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-8) at Calgary Stampeders (13-5)
CFL Football: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4:30 pm (McMahon Stadium)
The Line: Calgary Stampeders -5 -- Over/Under: 52.5
TV: TSN, RDS, ESPNews
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Calgary Stampeders meet Sunday in the CFL West Final at McMahon Stadium.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won six of their last seven games and are coming off a five-point win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West semifinals. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have split their last six road games. Chris Streveler is completing 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,134 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Streveler and Matt Nichols have combined for 29 touchdown passes and 18 interceptions this season. Darvin Adams and Drew Wolitarsky have combined for 1,678 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns while Nic Demski has 59 receptions. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers ground game is averaging 138.4 yards per contest, and Andrew Harris leads the way with 1,390 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Winnipeg is allowing 23 points and 359.5 yards per game. Adam Bighill leads the Winnipeg Blue Bombers with 105 tackles, Craig Roh has eight sacks and Kevin Fogg has four interceptions.
The Calgary Stampeders have split their last eight games and haven’t played a game since November 3. The Calgary Stampeders have won six of their last eight home games. Bo Levi Mitchell is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 5,124 yards, 35 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Levi Mitchell has two or more touchdown passes in 14 of his last 24 games. Kamar Jorden and DaVaris Daniels have combined for 1,691 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Juwan Brescacin has 35 receptions. The Calgary Stampeders ground game is averaging 99.4 yards per contest, and Don Jackson leads the way with 924 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Calgary is allowing 20.2 points and 338.4 yards per game. Alex Singleton leads the Calgary Stampeders with 123 tackles, Micah Johnson has 14 sacks and Emanuel Davis has four interceptions.
The Blue Bombers are 20-7 ATS in their last 27 road games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Stampeders are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Stampeders last 5 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Blue Bombers last 7 games overall.
We've been fading the Calgary Stampeders for a while now due to the injuries and subpar play, but the playoffs is usually where they step up and you have to like the fact they're rested. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fought their way to a solid victory in the first round, but they've been hit or miss on the road overall and have lost eight of their last 10 meetings against the Stampeders. It's just hard to bet against a team that reaches the Grey Cup year after year. Almost like the New England Patriots, you back them in the playoffs until they stop giving you a reason to do so.