That’s all. The last week of the CFL season has arrived. After what seemed like an excellent week in Edmonton before the Gray Cup on Sunday, we are now a day. Last week, I went 2-0 to the Final Selections Division, which makes my overall record 51-30 this season. This week, are the two top winners of the first division leagues, while the Calgary Stampeders fight Redblacks Ottawa in a rematch of 2016. Calgary is his third consecutive appearance at the Gray Cup. They lost their previous two quite devastating ways and avenge their defeat in 2016 against Ottawa. For Ottawa, it’s his third Gray Cup in the last five years since returning to the league. They are clearly the beasts of the east. Let’s see how I see myself playing Gray Cup 106.
This game is going to be a bloodbath. I really think the top two teams in the CFL clashed on Sunday. For Calgary, they have struggled with so many injuries this season and after stumbling on the final third of the regular season, won the final game of the season to win the division and took care of the Winnipeg vs. the West. End to get. Back to his third Gray Cup in a row. It seems that may have some help on the injury front after an alert last week with Eric Rogers looking for a lower body injury. However, Twitter tells me he should play Sunday. Rogers had three touchdown passes in the West End, so playing is a big boost for the Stamps. Davaris Daniels could also return to the heart of the receiver this week. He practiced last week but has not played since he broke his collarbone earlier this season.
If you play, this is another big boost for Stamps, but nothing is official yet. Stamp defense is the real key to winning the Gray Cup in my opinion. They may be against the hottest offense in the league. Trevor Harris threw six touchdown passes against Hamilton last week and had just three incomplete passes. To get Harris out of the game, you have to put pressure first. Excellent defensive line stamps will have their best game of the season and that means a lot. It all starts with Micah Johnson in the position of defensive tackle. He is, in my opinion, the best defensive tackle in the league and will have to dominate on Sunday. If the stamps can not attract Trevor Harris and pass air play could be another heartbreak for Calgary. For Ottawa, they will have to play a solid defense and dominate the attack. The defense must control the best player in the league, Bo Levi Mitchell. Mitchell won the M.O.P for the second time in his career.
The Redblacks defense has played well all season, it is not quite at the level of the Stamps, but it is very good in its own right. They will have to make a good match, knowing that Bo will be scoring after losing the last two appearances in the Gray Cup. Star defenseman Jonathan Rose will play for Ottawa even though he was suspended by contacting an official. He has appealed and the hearing will not be held in time for Sunday, so he will be allowed to play. It’s huge for Ottawa because he’s his best defensive defense. On the offensive, Ottawa will try to keep up the momentum and guide the team to a second championship in three years. Trevor Harris played unrealistically last week, but the Calgary defense is a completely different beast. I think runner William Powell will be one of the keys to maintaining offensive impulses this week. If they can set the racing game, the pass game for the Redblacks will open and that will spell bad news for the stamps. I think there are two very good teams playing Sunday who could reach the final. I think the Stamps are playing well, but the Ottawa Redblacks’ offense will lead them to a second Gray Cup victory in three years, thanks to an investment by Lewis Ward in the final second.