CFL Pick 'Em, Division Finals: Edmonton and B.C. both win on the road, and head into the strongholds of Calgary and Montreal. Closer to home, BoKnows bats .714 for a strong opening week. Can he keep up the pace? Make your picks inside.
In the "East", Edmonton takes advantage of a windy Canad Inns Stadium. Winnipeg couldn't get anything going with the wind at their backs in the first quarter, and Edmonton made sure to capitalize on their second and third quarters. By the time Winnipeg got the wind advantage back, it was too late, and Edmonton becomes the first Western team to win in a crossover semi.
In the West, Michael Bishop shows that he's an old dog who can't learn new tricks. New tricks like not contributing to FOUR turnovers in the first quarter alone. B.C. takes the win and the points, Bishop gets waived the next day.
And in the real competition of the week, McCallum edges out Congi and puts 13 points on the scoreboard.
|EDM @ WPG||BC @ SSK||Bonus|
|Result||Edmonton by 8||B.C. by 21||McCallum|
|Margin of Error||6 to 10||15 to 27|
BoKnows nails the B.C. spread and hits the Edmonton margin for five out of a possible seven points. We are investigating the possibility of insider trading on this one.
|SpoFite||EDM @ WPG||S||BC @ SSK||S||Bonus||Points||Total Points|
|Ying Yang Mafia||Edmonton||1||1|
Edmonton @ Montreal (Saturday, November 15)
Here's an odd one: these two teams have a rich history of clashing in the Grey Cup, but here they are, meeting a week early. Both these teams are fundamentally solid, but the experience edge may have to go to the Alouettes: they're just continuing a long, successful string of playoff appearances while Edmonton is bouncing back from two years in the wilderness. Not to mention the fact that Montreal is playing for a chance to play in a Grey Cup at home. Nonetheless, with two pass-heavy offences and pass-prevention defences, the win may go to the team which can get it done on the ground as well.
B.C. @ Calgary (Saturday, November 15)
Calgary has to be the favourite here: they seem to finally be putting the puzzle together after two years of playing with the pieces. Plus they finished off the season with a big burst in the strong West. But B.C. has the league's best pedigree of recent years, and what they've lost in offence they've made up for on defence and special teams. Nobody knows how close this one is going to be.
Pick the quarterback who will pass for the most yardage. 2008 Passing Stats
Pick the team who will accrue the most quarterback sacks. If no quarterbacks are sacked, the defence who held their opponents to the fewest yards will be the winner. 2008 Sacks Stats
Total points available: 3 (East final) + 3 (West final) + 2 (Bonus questions) = 8