Canadian Bacon: Stamps' Tate out for season
And then there were four. The battle for football supremacy north of the border rages on this Sunday as the Montreal Alouettes host the Toronto Argonauts in the Eastern Final, while the Calgary Stampeders travel to B.C. for a date with the Lions in the West finale.
Toronto at Montreal (-5, 55)
The Argonauts posted 31 second-quarter points to jump out to an early lead and cruise past Edmonton last week for the right to square off with the Alouettes. Quarterback Ricky Ray had lost twice to his former club during the regular season before connecting on 23 of his 30 passes for 239 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The veteran QB has guided the Argos to a 4-0 record O/U in their last four contests overall.
Montreal took two of three from Toronto during the regular season, although Ray was absent for the majority of the second meeting and the entire third contest due to injury. Als QB Anthony Calvillo is shooting for his fourth Grey Cup title and logged his second consecutive 5,000-yard passing campaign and seventh of his legendary career. Montreal is 5-0 ATS in its last five division final games, while Toronto is 0-4 ATS in its last five Eastern Final games.Calgary at B.C. (-6.5, 51)
The Stampeders needed some late-game heroics from QB Drew Tate to sneak by the Roughriders last Sunday and earn a date with the CFL-best Lions. Drew Tate threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns, including a 68-yard strike to Romby Bryant late in the fourth quarter to put the nail in the coffin. But the victory came at a cost. Tate took several huge hits throughout the contest and it was later revealed he played with a fractured right arm. The Iowa product is done for the season, but the Stamps have a more than capable backup. Kevin Glenn, who was benched for last week's game in favor of Tate despite having played in 15 games this season, has 12 years of CFL experience and will answer the bell. Calgary is 0-4-1 ATS in its last five playoff games, but has covered in eight of its last nine trips to B.C.
The Lions are the defending Grey Cup champs and have had a week to lick their wounds and get ready for Calgary. B.C. took two of three regular season meetings from the Stamps, but Calgary came away with a 41-21 victory in the most recent clash in late October. Lions QB Travis Lulay doesn’t have a ton of playoff experience, but he’s been effective in limited action. The pivot has eight TD’s (six passing, two rushing) and 1,080 yards in his three playoff appearances. The over is 5-0 in the Lions' last five playoff games.