Slam Dunk picks: Road teams are live

CFL playoff time equals tighter lines, but let’s keep it loose and get those winners.

The regular season brought in double our starting money and then some. Post-season action means stepping up our game is a must. Let’s get to it.

Saskatchewan Roughriders wide receiver Marcus Thigpen, centre, and Spencer Moore celebrate a touchdown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

Saskatchewan Roughriders (10-8) at Ottawa Redblacks (8-9-1)

Sunday, November 12, 1 p.m. EST

Chris Jones and his squad wanted to go East, which happened, as the Riders got what they wanted. The Redblacks were just 3-5-1 at TD Place in 2017.

Saskatchewan has Naaman Roosevelt back in the lineup and he makes the Riders pass catching core more dynamic. Ottawa’s young back end will be tested by one of the best receiving groups in the league that favours the green and white.

The other major change happens with regards to the ratio, Brendon LaBatte out with injury means Kienan LaFrance or Ese Mrabure and Makana Henry play more at their respective positions, different packages on each side of the ball will likely be employed.

The Riders played poorly for a large part of their regular season win in Ottawa and completely collapsed to give away the game at Mosaic Stadium against the Redblacks. Saskatchewan turns it on and puts forth a full effort in the nation’s capital.

Line: Redblacks favoured by 3 points

Pick: Saskatchewan

Bet: $11 returns $10

Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly runs the ball against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Taylor

Edmonton Eskimos (12-6) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (12-6)

Sunday, November 12, 4:30 p.m. EST

Mike Reilly healthy, Matt Nichols not. Brandon Zylstra healthy, Darvin Adams not. Kenny Ladler healthy, Mo Leggett not. Odell Willis healthy, Jamaal Westerman not. Four major players are either at less than 100 per cent or won’t even suit up for Winnipeg.

Leggett is the key to the Bombers entire defence. He forces turnovers and makes the unit multiple in what can be dialed up. Kevin Fogg can be picked on due to inexperience at the strong-side linebacker spot.

Adams was a weapon for Nichols when healthy and he’s really the only uber-talented receiver the Bombers have on the roster. With Adams unable to return for the West semi, Edmonton’s secondary can cover down.

Many matchups are in the Eskimos favour and none more important than on the defensive line. Odell Willis, John Chick and Phillip Hunt rotating at defensive end alongside Almondo Sewell, Euclid Cummings and Da’Quan Bowers inside forms a fearsome group. That’s where Edmonton can potentially dominate.

Line: Eskimos favoured by 3 points

Pick: Edmonton

Bet: $12.50 returns $10

Season record against the spread: 37-28-2

Money line: 8-4

Teasers: 3-8

Parlays: 1-3

Bankroll: $244 from $100 starting budget

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