Slam Dunk picks: Division final road dogs are due

The last four division final weekends in the CFL saw the home sides emerge victorious in the East and West.

Hosts are 8-0 since both road squads – Hamilton and Saskatchewan – went into enemy territory in 2013 and engineered wins. It seems the visitors are primed for similar outcomes on Sunday.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (9-10) at Ottawa Redblacks (11-7)
Sunday, November 18, 1 p.m. EST

The Ticats traveled to Ottawa focused as ever.

Even normally energetic linebacker Simoni Lawrence was dialled in while meeting the media in the nation’s capital: business trip. Jeremiah Masoli leads the group against a familiar opponent. The former University of Oregon star has developed a quick rapport with a fellow Duck Bralon Addison. Masoli is hot entering TD Place where he’s comfortable and played well.

If not for a literal miracle, Masoli would have led the Ticats to the 2015 Grey Cup. Karma evens out for the East MOP.

Line: Redblacks favoured by 3.5 points
Pick: Hamilton
Bet: $20 spread returns $20 and $10 money line returns $15.50

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (11-8) at Calgary Stampeders (13-5)
Sunday, November 18, 4:30 p.m. EST

Dave Dickenson admitted the Stamps are sick of hearing about not being the team it used to be and the Bombers are the media darlings at the moment.

Calgary will be a tough out at McMahon Stadium as it seems Bo Levi Mitchell has his gunslinging swagger back after the regular season finale in B.C. With the bye week on the line, Mitchell guided the Stamps to an insurmountable lead by halftime and that’s how the West was won.

But Winnipeg is getting attention for a reason. The Bombers entered a hostile Mosaic Stadium running the ball at will with Andrew Harris advancing to the Western Final. Harris sets the tone for Winnipeg’s offence called by Paul LaPolice who changes looks and formations weekly to keep defences guessing while creating consistent creases for the CFL’s Canadian rushing champ.

Back in 2013, the last time Calgary lost at McMahon in the playoffs, Korey Sheets rolled up 177 yards. Harris is capable of a similar performance.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 5 points
Pick: Winnipeg
Bet: $22 spread returns $20 and $10 money line returns $17.50

Season record against the spread: 39-29-2
Money line: 4-3
Teasers: 2-1
Over/under: 0-1

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