Slam Dunk picks: Grey Cup bonus money

Players competing in the Grey Cup earn bonus money – double the amount for the winning side.

That’s exactly the same for bettors: identify the winner and cash in.

The 106th edition of the Grey Cup features the Ottawa Redblacks meeting the Calgary Stampeders. It’s been a while since the two teams played, way back in mid-July, the Stamps won both regular-season matchups rather handly with Trevor Harris benched each outing – Week 3 Harris 13-of-29 for 135 yards and one interception and Week 5 Harris 14-of-22 for 92 yards and two interceptions.

Harris didn’t throw a single touchdown against Calgary in two full games but carried the Redblacks in the East Final with a CFL playoff record six passing majors. That’s the key and major question for bettors: what Trevor Harris shows out in the Grey Cup?

Ottawa Redblacks (12-7) vs Calgary Stampeders (14-5)
Sunday, November 25, 6 p.m. EST

Calgary’s defensive front could be the difference.

Freak defensive tackle Micah Johnson placed second in sacks with 14 an unbelievable total from the interior of the line. Johnson is a constant disruptor and Ottawa has had issues along the offensive line at times throughout the season, forcing the Redblacks to experiment with different combinations.

Beer-chugging Jon Gott was removed from the starting lineup, Evan Johnson taking his place while the combo of Johnson, Alex Mateas and Nolan MacMillan were able to neutralize Ted Laurent in the East Final. The group is capable but No. 4 for Calgary is a rare breed.

Eric Rogers provides a similar type of elite skill on offence for the Stampeders. Rogers has been a game-breaker in the CFL playoffs during his time up north. Bo Levi Mitchell 1-0 in Grey Cup with Rogers in the lineup, 0-2 without the best rebounder in the league. The six-foot-three, 215-pound playmaker high points the football in pressure situations with ease, especially in the red zone: Rogers has eight touchdowns in five CFL playoff games. Mitchell knows when a crucial play is needed the reigning CFL MOP can throw the ball Rogers’ way with supreme confidence.

Mitchell knows what’s on the line for legacy purposes.

Line: Stampeders favoured by 5 points
Pick: Calgary
Bet: $23 spread returns $20

Season record against the spread: 39-31-2
Money line: 4-3
Teasers: 2-1
Over/under: 0-1

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