The Globe and Mail’s own Grey Cup team of reporters makes their predictions for Sunday’s game:
Sean Gordon: CALGARY 38, TORONTO 28
The Stamps are the CFL’s hottest team, and their power running game and quick-strike passing attack will be a problem for the Argos defence, which has shown vulnerabilities against the run and can’t match Calgary’s outside speed. The Calgary defence is better-equipped to contain Chad Owens and pressure Ricky Ray than were the Argos’ previous playoff opponents. Stamps QB Kevin Glenn has been waiting years for this chance, and while he’s famously streaky, he seems to have a hot hand.
Rachel Brady: TORONTO 38, CALGARY 35
If the Argos can stay away from the penalty trouble that has spelled their downfall at times this season, I favour them. The Stamps’ defence is playing very efficiently at the moment, so the Boatmen know they will need to take a more patient approach. I anticipate defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones will have an especially well-schemed game plan for his turnover-minded Toronto defence as they take on his former team. I do expect Calgary running back Jon Cornish to be far more effective than he was last time these two teams met – likely running a different style in this effort. Toronto will no doubt give up some big plays with its high-risk, high-reward philosophy, especially facing a highly-motivated and mobile Kevin Glenn at quarterback. At the end of the day, I see a win for the team with Jones, the experienced Grey Cup champion Ricky Ray, and Chad Owens, who seems to have hit a new gear in the past few weeks.
Jeff Blair: TORONTO 32, CALGARY 21
The fix has been in since Eric Tillman sent Ricky Ray to the Argos for assorted odds and sods. Seriously, in a big game it’s hard not to take Ray over Kevin Glenn. With so many good offensive minds in this game – Scott Milanovich, the Argos head coach, and Stampeders head coach John Hufnagel and offensive co-ordinator Dave Dickenson, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this scoreline dwarfed, especially if special teams exercise their influence on the game early. But I keep coming back to the bottom line: who do you want quarterbacking your team in a big game: Ricky Ray or Kevin Glenn. A cautionary note: with Patrick Watkins out, Jalil Carter could be easy pickings at the corner for the Stampeders air attack. If they have success early with Maurice Price, who has four consecutive 100-plus yard games, the Argos will be scrambling.
David Ebner: CALGARY 41, TORONTO 31
Jon Cornish is going to gallop. The league’s leading rushing, behind an underrated and quietly dominate offensive line, is going to crack Toronto, after Cornish was held to only 39 and 43 yards in summertime games versus the Argos this season. The Double Blue have conceded two 100-plus yard games on the ground in the playoffs and this time Cornish will sting harder, which will then open up the air for Kevin Glenn and his armada of deep-threat receivers. Calgary had the most big plays of any CFL team this year and last week’s showcase – where Nik Lewis caught only one ball – is a major issue for the Argos’s secondary. Watch especially for the fleet-of-foot Maurice Price. If history is symmetrical, MVP will be Cornish, who lost most outstanding player to Chad Owens, much like 2008, when Henry Burris lost MOP to Anthony Calvillo and then claimed MVP in the Grey Cup victory over the Als in Montreal.
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