A Perfect Week For the Predictor Has Him Coming Back For More

Well a four-for-four week 18 in the Canadian Football League has improved my season record to 45-and-23. With nothing on the line in week 19, roster question marks, and a number of variables here is a pared down look at my picks.

Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts:

Als: LW 27-24 loss at HAM. Record 7-10 (3rd East)

Argos: LW 36-21 win vs. WPG. Record 11-6 (1st East)

The Argos are making it very clear that they are not willing to risk further injury to their stars by giving Ricky Ray, Chad Owens and perhaps Chad Kackert the week off. With a bye that will give those three players essentially three weeks off heading into the post season.

This game, however, is still very meaningful to the Montreal offence. With Anthony Calvillo shut down for the season the question becomes who will be at quarterback when the post-seasson kicks off. Troy Smith will get another chance to run the offence and build more rapport with his group headed to Hamilton next week.

THE PREDICITION:

As I mentioned above this game has some meaning for the Alouettes who are looking for an offensive identity. The Argos with a lot of regulars out will be mailing it in even though they are in front of a home crowd. That’s why I will go with MONTREAL by a touchdown.

 

Calgary Stampeders at BC Lions:

Stamps: LW 29-25 win vs. SK. Record 14-3 (1st West)

Lions: LW 43-29 win vs. EDM. Record 10-7 (3rd West)

The BC Lions don’t have a lot to prove heading into the post-season except for the health of Travis Lulay. Whether he will get into the line-up this week is the big question. If he does you can bet the Leos will give him every opportunity to shake off the rust. If not Buck Pierce will likely get some more reps under centre.

Calgary has been business like all season and I know that Head Coach and GM John Hufnagel doesn’t want to go in to a bye week with a loss. However, the health of his team is most important so don’t expect a lot of regulars in the game long.

THE PREDICITION:

I think the Lions need to ensure that they are ready to proceed with whomever a Quarterback in two weeks in Regina will trump what is truly a nothing game for the Stamps. I’ll go with B.C. to win in a very close-to-the-vest type game.

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Winnipeg Blue Bombers:

Ti-Cats: LW 27-24 win vs. MTL. Record 9-8 (2nd East)

Bombers: LW 36-21 loss at TOR. Record 3-14 (4th East)

Mercifully the season is almost over for the Blue Bombers. I’d love to say that players are battling for jobs next year but they have been doing that since Labour Day. So that motivator is all but a non-factor.

The Ti-Cats have been battling consistency issues all season and escaped with a win over Montreal last week thanks to a big special teams play. Hamilton will want to keep the pedal to the metal to ensure that they are firing on all cylinders heading into the post season.

THE PREDICTION:

Hamilton’s need to play well in all phases of the game will dominate a lack of focus that I am sure will be in the Winnipeg locker room as guys there are looking ahead to the off-season. That’s why I am taking HAMILTON in an ugly blow out in the last game of the season at Investors Group Field.

 

Edmonton Eskimos at Saskatchewan Roughriders:

Eskies: LW 43-29 loss at BC. Record 3-14 (4th West)

Riders: LW 29-25 loss at CGY. Record 11-6 (2nd West)

The Edmonton Eskimos are in the same boat as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers coming into this week. However, what the Eskies have that the Bombers don’t is pride and I fully expect a quality effort from the Eskies.

The Green and White are such a streaky team that I think them getting a win in this one is more important than the football operations will have you think.

THE PREDICITION: This is going to be a tight ball game with both sides trying to exact their will. However, in the personnel department the Eskimos have nothing to lose while the Riders have everything to lose. That’s why I will go with EDMONTON by a field goal or less.

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