Another Rough Week For the CFL Predictor: Undeterred Here’s Week 6 Picks:

The Blue Bombers proved they are for real, Calgary showed their experience and depth and the Saskatchewan Roughriders exposed a bad Toronto team. What does that mean to me? A 1-and-3 week for the predictor which drops my overall record to 9-and-11.

Time to get on track and focus so here we go with a look at week 6. Feel free to agree or disagree!

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1 T1st West) LW: 23-6 win at BC
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Hamilton Tiger Cats (1-3 T1st East) LW: 33-23 win vs. Ottawa

Three Keys:

Can’t Free Willy! The Hamilton Tiger Cats need to contain Drew Willy in the pocket. He is not a threat to run but his ability to extend plays with his feet at key times has been a big plus for the Bomber offence.

Run The Ball Nick: For whatever reason the Blue Bombers are getting away from an early season strength in their running game. Nick Grigsby is a game changer and the Bombers need to utilize him.

You Give Me Lefevour: For the second straight week and perhaps the foreseeable future Dan LeFevour will start under centre for the Ti-Cats. He once again needs to take charge of the huddle, manage the game and not turn the ball over.

THE PREDICITION: This truly is a tough one for me but as I have stated all week the Bombers win in B.C. last week made me a believer. I do think Hamilton will provide more of an opposition for them then the Lions did last week but I’ll take Winnipeg to win 24-21.

Toronto Argonauts (1-4 T1st East) LW: 37-9 loss at Saskatchewan
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Montreal Alouettes (1-3 T1st East) LW: Bye

Three Keys:

You’re On The Clock Smitty! Montreal pivot Troy Smith has been put on notice that he needs to do something this week or his job will be in Jeopardy. Pretty good motivation for a player that has showed signs of brilliance just nowhere near consistently enough.

A Steele Foundation: The Toronto Argos were most successful a week ago when they involved Curtis Steele and the running game in their offence. The Argos need to get back to basics with their depleted line-up.

O Shea Can You See: Shea Emery was held out of much of the second half of last week’s game. He is the leader of the Argonaut defence and he will need to be on his game and help stop the run, something he was unable to do in week five in Regina.

THE PREDICITION: I’m not sure who will have more weapons available to them in this match-up. I do know that if the Argos protected the ball against the Riders last week the outcome may have been very different. That being said, I’ll go with Montreal at home. The pressure is on Troy Smith and I believe he will get some much needed support. Take the Als 31-26.

B.C. Lions (2-3 T4th West) LW: 23-6 loss vs. Winnipeg
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Calgary Stampeders (4-0 T1st West) LW: 26-22 win at Edmonton

Three Keys:

Will The Real Kevin Please Stand Up! No picks in two wins for Kevin Glenn and the B.C. Lions. Eight interceptions thrown in three losses. Kevin Glenn has to make better decisions, but his play callers also need to put him in better position to make plays.

A Harry Situation: The other three factors in those losses by B.C. was the decision not to use Andrew Harris. For whatever reason the Lions coaching staff have moved away from the running game they need to get back to the ground game and provide more balance.

Bo Knows He Needs To Use His Weapons: Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders have done just enough to win their first four games of the season. That’s pretty good considering the injuries that the Stampeders are suffering through. However, Mitchell still needs to distribute the ball to the weapons that he does have on the field, hello Joe West, if nothing more than for the sake of my fantasy football team!

THE PREDICITION: Consistency is the key word in this one. Calgary has been while B.C. has not. I do believe that there is more talent on the side of the Lions just not execution. I will, however, go with the upset. This will be a close game dominated by the defences but I’ll go with the Lions to top the perhaps over-confident Stamps 31-24.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-2 T4th West) LW: 37-9 win vs. Toronto
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Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-3 T1st East) LW: 33-23 loss at Hamilton

Three Keys:

Taking Flight: The Saskatchewan Roughriders have proven that they can move the ball on the ground but they have yet to prove they can throw the ball. The Riders are going to have to pass the ball and Darian Durant is going to have to find some chemistry with his new receivers soon.

Full 60: For the first time this season the Riders put points up on the board in the 4th quarter last week. The Riders have been outscored 40-6 in the final stanza and need a big improvement there if they are to be successful.

Shologan Shuts The Door? Former Rider Nose Tackle Keith Shologan will be front and centre literally when it comes to stopping the ground game. He will be responsible for clogging up the middle and forcing the Riders to put the ball in the air.

THE PREDICITION: The lack of a passing game by the Saskatchewan Roughriders is definitely a cause for concern. While Henry Burris has some weapons at his disposal I’m just not sure that it’s enough to get past the hungry Rider defence. I think the Rider D will win out in a 27-17 decision for Saskatchewan.

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