CFL Week 19 Predictor:

Well a 3-for-4 week 18 has improved my overall record on the season to 49-and-24. An Ottawa loss at home on an emotional night at TD Stadium was the lone setback.

This week will be an interesting one especially in the East with play-off positions still up for grabs. Meanwhile, in the west there are very different motivators for week 19. Given all that here is what I see happening in the second to last week of regular season CFL action.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats: (7-9 T2nd in East) LW: 26-24 loss at Toronto
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Ottawa REDBLACKS: (2-14 4th in East) LW: 23-17 loss vs. Montreal

The Ottawa REDBLACKS will have an opportunity to play big time spoilers in this one as the Ti-Cats are playing for their play-off lives. Ottawa has shown some signs over the last couple of weeks while the pressure is mounting on a young Hamilton team. That’s why I am going to take Ottawa in an upset again. Yes I was burned last week but this week there is something to Henry Burris having an opportunity to dump his former team. It will be tight, Ottawa 22 – Hamilton 18.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers: (6-11 5th in West) LW: 28-23 loss vs. B.C.
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Calgary Stampeders (14-2 1st in West) LW: 40-27 win vs. Saskatchewan

Two different teams playing for two very different reasons meet up at McMahnon Stadium. The Stamps have nothing to play for except setting single season victory records, while Winnipeg has been ousted from the post-season picture and need to evaluate what they have. To be perfectly honest this game could be about as interesting as watching paint dry. That being said I think Calgary has too much depth so no matter who they play they will be OK. That’s why I take the Stamps in a 38-19 win over the Bombers.

B.C. Lions (9-7 T3rd in West) LW: 28-23 win at Winnipeg
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Edmonton Eskimos (11-5 2nd in West) LW: Bye

This game is going to be fun! The Lions need a win to secure their play-off position and to stay in the west while Edmonton can solidify their spot in the West. I really like the way the Eskimos are playing, however, they are getting banged up along the offensive line. The Lions seem to have found a successor to Andrew Harris in their backfield. The big if in Vancouver is if Kevin Glenn or Travis Lulay can be effective enough to lead the team over tough defences. I say yes BUT I don’t think it will happen this week. I say Edmonton scores a wild 38-36 win at home.

Toronto Argonauts (7-9 T2nd in East) LW: 26-24 win vs. Hamilton
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Montreal Alouettes (8-8 1st in East) LW: 23-17 win at Ottawa

This will be the game of the week with all kinds of play-off ramifications on the line. Can Toronto crack Montreal’s bubble or can the Als all but clinch top spot in the East? I say that Montreal’s defence will give them the edge in this game and despite no Brandon Whitaker their offence continues to improve. It is a do or die for Toronto in my mind but I still don’t think that they will have the three-phase effort to down the home-town Alouettes. It will be a close but go with a Montreal 20-18 win.

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