Improving on Perfect? Week 13 CFL Predictor:

Not a bad week for the old predictor! BC, Calgary, Edmonton and Hamilton all came through with victories in week 12 making me a perfect 4-for-4.

There were some moments, though, when I didn’t think Calgary was going to hold up their end of the bargain.

None the less, the perfect week improves my season standing to 28-and-17. Here are my thoughts on the week ahead in the Canadian Football League:

Toronto Argonauts (3-8 T1st in East) LW: 40-33 loss at Calgary
B.C. Lions (7-4 4th in West) LW: 26-9 win vs. Winnipeg

Three Keys:

Tim Time? The Toronto Argonauts offence is getting healthier but their defensive schemes are still a question mark. New Defensive Coordinator Tim Burke needs to get his crew into form quick against a Lions offence that is gaining confidence.

Spell Consistency with a K: So for weeks I have been waiting for the Lions to take the next step forward. That step will come with consistency at Quarterback with Kevin Glenn.

Hop on Harris: Despite still getting his touches Andrew Harris is not the focal point of the Lions offence. If I’m B.C. the best defence may be offence and Harris can control the clock for your club.

THE PREDICTION: Rebounding from last week’s loss in Calgary will be tough for the Boatmen but they did show a lot offensively. That offence will be challenged by the Lions defence. Watch for Ricky Ray to pick on safety JR LaRose who has struggled at times this season. That being said I think that the Lions can do enough to scrape by with a win. Make the final B.C. 31 Toronto 26.

Edmonton Eskimos (8-3 T2nd in West) LW: 33-16 win vs. Montreal
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (3-7 T1st in East) LW: 28-3 win vs. Saskatchewan

Three Keys:

Can’t Sack Zach: Unlike the first meetings between these two teams Hamilton’s offensive line appears to have it figured out. They will need to be in this one and have to keep their quarterback clean in order to come away with the win.

Put the arrow on Bowman: Adarius Bowman is having an outstanding season for the Eskimos and when the Eskies are rolling so is Bowman. The Ti-Cats need to take his big catch ability away.

Fantuz’s Football: Speaking of big catches Andy Fantuz in my mind has his best game as a Ti-Cat last week. Not only did he eclipse 100 yards in receiving but carrying out his assignments.

THE PREDICTION: The Ti-Cats took full advantage of a wounded Rider team last week. This week they need toelevate their game even further. I’m not sure they can against a motivated Mike Reilly and the Eskies who are looking to stake their claim to the number two spot in the west. Go with Edmonton to cover the spread 28-17.

Calgary Stampeders (10-1 1st in West) LW: 40-33 win vs. Toronto
Montreal Alouettes (3-8 T1st in East) LW: 33-16 loss at Edmonton

Three Keys:

The Tate of the Town? Drew Tate will get his chance to start for the Stamps for the first time this season. He needs to stay within himself and operate the offence. Do that and the Stamps will keep rolling.

Stretch the Field: One of the Allouettes greatest attributes has been their ability to stretch the field. Getting the ball over the Calgary aggressive defensive backs will be a priority.

Hold the ball! Both teams last week had issues with turnovers. The team that wins the turnover battle will win the game.

THE PREDICTION: I like the Calgary defence to trump the Montreal offence and Drew Tate is not a big drop off from Bo Levi Mitchell in my eyes. That’s why I am taking the Stamps over the Allouettes 39-10.

Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-9 4th in East) LW: BYE
Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-3 T2nd in West) LW: 28-3 loss at Hamilton

Three Keys:

Tino Time is now! Tino Sunseri will get his second chance at the controls of the Rider offence on Sunday. Is this his last chance to show his worth? I’m not sure but he definitely needs to show better than he did last week.

First step is first down: Both teams have been bad on second and long and the team that can produce on first down will have a great shot.

Offensive offence: To say that both teams offences have been struggling is the understatement of the week. The team that can score touchdowns as opposed to settling for field goals will get the upper hand.

THE PREDICTION: This game is not going to produce a ton of points. BUT the Rider defence is going to out-produce the Ottawa ‘D’. If the Riders can keep the Ottawa return game in check the Riders should find a way to pull out a win over the expansion franchise. Take the Riders to win 17-10.

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