The CFL Predictor Week 9:

Well week 8 was a Winnipeg win away from perfection for the Predicitor. The loss in Toronto has me somewhat scratching my head trying to figure out which Winnipeg team is the true Bomber team.

While they search for answers in the Manitoba capital, my predictions came in at 1-and-4 last week moving my overall record to 19-and-14.

So, here we go with my predictions for the week ahead in the Canadian Football League.

Montreal Alouettes (1-6 T2nd in East) LW: 16-11 loss at Saskatchewan
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Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3 T3rd in West) LW: 38-21 loss at Toronto

Three Keys:

Consistent Message: Alex Brink and the entire offence are receiving too many messages from too many people. Head Coach Tom Higgins needs to take control of the group and point them all in the same direction.

Chip on his shoulder: Chip Cox was all but invisible in Regina in week 8. John Bowman on the other hand was dominant. The entire defence needs to pick up where they left off last week in order to give their offence extra opportunity to execute.

Keep him on the Brink: Alex Brink was slow in making his reads last week. The Bombers will need to ensure they pressure him in order to force him into even quicker reads but perhaps most importantly keep him in the pocket so he cannot use his feet to extend plays.

THE PREDICITION: This could be the ultimate trap game for the Bombers as they are gearing up for Labour Day in Regina and the Banjo Bowl the week after. That being said Montreal doesn’t have the horses on offence to get the job done. This game will be close but in the end I’m going with Winnipeg by at least a major 20-10.

Toronto Argonauts (3-5 1st in East) LW: 38-21 win vs. Winnipeg/33-17 loss vs. BC
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Edmonton Eskimos (6-1 T1st in West) LW: 10-8 win at Ottawa

Three Keys:

Ricky comes home: The ultimate motivation for Ricky Ray seems to be when he returns to Commonwealth Stadium to take on his former team. With Chad Owens expected back in the lineup Ray is getting more and more weapons and will be tough to stop.

Shawing your support: After a rocky start Edmonton kicker Grant Shaw is growing more and more consistent, especially in his punting game. Forcing the Toronto offence to work with long fields will be key.

Rally For Reilly: When the chips are down I would want Mike Reilly in my corner when you consider how he is playing this season. He can almost single-handedly will his team to victory. Don’t discount the Eskimos with Reilly under centre.

THE PREDICTION: This could be the week that the Eskimos come back down to earth after a solid start. BUT it won’t the Argos still are limping their way out west. Go with Edmonton by less than a major in a 34-30 victory.

Calgary Stampeders (6-1 T1st in West) LW: 30-20 win at Hamilton
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Ottawa REDBLACKS (1-6 T2nd in East) LW: 10-8 loss vs. Edmonton

Three Keys:

Bo Knows: Bo-Levi Mitchell very quietly has gone about his business this season. Nothing too flashy or risky just good fundamental football and as hard as the opposition is trying to make him uncomfortable he seems to get the job done.

Jon-y On The Spot: With Jon Cornish expected back in the line-up the Calgary offence once again is a legitimate two pronged attack. Will Cornish pick up where he left off? Time will tell but one thing that is for sure is that the REDBLACKS need to figure out a way to limit his effectiveness.

Stay On Your Toes: The biggest advantage the REDBLACKS seem to have created for themselves is their unpredictability. Calgary needs to stay honest and respect their assignments in order to shut down the razzle dazzle of the REDBLACKS.

THE PREDICITION: Ottawa has been very tough at home and has treated their fans to some fantastic games. That won’t be the case this week as the Stamps are set to ride into the nation’s capital and round-up a win. Go with Calgary BIG 38-12.

Saskatchewan Roughriders (5-2 T3rd in East) LW: 16-11 win vs. Montreal
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B.C. Lions (5-3 T3rd in West) LW: 33-17 win at Toronto

Three Keys:

I guarantee it! For those in Rider Nation that are upset that the President of the BC Lions guaranteed a win on Sunday forget about it. The move is simply to sell tickets and maybe motivate the fan base in Vancouver to get excited about the Lions after a rocky start.

Pivotal Decision: Travis Lulay or Kevin Glenn that is the question. For my money we will once again see both as we did last week when the Lions were in Toronto. Eventually a decision will have to be made but for now it’s a great tool to keep defences on their toes.

The O can’t get an F: The Saskatchewan Roughriders will be the first to tell you that something is wrong with their offence. They also know that they have to get it figured out in short order. As I mentioned earlier this week I think it’s game planning and here’s hoping that the coaches and players can come together on something that will work.

THE PREDICITION: Well the guaranteed win by the Lions has put a lot of pressure on the club to perform. That pressure though I feel can be handled especially by the Lions defence who are facing a sputtering Rider offence. That’s why I will have to go with BC to take the contest at home, 31-10.

 

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