Toon-Town CFL Predictor Week 12:

Well talk about a tough Labour Day rematch weekend for the predictor. Montreal and Saskatchewan rose to the occasion which caused me to finish the week an even 2-and-2.

That means my overall record on the season has dropped to 24-and-17.

Determined to improve my standing amongst other predictors here are my thoughts on week 12.

Montreal Alouettes (3-7 T1st in East) LW: 38-31 win vs. Hamilton
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Edmonton Eskimos (7-3 3rd in West) LW: 41-34 loss vs. Calgary

Three Keys:

Rally Round Reilly: If Mike Reilly is back in the line-up the Eskies need to give him time to succeed against an impressive front four of the Alouettes.

Als well on defence? Need to stop the deep ball. The Eskimos have been the most successful team in the league with the big offensive play. Montreal needs to step it up in the secondary and take the long pass away.

Share! Johnathan Crompton needs to distribute the ball early and evenly among his receivers as his tendency to focus on Duron Carter should be leaving room for S.J. Green and Chad Johnson to get open.

THE PREDICTION: This is a season defining game for both teams in my mind. I think that the Eskimos will prove that they are a force to be reckoned with! That’s why I’ll go with the Eskimos in a walk 38-10.

 

Toronto Argonauts (3-7 T1st in East) LW: BYE
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Calgary Stampeders (9-1 1st in West) LW: 41-34 win vs. Edmonton

Three Keys:

Make A Play For Ray: Ricky Ray needs his receivers to step up and catch the ball for him. My opinion is that he is delivering a good ball that for whatever reason is not being handled by the pass catchers. I realize that they are predominantly back-ups but he has to find someone to make a play.

Steele A Win: Curtis Steele is going to have to be the difference in this game. Keeping the ball in his hands on the ground will enable the Argos to control the clock and keep the Stampeders offence off of the field.

Bo Knows Defence: Most impressive for me about Levi Mitchell this season has been his ability to quickly read and react to what the defence is showing in front of him. The Argos will need to disguise what they are doing to keep him off balance.

THE PREDICITION: Toronto has a lot to prove in this one but I’m not sure that they will be able to do it in Calgary. Yes the Argos are getting healthier but yes the Stamps are tops in the CFL at the moment. Take Calgary 24-13.

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-5 5th in West) LW: 30-24 loss vs. Saskatchewan
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BC Lions (6-4 4th in West) LW: 7-5 win at Ottawa

Three Keys:

Calling on Kevin: The Lions are now Kevin Glenn’s team. No more looking over your shoulder the time to shine is now. Protect the ball and all will be good.

Hop On Harris: Helping him hold on to the ball should be Andrew Harris and the running game. Plain and simple he needs to get the ball at least 15 times for BC to be successful.

Run The Ball Nick: The Blue Bombers have to be patient on offence. Their desire to push the ball downfield is costing them. Nickle and dime passes and more importantly running the ball with Nic Grigsby is paramount.

THE PREDICTION: For my money this will be the most interesting game of the week as it is essentially a must win for both teams as the victor will have an inside track to the play-offs. I think the Bombers may have been brought back to Earth after losses in four of their last five games. That’s why I will go with the Lions who will rally around Kevin Glenn to score a big win. Take B.C. 28-25.

 

Saskatchewan Roughriders (8-2 2nd in West) LW: 30-24 win at Winnipeg
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2-7 3rd in East) LW: 38-31 loss at Montreal

Three Keys:

Can’t Sack Zack: This game is going to be on the Hamilton Tiger Cat offensive line. They need to fend off the ferocious Rider defensive line to give Zack Collaros time to deliver the ball.

Get Your Feet Off The Ground: The Hamilton D-Line also will have to have a big day to upset the Riders. They need to negate the Rider running game and force the Green and White to put the ball in the air.

Just For Kicks: This game could come down to a late field goal and the question is can either of the kickers make a game winner. They may have to.

THE PREDICTION: I’m not sure what to expect from Tino Sunseri and the Saskatchewan offence this week. It would seem, however, that there is going to be a natural let down for the team after losing their leader in Darian Durant. Hamilton, meantime, can make a statement against the team that thumped them in the Grey Cup. Therefore, I will go with the Ti-Cats in a tight one, 24-19.

 

 

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