Week 20 CFL Predictor:

An upset by Winnipeg and some blind faith in the Ottawa REDBLACKS cost me a perfect week and sees my overall record slip to 51-26.

Looking to finish strong here are my picks for the final week of the regular season:

Ottawa REDBLACKS (2-15 4th in East) LW: 34-25 loss vs. Hamilton
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Toronto Argonauts (7-20 3rd in East) LW: 17-14 loss at Montreal

The Argos will be without Quarterback Ricky Ray but need a win and some help to get into the post season. The REDBLACKS continue to audition for next year and seems to be that they have plateaued as far as their progress is concerned. That’s why I will take the Argos, yes without Rick Ray, to win a tight on 18-10.

Calgary Stampeders (14-3 1st in West) LW: 18-13 loss vs. Winnipeg
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BC Lions (9-8 T3rd in West) LW: 37-3 loss at Edmonton

Two teams needing a bounce back will square on in Vancouver to close out their regular seasons. Personally I think the Lions need a win more than Calgary and the Stamps will be resting starters but that hasn’t stopped Calgary from winning before. That’s why I will take the Stamps, 24-18.

Montreal Alouetes (9-8 1st in East) LW: 17-14 win vs. Toronto
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats (8-9 2nd in East) LW: 34-25 win at Ottawa

If Montreal wins they host the East Final and get a buy. Hamilton wins and they are in the post season and if they can do it by more than 8 points than they are in the East Final. So, there is a lot at stake in this game and it shouldn’t be lost that this game in being played in Steel Town. That being said I think the Alouettes will once again flex their muscles and come away with the East Division title. Make the final Montreal 31, Hamilton 23.

Edmonton Eskimos (12-5 2nd in West) LW: 37-3 win vs. B.C.
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Saskatchewan Roughriders (9-8 T3rd in West) LW: BYE

Nothing is on the line in this one for the Eskies who have locked up second in the West and will be resting their starters. The Riders will most likely do the same with Kerry Joseph getting the bulk of the snaps before Tino Sunseri and/or Seth Doege get a chance to run the offence. Basically it would appear that both coaches are indifferent of the outcome but more importantly are focusing on the process. That’s why the outcome in this one will be very hard to predict. Unfazed, though, I will take a stab at it and go with the Riders to win at home 22-17.

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