Last week was a three game week and I went 2-1 and I’m now 20-10 on the season. Last week saw Winnipeg get past Hamilton thanks to another big game from Andrew Harris. B.C was the team I did not expect to win but their defensive backs were all over the field making Mike Reilly miserable and the Lions were able to pull of the upset. Montreal did better than I expected against Ottawa and it was definitely a step in the right direction for Johnny Football. This week there is some games with major implications, Let’s take a look at them.
(5-3) Ottawa Redblacks @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-3) Friday 8:30pm ET
Ottawa just got past Montreal last week and will have a much bigger challenge against Winnipeg this week. The Redblacks need more consistent play out of Trevor Harris if they have any shot this week. The defence is going to need their biggest game of the year as well against maybe the best offence in the league. It Ottawa could pull it off they would have a huge lead for first place in the CFL East Division. For Winnipeg it is business as usual. The offence is rolling thanks to maybe the league’s most dynamic running back. Andrew Harris is my Most Outstanding Canadian for sure but he also might be my M.O.P at this point as well. Winnipeg has won three games in a row and is battling with Edmonton for second in the west. The Bombers will continue to fly this week.
Prediction: Blue Bombers win 34-27
(3-4) B.C. Lions @ (2-5) Toronto Argonauts Saturday 4:00pm ET
The Lions pulled off the biggest divisional upset of the season beating the Eskimos last week guided by their stellar defence specifically in the defensive backfield. If the Lions can maintain their strong defensive play this week they have a good shot at making it to .500 after week 10. Toronto has struggled this season but were rejuvenated by a QB switch to McLeod Bethel-Thompson who lead the Argos to a huge comeback against Ottawa a couple of weeks ago. I feel like a broken record but I think feeding James Wilder Jr. is the key to win this week to take some of the pressure off of Bethel-Thompson. If Toronto can keep their offence in gear this week this will be my upset of the week.
Prediction: Argonauts win 31-28
(1-7) Montreal Alouettes @ (5-3) Edmonton Eskimos Saturday 9:00pm ET
The Alouettes almost pulled it off against Ottawa last week but they are still a ways away from being competitive. The defence looked good but they are on the field for far too long. This week the Als will have to have longer sustained drives if they are to have any success against Edmonton. For the Esks they came off a loss to the Lions last week and will come out firing this week. Mike Reilly was handled very well by B.C. last week so look for a huge game from him against Montreal. Edmonton is in a tie for second in the west with Winnipeg and will look to keep pace with a big win this week.
Prediction: Eskimos win 37-18
(7-0) Calgary Stampeders @ (3-4) Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday 7:00pm ET
Calgary and Saskatchewan both had byes last week and when these two teams battle it is always a good game. I expect no different on Sunday. The Stamps have been the class of the league this season led by their stellar defence. Don Jackson may be back this week and should boost their running game. For the Riders it has been a turbulent week. They released their star receiver Duron Carter on Saturday. I believe it was due to Chris Jones not wanting to babysit anymore. They also brought back fan favourite Rob Bagg this week which should give the team a boost in terms of leadership a trait, it seems, the team was lacking. I think this will be the closest game of the week but I can’t pick against the league’s best team until someone shows that they can beat them.
Prediction: Stampeders win 26-24
This week could give us some clarity in the east if Ottawa can take down Winnipeg, on the other hand if Winnipeg can win they will stay right in the thick of the battle for second in the west. My prediction for a Toronto upset over B.C. would put the Argos right back in the playoff race in the east as well. This week really could throw the CFL standings into chaos especially in the east. I can’t wait to see what happens. Thanks for reading!