Last week was another great week of CFL football. B.C. became relevant in the west with a big win over Ottawa, Hamilton got past Toronto rather easily, The Riders swept the home and home with a free falling Winnipeg team and Edmonton handed Calgary their second loss of the season in a high scoring game. I went 2-2 and I am now 28-18 on the season straight up. This week there are just three games with Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton on byes. Lets see how this week will play out.
(4-6) B.C. Lions @ (3-8) Montreal Alouettes Friday 7:30pm ET
The Lions got past the best team in the east last week and have looked good over the past couple of weeks. Ricky Collins Jr. stepped up in the absence of Manny Arceneaux and they added last years Grey Cup MVP, DeVier Posey to the mix at receiver. This Lions team is back in the thick of the playoff race with Winnipeg on a four game losing streak. If B.C. can establish the run early to compliment the passing game they should be in a good spot against Montreal. For the Als Antonio Pipkin will once again start. He has looked like Montreal’s best option this season and may have taken all of the hype out of the Johnny Manziel experiment. The Als defence is going to have to step up big this week if they want to get their third win a row but i think the streak comes to an end this week against the Lions.
Prediction: Lions win 31-24
(9-2) Calgary Stampeders @ (6-5) Hamilton Tiger-Cats Saturday 4:00pm ET
The Stamps lost their second game of the season and the Riders are just two games back of them for first in the west with one more head to head matchup to come. This week they need a bounce back game, especially from their defence. Not many teams are able to put up almost 50 points on the Stamps and I’m sure they will do everything in their power to not let it happen again. This week I expect Calgary to be firing on all cylinders in all three phases of the game. The Ti-Cats are the top team in the east, in a tie with Ottawa. They are such an up and down team this season. One week they look like a serious Grey Cup contender and the next it doesn’t look like they should be a playoff team. Jeremiah Masoli is having a pretty good season passing yards wise but he needs to put the ball in the end zone more. With his receiving core a little hurting it will be on his, and Alex Green’s shoulders to carry the offence. The Hamilton D will need a huge game this week if they want to take down the mighty Stamps and I don’t think that is going to happen. I see the Stamps getting back in the win column in week 14.
Prediction: Stampeders win 37-29
(6-5) Ottawa Redblacks @ (7-4) Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday 9:30pm ET
The Redblacks have had a couple of abysmal weeks on offence and it doesn’t get any easier against the stacked Rider defence this week. Trevor Harris has had good games and awful games this season. The last two weeks fall into the awful category. Harris has offensive weapons at his disposal but hasn’t been able to get the ball into their hands. This week they will need William Powell to be a beast. Andrew Harris had a huge game against the Rider defence a couple of weeks ago so that should be the focus for Ottawa in week 14. For the Riders it looks as though they dodged a bullet with Zach Collaros passing concussion protocol. He should start on Saturday. Tre Mason went off last week, look for that to continue against Ottawa. If the Riders can get gains on the ground early and open up the pass game, their winning streak should stretch to five.
Prediction: Roughriders win 34-27
This week there is two teams from the east looking to establish some breathing room for first place, The Riders are looking to create some space between them and Edmonton, Winnipeg and B.C. for second in the west and Montreal and B.C. will try and stay in the playoff hunt. This week should feature high energy games with so much on the line. Thanks for reading.