Week seven was a week with some ups and downs. The Bombers lost their first game of the season to the Ti-Cats but, Hamilton lost Jeremiah Masoli for the remainder of the season to an ACL injury. Calgary squeezed by Ottawa due to a bad play call by Rick Campbell, Edmonton crushed the Argo’s and the same can be said for the Riders over the Lions. I went 3-1 straight up and 2-2 against the spread last week. I’m now 19-8 straight up and 16-11 against the spread this season. Let’s see how I see week eight playing out.
(5-1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ (0-6) Toronto Argonauts Thursday 7:30pm ET
The Bombers fell for the first time in 2019 and looked uninspired on offence through out their matchup with Hamilton. The Ti-Cats lost Masoli early but the Bombers couldn’t do anything against the Hamilton defence. I would look for them to come out angry against the Argo’s this week. For Toronto it was another lackluster offensive performance against Edmonton. Their defence kept them in it for a while but their offence is dreadful. I don’t see that changing against one of the best defences in the league this week.
Prediction: Blue Bombers win 34-14
(5-1) Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ (3-3) Saskatchewan Roughriders Thursday 9:30pm ET
Hamilton managed to get over the grief of losing Masoli early last week and battled out a win against Winnipeg. Dane Evans didn’t put up great numbers in relief but he managed the game well and the defence did the rest. It will be interesting to see how he does with a week of practice with the starters. The Riders are on a two game winning streak and dominated B.C. last week. Cody Fajardo looks good and the running game has been dominant led by William Powell. I think this Riders team is trending in the right direction and the defence will force Dane Evans to make mistakes on their way to a close victory.
Prediction: Roughriders win 28-24
(2-4) Ottawa Redblacks @ (3-2) Montreal Alouettes Friday 7:00pm ET
The Redblacks looked poised to beat Calgary last week but then blew it with bad calls down the stretch. Now losers of four straight, Ottawa is hoping a Dominique Davis return will spark the offence this week. Montreal has looked really good before a bye week last week. Let’s hope the time off doesn’t mess with their momentum because they have looked great on both sides of the ball since starting 0-2. I think Montreal continues to stack up the wins against Ottawa at home.
Prediction: Alouettes win 26-23
(4-2) Edmonton Eskimos @ (4-2) Calgary Stampeders Saturday 7:00pm ET
The Eskimos walked over the Argo’s last week led by running back Shaq Cooper who was starting in place of C.J. Gable who was injured. It looks like Gable will be back this week but I wouldn’t be surprised if both backs saw some time with the offence. Edmonton’s defence is going to have to play to the level they are capable of if they want to beat Calgary this week. As for the Stamps they lost another running back in Kadeem Carey last week but it looks like Romar Morris could return against the Eskimos. Morris has been out since the West Final with an Achilles injury but practiced with the ones all week. The Stamps don’t lose at home very often and I think they take a tight battle of Alberta this week.
Prediction: Stampeders win 31-29
Point Spread Betting odds (Bodog)
Season Record: 16-11, 2-2 last week.
Winnipeg @ Toronto: Take Winnipeg -14.
Hamilton @ Saskatchewan: Take Saskatchewan -3.
Ottawa @ Montreal: Take Ottawa +7.
Edmonton @ Calgary: Take Calgary +1.
This week is a toss up. Besides Toronto and Winnipeg any team could win the other three games. It should be a good week with some hard fought battles. I can’t wait for Thursday night! Thanks for reading and remember to check out the Squib Kick Radio Podcast for more in depth CFL and NFL talk.