Week 10 was less close than the two previous but there was still a couple of very good games but one that was maybe top 10 worst I have ever put myself through. I went 2-2 straight up and 2-2 against the spread last week to put me at 27-12 straight up and 25-14 against the spread this season. This week there is some very tough spread lines and some games that are definitely up for grabs. Let’s take a look at my picks for week 11.
(7-2) Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ (6-3) Edmonton Eskimos Friday 9:00pm ET
The Bombers took down the Lions rather easily last week but they lost their starting QB Matt Nichols for the next 4-6 weeks. Most Bombers fans have been luke warm on Nichols this season, he has picked up wins but I’m not sure if he has the ability to take this team to the promise land. Chris Streveler will be the new QB and it is going to be interesting to see how he does. He has the ability to move the ball with his feet and through the air. If teams sleep on him he will crush them, I don’t know that the Bombers get worse losing Nichols. For Edmonton, they took down the Argo’s last week. It was pretty smooth sailing for the Esk’s, Trevor Harris had a huge game, he threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns. This week the Eskimos offence needs to be great again, against a tough Bombers defence. I think this is easily the game of the week and will not disappoint, but the Eskimos win to humble the Bombers, because Winnipeg has won some games playing bad football lately.
Prediction: Eskimos win 31-29
(3-6) Ottawa Redblacks @ (5-3) Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday 7:00pm ET
The Redblacks have been absolutely awful on offence lately. Joe Paopao will now run the offence for Ottawa so we will see if it makes a difference. Dominique Davis roasted the Riders the last time he played them but he has really struggled pretty much since then. Ottawa does have a good defence but their offence has let them down. I don’t see a play caller change helping that too much. The Riders hit their second bye week last week. They have won four in a row and are the CFL’s hottest team. We will see if they continue their hot streak after the bye. The defence has played a lot better than they did at the start of the season and Cody Fajardo and the offence have been clicking wonderfully. I think the Riders continue to roll at home on Saturday.
Prediction: Roughriders win 34-20
(7-2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats @ (1-8) B.C. Lions Saturday 10:00pm ET
I keep doubting the Ticats ability to win with Dane Evans as their QB. However their defence has been excellent since Masoli went down and Evans has done enough to pick up wins, with some struggles along the way. This week they play a Lions team that is capable of an upset every week, they have the offensive talent. But it seems like they go down by a score or two and fold up the tent, especially in the trenches and on defence. I want to believe that this Lions offence can pull out a high scoring victory but after the lack of heart I saw against Winnipeg last week, I can’t bet on them this week.
Prediction: Tiger-Cats win 27-17
(4-4) Montreal Alouettes @ (1-7) Toronto Argonauts Sunday 12:00pm ET
The Alouettes won an instant classic last week against the Stampeders. They were down 11 with less than a minute left in the game but scored a touchdown, got the two point convert, recovered an onside kick and hit a last second field goal before winning the game in double overtime. It really was an amazing game to watch. This week they take on the Argo’s, all signs point to an Alouettes win but the Argonauts surprised the Bombers earlier this season so they can’t count on an easy win. For Toronto it has been a difficult season to pin point. It could be the lack of a starting QB, or the fact that they just aren’t that talented on either side of the ball. It has been tough but a win this week and they are technically only 4 points out of second in the East. Anything could happen.
Prediction: Alouettes win 29-23
Point Spread Betting odds (Bodog)
2-2 last week, 25-14 against the spread this season
Winnipeg @ Edmonton: Take Winnipeg +6.5.
Ottawa @ Saskatchewan: Take Saskatchewan -10.
Hamilton @ B.C.: Take Hamilton -3.5.
Montreal @ Toronto: Take Montreal -5.5.
There is some tough spreads to predict this week. There are three games where the favourite should win but the battle of the top two teams in the West might come down to if Chris Streveler can ball out for the Blue Bombers. It should be entertaining. Thanks for reading and remember to check out the Squib Kick Radio podcast for all things CFL, NFL and Fantasy Football related.