CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 1

Week 1 of the CFL season sees some key rivalry matchups in the East and West divisions.

Winnipeg at Montreal (TSN/RDS)

Preseason records: Blue Bombers 0-2, Alouettes 2-0

Winnipeg plays the Alouettes for the 3rd straight week, second week in a row in Montreal. Despite their familiarity the Bombers are not ready for this test. Montreal tends to start the season strong and plays well at home. Winnipeg is still getting all the pieces together under new head coach Doug Berry.

Prediction: Montreal 34 Winnipeg 26

Saskatchewan at B.C. (TSN)

Preseason records: Roughriders 2-0, Lions 1-1

In the nightcap to the Friday Night Football doubleheader, the ‘Riders take their revamped offence into B.C. Place. The Lions expect a repeat of last year’s season and have returned the majority of their starters. In Saskatchewan a return of a strong defensive team with a more aggressive and talented offensive squad is the scouting report.

Prediction: Saskatchewan 40 B.C. 38

Hamilton at Toronto (CBC)

Preseason records: Hamilton 2-0, Toronto 0-2

The third game this year between these two rival, this time one that means something, will be well watched. The expected debut of Ricky Williams has driven up expectations for the whole Toronto franchise, from owners to coaches, players and fans. The Tiger-Cats meanwhile have reloaded during the offseason, acquiring Jason Maas, Corey Holmes, Josh Ranek and Terry Vaughn and are extra pumped at the opportunity to knock of the Argonauts in their home opener.

Prediction: Hamilton 35 Toronto 33

Edmonton at Calgary (TSN)

Preseason records: Eskimos 0-2, Calgary 1-1

Another provincial rivalry ends the week with the Stampeders playing host to the Eskimos. Calgary looks to start the season with some revenge over last year’s loss to Edmonton at home in the West Semi-final and rebound from a pre-season blowout to B.C. Edmonton will be testing its new offensive line in front of Ricky Ray while wanting to show off its supposed improved defence after dropping its two exhibition games.

Prediction: Calgary 30 Edmonton 22

Note: The above predictions are those of Overtime Central and not Jon Fedyk’s personal picks.

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