CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 2

Week 2 of the CFL season features the back-end of home-and-home series in the West while the East’s winless teams try to bounce back against some tough competition.

Our Record Last Week: 2-2
Our Record Overall: 2-2

Toronto at Winnipeg (TSN)

Argonauts: 1-0-0 Last 6 1-0-0
Blue Bombers: 0-1-0 Last 6 0-1-0

Notable injuries: Damon Allen (TOR) out 6-8 weeks with broken finger.

Winnipeg tries to bounce back after a strong outing against Montreal where victory was only snatched away in the final quarter after Kevin Glenn threw two interceptions. Winnipeg will be interested to see how they perform against other competition, having played the Alouettes three straight weeks. Toronto may be ripe for the picking, with Spergon Wynn making his first start with Damon Allen injured. Although Wynn pulled a win out for the Argos last week, having the reigns from start to finish while preparing all week can change the focus for the quarterback and team. Ricky Williams may become more of a focus for Wynn. If he breaks loose, it could be a long night for the Bombers.

Prediction: Toronto 30 Winnipeg 24

Montreal at Hamilton (CBC/RDS)

Alouettes: 1-0-0 Last 6 1-0-0
Tiger-Cats: 0-1-0 Last 6 0-1-0

Notable injuries: Josh Ranek (HAM) day-to-day with charley horse.

Montreal and Hamilton also get to face different competition. Hamilton wants to get on track at home with a win after letting what they see is an opportunity in Toronto get away. Corey Holmes and Jason Maas both played well and more can be expected from the Tiger-Cats in their home debut. Montreal looks to perform better after stealing a win against Winnipeg. The jury is still out on Montreal, with neither the offence nor defence performing for a full 60 minutes yet.

Prediction: Hamilton 31 Montreal 27

Calgary at Edmonton (TSN)

Stampeders: 1-0-0 Last 6 1-0-0
Eskimos: 0-1-0 Last 6 0-1-0

Notable injuries: None.

In the follow up to last week’s Battle of Alberta, the Eskimos look to rebound at home with a stronger offensive performance. A defensive struggle for most of the game last week, the Eskimos lost when Calgary’s Henry Burris put together two touchdown drives in the last two minutes. While Edmonton’s Ricky Ray finished with the most passing yards for the week of all QB’s, Calgary deployed a more balanced attack and out-rushed the Eskimos by a 3-1 margin.

Prediction: Calgary 33 Edmonton 31

B.C. at Saskatchewan (TSN)

Lions: 1-0-0 Last 6 1-0-0
Roughriders: 0-1-0 Last 6 0-1-0

Notable injuries: Jason Clermont (BC) out indefinitely with third degree tear of MCL.

The ‘Riders will try to bounce back at the hopefully friendly confines of Taylor Field after being walloped in B.C. last Friday. Besides home field, the advantages for the ‘Riders include playing a familiar foe and not having to face Jason Clermont due to injury. The other side reveals that Clermont was injured in the first quarter of last week’s drubbing. The Lions will look for Dave Dickenson to repeat his performance last week of 5 TD’s in three quarters of play. The only thing that may stop B.C. is themselves if they chalk this one up in the win column and look ahead to future opponents Toronto and Edmonton.

Prediction: B.C. 38 Saskatchewan 33

4 Responses to “CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 2”

  1. jim Says:

    I have yet to figure out this stupid pool thingy. And I must remember… NEVER, NEVER, NEVER bet on the Riders.

  2. Jon Says:

    Figure it out? You mean how it works or how to make the right picks?

  3. jim Says:

    The only thing I’ve been picking right lately is my nose. It’s lonely at the bottom.

  4. jim Says:

    Making my picks from Kyoto, Japan this week. Another OvertimeCentral first!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Arbitrator Conflict of Interest? → The CFL certianly needs to review this process with the Players Association. There should be a pre-determined list (say 20) of people from across the country (or the US, even) that can be selected by the player, but they can’t choose anyone who may appear to have a conflict of interest. It’s not that hard to avoid this. #
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