CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 4

July begins with four intra-divisional games. With hot weather we are predicting hot action as well. In the first three weeks of the season the visiting team has only won once, and we see a slight break of that trend in Week 4.

Our Record Last Week: 2-1
Our Record Overall: 4-7

Hamilton at Montreal (TSN/RDS)

Tiger-Cats: 0-3-0 Last 6 0-3-0
Alouettes: 2-0-0 Last 6 2-0-0

Notable injuries:
Hamilton – RB Corey Holmes
Montreal – DB Davis Sanchez, WR Ezra Landy, LB Kai Ellis, DE R-Kal Truluck

Montreal is coming off a bye week as the only undefeated team while Hamilton comes in without a victory. Montreal has looked shaky in their wins against the Ti-Cats and Bombers but have found a way to get the job done. While Hamilton’s play has improved over last year, they have lacked the offensive finish people expected with Jason Maas at quarterback. Last week a last drive defensive shell let the Stampeders to kick the winning field goal on the last play of the game. If Montreal has corrected their largese they could win big. Hamilton’s hope is that Maas will have his break out game and the offense will explode for over 30 points.

Prediction: Montreal 33 Hamilton 29

B.C. at Edmonton (TSN)

Lions: 2-1-0 Last 6 2-1-0
Eskimos: 1-2-0 Last 6 1-2-0

Notable Injuries:
B.C. – SB Jason Clermont, WR Tony Simmons
Edmonton – DB William Loftus

Edmonton looks to get a win against the Lions who go into the game with banged up QB Dave Dickenson. Although Dickenson left last weeks game at the half with a stiff knee, he returned in the fourth quarter to complete the win. Edmonton were clobbered in Winnipeg last week and have signed DE Joe Montford and trade for LB Michael Botterill to bolster their defence. Eskimo LB A.J. Gass and SB Derrell Mitchell are doubtful with hamstring injuries.

Prediction: B.C. 35 Edmonton 22

Winnipeg at Toronto (TSN)

Blue Bombers: 2-1-0 Last 6 2-1-0
Argonauts: 1-2-0 Last 6 1-2-0

Notable injuries:
Winnipeg – None
Toronto – LB Michael Fletcher, QB Damon Allen, S Charles Winters, WR Michael Palmer

Winnipeg is on a high after a break-out performance by Kevin Glenn and the Bomber offence last week. The Bomber defence has looked well tuned each week so the Bombers look good on the road against the struggling Argos. After a comeback that fell short in B.C. last week, Toronto looks to rebound at home but their outlook appears to be grim with nothing like the leadership of Damon Allen ready to spark the offence and the defence playing its worst in many years.

Prediction: Winnipeg 31 Toronto 22

Calgary at Saskatchewan (CBC)

Stampeders: 2-1-0 Last 6 2-1-0
Roughriders: 1-1-0 Last 6 1-1-0

Notable injuries:
Calgary – None
Saskatchewan – None

Calgary rides into Regina in a key Week 4 Western Division matchup. Stampeder QB Henry Burris wants to extend his winning streak against his former team by connecting with all of his high-powered receivers and running Joffrey Reynolds up and down Taylor Field turf. The ‘Riders have discarded the revenge game plan of last year and bring a standard attitude after a bye week against a key western opponent. With both teams healthy we select this contest as the game to watch in Week 4.

Prediction: Saskatchewan 34 Calgary 29

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