CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 5

Week 5 brings another bye week. We need to go 3-0 this week to climb back to a .500 overall record.

Our Record Last Week: 2-2
Our Record Overall: 6-9

Byes: Argonauts, Eskimos

Calgary at Hamilton (TSN)

Stampeders: 3-1-0 Last 6 3-1-0
Tiger-Cats: 0-4-0 Last 6 0-4-0

Notable injuries:
Calgary – None
Hamilton – RB Corey Holmes

Calgary visits Hamilton to start the Friday Night Double-header with the Tiger-Cats looking to get off to a good start under new head coach Ron Lancaster. Mid-season coaching debuts, especially in front of home crowds by underperforming teams, often result in a victory. While Calgary has been lighting it up, winning on the road especially when travelling east can be a difficult task. We expect Calgary to falter and Hamilton get their first win of the season.

Prediction: Hamilton 33 Calgary 27

Saskatchewan at B.C. (TSN)

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

Notable injuries:
Saskatchewan – LB T.J. Stancil
B.C. – SB Jason Clermont, WR Tony Simmons

Saskatchewan comes into Vancouver to face the Lions for the third time in four games (5 weeks/games for the Lions). While the clubs have split the contests so far, Saskatchewan has only one win to its credit and sits in last place in the West division. Not only are the ‘Riders haunted by last week’s loss at home, they return to B.C. Place where they were hammered in their season opener. To top things off, they may be overshadowed by another player’s offseason activities as RB Kenton Keith may not suit up as he has missed practice this week because of assault charges. B.C. is already very familiar with Saskatchewan and believe they should not have lost to the ‘Riders in Week 2. Playing at home they want to get back on track after sputtering in Edmonton last week.

Prediction: B.C. 37 Saskatchewan 34

Montreal at Winnipeg (CBC)

Alouettes: 3-0-0 Last 6 3-0-0
Blue Bombers: 3-1-0 Last 6 3-1-0

Notable injuries:
Montreal – DB Davis Sanchez, WR Ezra Landy, DE R-Kal Truluck
Winnipeg – None

To cap off Week 5 Winnipeg looks to avenge their only loss to Montreal with a victory to move into first in the East. This is a big test for Winnipeg, their performance will either lend or dismiss credibility to their 3 game win streak. Montreal is starting the season as strong as ever, wanting to extend their unbeaten record further into the season to put some distance between themselves and the other clubs for first in the East. No matter how he does it, Don Matthews always has his teams prepared from the start of the season. Late season slumps is something that will have to be watched for.

Prediction: Winnipeg 28 Montreal 24

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  • October 16, 2007
    NHL Players to Test Heated Blades → Seems to be very short-sighted of the NHL to look at technology like this when player size and speed is one of the problems affecting the league in rinks the same size as they were years ago. MLB doesn’t allow alluminum bats, but the NHL is going to put batteries in skate blades. That shows who believes in tradition and who wants to be the first Baseketball. #
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