CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 8

Another .500 week – time to start picking conservatively.

Our Record Last Week: 2-2
Our Record Overall: 11-15

Toronto at Montreal (TSN/RDS)

Argonauts: 2-4-0 Last 6 2-4-0
Alouettes: 6-0-0 Last 6 6-0-0

Notable injuries:
Toronto – WR Michael Palmer, OL Mike Mihelic, RB Ricky Williams, WR Tony Miles, WR R. Jay Soward, DE Eric England
Montreal – WR Ezra Landry, OL Dave Mudge, DT Jerome Haywood

A banged up Toronto team will have a tough time beating Montreal at home. Damon Allen is questionable starting due to soreness in his recovering broken finger. Montreal will be looking to shake the “not playing their best” label and lay a licking on the Argos.

Prediction: Montreal 29 Toronto 17

Hamilton at Winnipeg (TSN)

Tiger-Cats: 1-6-0 Last 6 1-5-0
Blue Bombers: 5-2-0 Last 6 5-1-0

Notable Injuries:
Hamilton – RB Josh Ranek, OL Wayne Smith, DB Scott Gordon
Winnipeg – OL Dan Goodspeed, OL Matt Sheridan, QB Mike Quinn

Expect QB Jason Maas to play this week. His return may spark the Ti-Cats to a better performance than their dismal shutout loss last week. Hamilton’s biggest problem may be on defence, however, and it is unlikely Maas’ return can spark them. Winnipeg is too much in the thick of things in the East to take Hamilton as a week off. Look for them to win big.

Prediction: Winnipeg 35 Hamilton 20

Edmonton at B.C. (TSN)

Eskimos: 2-4-0 Last 6 2-4-0
Lions: 4-3-0 Last 6 3-3-0

Notable injuries:
Edmonton – LB Steven Marsh, DB William Loftus, LB A.J. Gass, DT Randy Spencer
B.C. – SB Jason Clermont, WR Tony Simmons

Edmonton is under the microscope, both internally and externally, after coming out of the gate with the worst record in the West with one-third of the season complete. Some tinkering with the roster, adding benched WR Trevor Gaylor and sitting DB Reggie Durden, will not help the Eskimos get past the Lions unless they play much better. B.C. still has some kinks of their own to get out of their offence and defence and coming off a win last week returning home they are favoured to do so.

Prediction: B.C. 31 Edmonton 22

Saskatchewan at Calgary (CBC)

Stampeders: 3-4-0 Last 6 2-4-0
Roughriders: 3-3-0 Last 6 3-3-0

Notable injuries:
Calgary – None
Saskatchewan – WR Jamal Richardson, LB T.J. Stancil, LB Jackie Mitchell

Back-to-back games between two clubs are usually hard to sweep for any team. These evenly matched clubs make it even harder. Even so, the ‘Riders have the advantage of winning last week and have played well in Calgary in the past. Calgary is on a three game losing streak and trash talk by the players all week does not mean anything until the do something on the field. Having executed a successful game plan last week, we give the edge to the ‘Riders.

Prediction: Saskatchewan 29 Calgary 28

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