CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 9

Another .500 week – time to start picking aggressively.

Our Record Last Week: 2-2
Our Record Overall: 13-17

B.C. at Winnipeg (TSN)

Lions: 5-3-0 Last 6 4-2-0
Blue Bombers: 5-3-0 Last 6 4-2-0

Notable injuries:
B.C. – WR Tony Simmons, QB Dave Dickenson, PK Paul McCallum
Winnipeg – OL Dan Goodspeed, OL Matt Sheridan, QB Kevin Glenn, SB Milt Stegall

The Lions are cruising, but go into Winnipeg minus QB Dickenson, who is doubtful. The Bombers on the other hand are coming off a stinging loss at home to the Ti-Cats and are without QB Glenn and SB Stegall. B.C. should be able to get a road win with QB Buck Pierce at the controls and SB Jason Clermont returning.

Prediction: B.C. 28 Winnipeg 24

Saskatchewan at Edmonton (TSN)

Roughriders: 3-4-0 Last 6 3-3-0
Eskimos: 2-5-0 Last 6 2-4-0

Notable Injuries:
Saskatchewan – WR Jamal Richardson, LB T.J. Stancil, OL Jocelyn Frenette
Edmonton – LB Steven Marsh, DB William Loftus, LB A.J. Gass, DT Randy Spencer, DB Kelly Wiltshire

The ‘Riders have been win-loss all season and are therefore due for a win this week. Unfortunately, for the second straight road game they head into Edmonton where they have trouble getting wins. The Eskimos cut DE Joe Montford this week and their coaching staff seems to be flighty in their response to their losing streak. Despite this, the Eskimos will pull one out at home, though it may only be a temporary reprieve from their troubles.

Prediction: Edmonton 28 Saskatchewan 22

Toronto at Hamilton (TSN)

Argonauts: 2-5-0 Last 6 1-5-0
Tiger-Cats: 2-6-0 Last 6 2-4-0

Notable injuries:
Toronto – WR Michael Palmer, OL Mike Mihelic, RB Ricky Williams, WR R. Jay Soward, WR, Tony Miles, DE Eric England, WR Keith Stokes, RB Jeff Johnson,
Hamilton – OL Wayne Smith, DB Scott Gordon, LB Agustin Barrenechea, DE Anthony Collier

Toronto may see RB John Avery and QB Damon Allen return to action against Hamilton. WR‘s R. Jay Soward and Tony Miles are possible returnees as well. Toronto purged their offence after a poor showing last week, firing offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin and releasing WR Robert Baker. Hamilton is looking to building on last week’s win with another good rushing effort by Josh Ranek after he racked up 164 yards against Winnipeg. Despite the changes in Toronto, Hamilton will continue the turnaround as the Argos defence still needs shoring up.

Prediction: Hamilton 38 Toronto 18

Montreal at Calgary (CBC)

Stampeders: 4-4-0 Last 6 3-3-0
Alouettes: 7-0-0 Last 6 6-0-0

Notable injuries:
Calgary – LB Cam Yeow
Montreal – WR Ezra Landry, OL Dave Mudge, DT Jerome Haywood, WR Sylvain Girard, SB Ben Cahoon, LB Timothy Strickland

Calgary continues to be the healthiest team in the league. The Stampeders have failed to string many games together this year resulting in a 4-4 record. They face a tough opponent in Montreal, undefeated this season and the Alouettes have not lost in Calgary since 2001. Montreal will find it tough on the road if SB Ben Cahoon cannot play, but expect him to play. This one could be the most entertaining game of the week.

Prediction: Calgary 28 Montreal 26

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