CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 11

A last second field goal flub helped us get last week off to a good start, finish above .500 for the week and approach the magical 50% overall mark. For this week’s Lock of the Week, we will guarantee the Eskimos will not win in Week 11. The rest of our picks follow.

Our Record Last Week: 2-1 (66.7%)
Our Record Overall: 18-19 (48.6%)

Byes: Lions, Eskimos

Calgary at Montreal (TSN/RDS)

Stampeders: 5-4-0 Last 6 3-3-0
Alouettes: 7-2-0 Last 6 4-2-0

Notable injuries:
Calgary – None
Montreal – OL Dave Mudge, WR Sylvain Girard, DE R-Kal Truluk, DB Davis Sanchez, OL Tango McCauley

Calgary comes off a bye week facing Montreal at home after the Alouettes dropped two straight on the road. Montreal should be in a cantankerous mood and tough to play at home. Montreal QB Anthony Cavillo will not likely throw the five picks again like he did last week, so expect a better offensive performance from the Montreal squad. Calgary still looks strong on paper but has failed to string wins together consistently. Their last game was a last second win to end the Alouettes win streak. Expect a good performance from the Stampeders, but playing on the road after a bye week combined with their inconsistent play leads to a Stamp loss.

Prediction: Montreal 30 Calgary 28

Toronto at Winnipeg (TSN)

Argonauts: 4-5-0 Last 6 3-3-0
Blue Bombers: 5-4-0 Last 6 3-3-0

Notable Injuries:
Toronto – RB Ricky Williams, QB Eric Crouch, DB Clifford Ivory,
Winnipeg – OL Dan Goodspeed, QB Kevin Glenn, SB Milt Stegall

Toronto is on a two game streak with the return of QB Damon Allen and is facing a Winnipeg team heading in the opposite direction. The Bombers have dropped two straight as their reserve QB‘s have not been able to get the job done since Kevin Glenn went down. All of this spells trouble for the Bombers, where a bye week and new QB recruits will not be enough to overcome an Argo team building momentum.

Prediction: Toronto 32 Winnipeg 18

Saskatchewan at Hamilton (CBC)

Roughriders: 4-5-0 Last 6 3-3-0
Tiger-Cats: 2-8-0 Last 6 2-4-0

Notable injuries:
Saskatchewan – WR Jamal Richardson, LB T.J. Stancil, OL Jocelyn Frenette
Hamilton – DB Scott Gordon, DE Anthony Collier, DB Tay Cody, DB Wayne Shaw, LB Agustin Barrenechea

In this Saturday night rematch, it may seem like an easy pick for the Roughriders after last week’s convincing 46-15 win. However the firing of ‘Rider GM Roy Shivers could shake up the ‘Riders for the worse, considering player and coach loyalties. Hamilton, who looked better in four close losses to start the season than they have in their last four where they went 1-3, may use a home crowd, past poor performances at home and a familiar opponent as motivation to a win. If Hamilton gets a running back going, that will take some pressure off QB Jason Maas, they could have a chance. That is the long shot bet, however, so we are taking Saskatchewan on the road, but in overtime.

Prediction: Saskatchewan 28 Hamilton 21 OT

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