CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 12

Heading into Labour Day weekend, we are an even .500 for the first time since Week 1. Last week we squeaked our Toronto-Winnipeg pick out as well as the Saskatchewan-Hamilton game, although our prediction for overtime could not have been farther out. We did get the extra Eskimo pick correct as well. This week we are in tough as emotional Labour Day weekend match ups are tough to pick with any accuracy.

Our Record Last Week: 2-1 (66.7%)
Our Record Overall: 20-20 (50.0%)

B.C. at Montreal (TSN/RDS)

Lions: 7-3-0 Last 6 5-1-0
Alouettes: 7-3-0 Last 6 3-3-0

Notable injuries:
B.C. – WR Tony Simmons
Montreal – OL Dave Mudge, WR Sylvain Girard, RB Eric Lapointe, WR Ezra Landry, WR Kerry Watkins

These two 7-3 teams are going in opposite directions. Montreal has been in a three game slump mostly due to mental mistakes. Playing at home, they have a tough task to turn it around against the Lions. The Vancouver squad is coming off a bye week with a five game winning streak they want to keep intact. Take the well-rested B.C. over the banged up and not playing to potential Alouettes.

Prediction: B.C. 34 Montreal 30

Winnipeg at Saskatchewan (TSN)

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

Notable Injuries:
Winnipeg – OL Dan Goodspeed, DB Anthony Malbrough
Saskatchewan – WR Jamal Richardson, LB T.J. Stancil, QB Marcus Crandell, DE Dwan Epps

The Labour Day Sunday match up is hard to predict any year, but especially when both teams are in the middle of the pack. A later start may also eliminate any home field advantage the ‘Riders have had in the past from sideline heat. Both teams get their starting quarterbacks back from injury, and it will likely come down to which one plays the best off their break and special teams. Winnipeg needs to regain their confidence lost when QB Glenn went down, while the ‘Riders are riding a two game win streak. Take Saskatchewan at home.

Prediction: Saskatchewan 39 Winnipeg 35

Edmonton at Calgary (CBC)

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

Notable injuries:
Edmonton – DB William Loftus, WR Andrew Nowacki
Calgary – DB Crance Clemons

Edmonton faces their toughest test of the season, back-to-back games against provincial rival Calgary. Coming off a bye week, the Eskimos have had an extra week to get their house in order. The pressure will be extreme for this game, with the Esks needing to win in a hostile McMahon Stadium to start their season turnaround while the Stampeders are coming off a two big victories against the Montreal Alouettes and nothing less than a sweep of the Eskimos, which will severely hurt Edmonton’s chances at the playoffs, will be acceptable. This year take Calgary at home.

Prediction: Calgary 32 Edmonton 27

Toronto at Hamilton (CBC)

Argonauts: 5-5-0 Last 6 4-2-0
Tiger-Cats: 2-9-0 Last 6 1-5-0

Notable injuries:
Toronto – RB Ricky Williams, QB Eric Crouch, DB Clifford Ivory,
Hamilton – DB Scott Gordon, DB Tay Cody, DB Wayne Shaw, LB Agustin Barrenechea, OL Pascal Cheron

A win on Labour Day could make everything right with Hamilton fans after seeing three dismal offensive performances in the Cats last three home games. Changes have taken place in Hamilton to shake things up, with offensive co-ordinator Joe Paopao and offensive line coach Kani Kauahi let go this week. A new GM was also hired and coaching roles shuffled after the departures. Toronto meanwhile comes into Hamilton on a three game win streak with Damon Allen ready to break the football all-time career passing yards record of 70,553 yards with his 165 passing yard. This game is a toss-up. The safe bet is to go with the Argos. However, if the Argos become distracted by Allen’s record or the Ti-Cats come out pumped after this week’s shake up Hamilton could take this game. Stranger things can happen in the CFL, and after all, this is Labour Day, when anybody can win.

Prediction: Toronto 25 Hamilton 24

5 Responses to “CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 12”

  1. Bill Says:

    You don’t think Stegall or Glenn will be a little rusty? They haven’t played for like a month. I can joseph being rusty too but not as bad. I’m assuming they’ll start Rocky and then maybe parachute in Joseph if things are looking bad.

    As for hamilton, I rewatched that last game again. I was feeling so sorry for the ti-cats. But I don’t think they’ll play toronto that close. I know it’s labour day so big emotion but I don’t know if it’ll be enough against tough argo D.

  2. Jon Says:

    Aah Bill! Remember these aren’t my picks, they are contributed to by all Overtime Central staff. They have the luxury of only counting correct picks, scores don’t really factor in to their percentage.

    I think Barrett will stick with whoever he starts until its too late or injury forces his hand – that is his history.

    Thanks for your pick tips though. Everyone should be able to at least keep pace with you if you are right!

  3. Bill Says:

    I gotcha. And yeah – i thought I might have said a little too much :)
    The site needs an edit button :)

    I think Stegall and Glenn will worck the house! They’ve been saving themselves up for this game. They’ll be unstoppable.

    And don’t get me started on Hamilton! They are so due a win it’s not even funny! Playing the argos in Hamilton? The tiger-cats will destory the argos.
    Order the stretcher now – Damon Allen will ned it. That record he’s chasing may have to even wait until next season!

    How’s that? Everyone suitably confused? Excellent… ;)

  4. Bill Says:

    bigmc returns and another team are doing strong this week. Grant’s come back!

    Great game riders!

    Let’s hope for the right teams winning monday! :)

  5. Jon Says:

    What a weekend! I jumped 2 spots! All the right teams won, but I sure wish Hamilton could have kept it closer.

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