CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 14

We were lucky to come out with a 1-2 record last week after the home teams took all the games in Week 13, with Toronto, our only correct pick, squeaking by. Heading into the sixth of eight bye weeks, we trust no one in making our predictions this week.

Our Record Last Week: 1-2 (33.3%)
Our Record Overall: 25-22 (53.2%)

Byes: Roughriders, Argonauts

Winnipeg at Calgary (TSN)

Blue Bombers: 6-6-0 Last 6 2-4-0
Stampeders: 7-5-0 Last 6 4-2-0

Notable injuries:
Winnipeg – OL Dan Goodspeed, WR Kwame Cavil, OL Matthew Sheridan, WR Quentin McCord
Calgary – None

Both teams reversed their fortunes last week in rematches of Labour Day outcomes – the Stampeders losing on the road and the Bombers winning at home. Calgary will look to put in a better performance and at home is just the place to do it. Winnipeg willed themselves to win in an emotional game but expect them to not fair as well on the road. Calgary gets the nod with all the advantages in talent, coaching and intangibles in this game.

Prediction: Calgary 28 Winnipeg 21

Edmonton at Hamilton (TSN)

Tiger-Cats: 2-11-0 Last 6 1-5-0
Eskimos: 4-7-0 Last 6 2-4-0

Notable injuries:
Edmonton – DB William Loftus, WR Andrew Nowacki, DB Reggie Durden, RB Mathieu Bertrand
Hamilton – DB Scott Gordon, OL Pascal Cheron, RB Josh Ranek, WR Kahlil Hill, DB Sandy Beveridge, DB Justin Airabin

Edmonton picked up their first win in three games and are already counting two wins in back-to-back games against the Ti-Cats to get them back in the playoff race. That is the first bad sign. Jason Maas in his first game against his former team may be just what he needs to push him over the top. After last week’s exceptional defensive performance for the Ti-Cats, the offence only needs to pick it up a little to push them over the top. We feel their best chance is to do that at home against the Eskimos, who may be looking past these games. We think the Ti-Cats will take one of these games so are picking them this week.

Prediction: Hamilton 19 Edmonton 15

Montreal at B.C. (CBC/RDS)

Alouettes: 7-4-0 Last 6 4-2-0
Lions: 8-3-0 Last 6 4-2-0

Notable Injuries:
Montreal – WR Sylvain Girard, RB Éric Lapointe, WR Ezra Landry, DB Matthieu Proulx, LB Timothy Strickland, OL Dave Mudge
B.C. – WR Tony Simmons, QB Dave Dickenson

In this rematch of the last meeting for these clubs with a bye week in between, the normally favoured Lions seem more vulnerable. Montreal, though faced with numerous injuries in their Canadian talent, have had an extra week to work on correcting the issues with their offence and getting back to the basics that made them successful earlier in the year. Last year the Alouettes came close to knocking B.C. off at home, so they have past experience to draw from. B.C. may not have QB Dave Dickenson at their disposal and replacement Buck Pierce may be affected by coach Wally Buono’s talk of bringing in additional QB‘s for looks this fall. After a bye week, I do not expect a Don Matthews coached team to continue a four game losing streak. Take the Alouettes.

Prediction: Montreal 28 B.C. 27

One Response to “CFL Pool Preview Report – Week 14”

  1. Bill Says:

    I think the writeup on wpg and cgy is dead on. I don’t think wpg will be able to string wins together. Although I want all western teams except for the riders to lose, lose, lose :)

    Here’s to Hamilton for winning some games. Maas can wake-up any time now and start winning! Hopefully Maas doesn’t try too hard and pull a Burris and start forcing the ball.

    I’m sure most teams are saying “whew – we get to play hamilton. We’ll win”. I bet hamilton’s saying the same thing: “whew – we get to play edmonton. We’ll win”.

    Hamilton’s probably been really looking forward to these Edm games – finally they have a team they can beat!

    The montreal and bc game should be good if we have the awake cavillo playing.

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