LAST WEEK 3-1
Apparently the way we did our Pick-Em last week was a hit and we’ll always take put our readers and listeners first so we’ll analyze the WEEK 13 schedule of games now BUT we’ll save the Rider vs. Eskimos analysis for GAME DAY!!!
Week 13 features a couple of inter-conference games on Saturday that could have some interesting implications. With Edmonton playing Saskatchewan, the Argos are in a precarious 3rd spot in the East
and they’re also playing a team (the Bombers) that is trying to catch the Lions for a home playoff berth.
With Hamilton playing Montreal, there is a serious sense of urgency for the RedBlacks who are still perched atop their conference.
As always, we hope this helps all f your CFL convo, and for those of you headed to the Plaza of Honour ceremony, make sure you say hello!!!
Let’s get in to our WEEK 13 picks brought to you, as always, by our friends at CJ Evans Home Designs!
Montreal @ Hamilton
I would never disrespect any professional football team (no matter how bad they are doing) by making it seem like they are practise for their weekly opponent but this game may be exactly what the doctor ordered for the Hamilton TiCats in order to get on track for a playoff push.
Zach Collaros saw a ton of different stunts and blitzes in the Tabbies loss to Toronto during the Labour Day re-match of the Battle of Ontario and looked shaky in certain spots. Montreal is another team that is going to throw all sorts of different things at an Offence in order to attack their strengths, so Collaros has another opportunity to work the Hamilton Offence under consistent pressure, and if the Hamilton D helps them out, Collaros and company should have a good amount of possessions.
The next two weeks for Hamilton are against opponents that they have to beat if they want to be considered serious contenders for the Grey Cup this year. It starts with a sinking Montreal Alouettes squad and then moves to a talented yet struggling Saskatchewan side. With the 1st place RedBlacks visiting Calgary, and then playing host to the Argos; thisis the PERFECT chance for the Black and Gold to start planting their flag.
Pick: The Hamilton TiCats behind a solid D and a much better Punt Team.
Toronto @ Winnipeg
This pick relies heavily on the health of Andrew Harris. At this point in time his participation seems like it’s in jeopardy and I’m not convinced that Toronto will get into the end zone without him.
During this amazing run that the Bombers have put together their primary source of consistency has been Andrew Harris, Justin Medlock and their Defence. Matt Nichols has been a stud as well since taking over the #1 QB spot but don’t get it twisted…it starts and stops with #33 in Winnipeg.
The jury’s out on Dan Lefevour as far as I’m concerned. During his brief CFL stints I’ve really liked what he’s done but the problem is that there isn’t a large enough body of work to hang one’s hat on just yet.
Don’t be in a rush to sweep Toronto under the table here folks. Especially after beating the favoured Hamilton TiCats. The Argos have a good foundation of winners in that organization and the acquisition of Drew Willy has surely alleviated some concerns around not having Ricky Ray for a lengthy period of time.
If there is an upset special this week, it’s here during Saturday’s early tilt at Investors Group Field.
Pick: The Double Blue of the Toronto Argonauts
Ottawa @ Calgary
I’m pretty sure there’s been 10 roster changes in the nation’s Capital as the RedBlacks head into their game against the CFL’s best team, the Calgary Stampeders.
To make matters worse, the Stamps are 5-0 at home and haven’t shown any signs of trouble in any phases of the football game (Offence, Defence, and Specials).
Maybe the most telling sign one can use is the statistics heading into this game…During their first game (in Ottawa) where these teams played to a tie, the Red Blacks lead the CFL in Total Points, Passing Yards, and Passing TD’s. Since that Week 3 clash, the RedBlacks have fallen considerably behind in all of those catagories, and they sit at the bottom of the CFL in terms of rushing TDs. As a matter of fact, the Ottawa RedBlacks seem like they’re starting to deviate from the run altogether.
Let’s go with the Red and White in this one behind another big game from Jerome Messam.
Pick: The Stamps
Check back in with us on Sunday as we drop our analysis and prediction for the Riders/Esks game!