Tuesday, October 18, 2016

2016 CFL Power Rankings Week 17

1. Calgary Stampeders
They only won by 14 at home against Montreal. Of course they weren't really playing for anything but a good record.

2. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Bombers at the number two spot. Didn't really see that coming in the early part of the season before Nichols took over. Beating BC on the road puts a stamp on a great regular season.

3. BC Lions
Good but apparently not quite Winnipeg good. Will likely have a surprisingly good record for a team without a home playoff game.

4. Edmonton Eskimos
Didn't play, will likely cross-over, the East is crap.

Won a close game on the road that was needed and did it with Henry Burris as the quarterback. That's a lot in the CFL East.

6. Saskatchewan Roughriders
After hammering Toronto on the road, they are close to being better than all the East teams. And eliminated from playoffs.

7. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
They were close to winning, with Masoli this past week at home, but could not get it done (with some help from the CFL command centre). Collaros is out another week, Tasker and Owens are out, secondary is crap. This isn't a good team.

8. Toronto Argonauts
Got rid of their receivers. Pretty much building for next year.

9. Montreal Alouettes
Got rid of their receivers. Pretty much building for next year.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

2016 CFL Predictions Week 14

Toronto at Ottawa
Ottawa has been terrible lately, and Toronto has also been poor. Ottawa is at home. That's pretty much it.

REDBLACKS 17 Argonauts 15

BC at Edmonton
The Eskimos can't beat the Riders. Lions are hot. Lions signed former Ticat Terrell Sinkfield.
Lions 38 Eskimos 24

Winnipeg at Calgary
This is obviously the marquee matchup of the week, win streak against win streak. Calgary always seems to find a way to win this season, so I'm going with them.
Stampeders 29 Blue Bombers 27

Hamilton at Saskatchewan
Hamilton has been better of late with Zach Collaros, but have a lot of injuries. The Riders have managed to win a game. Don't like it, but I think the Riders take this one.
Roughriders 23 Tiger-Cats 22

2016 CFL Power Rankings Week 14

1. Calgary Stampeders
Still one loss. Injuries don't seem to affect them much.

2. BC Lions
Coming off a bye week plus they signed Terrell Sinkfield as a free agent.

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Good performance against the Argonauts in the peg. Really hot.

4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
They beat Montreal at home, but it was much too close. Injuries really starting to pile up.

5. Edmonton Eskimos
Losing to the Riders, even on the road isn't a good thing in 2016.

6. Toronto Argonauts
Not terrible against Winnipeg this week. Dan LeFevour isn't the worst CFL backup pressed into service.

Things are not going Ottawa's way. And what has happened to Chris Williams?

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Have now won two games.

9. Montreal Alouettes
They have a respectable defense and Jim Popp is no longer the coach. Only way is up. Or wallowing in position 9 for a while longer.

Friday, September 16, 2016

2016 CFL Power Rankings Week 13

1. Calgary Stampeders
They keep winning. Not much else to say.

2. BC Lions
Another Lions victory, although admittedly Montreal is somewhat inept.

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
In some ways the hottest team in the league (apart from Calgary) although the last two wins were against Saskatchewan which has one win this year. So still not sure if it is for real.

4. Edmonton Eskimos
Played Calgary at home and were close to winning. That's something.

5.  Ottawa Roughriders
They had a bye week some maybe that should help them.

6. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Good offense, bad defence. Well mostly bad secondary. Special teams overall this year aren't that great.

7. Toronto Argonauts
Now they have Drew Willy in place of any increasingly injury prone Ricky Ray. Frankly Dan LeFevour didn't look that bad last week against Hamilton.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Still sucking.

9. Montreal Alouettes
I think Montreal is imploding and that was before they got rid of Kevin Glenn.

Friday, September 9, 2016

2016 CFL Picks Week 12

Montreal at BC
Montreal under Jim Popp has been very poor of late. And they're in BC. Not much more to say.
Lions 39 Alouettes 17

Saskatchewan at Winnipeg
The Riders were actually pretty close to winning the Labour Day Classic in Regina. I'm going to go out on a big limb and say the Riders ruin the Banjo Bowl party.
Roughriders 23 Blue Bombers 22

Calgary at Edmonton
The Stamps won big on Labour Day, but I have the feeling that Edmonton will make it closer. Not close enough to win, but closer.
Stampeders 33 Eskimos 30

Hamilton at Toronto
Toronto is at home, but Ricky Ray has an injured lung. Collaros versus the backup isn't a big contest.
Tiger-Cats 29 Argonauts 20

Thursday, September 8, 2016

2016 CFL Power Rankings Week 11

1. Calgary Stampeders
Easily beat their provincial rivals at home. Again the class of the league.

2. BC Lions
Didn't play this past week, so at least they didn't acquire any injuries.

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The Ticats with Collaros are awesome as shown by their comeback victory at home against the Argos on Labour Day. Secondary is somewhat feeble however.

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Eked one out against the sad sack Riders. No team is hotter in the league, but I'm still meh.

5. Edmonton Eskimos
Lost the Labour Day classic. Don't seem to be the same team as last year. I blame coach Jason Maas, but I'm probably still blaming him for his ill fated tenure as the Ticats savior.

Managed to be Montreal that's something.

7. Toronto Argonauts
Good showing against the Cats, and if Ray doesn't throw a TD in the end zone the Argos probably win that game. If rumours are true Ricky Ray is injured, that's not good.

8. Montreal Alouettes
Bad team, bad coach and dare I say bad GM.

9. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Still have a win and the streak against the Bombers is broken. 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

2016 CFL Predictions Week 11

BC at Toronto
Considering that the Argos have been crap of late, especially at home, I'm picking the Lions and Jennings regardless of Ray.
Lions 27 Argonauts 22

Ottawa at Montreal
I'm reminded of a certain scene in the film Requiem for a Dream. Ottawa has been cold of late, but Montreal has been worse. Plus Ottawa has a good receiving corps that should do something.
REDBLACKS 24 Alouettes 20

Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
The Riders may be at home, but they still just have one win. The Bombers have been way better with Nichols at quarterback instead of Willy. Bombers break Rider hearts on Labour Day Weekend.
Blue Bombers 35 Roughriders 22

Edmonton at Calgary
The Stamps looked so hot last week in Calgary against Hamilton, I can't see them losing.
Stampeders 31 Eskimos 27

Toronto at Hamilton
Short rest for the Argos against a rested Hamilton at Tim Horton's Field? Not a good recipe for an Argo win.
Tiger-Cats 39 Argonauts 33