Thursday, August 4, 2011

CFL Predictions 2011, Week 6

It's Thursday and there's a game. Time to make my predictions and here's hoping they're better than Rob Ford's.

Montreal at Toronto
Montreal is favoured on the road, but only by 4 points, which is kind of sad considering the Argos are 1 and 4. I would guess the oddsmakers have lost some confidence in Montreal and especially Anthony Calvillo, who has looked pedestrian for the past two games. The Argos do have a good defence, but their passing offense is so weak that I can't see them getting by Montreal even at home. Lemon looks like he's back, but between him and Bell it's pretty much a wash. Close and the Argos cover the spread.
Montreal 26, Toronto 24

Edmonton at Winnipeg
Game of the year so far. That feels weird saying and if you told me before the season that this would be a critical game I wouldn't be able to process it. Edmonton looked pretty ordinary against Toronto last week and are on the road. The Eskimos are favoured by a single point, but I like the Bombers at home. I have no idea on Buck Pierce's status, but the Bombers are 4 and 1 with Pierce rarely finishing a game so I don't think it matters.
Winnipeg 29, Edmonton 27

Saskatchewan at BC
Battle of the sucky teams! From what I've read online, the Lions won't have Arland Bruce which might have helped a bit. BC is favoured by 3.5 points at home and to be honest, I don't think the Lions are that terrible a team. Lulay is becoming a decent quarterback. If he had some decent receivers, the Lions offense could be mediocre. I'm not exactly sure what's happened to the Riders this year. I would say probably the main factor is going from awesome Canadian receivers to that being a weakness over the off-season and not being able to compensate for it. I'll take the Lions at home, and they'll cover too.
BC 33, Saskatchewan 24

Hamilton at Calgary
Being a Hamilton fan, this one's not an easy one to call. Both teams are 3 and 2, although most power rankings have the Ticats ahead. Burris has looked crap all year, while Glenn has looked good for the last three games. The Cats defence is also looking good recently, the Stamps D, not so much. After the trade this week, the Cats don't have Arland Bruce to not play for them. With the emergence of some young import receivers that's not really a problem. Normally in this situation, I'd pick the Stamps to win but not cover, but here I'll take the Cats to win in a squeaker.
Ticats 30, Stamps 28

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