Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 CFL Predictions Week 5

Montreal at Ottawa
A rare Wednesday night game in the CFL. Why? Who knows? Ottawa seems to be able to lose close games with regularity. They are at home though, so that's something. I'm picking Ottawa to get off the schneid in terms of wins. Sure Montreal beat Calgary last week, but I think that was a fluke.
REDBLACKS 27 Alouettes 25

Edmonton at Hamilton
The Ticats played well for a while on Saturday night against BC, then sucked and their secondary got torched yet again. And now they're playing on short rest against an undefeated team and Mike Reilly isn't hurt. That's not good.
Eskimos 35 Tiger-Cats 19

Winnipeg at BC
Will Jennings play after getting hurt? Should he play instead of Travis Lulay? Again who knows. BC wins at home though.
Lions 28 Blue Bombers 23

Saskatchewan at Calgary
Yes the Stamps loss last week, but that doesn't matter. The Riders are still meh, close practices be damned.
Stampeders 39 Roughriders 32

Ottawa at Toronto
Apparently this Monday game is considered week 5 by the CFL. Even though the Argos are sharing a stadium for TFC, couldn't they get a better date? Ottawa is on extremely short rest, so watch them lose a close one to the Argos.
Toronto 21 REDBLACKS 20

2017 CFL Power Rankings Week 4

1. Calgary Stampeders
Sure they lost in Montreal but I'm still keeping them number one.

2. Edmonton Eskimos
Undefeated but they beat the REDBLACKS by only two points at home.

3. BC Lions
Hamilton isn't much of a test, but the Lions now have a quarterback controversy with Travis Lulay coming off the bench and passing for over 400 yards.

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers beat the Argos at home. That's something.

This team can't stop losing close games. Bizarre. But they're in the East so I'm sure they'll make the playoffs.

6. Montreal Alouettes
Beating Calgary is impressive, although strikes me as a little flukey.

7. Toronto Argonauts
Still have two wins. Not a lot of fans willing to pay to be in the stadium but two wins.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Bye week so no injuries.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Embarrassed at home by the Lions and now zero wins and three losses. Starting to look like a forgotten season.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 CFL Predictions Week 4

Toronto at Winnipeg
At the start of year, the West seems better than the East in the CFL (as it often seems to be). Also the Argos are on the road. I think it is pretty safe to pick the Bombers at home.
Blue Bombers 26 Argonauts 22

Calgary at Montreal
Can the Alouettes stop the Stampeder freight train. No.
Stampeders 39 Alouettes 19

Ottawa at Edmonton
East versus West. West at home. Ottawa seems snake bit this year. So I could see them losing on the road.
Eskimos 27 REDBLACKS 24

BC at Hamilton
As a Hamilton fan, this hasn't been a great start to the season. One hoped the secondary would be improved this year, but it seems to be worse. Whether Collaros just doesn't have it anymore or the offensive line is just that bad, is unknown, but either scenario is bad for the Cats. Jennings has had a reasonable start to the season, so even though they are three times zones off, the Lions are currently the better team.
Lions 35 Tiger-Cats 22

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

2017 CFL Power Rankings Week 3

1. Calgary Stampeders
Calgary just keeps winning, with an easy victory over the Bombers on the road.

2. Edmonton Eskimos
A bye week, which is a plus since Mike Reilly can't get injured.

3. BC Lions
Jennings is looking good at quarterback for the Lions.

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The Bombers were doing well until sucking at home against Calgary. Still they aren't bad.

Sure they only have a point, but they aren't that bad. Weird to lose to the Argos though.

6. Toronto Argonauts
They've won twice. Not many fans going to BMO, but they have Popp, Trestman and Ray and as long as Ray doesn't implode from a sack there are worse teams out there.

7. Montreal Alouettes
Kept it within a TD of BC. That's something I guess.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Beat Hamilton at home easily. Still need to see more.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Porous secondary and offensive line. Not a good combo.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

2017 CFL Predictions Week 3

BC at Montreal
Montreal isn't great and on a neutral field I would probably take BC. Actually even in Montreal I'll take BC.
Lions 25 Alouettes 22

Calgary at Winnipeg
Call me crazy, but I think the Bombers will actually win this at home. The Stamps are good this year but not unbeatable.
Blue Bombers 30 Stampeders 29

Toronto at Ottawa
The Argonauts are not very good, while Ottawa is looking decent and is at home.
REDBLACKS 28 Argonauts 22

Hamilton at Saskatchewan
In 2017 should Collaros be able to beat Glenn? One would think so, however Hamilton has been hit by the injury bug and their offensive line and secondary are terrible. Still I think Hamilton has a shot.
Tiger-Cats 20 Roughriders 19

2017 CFL Power Rankings Week 2

1. Calgary Stampeders
Calgary just keeps not losing. Although an injuryto Charleston Hughes isn't good.

The REDBLACKS deserve more than a point out of the first two games.

3. Edmonton Eskimos
Two wins against meh opponents. Mike Reilly is still healthy though.

4. BC Lions
West is looking strong this year so BC ranks high with a 500 record. Plus Buono.

5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Didn't look good early against the Riders, but they came back in Regina on Canada Day.

6. Toronto Argonauts
The Argonauts aren't really good, but the East is looking weak again and Ricky Ray is healthy.

7. Montreal Alouettes
Also the Alouettes aren't good.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Could have won a game last week, but ultimately didn't. So much for Chris Jones.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Porous offensive line and porous secondary. Not a good combo. Collaros still healthy for now.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

2017 CFL Predictions Week 2

Ottawa at Calgary
The Stamps at home are too much, even though Ottawa is looking decent this season.
Stampeders 29 REDBLACKS 24

BC at Toronto
The Argonauts are looking good. Not many paying fans, but you can't have everything. BC I'm meh about this year.
Argonauts 26 Lions 19

Montreal at Edmonton
Alouettes won last week at home versus the Riders but on the road versus Edmonton is totally different and a loss.
Eskimos 33 Alouettes 19

Winnipeg at Saskatchewan
The Riders are at home and the Bombers haven't played a regular season game yet. The Riders have to show my they can win before I pick them.
Blue Bombers 21 Rough Riders 19

2017 CFL Week 1 Power Rankings

1. Calgary Stampeders
Tied Ottawa away. Calgary still looking good.

Wasn't sure that Ottawa still had it after winning the Grey Cup last year. But tying Calgary at home is a good sign.

3. Edmonton Eskimos
Beat BC in BC. Mike Reilly unhurt.

4. BC Lions
It was close against the Eskimos. And they still have Wally Buono as coach.

5. Toronto Argonauts
Looked excellent at home versus Hamilton. Hiring Trestman and Popp seems to have worked out for Toronto. Ricky Ray unhurt.

6. Montreal Alouettes
Not really sure about Montreal but they beat the Riders, so that's something.

7. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Didn't play so not a lot to go on.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Still losing in 2017. But it was close.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Looked awful and had some critical injuries like Tolliver out for the season. Collaros unhurt.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

2017 CFL Week 1 Predictions

Saskatchewan at Montreal
Bit of a dud for the first game of the season. Uh the Alouettes maybe?
Alouettes 12 Riders 11

Calgary at Ottawa
I think the Stamps win the rematch. Ottawa lost a lot over the off-season
Stampeders 29 REDBLACKS 22

Edmonton at BC
BC just tends to win at home.
Lions 24 Eskimos 19

Hamilton at Toronto
With Collaros healthy, there's a lot of receiver weapons for Hamilton. Defence should be OK.
Tiger-Cats 22 Argonauts 18

2017 CFL Power Rankings Week 0

1. Calgary Stampeders
They still have Bo Levi Mitchell.

2. Edmonton Eskimos
Mike Reilly is still healthy at this point.

3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Zach Collaros is also healthy at this point.

4. BC Lions
Wally Buono as coach just always seems to have a decent team.

Sure they won last year. Is Trevor Harris good? Not exactly sure.

6. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Probably not last this year.

7.Toronto Argonauts
Ricky Ray might be healthy at this point. Trestmant is probably good for a few victories.

8. Montreal Alouettes
Darian Durant. Really?

9. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Bad times in Riderville