Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 CFL Predictions Week 6

Montreal at Winnipeg
This is one of those games that you figure the home team will win. Montreal did beat Calgary so they are capable of playing well. Winnipeg is Winnipeg so who knows what will happen. I'll pick Winnipeg, but I'm sure they'll disappoint me.
Blue Bombers 29 Alouettes 27

BC at Edmonton
A 4 and 1 team against a 4 and 0 team. Edmonton is at home but BC has Travis Lulay. Edmonton is at home and Mike Reilly is healthy so go Eskimos.
Eskimos 28 Lions 21

Toronto at Saskatchewan
The Riders are at home, but Toronto is coming off a Monday win against the REDBLACKS. Of course this game is Saturday, which is pretty short rest. The Riders will probably get their second win.
Roughriders 23 Argonauts 19

Hamilton at Calgary
Sure the Ticats will get their first win on the road in Calgary. Stranger things have happened in the CFL.
Stampeders 39 Tiger-Cats 28

2017 CFL Power Rankings Week 5

1. Calgary Stampeders
Stomped the Riders in Riderville. Sure they lost once to Montreal, but flukey things happen in the CFL.

2. Edmonton Eskimos
Still undefeated, but they were very close to losing to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, albeit on the road.

3. BC Lions
Ginger Jesus aka Travis Lulay has taken over as quarterback and running wild. He's not that old by CFL quarterback terms and played sparingly last year. Quarterback controversy brewing?

4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Lost to the Lions on the road. But it was close! And the could have won. Cross-over spot in the Bombers future it looks like

5. Toronto Argonauts
After beating Ottawa at home, one can't argue that the Argos, with Ray, Trestman and Popp are the kings of the East. For whatever that is worth. Picking up almost over the hill players on the cheap like Bear Woods has worked out well.

Their record doesn't indicate it, but they aren't a bad team despite losing to Toronto on the road. They'll probably make the playoffs by the end of the year.

7. Montreal Alouettes
They had a bye week so that's something.

8. Saskatchewan Roughriders
Trounced by Calgary and at home. At this rate the Riders won't be crossing over.

9. Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The team played well against Edmonton, then a player goes down late in the secondary and the Ticats can't stop the Eskimos for driving for a game winning score. Still winless. Sad.

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.