Week 12 Picks
9:00 PM Friday, September 14, 2012
80.6% - Calgary
WPG 3 CGY 44.
What an emotional rollercoaster. Head coach fired, new one hired, 52-0 and then 25-24 loss at home. If adversity builds character than the Blue Bombers should be a tough, tough character team come Friday night. Simple challenge here; shut down John Cornish. If they do, Winnipeg can win but if they don't then 2-9 is a reality. When you run as well as Calgary has in recent games, it influences EVERTHING. It takes pressure of your QB and it keeps your defense rested, it changes field position, it wears down the opposition defense and more. The Bombers had a great "response" game in Saskatchewan with more energy, desire, effort ... everything. Can they duplicate that emotion again on the road? Winnipeg 24, Calgary 31
3:00 PM Saturday, September 15, 2012
55.3% - Hamilton
EDM 8 HAM 51.
I can't help it, I'm taking Hamilton. Look, this has to end; six straight losses is nothing to find humour in but just the percentage of success is on the Ticats' side. Both teams MUST improve their run defense dramatically, following Chad Kackert and Jon Cornish running over 300 yards on the ground last week. And each team knows that and will most likely make personal changes. The pressure is always on but here in September it is REALLY on for the Ticats. Edmonton 27, Hamilton 30
7:00 PM Saturday, September 15, 2012
84.0% - B.C.
TOR 23 BC 28.
Toronto is tied with Montreal for first in the East. Montreal split with BC at home and away and Toronto needs to do the same, as BC won the first game back on August 6, 18-9. I remember that game clearly as pass protection for Toronto was the number one issue. The move back to the renovated BC Place has been nothing but a great success. First, it is a first class football stadium in many ways. Second, the Lions are 10 wins and only one loss since moving back. The only loss was 27-14 to Edmonton back on July 20. The Argos are getting there improving and learning as weeks move on. The Lions are already there. Toronto 19, BC 30
1:00 PM Sunday, September 16, 2012
68.2% - Montreal
SSK 17 MTL 28.
Sometimes it is not who you play as much as when you play them. Montreal is coming of a 43-10 loss, one of the toughest losses in recent history, so they will be ready. For the Riders, congratulations to Drew Willy, as the QB is established himself as a good 'Plan B' if Darian Durant is not ready to go. There is a possible upset scenario as Montreal has lost two or more in a row previously, but 43 points? No way! Opening drive is very important for Riders defense, as Montreal has scored a touchdown in each opening drive vs. BC in both games. Saskatchewan 25, Montreal 35
Through 44 games, Schultz is 24-20. The World is 22-22.
Schultz currently leads with 24 wins.