Week 5 Picks
8:30 PM Thursday, July 26, 2012
57.7% - Edmonton
EDM 22 WPG 23.
Logic says Edmonton will win for a couple of reasons: First, the confidence gained from the win over the Lions should transfer to this game. And second, you can make the argument right now the Eskimos defence is the best in the CFL after four games: only 56 points allowed; very good.
The problem is the Bombers are due for a breakout game, and when you consider this is their home opener, the energy advantage for Winnipeg is tangible. It has only been one game, but I think the Bombers have found a gem in Chad Simpson at running back. Still... Edmonton 24, Winnipeg 22.
7:30 PM Friday, July 27, 2012
57.3% - Montreal
TOR 23 MTL 20.
This will be a good game because both teams have had extended time to rest, recover, and re-evaluate. Ricky Ray is going to be able to compete play-for-play with Anthony Calvillo because slowly but surely, the Argos have built a corps of talented receivers and ball carriers. Also, Chris Jones has had a history of success against a Marc Trestman offence. What is wrong with the Als? Well, no Brandon Whitaker, no consistency from Jamel Richardson, Calvillo is getting hit too much, the entire defence is a work in progress, and there's no dominate returner. Other than that, they are well on their way . This one could go either way but I will stick with the home team. Montreal 33, Toronto 29.
6:00 PM Saturday, July 28, 2012
74.3% - Saskatchewan
HAM 35 SSK 34.
I like Saskatchewan in this game and here is why: In both of the Ticats last two wins, they dominated the first two quarters. Two weeks ago, they jumped out to a fast 21-0 lead against Toronto, and last week, they had a 22-point lead at halftime over Montreal. I don't think they can do that again on Taylor Field. Also, the Riders hurt themselves in the last four minutes against Calgary; credit the Stampeders for taking advantage and earning the win. It was the first week of adversity for the Riders after three weeks of success, they should respond. Saskatchewan 29, Hamilton 25
9:00 PM Saturday, July 28, 2012
57.9% - B.C.
BC 34 CGY 8.
This game is a tough one. Calgary looked very good at times last week and Kevin Glen is coming off his best game in recent history. But, the Lions lost at home for the first time in nine games at the new B.C. Place, so urgency will be very high.
This is an excellent battle between two good running backs: BC's Andrew Harris and Calgary's Jon Cornish. Yes, both are Canadian but that does not even matter anymore because neither needs their non-import status to garner respect. Just like the Riders, this is thye first game of adversity for new head coach Mike Benevides. I anticipate a great game. BC 34, Calgary 31 (OT)
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