Week 8 Picks
8:00 PM Thursday, August 16, 2012
69.5% - Hamilton
HAM 25 WPG 32.
For the Bombers, this is a very important game for two reasons. First, with another loss, the club would move to 1-6 and the 'are we going to make the playoffs' discussion will begin which always creates a feeling of desperation over the priority of improvement . Second, with Joey Elliot starting , what if he implodes ? Do you go back to Buck Pierce? Try Alex Brink again? This is a critical game not only for this season but future Bomber Grey Cup desires . With Hamilton I expect them to respond after a very disappointing game against the Stampeders. Run defense is a problem for Hamilton and if they do not shut down Chad Simpson, they will not win . Maybe it was the bye week , who knows , but Hamilton regressed back to Week #1 efficiency. I don't think that will happen this week. Joey "E" gives the Bombers hope but Ticats win in the fourth . Hamilton 31, Winnipeg 29
9:00 PM Friday, August 17, 2012
53.6% - Edmonton
MTL 38 EDM 25.
With Montreal coming off their bye week there is no guarantee of polish and execution as post bye week performance is unpredictable. The one thing in this game you can depend on is the Edmonton Eskimo defense. They have only allowed a total of 99 points so far this season, or 16.5 per-game . If , points allowed are the statistical indicator of who is best , then the best defense in the league resides in Edmonton. Steven Jyles is coming off his best game so far this season. In a year of parity across the CFL , every indicator says this one will come down to a 4th quarter field goal . Grant Shaw , keep your kicking leg well stretched and ready to go . Montreal 30, Edmonton 31 .
7:00 PM Saturday, August 18, 2012
68.3% - Calgary
TOR 22 CGY 14.
Logic says Calgary, but I am not so sure. I expect Toronto to have cleaned up the pass protection problem of the BC game in every way and new starter Chad Kackart will be beyond intense and will want to make a contribution. Also, after viewing the Ticat game, Toronto will also be "Cornish aware " and I would not be surprised if they played him effectively . Chris Jones as former Stampeders defensive coordinator would love to win this one. He will play risk reward football and may make it work . Toronto 25, Calgary 22.
7:00 PM Sunday, August 19, 2012
65.6% - B.C.
SSK 5 BC 24.
The Lions are coming off the bye, and therefore will be somewhat unpredictable, while the Riders have had three, second half leads and could not take advantage and win those game so far this season. Pure talent wise, the teams are very similar but I think BC may have a little more depth at receiver and defensive back and that will make the difference. I can't see either team dominating, but I can see BC winning . Saskatchewan 27, BC 32.
Through 28 games, Schultz is 12-16. The World is 11-17.
Schultz currently leads with 12 wins.