Week 9 Picks
7:30 PM Thursday, August 23, 2012
78.4% - Montreal
HAM 29 MTL 31.
These two teams have already played once this season, with the Ticats winning the game 39-24 on July 21st. Since then, Montreal has improved while Hamilton has plateaued. The Als were pretty amazing last week considering they did not have their top running back , Brandon Whitaker, and top receiver Jamel Richardson. If Montreal can put up 38 on a good Eskimos defense in Edmonton, what can they do against a Ticat defense that desperately needs to improve in Montreal? The first quarter will be critical, as last week Montreal scored in 3:22 to open their game in Edmonton, Hamilton can't afford to get behind that early. Hamilton 24, Montreal 34.
8:00 PM Friday, August 24, 2012
76.5% - B.C.
BC 20 WPG 17.
If Joey Elliott can throw for 406 yards and no interceptions this week like he did last week, the Bombers will win. There is one problem though, the Lions defence has not allowed a touchdown in three games - 13 quarters to be exact, or 206 minutes and 16 seconds to be perfectly exact. I can't see any reason for any regression or change in defence's performance this week. This is the game we see what Winnipeg is made of, because after the Lions on Friday, they have the Riders away and home. B.C. 30, Winnipeg 19.
3:00 PM Saturday, August 25, 2012
66.4% - Saskatchewan
CGY 17 SSK 10.
This should be the most competitive game of Week 9. The Riders after winning three in a row, have now lost four straight. The beginning of that slide began in Calgary back on July 19th. The majority of the Riders demise relates to key turnovers and an inability to protect the football consistently. There are two good running backs in this game, and both Jon Cornish and Kory Sheets can make a big impact on winning and losing with their personal play. I feel Darrian Durrant is due for a bounce back break-through performance. Calgary 23, Saskatchewan 27.
7:30 PM Monday, August 27, 2012
63.3% - Toronto
EDM 26 TOR 17.
The Argonauts are going to continue to improve game by game. There is a lot of optimism in Toronto that their best football may be seen in October and November. In Edmonton, Steven Jyles needs a bounce-back game, especially considering in the first quarter last week in Montreal, he only mustered 17 yards of total offense. Cory Boyd will make his return against the Argos, but the truth is that Chad Kackert is a better overall back when you combine running, receiving and blocking. Edmonton 19, Toronto 24.
Through 32 games, Schultz is 14-18. The World is 13-19.
Schultz currently leads with 14 wins.