Week 5 Picks
7:30 PM Thursday, July 25, 2013
81.3% - Montreal
EDM 27 MTL 32.
Montreal on offence played a great first quarter against Calgary and that was about it. To lose a 24-0 first quarter lead is tough to do but they did it. Something has to change for the Alouettes as the on-field player talent is too good. Now with Edmonton it is about Mike Reilly. He needs to find his first 300+ yard passing game as he has yet to make people go "wow". The pressure is on in Edmonton but not sure if the timing is right, Montreal is due to turn this around. And they do ... Edmonton 19, Montreal 30.
8:00 PM Friday, July 26, 2013
84.5% - Calgary
CGY 37 WPG 24.
Have to go with logic. The Bombers need all their injured players back, all 13 because without them I don't think this one will be close. A bit of a Buck Pierce-Justin Goltz conversation is going on in Winnipeg and unless Pierce has a dominant game it is going to go on for a while. Big time character game for Calgary last week coming back from a 24-point deficit and a good game for Bo Levi Mitchell. If I was running the RedBlacks of 2014 I would take both Kevin Glenn due to consistency and experience and Mitchell for the possibility of "what if". But for this game, Stampeders roll...Calgary 33, Winnipeg 24.
7:30 PM Saturday, July 27, 2013
89.2% - Saskatchewan
SSK 32 HAM 20.
A high probability of a fifth win for an excellent Rider team, but not 37-0. Kent Austin is starting to know his team but does not have the individual personnel to win the majority of 1-on-1 battles. The only weakness I see for the Riders is pass defence but that can be alleviated with pass rush. Hamilton needs Andy Fantuz back ASAP as Bakari Grant is pretty good, Greg Ellingson has been a nice surprise but Fantuz is their best receiver. The Riders will continue to isolate whoever plays strong side linebacker and that may change this week. Riders roll into the Bye week. Hamilton 24, Saskatchewan 30.
7:30 PM Tuesday, July 30, 2013
76.8% - B.C.
BC 12 TOR 38.
So much depends on the health of Ricky Ray and Chad Kackert. I doubt that Kackert will play but Ray just might as he did walk off the field on his own last Friday and that is significant. But I think BC is getting better and better and not sure if Toronto will have the running back they need or enough receivers. Andrew Harris is coming of his best game so far with three touchdowns last week for BC. Toronto will keep it close for most of the game with extra time to prepare but in the end BC will wear them out. Lions 33, Argos 26.
Through 20 games, Schultz is 12-8. The World is 16-4.
The World currently leads with 16 wins.