TSN football analyst Chris Schultz is back with his Week 9 selections in the CFL. The Big Man finished 4-1 in Week 8, and sits at 18-15 on the season in Schultz vs. The World. Now Schultz is ready for more action, including his pick of the Lions beating the Roughriders in the game of the week.
Montreal Alouettes at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
I thought Montreal improved in their 16-11 loss in Saskatchewan last week. On offence, the first half performance by Alex Brink was good as he threw for 118 yards on 12-17 passing. The second half was not so good, only completing seven passes for 69 yards. You can definitely see the influence of Jeff Garcia on Brink. There is more of a flow where the pass drop of Brink matched the pass routes of the receivers. By the end of the first half, 33 plays were run for Montreal while 22 were run for Saskatchewan. The second half is still a concern.
For Winnipeg, run defence is a concern. They have allowed 350 yards over the past two games which is far too much. With nine days in between games I'm sure they will be a much more fundamentally sound team come Friday night. Winnipeg over Montreal.
Toronto Argonauts at Edmonton Eskimos
I would be very surprised if Edmonton did not play with a much higher perfection in terms of penalty avoidance come Saturday afternoon. The game in Ottawa was not a good one last week as Edmonton did everything they could to give it away. They will respond.
For Toronto one of the key issues is the schedule. They don't have a home game until Oct. 4 and their next games are at Edmonton, at Hamilton, bye week, at Calgary, at BC, bye week and then finally home to Edmonton. There is hope as last year the Argos went through a similar set of four games in a row on the road and won all four. But as expressed, Edmonton will respond. Edmonton over Toronto.
Calgary Stampeders at Ottawa Redblacks
Calgary is on a two-game road trip and started out well with a 30-20 win over Hamilton. I thought the turning point was a 21-yard pass completion by Bo Levi Mitchell on a 2nd and 20 with four minutes to go. It was an excellent pressure play.
For Ottawa, they need a home touchdown as it has been over 40 possessions on offence since their last one. It will be tough competition for Henry Burris as Calgary has allowed the fewest points this season with 114. Calgary over Ottawa.
Saskatchewan Roughriders at B.C. Lions
Best game of Week 9. BC looked good on defence in their 33-17 win in Toronto shutting down the Argos running game and keeping Ricky Ray to about 200 yards passing. BC looked good on special teams too with Tim Brown's impact setting up points. BC looked sharp on offence as Stefan Logan had 145 yards rushing and another 59 receiving.
For the Riders, a big positive was they only had one touchdown allowed last week on Duron Carter's 123 yard missed field goal return. But I wonder if BC is not on a bit of a roll and will keep on rolling. Travis Lulay or Kevin Glen will work its self out soon. BC over Saskatchewan in the best game of Week 9.