Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Smitty's Selections: Week 3

For some inexplicable reason, the Calgary-Toronto game is on a Wednesday this week, so I have to submit my weekly picks earlier than usual. Hopefully this week will be better than last week. I went 1-3 last week, so it can't get much worse. I can take solace in the fact that Chris Schultz of TSN has gone 2-6 over the first two weeks, whereas I have gone 3-5. It may be small, but I'll take it. Now on to my predictions for Week 3.

Calgary (2-0) at Toronto (1-1)

Toronto's win last weekend was probably the most surprising result of this young season. No one expected the Argos even to be competitive this early on, let alone be good enough to win a game. But win they did. Calgary came into Hamilton last week and stole one from the Tiger-Cats. This is a short week for both teams, and this is the last time these teams will meet each other barring an unlikely playoff meeting. The Stamps won the first game 30-16 in Calgary. I think this is going to be a very good game, with Calgary eking out a victory.

Winner: Calgary, 27-23

Winnipeg (1-1) at Hamilton (0-2)

It took Winnipeg about a quarter and half to wake up last week against the Argos. Despite a valiant effort, they came up just short. The Cats played better than they did in Week 1, but still could not get the win against Calgary. This is the second of four meetings in the first seven weeks for these teams. The Bombers won the first game in Winnipeg by a score of 49-29. This is about as close to a must win as it gets for the Cats. Win, and they're right back in the thick of things. Lose, and it could be another long season in Steeltown.

Winner: Hamilton, 33-23

Montreal (1-1) at British Columbia (1-1)

If Edmonton had any sort of red-zone offense, the Als would be 0-2 right now. As it is, they escaped Edmonton by the skin of their teeth, and head to BC to face a Lions team that is coming off a drubbing at the hands of the Roughriders. It looks as if Casey Printers will start for the Lions, which is very important because as Printers goes, so go the Leos. BC has been a tough place for the Als, and while it's hard to fathom a Montreal team under .500, I think the BC jinx continues.

Winner: BC, 34-27

Edmonton (0-2) at Saskatchewan (2-0)

No team has looked better than the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first two weeks of the 2010 CFL season. No team has looked worse than the Edmonton Eskimos during the 2010 CFL season. On paper this is a giant mismatch. The Esks had a chance to put away the Als, and they squandered the opportunity. The Esks lost back-to-back home games to start a season for the first time since 1969, and from the looks of things, it doesn't get any easier for the Eskies. The Riders will continue their run, and this one won't be close.

Winner: Saskatchewan, 41-17

Calgary, Hamilton, BC, Saskatchewan

Season Record: 3-5

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