Thursday, 29 July 2010

Smitty's Selections: Week 5

Not only was a 3-1 or 4-0 week wishful thinking, but it was downright foolish. Last week I was able to go an astonishingly putrid 0-4 in my weekly picks. I have said in the past that it can't get much worse than the week before, and this time I can say it 100% cannot get worse than last week. Unless they somehow add a fifth game that I will also pick wrong, I can do no worse than I did last week. Maybe taking all road teams wasn't the smartest move. Well, what's done is done, and it is time to move on.

Toronto (3-1) at Montreal (3-1)

When the schedule came out, I was sure there would be a Thursday night game in July in Montreal that would decide first place in the East. I thought that game would be taking place on July 22nd, not July 29th. The Argos have been the surprise team of the early part of the 2010 season. Even the most optimistic of Argo fans never believed a 3-1 record to start the season was possible, but behind a strong running game and a great Defense, the Argos find themselves neck-and-neck with the Als. I think this will be a tight contest, but the home team prevails.

Winner: Montreal, 30-24

British Columbia (1-3) at Edmonton (0-4)

Casey Printers will be out again this week, so Travis Lulay will once again be the starting QB for the Lions. He played very well in the Week 4 loss to Toronto. He made some rookie mistakes, specifically the 4th quarter INT he threw to Byron Parker, but on the whole, the Ginger Slinger performed admirably in his first CFL start. The Eskimos are in complete disarray. They are 0-4 for the first time since 1965 and showed little fight for most of the game against Winnipeg last week. I think things get much worse in Edmonton before they get better. BC wins in a bit of a walk.

Winner: BC, 31-14

Hamilton (1-3) at Saskatchewan (3-1)

Both teams should come out hungry in this one after getting pasted in their respective games in Week 4. The Riders came back down to Earth last week, getting pummeled by the Stampeders in Calgary, 40-20; the Cats got their hats handed to them in Montreal by the Als, losing 37-14. Both teams should be chomping at the bit to wash away the stink of last week's embarrassments. Mosaic Stadium may be the toughest place to play in the CFL. Having said that, I think the Cats have something to prove and will come out ready to go from the opening kickoff to the final whistle.

Winner: Hamilton, 27-23

Winnipeg (2-2) at Calgary (3-1)

In their two wins, the Bombers have looked great, pounding both the Ti-Cats and Eskimos. In their two loses, they came out flat and never recovered. Calgary finally looked like a 3-1 team last week when they put the boots to the Riders. Stephen Jyles looked very good for the Bombers in his first start for Winnipeg, and if he can keep up that level of play, there may be a QB controversy brewing in the 'Peg. Regardless of how well Jyles plays, I think the Stamps are on Cloud 9 and have so much confidence that they think they can beat anyone. Not a blowout, but the Stamps will win.

Winner: Calgary, 35-20

Montreal, BC, Hamilton, Calgary

Season Record: 5-11

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