Thursday 5 August 2010

Smitty's Selections: Week 6

I still have yet to post a winning record, but at least I didn't go 0-4 again. That was just embarrassing. I have yet to be anything better than 2-2, and I'm really hoping to change that this week. This week's slate of games looks both difficult to predict and easy at the same time. Does that make sense? Not really, right?

Saskatchewan (4-1) at Montreal (4-1)

The Comeback on Canada Day. The 13th Man, Part 2. Grey Cup Revenge. We've all seen or heard about the all-time classic that these two teams had on July 1, 2010. It's time for round two. The Als could have very easily won the first matchup. They had a 21-point lead going into halftime, and it looked like more early-season Alouette dominance. It was not to be. A furious second-half comeback and the most improbable of overtimes, which saw the Riders get called for a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty, ended with the Roughriders winning 54-51. This week's game should be no different. OK, I'm not expecting it to be the classic we saw in Week 1, but it should be a great game nonetheless. When a contest is this close, you take the home team.

Winner: Montreal, 40-30

Toronto (3-2) at Edmonton (1-4)

Edmonton finally was able to notch one in the win column last week, but that wasn't enough to save General Manager Danny Maciocia's job, while the Argos looked completely overmatched against Montreal (but who doesn't). I don't think Toronto is as good as their record indicates, and I don't think Edmonton is as bad as their record indicates. I think Edmonton is still hungry, and will pull this one out.

Winner: Edmonton, 27-20

Winnipeg (2-3) at Hamilton (1-4)

It looks like Buck Pierce will be out for at least another week, which means Steven Jyles will get another start. Jyles has looked very good in his two starts so far (a win at home against Edmonton; a loss in Calgary). This is the start of a big string of games for the Tiger-Cats. Over the course of the next six weeks, the Cats will play Winnipeg twice, Toronto twice and Montreal once, with a bye week in between the back-to-back Argo games. The outcome of these five games will determine the Tiger-Cats' season. These teams have already met twice, with the home team holding serve both times. I expect a close game, with the home team once again prevailing.

Winner: Hamilton, 30-21

Calgary (4-1) at British Columbia (1-4)

At the beginning of the season, I had high hopes for the BC Lions. Right now, they look like the worst team in the CFL. Casey Printers is out again, so Travis Lulay, who looks every bit the inexperienced starter that he is, will get the call again for the Leos. The Stampeders, the lone West Division team I predicted to miss the playoffs, have run hot and cold, but seem to have picked things up a bit following their win two weeks ago against the Roughriders. BC is reeling right now, while Calgary is flying. Stamps take this one by at least two scores.

Winner: Calgary, 38-24

Montreal, Edmonton, Hamilton, Calgary

Season Record: 7-13

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