Thursday 14 October 2010

Smitty's Selections: Week 16

Who would have thought that with four games to go all eight teams would still very much be alive in the playoff race? No team has been eliminated yet, and only three teams have assured themselves of a spot in the race to the Grey Cup.

Hamilton (7-7) at Toronto (7-7)

Oh baby, this one is HUGE. Winner punches their ticket to the playoffs, it's as simple as that. Both teams are coming off wins. Hamilton demolished Edmonton at home, while Toronto did what no other team had done this season, which is take out the Roughriders in Regina. The Cats have won the two previous matchups, and sweeping a season series is never easy. That said, is there any doubt as to who I'm going to pick?

Winner: Hamilton, 31-21

Edmonton (4-10) at British Columbia (5-9)

Most definitely the biggest game for either team. If Edmonton loses, they're done. They'll be two games back with only three to play. It would also kill any crossover hopes they had. If BC loses, they're suddenly fighting for their playoff lives as they will be tied with Edmonton. This is a must win for both teams.

Winner: Edmonton, 28-24

Winnipeg (4-10) at Montreal (10-4)

What does Winnipeg get for saving their slim playoff hopes? A date with the Alouettes in Montreal. Steven Jyles will be back where he belongs: starting at Quarterback. A win by Montreal would all but guarantee them a bye in the playoffs. As much as I'd love for Winnipeg to get the win, the Als are too strong.

Winner: Montreal, 40-27

Calgary (10-4) at Saskatchewan (9-5)

Game of the Week? Perhaps. The Battle of Ontario should be great as well, but this one has all the makings of a classic. Both teams enter this game coming off losses. Calgary was embarrassed in Montreal, and the Riders were beaten by Toronto. This is about as close as two teams get in the CFL. When it's this tight, you take the home team. Besides, how often do the Riders lose two straight at Mosaic? Not very often.

Winner: Saskatchewan, 35-31

Hamilton, Edmonton, Montreal, Saskatchewan

Season Record: 30-26

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