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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

CFL THIS WEEK

EDMONTON AT MONTREAL, THURSDAY 5:30 PM

The Eskimos (4-2) boast a dominant defence and are tied atop the West Division standings. But they were shut out in the second half last weekend in Vancouver and saw their road record drop to 1-2 so far this season. Quarterback Matt Nichols was 26-of-42 passing for 262 yards and two TDs but also threw two picks. Rookie Rakeem Cato threw for 303 yards and a TD for Montreal (2-4) in its 26-23 defeat in Ottawa but also had two interceptions.

Pick - Edmonton
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TORONTO AT WINNIPEG, FRIDAY 6:00 PM

Robert Marve makes his first CFL start for Winnipeg (3-4) with incumbent Drew Willy (knee) out six-to-eight weeks. Willy has completed 107-of-156 passes (68.6 per cent) with eight TDs against just three interceptions while Marve has tried seven passes this season. Trevor Harris threw for 316 yards and two TDs to rally Toronto (4-2) past Saskatchewan 30-26 on Saturday night. He leads the CFL in passing (1,819 yards) and TDs (14) and helped stake the Argos to a 3-2 record away from Rogers Centre.

Pick _ Toronto
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BC AT HAMILTON, SATURDAY 5:00 PM

Now it's Travis Lulay's turn to try and accomplish something no other CFL quarterback has been able to: Go on the road and beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Lulay and the B.C. Lions (3-3) face Hamilton (4-2) at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday night. The Ticats improved to 9-0 at the facility Sunday night with a convincing 38-8 decision over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Hamilton's defence has been stellar this year, standing tied for second overall in interceptions (seven) and third in fewest points allowed (21.2 per game). But the unit has been especially stingy at Tim Hortons Field.

B.C. does come in on a winning note, outscoring the Edmonton Eskimos 16-0 in the second half en route to a come-from-behind 26-23 home victory. Lulay was 16-of-31 passing for 196 yards and two TDs with two interceptions.

Pick - Hamilton
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OTTAWA AT CALGARY, SATURDAY 8:00 PM

Ottawa (4-2) can sweep the season series with a win after taking the opener 29-26 at TD Place on July 24. Quarterback Henry Burris had three TD passes in that contest and last weekend threw for 323 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-23 decision over Montreal. Calgary (4-2) comes off a 25-22 win over the Als on Aug. 1 as Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 329 yards and two TDs without star tailback Jon Cornish (thumb), who was injured in the loss to the Redblacks.

Pick - Calgary
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Last week 2-2

Overall: 13-15

(Canadian Press)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love love love having Thursday night football games...

And also for Friday Night Football, that night is etched in my brain as something to do every Friday (likely similar to those that bark like Pavlov's dogs at the idea of Saturday Night's Hockey Night in Canada). To that I say that TSN has done a good job with the Friday night games, they have now built it into the minds of Canadian sports fans for every Friday night throughout the football season.

My only suggestion for improvements:

- Friday nights should always be a double header
- Every Thursday and every Friday should always be a game (no exceptions)
- Learn from the multi-million dollar marketing machine of the NFL: Always have a Monday night game - no exceptions. So too should the CFL know to always schedule Thu and Fri games.
- Come up with a schedule plan for Sat and/or Sunday. If you are going to have games on these days, make it a regularly scheduled game (similar to Sat Hockey night in Canada) so that people can plan around it.
- I will suggest that every Thu should be a double header as well the Fridays and that would be that!

Kel in Victoria



Anonymous said...

I can't believe that I used to always cheer for the West when playing the East, what was I thinking? Of course years ago I was a child and therefore did not know better, but the obvious reality is that for the sake of our beloved Roughriders, important games to say the least. I love it when the East plays the West, those games have a huge impact on where Sask sits in the standings (believe it or not folks, the Riders are not out of it by a long shot):

Here is who I am 'cheering' for this week:

Thu: Montreal

Fri: Toronto

Sat: Hamilton

Sat: Ottawa

If the East sweeps the West this weekend, definitely that is all we could have hoped for as a Rider fan.

X Marks The Spot

Anonymous said...

East the best .

Disgraceful appointed Progressive Conservative Senator Mike Duffle
Ottawa, Canada .