Thursday, October 15, 2015
CFL THIS WEEK
Ottawa (8-6) can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over Winnipeg (5-10) or Montreal loss. The Redblacks will have had 10 days to ponder their 38-35 loss to Toronto, a decision that gave the Argos the season series. The Bombers earned a huge 29-26 road victory over B.C. last weekend to keep their playoff hopes alive. The defence had seven sacks, including two by league-leader Jamaal Westerman (14 sacks).
Pick - Ottawa
CALGARY at TORONTO, SATURDAY 2:00 PM
Home, it seems, is wherever Scott Milanovich and the Toronto Argonauts are told they can hang their helmets.
Toronto hosts the Calgary Stampeders at Hamilton's Tim Hortons Field on Saturday. The Argos were forced from Rogers Centre due to the Toronto Blue Jays' participation in the baseball playoffs.
Toronto (9-5) is tied atop the East Division standings with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but must finish ahead of its arch rival to secure first after dropping the season series.
Calgary (11-4) is also 5-2 within the East Division and 4-3 away from McMahon Stadium.
The defending Grey Cup champions are also bound to be in an ornery mood. Edmonton beat Calgary 15-11 on Saturday to not only hand the Stampeders their first home loss of the year but move atop the West Division after clinching the season series.
Pick - Calgary
B.C. at EDMONTON, SATURDAY 5:00 PM
Edmonton (11-4) is the CFL's hottest team, with five straight wins and a defence ranked first in fewest passing yards (244.9 per game), rushing yards (67.9), total yards (294.2) and points (16.1) allowed. Jon Jennings threw for 372 yards and three TDs for B.C. (5-9) against Winnipeg but also had two interceptions. Emmanuel Arceneaux had eight catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns.
Pick - Edmonton
HAMILTON at MONTREAL, SUNDAY 11:00 AM
It's unclear who'll play quarterback for Montreal (5-9). With starter Rakeem Cato (upper body injury) day-to-day, the club acquired veteran Kevin Glenn from Saskatchewan on Wednesday. Hamilton (9-5) beat the Riders 30-15 last weekend as rookie Jeff Mathews threw for 385 yards and three TDs. The Als won both previous meetings to clinch the season series but the Ticats can claim a playoff berth with a win or tie or if B.C. loses to or ties Edmonton.
Pick - Hamilton
Last week: 2-2.
Overall record: 39-26.