Realty One

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


OTTAWA (2-0-1) AT TORONTO (2-1),

Trevor Harris leads unbeaten Ottawa (2-0-1) in his first game against his former team. Harris spent four years with the Argos and last season posted a 9-7 record as the starter while Ricky Ray recovered from off-season shoulder surgery. This off-season, Harris signed with the Redblacks as a free agent and currently leads the CFL in passing yards (1,083) and TDs (nine). Chris Williams is the league's leading receiver with 25 catches for 493 yards and six touchdowns. Ottawa not only boasts the top-ranked passing attack but is second overall in rushing. Ray is healthy and back under centre with Toronto (2-1), which returns to BMO Field following road wins over Saskatchewan and B.C. This begins a stretch of three straight games versus East Division opponents for the Double Blue.

Pick - Toronto


Winnipeg (1-2), fresh off its first win of the season, hosts Edmonton (1-1) on Thursday night. It will be the first of three straight games against West Division rivals for the Bombers, who'll face the Calgary Stampeders (1-1-1) at Investors Group Field on July 21 before visiting the Eskimos on July 28.

The Bombers forced six turnovers in a 28-24 road victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last week. Maurice Leggett had two interceptions, returning one 50 yards for a touchdown.

Edmonton earned a 39-36 overtime win over Saskatchewan to secure Jason Maas his first victory as a CFL head coach. The Eskimos also spoiled the return of former coach Chris Jones, now the Roughriders head coach/vice-president of football operations.

A concern must be an Edmonton defence that's allowing a whopping 40.5 points per game, although the offence has averaged 38 points. Then again, Winnipeg hasn't been able to mount consecutive victories since July 2014, a span of 32 games.

Pick - Edmonton


The timing of a road trip couldn't be better for Hamilton (1-2) following home losses to B.C. (28-3) and Winnipeg (28-24). Quarterback Zach Collaros (knee) has resumed practising with the Ticats but Masoli will make his fourth straight start. Masoli is third overall in passing with 933 yards but has almost as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (five). Veteran starter Kevin Glenn has been bothered by an eye infection but is expected to play for Montreal (1-1). Receiver Duron Carter, who's appealing his one-game suspension for bumping Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell, battled headaches this week but is also expected to suit up.

Pick - Hamilton


Saskatchewan (0-2) might be winless under Jones but quarterback Darian Durant has been a definite bright spot. After suffering season-ending injuries the last two years, Durant has completed 58-of-86 passes (67.4 per cent) for 627 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Durant threw for 317 yards and four TDs in Saskatchewan's 39-36 overtime loss last week to Edmonton. B.C. (2-1) is coming off a 25-14 setback to Toronto in Vancouver. Jonathan Jennings and Travis Lulay combined to complete 23-of-33 passes for 288 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

Pick - B.C.

Last week: 1-2-1

Overall record: 2-9-1

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)


Clarkenstein said...

Dan Ralph your record is 2-9-1!! I would suggest it will be even worse as by my eye I see you going 0-4 this week!!

3RD and 1 said...

I agree with 3 of the 4 picks. I think that Montreals defence will get after Hamilton QB Masolli. Hamiltons 1st game against Toronto saw Masolli with all the time in the world. No pressure at all. So he picked apart Toronto's defence. Then BC put all kinds of pressure on Masolli and he self destructed. Winnipeg snuck by Hamilton for the same reason. Montreal's defence is so much better than Winnipegs. I see Masolli pressured all game making some bad decisions.
More than likely a low scoring game and the TigerCats fall to 1-3 as will Winnipeg. The Lions will be 2-2 and the EE will be 2-1. The Riders get their first win and will be 1-2
That 1st win at home will be the catylist that gets this new, young firecracker team going in the right direction. The feel of victory with a home crowd standing at ovation will feed the new young players as to what Rider Pride really is. They will buy into it.

Heptiro said...

Thank you for picking BC to win against our Riders. According to your record 2-9-1 (22% accuracy)you will be wrong.Bodes well for the Riders !!
I am writing this after the Toronto/Ottawa game in which you picked Toronto to win so your stats at the moment are 2-10 -1 (now 20% accuracy) Keep up the solid picking. Makes us ordinary fans enjoy the outcomes even more.LOL