Realty One

Thursday, June 29, 2017


OTTAWA at CALGARY, Thursday 7:00 pm (Stamps favoured by 8)

Another Grey Cup rematch, this time at McMahon Stadium. The two teams battled to a 31-31 overtime tie at TD Place last week, which was fitting after they needed overtime to decide last year's CFL title game. Calgary is expected to be without receiver Davaris Daniels as last year's top rookie is nursing a shoulder injury. But it's tough to bet against the Stampeders at home, especially considering starter Bo Levi Mitchell rarely loses - ever.

Prediction: Calgary.

B.C. at TORONTO, Friday 5:00 pm (Argos favoured by 2.5)

Toronto's defence had issues last season. The Argos were last overall in points allowed (31.6 per game), touchdowns allowed (59), rushing yards (115.2 per game) and passes completed (70.9 per cent) en route to finishing last in the East Division with a 5-13 record.

Corey Chamblin, who led Saskatchewan to the 2013 Grey Cup title as a head coach, joined the Argos as their new defensive co-ordinator on new head coach Marc Trestman's staff. Toronto bolstered its defensive line by adding former Alouette Alan-Michael Cash and re-signing Edmonton native Cleyon Laing, a former Argo who earned a Grey Cup ring last year with Ottawa.

While starter Ricky Ray threw for a career-best 506 yards against Hamilton, the defence effectively kept Ticats' quarterback Zach Collaros under wraps. Collaros completed 26-of-39 passes for 242 yards and an interception while the offence as a whole ran for just 16 yards on seven carries.

Toronto's defence faces a stiff challenge Friday night against B.C. Lions' starter Jonathon Jennings was the CFL's third-leading passer last year and has big-play receivers Emmanuel Arceneaux and Brian Burnham at his disposal.

And there's the matter of facing an ornery Lions squad coming off a season-opening 30-27 loss to Edmonton last week. The Eskimos outgained the Lions 420-394 and got to Jennings five times.

It's definitely a short week for the Argos but they don't have to make the cross-country trek.

Prediction: Toronto

MONTREAL at EDMONTON, Friday 8:00 pm (Eskimos favoured by 8)

Mike Reilly was 20-of-28 passing for 315 yards and two TDs last week against B.C., his 76-yard strike to Brandon Zylstra setting up Sean White's game-winning field goal. But Edmonton will be without standout linebacker J.C. Sherritt, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in the contest. Montreal quarterback Darian Durant is coming off a 17-16 win over his former team, passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns. But the Als only cemented the win after Tyler Crapigna missed from 45 yards out on the final play.

Prediction: Edmonton

WINNIPEG at SASKATCHEWAN, Saturday 7:00 pm (Bombers favoured by 1)

Quarterback Matt Nichols leads Winnipeg into it's season opener. The six-foot-two, 220-pound Nichols threw for a career-best 3,666 yards with 18 TDs against nine interceptions in leading the Bombers to an 11-7 record last year and their first playoff berth since 2011. Trouble is, much is expected from Nichols and Co. this season. Saskatchewan is coming off a close loss to Montreal, a game that saw veteran Kevin Glenn complete 31-of-44 passes for 298 yards with a TD and interception.

Prediction: Winnipeg

Last week - 1-2-1.

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)


Anonymous said...

Rod - you are picking Winnipeg?

Rod Pedersen said...

Those are picks by The Canadian Press.

Anonymous said...

And they just picked the team the oddsmakers favoured.

Anonymous said...

Only 1 pfft...I wonder if the guys who set these lines have been listening to the sportscage and drinking the same green koolaid..Whoever thinks the Riders have a shot here is delusional..Don't think for one minute that Mr.Lapolice, Mr.Hall and Mr.Dressler won't have their team ready to crash the party at that new stadium. The Bombers are a Far, like I mean coast to coast Far better team than the Ruffies are this year. I hope the city budgeted for some blue and gold fireworks Saturday night..Happy 150 Canada and that shoulda been the line...Bombers by 150! from the immortal words of Rick Flair..whooo!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous above. You read and sound just like the Rider haters on 3D nations. Is this stampland, mrincongito, or what ever you call yourself these days. The Riders win on Saturday. Bet on it.

Morgan said...

The bombers are in big big trouble come Saturday night. They won't have a prayer in the most beautiful stadium in the league! Better stay home at your "work in progress" joke of a crumbling stadium in Winnipeg!

Anonymous said...

Haha I love it, rick flare to stomp the riders. , That's priceless.

Anonymous said...

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are not a good football team. What makes you think they are good?

LaPo was absolutely brutal last year unless his goal is to kick as many FG's as you can.
Below average QB. Nichols and Glenn are fighting the worst QB spot in the league.
Below average receivers. Bombers don't have one receiver in the top 10/12 in the league. Riders have two for sure. Could Dressler even make the Riders?
O-lines are even I would say.
Harris is the top or 2nd, at worst, RB in league.
Defence - I give the edge to the Riders and they'll prove it Saturday. Outside of Leggett and Westerman .... not much. Okpalaugo should be good but can't say he's better than Jefferson.

These teams are probably close to even. Will be fighting for 4th spot, maybe 3rd.

Bombers haven't won a playoff game in 6 years......and haven't won a Cup in 27 years!!! Nichols has never won a playoff game.

Keep reaching pal.

Anonymous said...

Mike O'Shea always has some trick plays we will need to be ready for. A young team can be burnt bad by a few timely surprises. If the Riders play smart football they win this one, but it'll be close.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg was a power house city in the early 1900's, it's dead now and out of the top 10 cities in Canada for being worth anything.

Anonymous said...

What makes you think the riders are good, they had 0 pass rush success against Montreal who is ranked to be one of the worst in the CFL and the riders offence was not great looking either. Understand the part of being defensive for your favorite team but you have 0 legs to back it as the riders are just as bad as last year..maybe worse. I am no bomber fan but they win this by 7 no doubt.