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Wednesday, September 6, 2017


MONTREAL AT BC, Friday, 8:00 pm
(Lions favoured by 7.5-points)

Travis Lulay and the B.C. Lions have had plenty of time to ponder what's ailing the CFL team.

B.C. (5-5) returns to action Friday night at home against the Montreal Alouettes (3-7). The Lions have been off since a 31-24 loss to the Ottawa Redblacks on Aug. 26.

Lulay replaced starter Jonathon Jennings in the second half of that game with B.C. trailing 31-3. Lulay rallied the Lions to within 31-24 but a late interception preserved the victory for the Grey Cup-champion Redblacks.

The loss was B.C.'s third straight and fourth in five games. But after completing 18 of 23 passes for 202 yards and two TDs, Lulay secured the start against Montreal, which has also dropped three straight.

Despite the off-season acquisition of quarterback Darian Durant, the Alouettes have struggled offensively. They're ranked second-last in offensive points (19.1 per game), net offence (346.1 yards), passing (265.3) and interceptions (11).

What's more, Montreal hasn't scored an offensive touchdown in two of its last three games.

Durant will become Montreal's fifth different starter in B.C. over the last six years. The Als' last win at B.C. Place was a 23-13 decision on Aug. 20, 2015 and of the 44 players on their roster that game, only 15 were in last week's lineup against Ottawa (a whopping 66 per cent turnover).

Prediction: B.C.

(Blue Bombers favoured by 2-points)

Saskatchewan (5-4) has won five of its last seven games and three straight, including last week's 38-24 decision over Winnipeg (7-3). Kevin Glenn threw for 386 yards and three TDs while Duron Carter, Roosevelt Naaman and Bakari Grant all had 100-yard receiving efforts. Matt Nichols had 364 passing yards and two TDs for the Bombers, who are 3-1 at Investors Group Field, while the Riders are 1-3 on the road. The winner also takes the season series.

Prediction: Winnipeg.

HAMILTON AT OTTAWA, Saturday, 4:00 pm
(RedBlacks favoured by 12-points)

Finally a win for Hamilton (1-8), coming off a 24-22 decision over Toronto on Monday night. But it wasn't pretty as starter Jeremiah Masoli was just 19 of 33 passing for 219 yards and a TD and the Ticats' offence mustered 276 net yards. Ottawa (4-6-1) has won three straight, including a convincing 32-4 decision over Montreal last week. CFL passing leader Trevor Harris threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns while the Redblacks' defence had five sacks, a forced fumble and interception.

Prediction: Ottawa.

CALGARY AT EDMONTON, Saturday, 7:00 pm
(Stampeders favoured by 6-points)

Calgary (8-1-1) looks to sweep the home-and-home series with Edmonton (7-3) for the fifth time in six years and has won the Labour Day rematch at Commonwealth Stadium nine times in 10 years. The Stampeders' 39-18 win Monday was their 15th straight victory at McMahon Stadium and sixth overall. What's more, the defending West champions have a league-best 3-1-1 road record. The Eskimos have lost three straight but received some good news Wednesday when all-star receiver Derel Walker rejoined the squad.

Prediction: Calgary.

Last week: 3-1.

Overall: 32-12-1.

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)


Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Tiger Cats in close striking distance of 1st place Tor.
Woooo ahhhhhh...

Anonymous said...

Who the hell makes these Predictions? Blum Bloomer Coaching Staff.

3RD and 1 said...

If the Riders of late show up in Winnipeg. Then Riders win.
What else needs to be said.

Anonymous said...

Only a Rider fan would make a comment that dumb considering it's your homer "reporter" that wrote the article. I use the term "reporter" loosely when it comes to this clown

Anonymous said...

Oh no he did not pick the tied for last place riders to win now the parade route must me cancelled

Anonymous said...

You mean have luck for the first qtr then coast for the rest of the game?

Anonymous said...

Dan Ralph Canadian Press....Toronto based!

Anonymous said...

If the bombers show up for this game the game is over and riders dont stand a chance against the bombers and the leagues LOUDEST and best fans

gman80 said...

-So mr. Anonymous.. I guess your moronic excuse for the Labour Day loss to the Riders was because the Bombers didn't show up? Pfft.. get a life! The Riders came in and kicked your Bombers ass! ...yeah Winnipeg made a game of it in the 2nd half and I expected that.. BUT The Riders Defence shut the Bombers down when it counted AND WON BECAUSE THEY WERE THE BETTER TEAM!.. if Sask beats wpg Sat, it'll be because they are better! - AND the way Sask has been playing the Bombers better show up! PLAIN AND F'N simple! ...