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Thursday, October 5, 2017


(Bombers favoured by 13-points)

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will have to do something no other East Division team has this season to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

Hamilton (3-10) visits Winnipeg (10-3) on Friday night still with an outside chance at catching the Ottawa Redblacks (5-9-1) for second in the East Division. But not only have the Bombers won three straight overall and their last five home games, they're 6-0 this season versus Eastern clubs.

Hamilton is just 1-7 against West Division competition. The Ticats lost a glorious opportunity to climb back into the Eastern playoff race Saturday by relinquishing a 14-point second-half lead en route to a 43-35 overtime loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

Winnipeg has won its last three meetings with Hamilton and outscored the Ticats 104-47. The Bombers also have a stellar plus-12 turnover ratio in those games.

Nichols has the CFL's highest quarterback rating (90.2) and efficiency rating (105.1) and has thrown a league-best 26 TD strikes. He's not been intercepted in 107 straight pass attempts.

Prediction: Winnipeg

(Argos favoured by 2-points)

Running back Trent Richardson makes his CFL debut for Saskatchewan (7-6), which ranks last in rushing. The Riders rallied to beat Ottawa 18-17 last weekend. Their defence stands second overall in fewest TDs allowed (32) and third in interceptions (14). The Argos (7-7) are 1-5 versus West Division teams but a 34-26 decision over Edmonton started their current three-game win streak. Toronto is also 5-2 at BMO Field and DeVier Posey gives Argos solid 1-2 receiving punch with veteran S.J. Green.

Prediction: Toronto

(Lions favoured by 4.5-points)

Trevor Harris is expected back under centre for Ottawa after missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury. The Redblacks have dropped two straight and three of their last four but running back William Powell has three consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts (438 yards combined, 6.7-yard average). Quarterback Jonathon Jennings has twice as many interceptions (12) as touchdowns (six) for B.C. (6-7), which has lost six-of-eight games. If the Lions feel they're a playoff team, this is one contest they must win.

Prediction: B.C.

(Eskimos favoured by 7.5-points)

Something has to give as Edmonton (7-6) has lost six straight and Montreal (3-11) is on a seven-game losing streak. The Eskimos are 5-1 against East teams whereas the Alouettes are 2-6 facing West squads. The Esks hope Gable can provide balance to an offence anchored by CFL passing leader Mike Reilly. Drew Willy could make a second straight start for the Als with Darian Durant (hamstring) still ailing.

Prediction: Edmonton

Last week: 4-0

Overall: 44-16-1

(Canadian Press)


Anonymous said...

Down with Montreal, the football gods are never wrong.

Anonymous said...

Rod how could you Riders win all the way you watch miss you on the sports cage and in the huddle bring us back a win

Rod Pedersen said...

Those aren't my picks my friend.


Morgan said...

Whoever's picks these are they are 0-3! Haha! Also, it's easy to tell that these weren't rod's picks as he never goes against the green and white! And for good reason!