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Thursday, June 14, 2018

WEEK 1 CFL PICKS 2018

Arthur Ward/CFL.ca
Edmonton Eskimos at Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Thursday, 6:00 pm

Chris Streveler wasn't even born the last time a pure rookie quarterback opened a CFL season as a starter.

Hall of Famer Anthony Calvillo, currently the Toronto Argonauts quarterback coach, was the last player to achieve that in 1994 with the expansion Las Vegas Posse. Streveler, 23, will be under centre Thursday night when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers host the Edmonton Eskimos.

The six-foot-one, 211-pound Streveler threw for 6,081 yards and 54 touchdowns over two seasons at South Dakota while rushing for 1,543 yards and 20 TDs.

Edmonton QB Mike Reilly, who had a CFL-best 5,830 yards passing last season, will be without two big targets. Brandon Zylstra (100 catches, 1,687 yards, five TDs) is now with the NFL's Minnesota Vikings while Adarius Bowman (120 catches, 1,761 yards, nine TDs in 2016) will play for Winnipeg.

Veteran linebacker J.C. Sherritt returns to Edmonton's defence after suffering a season-ending ruptured Achilles in the Eskimos' first game of the '17 campaign.

Prediction: Edmonton.
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Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders, Friday, 7:00 pm

Quarterback Zach Collaros makes his first career start for Saskatchewan after being acquired from Hamilton. Collaros was the overwhelming favourite for the CFL's outstanding player award in 2015 before suffering a season-ending injury. Since returning, Collaros has lost a league record-tying 12 straight starts. If Collaros struggles, Brandon Bridge of Mississauga, Ont., can again come off the bench. Toronto begins its Grey Cup defence with veteran quarterback Ricky Ray, the East Division's outstanding player last year with 5,546 yards passing. Receiver S.J. Green will again be a favourite target while sophomore running back James Wilder Jr. provides a solid dual threat.

Prediction: Saskatchewan.
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Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Calgary Stampeders, Saturday, 5:00 pm

Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell leads the home team on its quest for a third straight Grey Cup appearance. The Stampeders was a CFL-best 7-2 at home last season and 6-1-1 versus East Division rivals. June Jones begins his first full season as Hamilton's head coach after compiling a 6-4 record in 2017 on an interim basis. Jeremiah Masoli, who orchestrated the 6-4 mark, is the Ticats' starting quarterback with former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel as his backup. The Ticats have traditionally strugged at McMahon.

Prediction: Calgary.
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Montreal Alouettes at B.C. Lions, Saturday, 8:00 pm

Head coach Wally Buono begins his final season as B.C.'s head coach. Two of Buono's six Grey Cup rings came as a linebacker-punter with the Alouettes. The Lions won both of their exhibition games and defensively scored three TDs. But the offence, under first-year co-ordinator Jarious Jackson, continues to progress slowly. Having said that, quarterback Jonathon Jennings has two solid receivers in veterans Emmanuel Arceneaux and Bryan Burnham. Drew Willy makes the start for Montreal in head coach Mike Sherman's CFL debut.

Prediction: B.C.

(Picks by Dan Ralph/Canadian Press)

COIN: EDM - SK - CGY - BC

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

who would pick the sad sack Sask Riders over the defending Grey Cup Champs????

Anonymous said...

LOL Saskatchewan win??? I am a long time Rider fans who would love this prediction to be true but really? The Grey Cup champs who didn't have a lot of changes against an unproven team without a top rated QB? What? Hometown advantage? Hope you are right. Cheers

Anonymous said...

These Grey Cup Champs are the same team that were a 3rd down gamble away from the so called sad sack Riders going to the Cup.

Give this shit a rest already.

Why comment?

Anonymous said...

These Grey Cup champs were thumping the Riders for most of the game. They were terrible. These Grey Cup champs are the same that completed the 22 yard pass on 3rd & 5 on your genius DC. If you can't stop them on 3rd & 5 with a trip to the Cup on the line then you don't deserve to be there. Must you always try to re-write history - you LOST the game. Get over it. We're still hearing woulda coulda shoulda about the one that got away but for the 13th man. There are no pretend wins in finals or Grey Cups. If you were so great then it shouldn't have come down to stopping a 3rd & 5. That's why Ricky Ray has won 4 Cups as a starter. May have one more than your team before he's done. Didn't Lemon have 3 sacks that day? I'm sure he & Laing & Wynn are looking forward to saying hello to Zach.

Anonymous said...

My proline picks have Edmonton, Saskatchewan, Hamilton, B.C winning. I don't think Hamilton will be as bad I think June Jones, Orlando Steinhauer can get them to win in Calgary.

Anonymous said...

Could this be our last chance to witness Ricky Ray play a game in Regina? One reason to be at tomorrow's game for sure. Fond memories of another legend, Anthony Calvillo, especially in the 2010 home double OT opener.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Rod, but we have to read enough from the haters on 3D ... why let them post here too. Hatred disguised at opinion, is still hatred. Just saying. Just saying the might Argos boat sinks tomorrow and this season. How's that for opinion.

Anonymous said...

COIN picks -

EDMONTON
SK.
HAMILTON
MONTREAL

Anonymous said...

Yes we still don’t know if we have a starting quarterback. I don’t think people should get to excited yet.

Anonymous said...

Last year's Rider team was moderately successful, that's it. And they were lucky to be that.

Anonymous said...

" IN COIN WE TRUST "

Anonymous said...

Should be a close one. All hinges on the o-line and whoever is at QB. Riders 23 - 20. Or it could be 38 - 12 Argos. It's really anyone's guess.

Anonymous said...

Oh I wish they would put a cover top on Mosaic Stadium ala Olympic Stadium Montreal. Ie; Build tower south end concourse, attach cable wire north east west stratigically. Intersperse with durable fabric, wel la, covered stadium. Not a dome, but covered. Git er done well to do industry money bags contributors.

Big Mav

Anonymous said...

7th anon.

So you're lobbying Rod not to publish anything negative about the Riders.
I guess you are unaware that the comments are already censured. I've sent in lots of realistic Roughrider stuff that just ended up on the cutting room floor.

Tex

Anonymous said...

CORRECTION - WINNIPEG OVER EDMONTON

Anonymous said...

Everyone knows the comments are moderated and some dont make to post. Goodness knows Ive had my fair shair of comments not make it on this site and thats ok. Overall Mr Pedersen is fair.

QT