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Friday, October 26, 2018



It seems the B.C. Lions have cured their road woes.

The Lions opened the season dropping their first five road games before snapping that dubious streak with a 32-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 14. Since then, B.C. has won two of its last three contests away from B.C. Place Stadium.

B.C. (9-7) will have its road mettle put to the test Saturday night when it visits Saskatchewan (11-6). The Roughriders' rabid fans make Mosaic Stadium a very difficult place to play at the best of times, let alone with the hometown team still battling for home-field advantage in the West Division playoffs (depending on what the Calgary Stampeders do Friday night, that is).

The Lions have also punched their post-season ticket, although it's still unclear exactly where they'll finish in the standings. But B.C. comes in as one of the CFL's hottest teams, having won three straight and six-of-seven games overall.

The Riders are no slouches, having won four of their last five games and eight of 10. That includes a 29-24 road victory over Calgary last weekend without rush end Charleston Hughes.

Hughes, who leads the CFL with 15 sacks, didn't play after being charged Oct. 11 with impaired driving and failing to supply a breath sample for analysis. The 11-year veteran is expected to return this week.

But the Lions also have a road win over Calgary to their credit, a 26-21 decision Oct. 13. B.C. clinched a playoff berth last weekend after rallying for a 42-32 win over the Edmonton Eskimos.

Quarterback Travis Lulay threw four TD strikes in that game, three to DeVier Posey. And Tyrell Sutton ran for 97 yards on 16 carries after rushing for 106 yards in his Lions debut versus Calgary.

The Riders effectively bounced back from their lopsided 31-0 loss to Winnipeg on Oct. 13 with their five-point victory over Calgary. Quarterback Zach Collaros threw for 352 yards - his first 300-yard passing performance this season - while Saskatchewan ran for 140 total yards and two touchdowns.

With both teams having stout defences, this would appear to be a very tight game. In that scenario, Saskatchewan's loud, enthusiastic fans should give the Riders an edge.

Prediction: Saskatchewan.


The Blue Bombers (9-7) can clinch a playoff berth with a fifth straight victory. Receiver Darvin Adams is 98 yards shy of a second 1,000-yard campaign and running back Andrew Harris is second overall in rushing (1,269 yards). Calgary (12-4) has dropped two straight and can finish first in the West with a win. The CFL's top-ranked defence allowed almost 500 net yards last week but it's hard to imagine a Bo Levi Mitchell-led team losing three straight.

Prediction: Calgary.


Ottawa (9-7) can finish first in the East with a victory following last week's 35-31 home win. The Ticats (8-8) can still claim top spot but must first take this contest. They'll be minus big-play receiver Brandon Banks (season-ending broken clavicle last weekend), who was Jeremiah Masoli's security blanket. Newcomer Terrell Sinkfield Jr. is expected to play and could help complement slotback Luke Tasker, who's compiled consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Prediction: Hamilton.


The Alouettes (3-13) look to avenge last weekend's 26-22 loss in Toronto (4-12), when quarterback James Franklin ran for two TDs, giving him a club-record 14 and tying Doug Flutie's CFL single-season mark for quarterbacks. Johnny Manziel won't have a better shot at his first win as a league starter given the Argos are a dismal 0-7 away from BMO Field this season.

Prediction: Montreal.

Last week: 1-3.

Overall: 47-26.

(Canadian Press/Dan Ralph)


3RD and 1 said...

I would suggest that Dan Ralph of the Canadian Press needs to get better at his predictions before he can be taken seriously. Last week Dan was 1 pick correctly and 3 picks incorrectly. Dan's over all picks for the season thus far is... 27 Correct versus 46 Incorrect. That is a whopping 55%.
My Son challenged me to participate in 2 different styles of pick em.
The 1st was after preseason pick the whole year. Picking winners before the teams have played a regular CFL season game.
The 2nd was to play the TSN pick em week to week. Then see how we were doing against each other.
Ironically picking the whole season has a better record than picking week to week. So with that being said. A person can pick by Eanie Meanie Miny Moe. Catch a Tiger by the Toe and get easily as good if not better than what Dan has to date here in the CFL

I pick an OT game in SK
I pick Winnipeg beating Calgary
I pick Toronto beating Montreal again
I pick Hamilton beats Ottawa quite handily

Joe said...

Hmm...he has 47 correct out of 73 games which is 64%.

What I find funny about his predictions is that at times his write-up will talk about how one team is on fire...then go on to pick their opponent.

Calgary has lost 2 in a row...gave up 500 yards...on the road this week.
Winnipeg has won 4 in a row...on fire right now...can clinch a playoff berth.
Therefore the clear pick is Calgary.

He definitely throws you for a loop sometimes.

That said, the CFL is crazy this year and difficult to predict.