Week 10 picks: Can the Riders compete away from Mosaic?

The elite teams in the CFL all have winning records on the road.

Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and B.C. all have three victories in other teams’ barns. That’s why they’re all legitimate Grey Cup contenders until proven otherwise.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ T.J. Thorpe (14) celebrates against the Edmonton Eskimos during the first half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Thursday, August 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-2) at Montreal Alouettes (3-5)
Thursday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. EST

Winnipeg kick-started its four-game win streak by rallying for a 41-40 home victory over Montreal on July 27, erasing a 12-point deficit with under a minute to play. Quarterback Matt Nichols has a gaudy 70.2 completion percentage with 14 TDs and just four interceptions while running back Andrew Harris had over 100 yards rushing and receiving versus Edmonton. Montreal (3-5) comes off a lacklustre 38-6 road loss in Toronto, managing just nine first downs and 138 net yards. Slotback Nik Lewis needs nine catches to break Geroy Simon’s all-time mark (1,029).

Dunk: Winnipeg gets a sneaky tough road win. BOMBERS
Hodge: Winnipeg is rolling. BOMBERS
Edwards: More West on East crime. BOMBERS
Gasson: Montreal is searching for answers. BOMBERS
Busby: Als won’t have much of an answer for offensively-charged Bombers. BOMBERS
Smith: The Als are much better at home (3-1) than on the road (0-4), but Winnipeg is just much better than Montreal. BOMBERS
Filoso: Winnipeg might be the hottest team in the league. BOMBERS
Totals: BOMBERS 7 ALS 0

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Jason Maas reacts after a Winnipeg Blue Bombers touchdown during the first half of CFL football action in Winnipeg, Thursday, August 17, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan

Saskatchewan Roughriders (3-4) at Edmonton Eskimos (7-1)
Friday, Aug. 25, 9:30 p.m. EST

It’s been nearly two weeks since the Riders last played. On Aug. 13, the Riders dispatched the B.C. Lions 41-8 the week after dropping a 30-15 decision in Vancouver. The Riders should definitely feel refreshed Friday night when they visit the Eskimos. What’s more, they’ve won just one of their last five games coming off a bye week. Edmonton should also be anxious to make up for its 33-26 loss last Thursday night to Winnipeg. The loss to Winnipeg was Edmonton’s first this season. But given their injury woes, it’s a testament to the Eskimos’ resolve that they continued winning as long as they did. The Eskimos acquired veteran defensive lineman John Chick from Hamilton. Chick, the CFL’s top defensive player in 2009, had 14 sacks last year but just two and 16 tackles in 2017. Receiver Brandon Zylstra, defensive tackle Almondo Sewell and defensive back Garry Peters could all return against Saskatchewan. The Eskimos are also 4-0 at Commonwealth Stadium while Saskatchewan is 0-3 on the road.

Dunk: Riders continue to play Jekyll and Hyde. ESKS
Hodge: On the road, these may as well be the Riders of 2015. ESKS
Edwards: Progress isn’t necessarily proficiency. ESKS
Gasson: Can’t believe in the Riders on the road until they do it. ESKS
Busby: Nice time for the Reilly and Co. to bounce back. ESKS
Smith: Please. ESKS
Filoso: Don’t see Edmonton losing in back to back weeks. ESKS
Totals: ESKS 7 RIDERS 0

B.C. Lions’ Hunter Steward (67) and Charles Vaillancourt (69) wait in an inflatable tunnel to take to the field for a CFL football game against the Calgary Stampeders in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday August 18, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. Lions (5-4) at Ottawa Redblacks (2-6-1)
Saturday, Aug. 26, 3:30 p.m. EST

B.C. has dropped two straight and three of its last four games. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings has a 59 per cent completion average with six interceptions in two games since returning from injury. Ottawa comes off a 37-18 win over Hamilton as Trevor Harris, who leads the CFL in passing yards and TDs, threw for 394 yards and two touchdowns. Greg Ellingson is the league’s leading receiver and had 10 catches for 155 yards and a touchdown versus the Ticats, and the Redblacks’ defence has a league-high 67 quarterback pressures. But it’s hard to look past the West’s 17-2-1 head-to-head record versus the East, with Montreal recording both wins.

Dunk: B.C. knows how to get it done in the East. LIONS
Hodge: Can’t trust Ottawa yet — B.C. in a squeaker. LIONS
Edwards: Not sure about either of these teams right now… LIONS
Gasson: Travel could be an equalizer, but BC doesn’t lose 3 in a row. LIONS
Busby: It’s about time the defending champs proved they can be East contenders. REDBLACKS
Smith: Ottawa beating Hamilton doesn’t mean they still aren’t bad. LIONS
Filoso: Hard to see BC losing three in a row but they always seem to struggle in Ottawa. REDBLACKS
Totals: LIONS 5 REDBLACKS 2

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 19 – Ricky Ray of the Toronto Argonauts during the first half of CFL action as the Toronto Argonauts host the Montreal Alouettes at BMO field on August 19, 2017.
Ricky Ray is now the franchise leader in passing touchdowns. Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star

Toronto Argonauts (4-5) at Calgary Stampeders (6-1-1)
Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 p.m. EST

Ricky Ray had 377 passing yards and four TDs in leading Toronto past Montreal 38-6 last week while the Argos defence allowed just 138 net yards. Ray missed the previous week with a shoulder injury suffered in a 41-24 home loss to Calgary on Aug. 3. S.J. Green had nine catches for 145 yards in the win over the Als while running back Brandon Whitaker ran for 195 yards on 31 carries (6.3-yard average) in the home-and-home series. Stampeders’ starter Bo Levi Mitchell was 15-of-31 passing for 231 yards and an interception in last week’s win over B.C. but this week downplayed the severity of an unspecified issue that’s affecting his throwing motion. CFL rushing leader Jerome Messam, who suffered a knee injury against the Lions, is expected to play.

Dunk: Stampeders at McMahon. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary at home? Check. STAMPS
Edwards: Where East teams go to die. STAMPS
Gasson: McMahon. STAMPS
Busby: Even without Messam, the Stamps offence can do enough. STAMPS
Smith: Calgary is going to lose at home eventually… but not this week. STAMPS
Filoso: Three things are certain in life: death, taxes and Calgary winning at home. STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 7 ARGOS 0

Season records
Dunk: 30-6-1
Hodge: 30-6-1
Edwards: 27-9-1
Gasson: 27-9-1
Busby: 26-10-1
Filoso: 23-13-1
Smith: 22-14-1

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39 Comments on Week 10 picks: Can the Riders compete away from Mosaic?

  1. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 11:45 am //

    I have a feeling the riders will be able to take advantage of the depleted Eskimos. Calgary will be in first place heading into the Labor Day weekend

  2. Dan Bombers // August 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm //

    lets see Go Riders Go Redblacks and Go Argos !!

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm //

      Easy to see your thought process Dan

      • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 12:10 pm //

        actually it’s not easy to see your though process. Aren’t you a Bomber fan?

        • Dan Bombers // August 24, 2017 at 12:55 pm //

          I’m always a rider fan when it benefits the Bombers !! Of course we have to hold up our end of the deal and this game scares the hell out of me !! This would be a game we would blow in past years

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 1:01 pm //

            Sorry Dan
            I must be sniffing paint fumes. I thought Winnipeg was playing Ottawa this week and didn’t understand why you would be cheering for the Redblacks!. Now that I read the schedule more carefully I see Winnipeg is playing Montreal. It makes sense now.

  3. justforkicks // August 24, 2017 at 1:06 pm //

    I totally understand your thought process. It’s had me cheering for the stamps at time! This week Dan I’m sorry but for your reasoning I have to go Als and RB’s. Bottom line I still hope for exciting football. Typically if I have no dog in the fight I cheer the underdog. I guess it’s that rider mentality LOL!!

  4. Mr Curling // August 24, 2017 at 1:19 pm //

    out of 28 picks 2 pick the underdog? Does this mean we should stop watching? The games I’ve seen have been way closer than the prognosticators ,who know everything, predict

  5. Hello Captain Obvious. Any Rider fan is going to cheer for the East clubs vs the West. It goes w/o saying that applies for the other West clubs in any games with the East.

    • justforkicks // August 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm //

      Not necessarily EW. When Calgary and Edmonton are playing the east I will cheer west on occasion. Riders won’t be catching those two for sure anyway so I’ll go with what feels good or again maybe the underdog. Every game is a different situation unless the riders are in it. And again I hope for an exciting game.

  6. sabraadennis // August 24, 2017 at 1:32 pm //

    nice

  7. just for kicks you arent catching winnipeg either 😀

    • justforkicks // August 24, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

      Quite possibly true, the bombers have been doing very well! However I never say never! And that’s why we keep playing the games.

  8. Well – my Riders are in tough playing in the chuck, but if they come to play it should be a good Friday night game and we could pull out a must win.

    Unfortunately the rest of my picks for the W are:

    Winnipeg
    BC
    Calgary

    • justforkicks // August 24, 2017 at 2:34 pm //

      Agreed except Ottawa could make it depending on who shows up.
      GO RIDERS

      • I’m on the fence with that one too, but I think BC will put the past two games in the rear view and come out firing. What say ye BCDave ?

        • I agree Yup. Against the Riders we were just not mentally into it and against Calgary, we just plain played poorly. Both teams did but Calgary won a comedy of errors. I think this will be JJ’s coming out (or coming back in the case) game and I expect him to light it up.

    • if thats the case you can catch bc easily and you can catch deadmonotn too if you want to dream lol, cuz no way to catch winnipeg 😛

  9. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

    NOT BC
    NOT WINNIPEG
    NOT EDMONTON
    CALGARY

    These are my picks
    In my perfect world Sask and Edmonton would result in a double disqualification like a Saturday afternoon Maple Leaf Wrestling match!

  10. When the Riders win on Friday it will speak to two things; Riders are getting better and show they can win in hostile territory, and the Esks are coming back to earth. Nothing spell CFL like the Riders winning in Edmonton.

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

      It will also show the Esks have reached their threshold in terms of injuries

      • Funny you say that. You didn’t allow the significant amount of injuries the Riders faced last year to affect you opinions of their play and coach. But now Esks face the same thing, so it’s ok??? Typical double standard ……

        • Bingo

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 6:38 pm //

          I don’t see how a few rider injuries last year compares to Edmonton’s this year

          • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm //

            Further more Edmonton has done an amazing job dealing with it to this point.

          • A few. A few. You do realize (probably not) the Riders set a new CFL record for players lost to injury last year. So a few could be used to describe a number of other factors. But in keeping with Drew’s promise to corral the hater speak, I will leave it at that. You’re wrong again.

        • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 24, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

          I only joined this site in Feb. I wasn’t around last year. How could I have criticize or praise the Riders last year?

          • Pretty sure you’re one in the same is horsie, mrinconsequential, and the host of other handles they have used. Appears to most of us you are using a few handles to spew your thought provoking intellect.

    • you must be sniffing glue if you think the bombers would have lost, as for bc and edmonton i hope they lose too but i am not sniffing the same glue you are 😀

    • you have to win that game or there is no playoffs for you this year you have no choice but to win, if you cant beat a team with 90 percetn of the team on the ir then you wont beat anyone else this year, heres hoping you win!

  11. Prediction: Argos defense crushes BLM and the Stumps… Argos win!

    • IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 25, 2017 at 3:43 pm //

      Come buy a ticket to historic McMahon and see for yourself if your prediction comes fruition. Lots available

      • RJ Johnson Jr // August 26, 2017 at 1:44 am //

        Of course there are a lot of tickets available for games in Calgary – ITS A HOLE!!!!! Who would want to watch a game there????

        • White Horse // August 27, 2017 at 6:32 pm //

          Suddenly rider fans are ALL WORLD now that you have a new stadium. Remember the dump the riders played in for eons? Worst in the league by far. Now all you need is a football team.

  12. I have a hard time believing Gasson is a Rider fan. Seems to just be beat writer.

  13. Antlerman // August 26, 2017 at 12:23 am //

    Hey you beat writers are all wtong Chris Jones defense has cime to Edmonton

  14. RJ Johnson Jr // August 26, 2017 at 1:40 am //

    Nice picks on the Riders-Esks game guys!

  15. Ouch, a few of those comments re Rider -Esks game do not age well. Oh well better luck with the predictions next week, fellas!

  16. good to see the over rated Lions being brought down to earth hard and fast, good to see Deadmonoton start to lose a couple and probs loses 4 in a row now, i was reading all the cfl season predictoins they all had Jenning to win the the MOP lol! he wont even probs start another game till next year, and all these predictions said the bombers wouldnt finish 2nd and deadmonton 2nd or 3rd ( in either order) they predicted BC to be such a great team, lol, and that hamilton would win the east (LOL) dont u have to win a game to win your division, these predictors are so biased, i love how Nichols has shut them all up so far this year. hope they beat the riders back to back ( which no team seems to be able to do). always no respect for the bombers every year by every writer, gets sick. so i tell you guys learn to predict! after all you guys predicted the stamps to win the grey cup right, and fil loss so is the worst of you all.

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