Week 17 Picks: Staring into the abyss

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats need a win against the seemingly invincible Calgary Stampeders, who are 426-0 coming off a bye (all numbers approximate) to keep control of their playoff destiny: a loss to the Stamps and win by Ottawa in Saskatchewan and it’s good night, kitty. Meanwhile, the B.C. Lions need a win in Winnipeg to breathe life into their fading post-season hopes while the Bombers are trying to lock up second in the West and a home playoff date. Interesting times.

Calgary Stampeders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Friday, 7 p.m. EST

Hamilton is 4-2 under interim head coach June Jones, whose first decision was to promote backup Jeremiah Masoli to starting quarterback ahead of incumbent Zach Collaros. Masoli threw for 338 yards and two TDs while running for 48 yards in the Ticats’ 30-13 road win over Winnipeg. On July 29, Calgary (12-1-1) throttled the Ticats 60-1 and is coming off the bye week following a 59-11 victory over Montreal. The Stamps are 5-1-1 both on the road and against the East Division this year.

Hodge: Calgary gonna Calgary. STAMPS
Dunk: Bye+Calgary=win. STAMPS
Edwards: Part two of the “nobody picked us series” has an even higher degree of difficulty. STAMPS
Busby: Stamps simply don’t lose after a bye week. STAMPS
Gasson: Until proven otherwise. STAMPS
Filoso: Calgary off a bye is automatic. STAMPS
Smith: This is lunacy, but I have to make up ground somehow and no one else is going to pick Hamilton, so… TICATS

Ottawa Redblacks at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Friday, 10 p.m. EST

After missing nearly a month with a shoulder injury, the veteran quarterback came back to rally Ottawa past the B.C. Lions 30-25 last weekend. Harris helped the Redblacks erase a 19-point deficit to secure the victory, passing for 380 yards and three TDs. With Harris back, Ottawa’s offence now becomes much more balanced and therefore more dangerous. William Powell is running well and the Redblacks possess a deep and potent receiving corps as Greg Ellingson (seven catches, 149 yards, two TDs) and Diontae Spencer (three catches, 116 yards, one TD) excelled against the Lions. Saskatchewan is 4-2 at home this year but the Redblacks are a solid 4-4 on the road. Where the Riders hold a big advantage is their 5-1 record versus East Division competition while Ottawa is 2-6-1 against Western rivals.

Hodge: Brandon Bridge does it again in relief. RIDERS
Dunk: Chris Jones’ boys at home. RIDERS
Edwards: Saskatchewan at home against the East. I guess. RIDERS
Busby: This quarterback controversy is a Bridge to somewhere RIDERS
Gasson: Sask is tough at home. RIDERS
Filoso: Once again, Harris is the difference. REDBLACKS
Smith: I very much want to take Ottawa, but the Riders have made their new digs a tough spot for teams to play. RIDERS

B.C. Lions at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

It seems Winnipeg (10-4) will have starting quarterback Matt Nichols back for this one. He suffered an apparent hand injury last week against Hamilton but practised this week. That’s important because the Bombers can cement a playoff berth with a win. B.C. (6-8) has lost three straight games and six of its last seven. A loss to the Bombers would eliminate the Lions from playoff contention.

Hodge: The Lions have fallen and can’t get up. BOMBERS
Dunk: Winnipeg’s wakeup call came last week. BOMBERS
Edwards: Winnipeg needs to show last week wasn’t an aberration. They will. BOMBERS
Busby: Stick a fork in the Lions; the Bombers have their sights set on the West Division still. BOMBERS
Gasson: BC is fading hard. BOMBERS
Filoso: Last possession wins. BOMBERS
Smith: Matt Nichols isn’t 100 per cent, so I’m going upset. LIONS

Toronto Argonauts at Edmonton Eskimos
Saturday, 7 p.m. EST

Edmonton (8-6) snapped a six-game losing streak Monday against Montreal. More importantly, star quarterback Mike Reilly is expected to play after suffering a lower-body injury. One of those losses was a 34-26 decision to Toronto (7-8) as James Wilder Jr. ran for 190 yards and a TD in that game. He left Saturday’s loss to Saskatchewan in the fourth quarter and it’s unclear if he’ll play Saturday.

Hodge: Best in the East doesn’t mean much. ESKS
Dunk: Argos don’t have Lemon or Wilder. ESKS
Busby: A win over Montreal doesn’t solve much for the Eskimos woes. ARGOS
Gasson: Edmonton gets another. ESKS
Filoso: No Wilder, no win. ESKS
Smith: Edmonton has been a team of streaks, so one win isn’t enough. ESKS

Season records
Hodge: 47-17-1
Dunk: 47-17-1
Gasson: 45-19-1
Edwards: 44-20-1
Busby: 44-20-1
Filoso: 41-23-1
Smith: 37-27-1


63 Comments on Week 17 Picks: Staring into the abyss


  2. Great Kazoo // October 13, 2017 at 11:16 am //

    Only Filoso, the home, picks RedBlacks week after week. It’s about sharing your knowledge; not picking your favourite.

    • keith robbins // October 13, 2017 at 11:32 am //

      I was just going to say something to that affect “Great Kazoo”. Could not agree more. Of all the guys here picking, he is by far the “homer” of the group. I read these things every week and without going back and looking at his picks week by week, I bet a few bucks that Filoso consistently defaults to the “homer” side. I ignore his vote.

      • Enrico Della Penta // October 13, 2017 at 12:04 pm //

        Wha wha wha good for you that you ignore his vote, but thanks for following his picks anyway and yes the RBs will win against the melon heads this week. So I guess you don’t have a favourite team either?

    • Riders squeaked by 1 point 2 weeks ago against the third stringer… Harris is back – if the Redblacks win, it won’t even qualify as an upset.

      • On the Road.. while it was raining..
        Unfortunately we haven’t had the luxury of rebuilding in the east division.. Must be nice to get in to the playoffs all the time with a losing record eh?

        • Last I checked, it was raining was for both teams.

          We shall see. I have a feeling Riders fans will try to spin the Redblacks as a formidable opponent around midnight tonight.

          • But what team won at the end? Pretty sure it was us. Must be nice not to play in the West. You guys wouldn’t even be close to a playoff spot right now. Spin that any way you want.

        • Like I said… not an upset.

      • ottawa cant beat anyone good lol

      • riderontheisland // October 13, 2017 at 4:02 pm //

        Far from our best game, but we found a way to win on the road and we will dominate you at home today.

    • George fogarty // October 14, 2017 at 1:16 am //

      Well kazoo guess FIloso was right

  3. Friday the 13th, the day the Ticats eliminated !!

  4. Is it not possible to proof-read these stories before pushing the “publish” button.
    Have the Stamps really won 426 games coming off a bye week?
    Should it be 42-6?….42-26?….??

    Can’t believe only Josh got this game right in his predictions.

  5. AFootballGuy // October 13, 2017 at 11:27 am //

    The Lions desperately need an ownership change, and it seems like that’s coming.

    But, I also think that they’re going to learn that Jennings isn’t the guy. Maybe they’re learning it already. As much as the CFL media seems to love the guy, he hasn’t been consistently good since other teams amassed enough game film to really figure him out.

    Assuming that BC misses the playoffs, I won’t be surprised to see the Lions join in on the James Franklin sweepstakes, or take a swipe at one of the other free agent QBs in the off-season.

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 2:51 pm //

      To me, Jennings has the tools. What he may not have is the head for the game. That appears to be his Achilles heel, and the other teams have figured that out. Until he knows how to manage a game, I think he needs a good backup or, perhaps better yet, a good role model as he fills the backup role. Unexpected as it was, it was Lulay’s injury that derailed the Lions season.

  6. Red&White Forever // October 13, 2017 at 11:28 am //

    Keep dreaming. It’s still Hamilton, and it’s still Calgary. Stamps take this one easily.

    • keith robbins // October 13, 2017 at 11:39 am //

      That is what everyone in Winnipeg said last week. Is it possible that a team, any team can improve enough to win the cup or is the only factor the win/loss column in deciding a victor. If we went by that, then the Stamps would be sipping out of the cup from last year and we would not have to see “smiling Hank” and his unabashed ego spewed all over the TSN telecast every week. That did not happen and this is why we play the game. Do not take this Cat team lightly. They are not the QB killers for nothing and “Bo” boy is your meal ticket. How important is first place? Worth risking your QB over? First place does not come with any guarantees! Be careful!!! Very careful.

      • Red&White Forever // October 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm //

        I disagree, the Stampeders are on a mission this season, but everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

        • George Fogarty // October 13, 2017 at 1:17 pm //

          Yup on a mission to choke again.

        • Red&White – Ticats are on a mission too and are VERY motivated to say nothing of much improved. NO ONE gave them a chance against the Bombers and they pulled off that one ON the ROAD. This could be an upset – like the other loss the Stamps suffered earlier this season – IN MONTREAL no less!

          • TFMCB – Have to agree with you. Your Cats are playing completely different ball under Jones. The are playing with a lot of heart and have everything to gain and nothing to lose. Calgary is a damn good team but any team can be beat on any given day – Go Cats

        • they are on a mission to lose again in the playoffs, its their mojo. agreed.

    • if its still calgary that means they will choke again in the final 😀 easily

      • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm //

        I can’t wait to see you eat your words.

        Oh, it could happen, they could lose to a team who plays better on a given day in November. There are no guarantees.

        It could also prove to be one of the greatest teams in CFL history. Personally, I’m really hoping ignorant fans – who have nothing else to target except that – get to chew on that for the next decade or so.

        • Red&White Forever // October 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm //

          Apparently “choking” is losing in overtime of the Grey Cup after trailing by 20 points midway through the third quarter. Only one team gets to be called champions, and I take my hat of to Burris and the RB’s for their performance last year. So, we’ve established that the two teams who make it to the GC are either the “champs” or the “chokers”. What’s it called when your team didn’t make it to the Grey Cup, or even the playoffs?

          I absolutely agree that Hamilton is much improved and not the same team the Stamps beat 60-1. That being said, it’s STILL the Stamps, and although the score will be a much closer than a 59 point spread, the Stamps are STILL going to win. I’m sorry, but the (much improved) TigerCats are still just not at the same level as Calgary.

          • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 9:14 pm //

            Well said! Champs or Chokers… so, what ARE those other teams??

            And absolutely, the Stamps are still the Stamps. Keep lining ’em up, I think this team will take care of business, no matter who they play. Labels are for losers, anyhow, though allow me to contradict myself a bit while hoping for GOAT to mean something else entirely. Seems like something I like my team shooting for, so I rather enjoy the excess of regular season wins. Maybe even more than these guys enjoy all of their many losses.

          • lol at cfls worst since 1990 enjoy those regular season wins, its all calgary chokers ever do, no one said calgary chokes during the season, they choke in the playoffs, and they almost choked against the ti cats 😀 very over rated team till they win teh odd grey cup.

          • you still sour your over rated team choked in the grey cup? get over it, the better team won the grey cup last year, stop talkking about it only worry about this year lol and wipe those salty tears away, those redblacks were the champs and for a reason, calgary coulnt even measure up, now lets talk about how they will choke in the playoffs this year 😀

        • sorry but the most dominant teams in cfl history were the old esks and bombers, they never blew chances to win the grey cup back in their glory days, in teh stamps glory days they blow about 3 out of every 4 grey cup appearances, and they still have only won 8 grey cups, and odds are that the stamps choke again, history shows that.
          but the stamps being one of the greatest teams in cfl history? not even close they already lost a game and tied another, been much better seasons than this one. however i will agree if you meant that the stamps are the most overrated team in cfl history that rod black loves 😀
          but keep on dreaming about the stamps being the most dominant team, win 5 grey cups in a row, heck win even 10 gry cups and we will talk , no one for a long time will match winnipegs 2 and a half year road game winning streak, or their 25 grey cup appearances, or edmontons 5 grey cups in a row, or their what, 14 grey cups that went along with it? or torontos like 15 grey cups, trust me, calgary has a long way to go to be mentioned with the greatest teams in cfl history, and until they prove they win a couple of grey cups in a row, they wont be mentioned with the best.

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 13, 2017 at 2:54 pm //

      But Hamilton is not the team they were eight weeks ago. So, it’s not “still Hamilton.” Massoli and the Cats entire offense looked great last week against a stellar Bombers defense.

      Give a little credit where credit is due.

      • they also almost beat the stamps they are for real or the stamps and bombers have fallen a long way.

      • give them credit sure but the bombers took that game off, the onside punt kick showed that they were not mentally in that game and now i bet they dont think about first with a 7 point gap, they will just think of 2nd and calm down now.

  7. Blue Rules // October 13, 2017 at 11:38 am //

    ..Cal-milton peder-cats ( winner west)
    ..Sask-awa red-rider (winner west)
    ..B-peg blue-lions (winner central)
    ..Edm-onto Eski-nauts (winner west)

  8. George Fogarty // October 13, 2017 at 12:10 pm //

    Uh lets see Smith picks the Tabbies to win over the Choke-steders and that isn’t a homer pick?

    Really Kazoo get back on your space ship with dumb comments like that. I am sure if you go back on this site that all the writers at one point made several homer picks. Truth is he’s right the RB will win tonight against the green and whites.

    • George – Josh did pick the Ticats this week but he has also picked the opponent on a number of occasions. He might have picked the Ticats last week which certainly would look like a “homer pick” but turns out he was right!

    • Let’s see … Smith calls his pick of the Tabbies “lunacy” where he states he is picking against the grain to benefit.

      How is that a homer pick?

      Not to mention that last week, Smith’s pick was the Bombers.

      It is probably more effective to point out that Great Kazoo and keith robbins seem out lunch on Filisano’s picks. It only takes two picks back to find him going against the Red Blacks. And there’s two picks in a row against the RedBlacks, based on who plays QB.

      • George fogarty // October 14, 2017 at 1:31 am //

        Well enjoy the rest of the year at double double field and maybe next year your team can make the playoffs

    • lol sure they will, they have no chance lol!

  9. Mack Daddy // October 13, 2017 at 12:39 pm //

    – TICATS, getting better every week
    – RIDERS, tough at home
    – LIONS, Nichols not 100%
    – ARGOS, better than Montreal

    • Blue Rules // October 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm //

      Mack- curious, have you heard anything about Nichols injury?? Anything I’ve heard so far is he is healthy.

  10. Paul Bomber // October 13, 2017 at 1:11 pm //

    Should be an excellent weekend of feetsball!
    Bomber-Lion game will be very interesting for Bomber fans beyond the obvious fact it’s a Bomber game. Andrew Harris said the Cats punched them in the face last week and they weren’t able to respond (paraphrasing). Have they been able to get their collective poop together after last week’s pathetic effort? Lions will look for a quick start. Whoever is leading at the end of the first quarter will win. I wouldn’t bet one thin dime on the game.
    Tough call on Sk-Ott… so take the home team
    Calgary (unless they fall asleep)
    ‘nudder tough call in Edmonton… so I think I’ll take the home team again

  11. Red&White Forever // October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm //

    Oh yeah…
    Riders over RB’s
    Eskies over Argos
    Bombers over Lions
    Stamps over TiCats (of course)

  12. Lol Smith you know you are a bad cfl predictor when you trail even garbage cant pick worth crap Filosso 😀 pathetic!

  13. Savanna DeVille // October 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

    Oh, O-Taw-Waw Fans, you are so full of enthusiasm and positive vibrations!
    Unfortunately, this will be a “reality check show” for your poor misguided faithful.
    Your RedBlacks begin to fade away today. Since you enjoy power tools so much, we are going to have to take you out back to the woodshed and learn you a few lessons.
    You’ve got a buzzsaw for a logo, but by the end of the night, you’ll be left out in the rain and hung out to dry.
    Just a pile of rusty chainsaws.
    No one will recognize your RedBlacks when they are pounded into a pile. Henceforth, your new moniker shall be
    And for the team, do enjoy your bruised and swollen Black&Blue flight back to O-Taw-Waw. ..courtesy of AIR CANADA!

  14. lol as i figured the stamps needed the refs to save thier azzes on a last play call, refs always favor stamps, but now we see how far the stamps have fallen 😀 sweet, its that or the ticats are the best team in the cfl right now even better than calgary since the refs needed to save t hem

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 14, 2017 at 3:25 am //

      Thanks, ryan. While your insights reveal your high intellect, your truly remarkable objectivity shines brightest of all. So much so that I’m going to resist reading or responding to any of it forthwith. Oh, look at the time… sorry, gotta run.

      • no tthat it matters cuz you are totally biased for team choke but its okay you cheer on team choke / joke and the rest of us will cheer on the real teams 😀

  15. well here is the skinny…..ottawa wins kind of a surprise but not really, i thought they would get smoked but at the same time they were playing a team not much better than them in the riders who fluked their way to their record, but thanks for beating the riders anyway, the tiger cats will be playing for next year and were overacheiving all year long anyway, just pretenders, with the choke artist stamps basically clinching first the only question remains who will finish 2nd with the bombers clinching a playoff spot with the riders losing they will have no pressure on them and can basically try to win 2nd tomorrow b ut get 3 chances to do it, do they rest a few key players? as for sask they play deadmonton it seems for 3rd place and the rights to see who comes to winnipeg in the semi final. the only real question is who will be travelling to ottawa for the semi final, deadmontn or sask? stay tuned.

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