CFL picks: Nobody cares what you think

Yeah sure, you had the Riders.

Week 10 was a bloodbath for game pickers most people went 1-3 by picking the favourites only to see the Riders, Redblacks and (to a lesser extent) the Argos pull upsets. Call it what you want – parity, mediocrity, inconsistency – but 2018 has been unpredictable, even by CFL standards.

So let’s try this again…

PHOTO BY: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator.

Thursday, Aug. 23
Edmonton at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m.

The Ticats (3-5) last played in a 29-23 road loss to Winnipeg on Aug. 10. Starter Jeremiah Masoli is 2-0 versus Edmonton and led his team to a 38-21 win at Commonwealth Stadium on June 22. The Eskimos (6-3) are coming off a 40-24 victory over Montreal as CFL passing leader Mike Reilly threw for 424 yards and three TDs.
Prediction: Edmonton.

Dunk: Ticats schemes match well with Edmonton. Mike Reilly welcomed a second child and travelled on a short week. TICATS
Edwards: Ticats aren’t good off a bye or at home. Esks are on a short week. But have Mike Reilly and an angry C.J. Gable. And Mike Reilly. ESKS
Gasson: Bye week won’t help. ESKS
Hodge: Edmonton’s on a short week, during which Mike Reilly had a child. Still… ESKS
Ballantine: Ticats can’t keep pace with Reilly’s offence. ESKS
Filoso: Edmonton keeps rolling. ESKS
Smith: Hamilton is notoriously terrible off a bye, but given the extra rest, Edmonton playing on a short week and the Tabbies having to get a win at home at some point, I’ll take the home side by a hair. TICATS
Totals: ESKS 5 TICATS 2

Toronto Argonauts wide receiver Mario Alford (13) signals to his team in first quarter CFL action against the BC Lions, in Toronto on Saturday, August 18, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Friday, Aug. 24
Toronto at Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Antonio Pipkin is expected to make a second straight start for the Alouettes with Johnny Manziel (concussion protocol) out. Pipkin was 14-of-25 passing for 217 yards with a TD an interception against Edmonton. Toronto (3-5) chases a third straight win with starting quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson. James Wilder Jr. ran for 91 yards in last week’s 24-23 win over B.C.

Dunk: Potentially Montreal’s best chance at another win this season. ALS
Edwards: McLeod Bethel-Thompson > Antonio Pipkin. Everybody else > the Alouettes. ARGOS
Gasson: Until proven otherwise. ARGOS
Hodge: Never Montreal. ARGOS
Ballantine: A QB with three names? Yes, please. ARGOS
Filoso: There’s literally no reason to think Montreal wins this game. ARGOS
Smith: Trap game ahead of the Classic against the Ticats? I’m tempted, but I can’t pick Montreal again until they actually win again. ARGOS
Totals: ARGOS 6 ALS 1

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell throws the ball during first quarter CFL football action against the BC Lions in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Saturday, Aug. 25
Winnipeg at Calgary, 3:30 p.m.

For the first time this season, Bo Levi Mitchell and the Calgary Stampeders are dealing with defeat. Calgary (7-1) fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Sunday night following a 40-27 road loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Winnipeg (5-4) is also coming off a loss, a 44-21 home decision to the Ottawa Redblacks on Friday night. The lopsided loss was surprising as the Bombers’ defence came into the game leading the CFL in sacks and interceptions while being tied with Calgary for most turnovers forced.

Dunk: Everyone was on the Stamps last week, but Calgary at home. STAMPS
Edwards: Booooo Levi Mitchell over Matt Nichols. STAMPS
Gasson: at Calgary. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary’s at home. STAMPS
Ballantine: Dora the Explorer will be in attendance and the Stampeders defence will be playing the role of Swiper. STAMPS
Filoso: Calgary quickly rights the ship. STAMPS
Smith: Calgary is playing at home. STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 7 BOMBERS 0

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Zach Collaros (17) throws the ball during first half CFL action against the Calgary Stampeders, in Regina on Sunday, August 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Matt Smith.

Saskatchewan at British Columbia, 10 p.m.

Saskatchewan (4-4) should be riding high after its win over Calgary. A stellar defensive performance overshadowed Jordan Williams-Lambert recording 10 catches for 152 yards for the Riders. B.C. (3-5) couldn’t make a 10-point half-time lead stick last week in Toronto. At least the Lions are at home given their dismal 0-5 road record.

Dunk: B.C. has already beaten Winnipeg and Edmonton on the Left coast. LIONS
Edwards: I don’t trust either of these teams as far as I can throw Chris Jones’ green shirt… which I guess is pretty far. But still. RIDERS
Gasson: Riders D is the best unit on either team. RIDERS
Hodge: B.C. is a different team at home. LIONS
Ballantine: The Riders got their season defining win last week. The let down won’t be pretty. LIONS
Filoso: BC need it more (and are at home). LIONS
Smith: The Riders follow up a big win by laying an egg and B.C. gets a much-needed win. LIONS
Totals: LIONS 5 RIDERS 2

2018 Records
Dunk: 25-13
Edwards: 25-13
Ballantine: 25-13
Smith: 24-14
Gasson: 24-14
Filoso: 24-14
Hodge: 23-15

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