3DownNation CFL picks: Bo seeks bounce-back against Riders

Week 9 of the CFL season is already underway with the Ottawa Redblacks upsetting the Edmonton Elks on Tuesday. All of our contributors picked Edmonton, so their ‘L’s are reflected in the records at the bottom.

There are three juicy divisional games on the docket this weekend, including a key game between two top teams in the West Division, a chance for Montreal to stop their losing streak, and an opportunity for the Riders to bury the lowly Stamps.

Without further ado, here are the picks.

Friday, October 1
Winnipeg Blue Bombers at B.C. Lions, 10:00 p.m. EST
Betting Line: Bombers -1.5

Lucky Whitehead faces his former team for the first time since departing for B.C. via free agency. Winnipeg is on a four-game winning streak, but Michael Reilly knows how to light it up at BC Place. If the Lions want to host a playoff game this season, this game is a must-win for the Orange and Black.

DUNK: Winnipeg off a bye WITH the best defence in the league… BOMBERS 

HODGE: Winnipeg extends their winning streak. BOMBERS

ABBOTT: B.C. will need four huge plays to beat a team as consistent as Winnipeg. Odds are they get four. BOMBERS

BALLANTINE: Winnerpeg keeps rolling. BOMBERS

FILOSO: I’m not picking against Winnipeg until they give me a reason to. BOMBERS

GASSON: Big test for B.C. but Winnipeg prevails. BOMBERS

HUDSON: I’m taking Winnipeg, but admittedly I want to see Reilly/Whitehead disrupt the boring weekly power rankings. BOMBERS

LUDWIG: The Lions mostly carried play against Saskatchewan. This week, that will be significantly harder. BOMBERS

MCGUIRE: The Leos should put a scare into them, but just a scare. BOMBERS

SMITH: It is tempting to take the Lions at home, but it is almost impossible to pick against Winnipeg right now. BOMBERS

BOMBERS 10
LIONS 0

Saturday, October 2
Montreal Alouettes at Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 4:00 p.m. EST
Betting Line: Ticats -2.5

Jeremiah Masoli will likely be back under centre for the Ticats for the first time since Week 2 when he was injured in Saskatchewan. Vernon Adams Jr. is looking to end his Jekyll-and-Hyde routine and snap a two-game losing streak, particularly with Ottawa now just a half-game behind them in the standings.

DUNK: The Tiger-Cats are about to be humming. TICATS 

HODGE: Hamilton’s getting healthy at the right time. TICATS

ABBOTT: Vernon Adams Jr. is due for one of his signature heroic performances. I have a feeling it comes this week. ALS

BALLANTINE: Adams keeps going deep to no avail. TICATS

FILOSO: I’ll give the home team the edge. TICATS

GASSON: The Ticats are back and humming. TICATS 

HUDSON: Rumours of Masoli’s return and Hamilton’s D-line pressuring Adams into mistakes. TICATS

LUDWIG: With Ticats reinforcements coming, the outcome for Montreal should be a close game but their floor is a Week 4 repeat. TICATS

MCGUIRE: Montreal has a little more stability at QB. ALS

SMITH: Vernon Adams Jr. is prone to making a couple of boneheaded plays a game and you can’t do that against Hamilton’s defence. TICATS

ALS 2
TICATS 8

Saturday, October 2
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders, 7:00 p.m. EST
Betting Line: Riders -2.5

Craig Dickenson sees this as Saskatchewan’s “toughest game to date,” which is wild considering Calgary is 2-5. Bo Levi Mitchell will be looking to get back on track after being pulled in his most recent game as the Stamps look to get out of the basement of the West Division.

DUNK: Because Bo Levi Mitchell. STAMPS

HODGE: Saskatchewan plunges the dagger into Calgary’s coffin. RIDERS

ABBOTT: Calgary is in trouble offensively. RIDERS

BALLANTINE: Calgary’s run starts now. STAMPS

FILOSO: Saskatchewan is playing good football, Calgary is not. RIDERS

GASSON: Saskatchewan starts to lock down second in the west. RIDERS

HUDSON: Bo missing Jorden and maybe other receivers? Not enough weapons. RIDERS

LUDWIG: Hard to see how Calgary scores enough points. RIDERS

MCGUIRE: Saskatchewan’s quarterback is on a roll while Calgary’s isn’t. RIDERS

SMITH: Stamps off a bye and at home used to be automatic, but these aren’t the Stamps of old. RIDERS

RIDERS 8
STAMPS 2

Gasson 19-12
Dunk 17-14
Hudson 17-14
Hodge 15-16
McGuire 15-16
Ludwig 14-17
Smith 13-18
Ballantine 11-20
Filoso 10-21
Abbott 8-23

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