Week 10 is only two days away and it’s time for game predictions by @TheBrysh. The CFL Power Rankings at the top and bottom of the league have not changed much over the last two weeks. It is the middle-of-the-pack, and the East Division in particular, that is in a state of constant change. One game of interest in this battle for dominance of the 4th to 7th positions is the Argo’s at the Tiger-Cats. Although Toronto is firmly in 1st place in the East, a strong showing by the Ti-Cats could shake up those intermediary rankings. The BC Lions and Calgary Stampeders promises to be an exciting one, with two teams that can put up some serious points. Last week @TheBrysh went 4/4 for picks, bringing a season total of 25/35, that’s 71%!
Alouettes at Blue Bombers
The first game of week 10 has the Montreal Alouettes travelling to Investors Group Field to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The undefeated Bombers are favoured by 11.5 points over the Al’s, @TheBrysh concurs with this double-digit spread and predicts a 28-12 victory for the Bombers. Last week Montreal held Winnipeg to a 14-14 tie in the 3rd quarter, before the Bombers blew them away with 21 points in the 4th. Winnipeg WR Greg Ellingson is expected to return from a hip injury, his contribution will be well received by the Blue Bombers in sealing the win, and moving on to a 10-0 season.
Argonauts at Tiger-Cats
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats will be hosting the Toronto Argonauts this weekend in a contest between the 1st and 2nd teams in the East Division standings. Although the Argo’s will remain at the top of the east, regardless of week 10’s results, all 4 Eastern teams are still in the running for a Division title. Toronto kept Hamilton in check last week with a sound 34-20 victory, will they manage something similar in week 10? Hamilton’s loss to Toronto was sealed when they gave up two touchdowns, one on a blocked kick and the other on an interception. Hopefully the Tiger-Cats can eliminate these errors, play the solid defense they are capable of, and make a competitive match this week. This should be a close game and @TheBrysh predicts a low scoring win for the Argonauts, 19-15.
Lions at Stampeders
The BC Lions are travelling to Calgary this week to challenge the Stampeders for bragging rights in the talent stacked West Division. @TheBrysh has had Calgary consistently in the 2nd position of the 2022 CFL Power Rankings. The BC Lions do have claim to 2nd place in the West Division, but largely due to an easier schedule. The Lions’ last three wins were against Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Hamilton, with a combined record of 8-16. Lions QB Nathan Rourke has been on fire lately, and leads the league with 2,418 yards passing, with 21 TD’s and an 81% completion rate. Stampeders QB Bo Levi Mitchell is only 1 yard from becoming Calgary’s all-time passing leader. This game will be a great match-up between two talented QB’s, the odd’s makers favour the BC Lions by 2 points. I predict a high scoring affair with Mitchell and his Stampeders coming out on top 32-27, the Over-Under was 53 points, and I say it is a safe bet.
Roughriders at Elks
The Roughriders are back from a much-needed week of rest and recuperation. The ‘Riders make their way to Edmonton for a meeting with the Elks this week. Neither team has a winning record this season, Saskatchewan is 4-4 while Edmonton is 2-6. These teams met in week 2, with the Roughriders pulling off a 26-16 win on the road. Saskatchewan has not had a fully effective roster since the beginning of the season, suffering from injuries, disciplinary suspensions and a rash of COVID symptoms. This week I look to see the ‘Riders regain their early season stride and come out on top, 22-19 over the Edmonton Elks.