CFL Week 14 is all wrapped up with @TheBrysh Predictions going 3/4 for a season total of 37/55 or 67% on straight up wins. Week 15 is compressed, with only 3 games on the schedule, and the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Redblacks and Montreal Alouettes enjoying a week off. The East Division Standings should be stable, with only Hamilton in action. All 5 teams from the West Division are active, so we may see movement in those standings.
CFL Week 15
Edmonton Elks @ Saskatchewan Roughriders (-9.5)
The 6-7 Saskatchewan Roughriders host the 3-10 Edmonton Elks in Regina this week. The two teams have met twice this year, with the Riders winning both games, by a total score of 60-39. Saskatchewan has been impressive at times, keeping games close with Winnipeg, Calgary and BC. After ridding themselves of the unnecessary baggage of Garrett Marino, the Riders are turning a corner and may see a playoff berth this season. On the other hand, not much can be said of the Edmonton Elks in a positive manner.
The Elks have the lowest Points For Average (20.2) and the highest Points Against Average (34.1) in the entire CFL. Edmonton is obviously looking to shore up their defense as they have just signed DL Malik Harris, LB Tony Jones and DB Ethan Makonzo. This appears desperate, coupled with the Elks 3 game losing streak, and facing an intimidating crowd at Mosaic Stadium, it looks like the Elks will be eliminated from the playoffs this week. I pick the Riders to win 29-17.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (-8.5) @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
The 1st place Winnipeg Blue Bombers are traveling to Hamilton this week to take on the 3-9 Tiger-Cats. Winnipeg is coming off of a monumental win last week against the Saskatchewan Roughriders 54-20. Bombers QB Zach Collaros had a big game, he passed for 273 yards and 4 TD’s, we can expect to see much of the same against the Tiger-Cats. A win in week 15 would seal a home field playoff game at the end of the regular season, I’m sure this will be added incentive for the Bombers.
Hamilton is on a 3 game losing streak, and is looking to end the skid with a redemption of their 26-12 loss to the Bombers in week 3. The Tiger-Cats have injury concerns, including WR Anthony Johnson and DB Cariel Brooks who have missed practice. Hamilton QB Dane Evans has returned to full practice this week and is expected to be ready on Saturday. Evans has been hampered by an injury suffered in week 9. With Winnipeg on their 3 game winning streak, and the promise of clinching a home playoff game, it’s safe to say that the Bombers take this one 22-7.
BC Lions @ Calgary Stampeders (-4.5)
The 2nd place BC Lions travel to Calgary to take on the 3rd place Stampeders at McMahon Stadium. The Lions have been on a bit of a downhill slide the last few weeks, and are currently on a 2 game losing streak. BC’s once feared offense has only put up 26 points in the last 2 games, a paltry 13.0 PPG average.
The main catalyst of the Lions offensive stumbles, is the loss of star Canadian QB Nathan Rourke due to a potentially season ending injury suffered against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The Stampeders are riding a 2 game winning streak, where they outscored the Edmonton Elks by a total of 82-46. A win on Sunday would vault the Stamps over the Lions, to sit comfortably at 2nd in the West Division.
Calgary QB Jake Maier has started the last 3 games, and is expected to start on Sunday. Maier has passed for over 800 yards and 6 TD’s against 1 interception in the last 3 games. Look for Maier to continue with his pin-point accuracy, season completion rate of 78%, to guide the Stamps to a 37-27 victory.
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Written by: @jackcameron1970 aka The Brysh
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