Welcome back CFL Fans! Week 16 was a good one for @TheBrysh as we were 3/3 on straight up wins, bringing our season total to 40/61 or 66%. With Week 16 behind us, we can now look at Predictions for Week 17. CFL Predictions are calculated using the weekly @TheBrysh Power Rankings.
CFL Week 17
At this point in the 2022 season, several teams have already clinched playoff spots, and others are fighting for post-season life. @TheBrysh Power Rankings simulate the effects that these scenarios have on the upcoming performances of each team. There are still plenty of unknowns, and only 5 weeks left to finalize the results. Week 17 promises to be action packed, let’s see how the predictions pan out!
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers
The 6-8 Saskatchewan Roughriders desperately need a win in Week 17 if they want to reach the playoffs. The 2022 season has been disappointing for the Riders, and the critics are looking for somebody to blame. Let’s place the culpability on DL Garrett Marino and move on with our lives. The Blue Bombers are playoff bound, and still have the best roster in the CFL, but don’t “bet the farm” on them winning their next 4 games. The 1st statistic I see coming into play this week is the Roughriders allowing more than 4 QB Sacks per game. The 2nd stat is that Winnipeg has 8 players with multiple QB Sacks this year, including DL’s Willie Jefferson(8), Casey Sales(3), Jackson Jeffcoat(3) and Jake Thomas(3). I know that the Riders will bring it on Friday, but the Bombers will win 22-12.
Ottawa Redblacks @ BC Lions
The 3-10 Ottawa Redblacks travel to BC this week to take on the 9-4 Lions, the Lions have already clinched a playoff spot and are hoping to maintain 2nd place in the West Standings. Ottawa is still hopeful for a playoff berth, the Redblacks have the personnel to make it happen, let’s see what the Lions have to say about that. BC will be without the services of WR Bryan Burnham, but I’m sure Dominique Rhymes will come up with another big game, BC wins 37-24.
Montreal Alouettes @ Edmonton Elks
The 4-10 Edmonton Elks are hosting the 6-7 Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium this week. Both teams are still hopeful for a shot at the playoffs, although the proposition may be theoretical in some cases. These teams met in Week 6 with the Elks managing a win 32-31. Edmonton appears to be bolstering their defensive unit with the signing of DB Daniel Wright, ILB Dontavious Jackson and DT Tim Bonner. I don’t see the Elks applying the pressure to upset the passing game of the Alouettes, WR Eugene Lewis has a big game, Montreal wins 33-23.
Toronto Argonauts @ Calgary Stampeders
@TheBrysh forecasts this matchup of the game to catch in Week 17. The 9-5 Stampeders are hungering for a lock on 2nd place in the West Division standings, the 8-5 Argonauts are equally ravenous to hold on to 1st place in the East. These teams have too much to gain, and I guarantee they will both leave everything on the field Saturday night. According to Sportsnet.ca journalist @Fan960Steinberg this match is a “DEFENSIVE COLLISION COURSE”. I’m going to disagree and anticipate fireworks, 4th of July style! Stamp’s QB Jake Maier, and Argo’s QB McLeod Bethel-Thompson will have a shootout with the Stampeders winning 34-33.
Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh