Welcome back CFL Fans! Week 20 of the 2022 season is in the rear view mirror, and it’s time to calculate the CFL Predictions for Week 21. @TheBrysh Power Rankings (PR’s) are calculated using a proprietary algorithm. @TheBrysh Power Rankings are also used to calculate weekly predictions; Week 20 predictions for @TheBrysh were 4/4, for a season tally of 53/77 or 69% on straight up wins. As the weeks progress, the numbers get dialed in and the predictions become even more accurate. Point spreads are courtesy of betregal.com and are accurate at time of writing.
This is the final week of the CFL season and all of the playoff brackets have been determined . Teams will be playing for pride and bragging rights, because of the “snake format” of the draft lottery, there is no benefit to a team based on their final record or standing. Individual players will be performing to reach contractual performance bonuses, extending an existing contract, or competing for personal sense of achievement. In any event, everything is on the line for these players, regardless of the lack of impact on the post season, and they will leave everything on the field.
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BC LIONS @ WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS(-4)
The BC Lions are committed to start Canadian QB Nathan Rourke on Friday against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers have already clinched 1st place in the West Division, but their roster is more than deep enough to make this a real challenge for BC. The key to a Lions upset hinges on the performance of Rourke, returning from a foot injury in August. Rourke is sure to show signs of “ring rust”, so how will BC utilize him? Give him a full game, or break him in slowly? The Lions will undoubtedly give Winnipeg a good game, but bet on the Bombers 28-24.
MONTREAL ALOUETTES @ TORONTO ARGONAUTS(-3)
Like many of the teams in this week’s action, the Alouettes and Argonauts have their playoff berths decided for them. The managerial strategy is to plan effectively for the post-season, remember that Toronto will have an extra week of rest before the East final. Both teams need to stay as healthy as possible, but the Alouettes especially so, since they face Hamilton in the first round. Toronto has demonstrated their superiority in the East, and may be able to leave more on the field with a bye week upcoming. Either way, take the Argonauts to win 32-26.
HAMILTON TIGER-CATS(-2.5) @ OTTAWA REDBLACKS
This is one of 2 very fascinating matchups, one team is clinched for the playoffs, while the other is playing for pride and individual achievement. Hamilton confirms that QB Dane Evans will be available for Week 21, despite a thumb injury reported last week. Although the Tiger-Cats are already guaranteed their playoff berth, they are obviously serious about a victory. On the other hand, the Redblacks have “nothing to lose” and will give Hamilton all that they can handle, but in the end take the Tiger-Cats to win 27-20.
SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS @ CALGARY STAMPEDERS(-7)
Now for the other interesting tussle of the final week of CFL regular season action. The Calgary Stampeders have their playoff destiny cemented, whereas the Saskatchewan Roughriders will be golfing next week (maybe not in Saskatchewan). Last week the Riders we looking at an extremely slim hope for post-season run, but came up short against the Stamps 32-21. This week you can be certain beyond a doubt that the Riders are out for revenge and will pull all the stops. @TheBrysh is Saskatchewan raised, I bleed green, and so it breaks my heart to predict that my hometown Riders will end the year on a sour note, Stampeders 33-16.
Written by: Jack Cameron @TheBrysh