CFL: Week 12 Previews & Predictions

Well, last week I failed to sweep the predictions part of my article. While I nailed Edmonton in their upset, I lost the BC trap game to Saskatchewan. So, moving into week 12, I try my shot again. Will I avoid the trap game special or will I fall into the trap again?

Montreal Alouettes(6-3) v. Winnipeg Blue Bombers(8-2)

Cody Fajardo v. Zach Collaros. It’s a story that writes itself and has the potential to bring the best out of each competitor and team. The Bombers had a ton of trouble early in the year with their defense, but they seem to have turned the corner in recent weeks. They gave up a good number of points to Edmonton a few weeks back, but a lot of that came late in the game. Last week, they barely escaped with a W after beating the young Stamps by 1. While, offensively, it wasn’t their best performance, defensively it was a strong performance. Montreal, similar to Winnipeg last week, won their game by one point in a comeback victory against Ottawa. The defense didn’t have their strongest game, but they were able to rebound nicely in the second half. This game is going to come down to whichever defensive unit is able to limit their mistakes.

Prediction: This game will be highly entertaining. Winnipeg 28-26

Calgary Stampeders(3-7) v. Toronto Argonauts(7-1)

The Stamps roll into the week licking their wounds from last week’s heartbreak loss to Winnipeg. Unfortunately for them, they get the defending Grey Cup champions and best team in the league. The Argonauts are coming off ANOTHER bye week which has proven to be a silver lining for teams. The Stamps haven’t been able to put together two strong consecutive weeks all season, and despite the loss last week, it was a really strong showing for the team. The Argos are definitely on a tear this year to repeat and there hasn’t been much to stop them. On the bright side for Stamps fans, Calgary has been the only team to take down the Argo juggernaut this season and upset city will be on their mind again this week, as they look to hit the home stretch with momentum. If the Stamps pull of this upset, they’ll, once again, inch closer to that playoff window. A loss would effectively end their hopes and chances at any kind of playoff berth.

Prediction: Calgary hangs tough early; Toronto takes control late. Toronto 31-23

Hamilton Tiger-Cats(3-6) v. BC Lions(7-3)

Oh, Hamilton. The Ticats rolled into last week sliding in the wrong direction. While I predicted the upset, I think everybody outside of Hamilton fans, did too. Hamilton continues to have a slew of problems at the QB position, and the lack of stability as translated into an ineffective offense with flashes of brilliance. The Lions are trending in the wrong direction as well. After being one of the hottest teams in the league, the Lions have sputtered – losing 2 of the last 3 games. While they made it a game last week late against the Riders, they ultimately fell short. This game could be close for no reason or a major blowout, it all depends on the Lions offense and the health of Vernon Adams. If the Lions want to salvage being one of the best teams in the league, they need to use this game against Hamilton as a turning point.

Prediction: BC gets back on track; Hamilton continues slide. BC 34-18

Ottawa Redblacks(3-7) v. Edmonton Elks(1-9)

Edmonton is going to be a trendy pick this week. The Redblacks have struggled lately and the offensive mojo that Dustin Crum had; has disappeared. They lost by one last week, late, to Montreal, but other than that game, the offense has been sputtering along. The Elks, meanwhile, are trending upwards with Tre Ford under center. The offense has been clicking and the defense seems to have a renewed purpose to the season. The Redblacks are trying to stay afloat, like the Stamps, in a possible late playoff push. They need a win against the suddenly popular Elks. One of the biggest adjustments the Redblacks need to make is on the defensive side of the ball, the secondary was a letdown late in the game last week. The positive news for Ottawa is that Edmonton is a much better running team than passing, so it could play into their defensive strengths.

Prediction: Tre Ford impresses again, Elks fall short. Ottawa 26-24

There you have it! Week 12 in a nutshell. Can I do it again and come out unscathed from the L column?

~Michael Washington

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