I get what the Riders are trying to do here, but I think ‘Wassup?’ would’ve have been a better word choice. To ‘sup’ means to sip a drink. Come on, guys.
Remember the guy who got pasted at last weekend’s Lions’ game?
He decided to get a lawyer. He’s probably going to sue Lions DB Marcell Young for battery – or at least threaten to sue him. Apparently the streaker’s name is Jager Myslawchuk, which tells you everything you need to know after him.
In other news…
GOOD LORD. BTW, does anyone know what the #paperplates hashtag means?
The REDBLACKS are in first place in the East Division by virtue of having a bye in Week 1. I love the CFL!
Last week I was a solid 3-1 with my picks. My only error was in picking Toronto over the Riders. But if you’d sat through the Riders’ last pre-season game, you wouldn’t have picked them, either.
Here are this week’s games:
This week’s games are a lot harder to pick than last week’s.
Saskatchewan (1-0) at Ottawa (0-1)
Oh man. Could this be the reverse of last year when Bo Levi Mitchell told Duron Carter he’d pick on him if he played defensive back and Carter ended up picking off Mitchell for a TD?
“Bo Levi – SHUT YOUR MOUTH!!” I still love it!
The REDBLACKS certainly aren’t giving Carter any ammunition, which makes me nervous. Carter is starting in place of DB Nick Marshall, who was placed on the six-game injured list earlier this week after picking off Ricky Ray and taking the ball back for a TD when the Argos were in town last Friday night. (My question to Chris Jones is this: do you really not have any other defensive backs that are better than Duron?) Look for REDBLACKS QB Trevor Harris and his wide receiver trio of Greg Ellingson, Brad Sinopoli, and Diontae Spencer to go after Carter early and often.
Other than Carter versus the REDBLACKS’ receivers, the other key match up is the REDBLACKS’ offensive line against the Riders’ formidable front four. The REDBLACKS’ offence thrives on the big play, so it’ll be important for the Riders to disrupt the pocket and make sure Harris doesn’t have time to set up the long ball. There will no doubt be some double-teaming in Charleston Hughes’ future given last week’s performance. The Riders’ defense was fairly passive in the second half of last week after being up a few TDs, and they can’t let that happen against the REDBLACKS.
One variable this week is the fact that it’s the REDBLACKS’ home opener. After a bye last week, the REDBLACKS have had loads of time to prepare for the Riders and they’re rested and ready to put on the pads and play. This just might give the REDBLACKS a little more jump in their step, so the Riders will need to ensure the REDBLACKS don’t get out to an early lead.
Notice I haven’t said anything about the Riders’ offense? I am cautiously optimistic after last week’s performance, but it’s still a work in progress.
PICK: Ottawa by 3
Winnipeg (0-1) at Montreal (0-1)
Why yes – I did watch this, even though it was ridiculous. What I really don’t understand is why they have to wear their uniforms while doing a key flip challenge.
I tried to find the Instagram story to see which team Stella picked to win, but no luck. There’s a metaphor for the Alouettes of the past few seasons in there somewhere.
Last week, rookie Winnipeg QB Chris Streveler had a pretty decent debut. Montreal QB Drew Willy started off strong, but faded as the game went on. Both team’s defenses had trouble, particularly Winnipeg’s, which gave up nearly 500 yards against Edmonton.
Winnipeg is also on the road. That doesn’t usually bode well for West Division teams. But Winnipeg used to be an East Division team.
In case you can’t tell, I don’t have much to say about this game.
PICK: Winnipeg by 5
Hamilton (0-1) at Edmonton (1-0)
Hamilton was not exactly handed an easy schedule to begin the year. Last week they were in Calgary, and this week they make a stop in Edmonton.
The Tiger-Cats may be aided by the return of CB Delvin Breaux from the NFL. Breaux was released following the 2014 season and signed with the New Orleans Saints. He broke his fibula twice while with the Saints and was recently released. The crazy part? Two orthopedic surgeons with the Saints misdiagnosed his second broken fibula as a contusion.
For Rider fans, Breaux will always be known as the guy Kory Sheets stiff armed for his first TD of the 2013 Grey Cup.
You can watch the play at the 0:25 mark of this highlights video.
Once he’s ready to play, Breaux will be a great addition to a Tiger-Cats secondary that could use a veteran presence.
As for Edmonton, they barely escaped with a win last Thursday night. Their secondary did not show up, although it was missing a few guys, including key veteran DB Aaron Grymes. That unit should play better this weekend.
Hamilton QB Jeremiah Masoli had a decent game in Calgary last week, but a costly interception late in the 4th quarter sealed the game for the Stampeders. Masoli can’t turn the ball over this week if the Tiger-Cats are going to win, as Edmonton QB Mike Reilly will pounce on every mistake.
PICK: Edmonton by 6
Calgary (1-0) at Toronto (0-1)
The Stampeders are so undeniable they’ve lost the Grey Cup TWO TIMES IN A ROW!!
(These teams should really hire me to review their marketing campaigns.)
This is the game that should’ve opened the season, as it features a rematch between the two teams who squared off in the 2017 Grey Cup in snowy Ottawa.
There’s no doubt the Stampeders will want to exact a little revenge on the Argos. Both teams struggled in their opening games as their offences tried to get going. Until the 4th quarter, the Stampeders seemed to stumble every time they got near the end zone, while the Argos didn’t even get near the end zone until the last 15 minutes of their game against the Riders.
Both defences will be challenged this week. Neither can let the opposing QB get into a rhythm, as both Bo Levi Mitchell and Ricky Ray can slice a defense apart if given time. I’m personally hoping for a high-scoring game.
While the Argos beat the Stamps in the Grey Cup last year, the Stampeders were the superior regular season team as Toronto only had a 9-9 record. It may be a new season, but I think the Stampeders will have an extra edge given the bit of unfinished business they have from last year.