How did that happen? Suddenly I'm up there with the leaders, tied for second. If I'm not careful, people will be accusing me of skewing the numbers; though if I were going to do that, I wouldn't have missed the post-season so many years in a row.
Anyway, my picks:
Calgary @ Edmonton: The Eskimos looked pretty good last week in a close loss to the Tiger-cats. The Stamps didn't look very good, in a close win over the Bombers. This Calgary team is not the Grey Cup champions of a year ago, as time and again in that game they tried their best to hand the W over to Winnipeg. Had they been playing a decent team, there is no way they would have come away with two points. Edmonton is at home, so give them the advantage. Esks by 4.
B.C. @ Toronto: This may be a snoozefest, or it may be an embarrassment. Toronto is the worst team in the Canadian Football League, and B.C. hasn't shown themselves to be much better. But while the Lions are at least making improvements, the Argos are just staggering around with no direction. The loss to Montreal was a surprise only in that, in a league in which a wide field goal can still net you a single point, Toronto was unable to do even that. This win won't earn much respect for B.C., but it will earn them two points. Lions by 8.
Montreal @ Winnipeg: I would pretty much pick Montreal to beat anyone. I would pretty much pick anyone to beat Winnipeg. Put them together and there's no explanation necessary. Als by 19.
Hamilton @ Saskatchewan: Hamilton is the hottest team in the CFL right now. Their 4-2 record is the second best in the league, they're the only team riding a winning streak, and they're unbeaten against the Western Division. The argument that Hamilton's record was due to their two games against B.C. was blown out of the water when the Lions proved themselves superior to the Riders. Add to that Hamilton's victory over the very respectable Eskimos, and it's clear this team is for real. Not sure whether they're ready for the challenge of playing at Taylor Field, however. But the Riders' run defence is weak, so look for Cobb to have a field day. Cats by 9.