Actually, despite my teamâ€™s dismal showing last week, I posted a 3-1 record to move into a tie for 10th. Iâ€™m still very much in the running here.
Saskatchewan @ Ottawa: The Renegades havenâ€™t won 3 in a row since the beginning of last year. The Roughriders are on a 3-game losing streak that could drop them right into the basement, if only the Bombers would win a couple. But I do believe Saskatchewan is the better team, and are definitely â€œhungrier,â€? so I think both streaks will end here. Riders by a bunch.
Montreal @ Toronto: This is easily the best game of the week, and once again I have to watch it wanting both teams to lose. The Argos won in Montreal, which is almost unheard of. The Alouettes are nowhere near as good as they have been the last five years or so, and are actually looking over their shoulder at the prospect of losing their playoff spot to the dreaded crossover. A Toronto win would actually help my winless Cats, since they would keep the Alouettes just 3 games ahead of them. Because of that, and because two straight wins against Montreal is unlikely, Iâ€™m going with the Als in a close one.
B.C. @ Calgary: The Stamps are actually a pretty good team this year. But the Lions are better. You know B.C. is eventually going to lose, but to go against the odds when Iâ€™m so close to the top of the list just doesnâ€™t seem like a good idea. I donâ€™t have that much confidence in Henry Burris. Lions by 10.
Hamilton @ Winnipeg: 0-6 versus 1-6! Oooboy, lookout, this is gonna be a great game! Okay, Iâ€™m going to make two assumptions early in the week, and right or wrong Iâ€™m sticking with my pick. First, Iâ€™m assuming that either Danny will be back or that Khari will start. Either way theyâ€™ll be better off than with Marcus Brady, who, though talented, is extremely inconsistent. Second, Iâ€™m assuming that either Kevin Glenn will not play, or that he will struggle due to his injury. That being the case, the Ticats should be able to pull out a win, though it wonâ€™t be a blowout.
Summary: Saskatchewan over Ottawa, Montreal over Toronto, B.C. over Calgary, Hamilton over Winnipeg.