Around the CFL – Week 5
Published: Friday, Jul 12th 2019, 1:07pm
By Sheldon Jones (@sheldonjones83)
Friday Night Football has a best vs worst showdown as the winless Toronto Argonauts travel west to Winnipeg to face the undefeated Blue Bombers at IGF. Winnipeg will look to continue their winning ways but one of the questions will be, how effective will Matt Nichols be after the hit he took last week against the REDBLACKS? Adam Bighill also returns after missing last week due to injury. The Argos must be furious after losing a game when the other team missed a last second FG. Granted the 17-yard end-zones in Toronto had a little bit to do with it. Toronto has scored a league worst 39 points in 3 games. Their defense is also last in the league in points allowed at 114. (BC has 125 pts against but have played one more game). Something needs to change for these Argos or else it might cost GM Jim Popp his job if they can’t right the ship. This game has the potential to be a blow out with Winnipeg’s high-powered offence facing the struggling Argo defence. It will be a blowout, Winnipeg wins by double digits. Winnipeg 35 – Toronto 18
Saturday has a every CFL fans favorite thing, a double header! The first game sees Montreal taking the short trip to Ottawa to face the REDBLACKS. Ottawa has seemed to come back down to earth as teams might have finally figured starting QB Dom Davis out. After starting out the season with 2 big wins over western division opponents (Calgary and Saskatchewan) Davis struggled against the Bombers last week and are facing a hyped up Alouettes team following their big win against Hamilton last week. Montreal RB William Stanback went off for over 200 yards on the ground and almost 50 in the air to go with his 3 TDS’s as the Als stunned the visiting Tiger-Cats. Montreal will want to keep the momentum rolling and could make it 2 in a row on Saturday afternoon. Montreal continues to roll and wins. Montreal 31- Ottawa 27
The second half of the Saturday double header has Calgary visiting Hamilton in what many at the beginning of the year might have said could be a Grey Cup preview. Calgary will be playing their second game with Nick Arbuckle as starting QB after thrashing the Roughriders a week ago 37-10. Hamilton is coming off a stunning loss to Montreal and will look to bounce back against the Stampeders. Calgary is proving that they always seem to have the next man up ready to play whenever a player goes down, as they have arguably been hit the hardest with the injury bug early this season. People (including me) keep doubting the Stamps and are thinking (hoping) that this may finally be that year that they fall in the standings. Until I see it, I just can’t expect it anymore. Hamilton will have some film on Arbuckle to try to exploit his weaknesses, so I think this game is closer than his last start, but Calgary will still win this game. Calgary 28 – Hamilton 25
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