The best football game of Week 4 in the Canadian Football League was supposed to be at Investors Group Field last Thursday night.
In fact, there weren’t very many good games in the CFL last week. That’s what happens, I guess, when six of eight teams don’t even the talent to score 20 points.
After four weeks, the CFL is a bit of a mess. Last week, Edmonton blasted Winnipeg 26-3 and B.C. crushed Montreal 41-5. In the other two games, not one team reached the 20-point plateau.
OK, I’m old, so I remember the days in the CFL (about 1994) when the defenses were sensational and yet, if a team didn’t get to 30, it wasn’t going to win. Of course, those were the days when CFL coaches had their quarterbacks under centre and used motion to their advantage. These days, high school teams have more imagination. In the CFL, coaches put the QB in the shotgun and instead of using motion to deceive the defense, they just run five or six receivers at the line of scrimmage. It’s the same thing play-after-play. No wonder the defenses have it figured out. Everybody does exactly the same thing on every play.
Oh well, it is what it is and all you can do is hope somebody has an epiphany one day. I don’t expect that to happen, but one can always hope.
In the meantime, our intrepid prognosticators had an interesting Week 4. The Coach went 2-2 because Winnipeg lost and Calgary didn’t cover. Dr. Football went 1-3 because Winnipeg and Toronto lost and Calgary didn’t cover. Thank heaven for Andrew Harris, Kevin Glenn and the B.C. Lions.
Anyway, this week, Dr. Football decided to use his keen CFL mind and head to Vegas to piss away all of his money. So he mailed in his picks. Literally, not figuratively. He actually mailed them in. So that leaves the Coach to do the actual work and he’s not happy about it.
Let’s look at Week 5:
CALGARY (3-0) at EDMONTON (4-0) LINE – Pick ‘em
The battle for first place in the West kicks off Week 5 as the Eskimos, on the strength of the best defense around takes on an undefeated Calgary team that was lucky to beat Hamilton 10-7 at home last week. Edmonton went into Winnipeg and ate up the Bombers’ Drew Willy while Calgary was awful in a three-point win over a team with a quarterback Jeremiah Masoli. Even his own coach thought Masoli should probably be playing Arena ball. If the Hamilton defense shut down Bo Levi Mitchell, the Edmonton defense will put him in the hospital. Really. Just ask Zach Collaros.
Dr. Football: TAKE THE STAMPEDERS TO WIN.
The Coach: TAKE THE ESKIMOS TO WIN.
WINNIPEG (3-1) at B.C. (2-2) LINE – B.C. by 8
The Bombers have shown they can win on the road. After all, they beat Montreal with 17 seconds remaining on the clock. Trouble is, the team the Bombers are playing this week, beat Montreal 41-5 last week. The Lions’ Andrew Harris has always said he’d like to play for his hometown Blue Bombers someday. How about this week?
Dr. Football: TAKE THE LIONS TO WIN BUT NOT COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE LIONS TO WIN AND COVER
OTTAWA (1-2) at HAMILTON (0-3) LINE – HAMILTON by 4 1/2
Zach Collaros won’t play again this week. Henry Burris returns to Hamilton. Hamilton scored seven points last week. Ottawa won last week. Hamilton is favored this week. Go figure.
Dr. Football: TAKE THE REDBLACKS TO WIN.
The Coach: TAKE THE REDBLACKS TO WIN.
TORONTO (1-3) at SASKATCHEWAN (1-2) LINE – SASKATCHEWAN by 6
One can’t help but think that the Roughriders will get the ship back on course sooner, not later. And one way to get back to .500 is have the Toronto Argos come to town, a team that was hammered by Winnipeg in Week 1 and last week became the first victims of the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks. Watch for Darian Durant to put up some big numbers against a Toronto defense with more holes than Portage Avenue in April.
Dr. Football: TAKE THE ROUGHRIDERS TO WIN AND COVER.
The Coach: TAKE THE ROUGHRIDERS TO WIN AND COVER.