CFL Games of Week 11, August 31 - September 4

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WestCoastJoe
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Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:41 pm

Bye week for the Lions. Time to heal and regroup. Self-scout successfully? We will see.

OTT @ MTL ... Go, Als.

WPG @ SSK ... Could be a tough game. The Riders seem to be much improved.

EDM @ CGY ... Beat each other up. I would have to bet Calgary.

TOR @ HAM ... Continued strife, chaos and controversy in Hamilton. Gotta be Toronto.


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Tue Aug 29, 2017 1:47 pm

WestCoastJoe wrote:
Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:41 pm
Bye week for the Lions. Time to heal and regroup. Self-scout successfully? We will see.

OTT @ MTL ... Go, Als.

WPG @ SSK ... Could be a tough game. The Riders seem to be much improved.

EDM @ CGY ... Beat each other up. I would have to bet Calgary.

TOR @ HAM ... Continued strife, chaos and controversy in Hamilton. Gotta be Toronto.



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I think WPG @ SSK will be the tipping point as to whether the Riders will continue their upward ascent or return to reside in the basement where their sociopathic coach and receiver belong for the duration of the season. :wag:

A third loss in a row for Edmonton would not be a surprise but would be unsettling. I think if they emerge without any further season-ending injuries, then its a small victory. I pick Calgary to win with Mike Reilly getting pulled for a second game in a row.

Go Redblacks! Southsiders Suck!

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Wed Aug 30, 2017 11:14 am

Labour day!!! Gotta go with Montreal, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Toronto.

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Wed Aug 30, 2017 1:16 pm

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Jimmy Johnson's Game Keys: Protect the ball. Make plays.

Walter Payton's Advice to Kids: Play hard. Play fair. Have fun.

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OTT @ MTL

The Ottawa REDBLACKS are learning how to win close games. That was the case again in Week 10 after almost letting a 28-point lead slip against the BC Lions — but a clutch late turnover helped them hang on for their second straight victory.

On Thursday, against an Alouettes team that is particularly stingy at home, Trevor Harris and co. will be put to the test again in a fight for second in the East. The Als won’t make it easy. Remember the last time they played back in Week 5? The Als lost on a late third-down gamble by five points — despite losing the turnover battle 5-0. Expect another last-minute decision to kick off Week 11.

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Writers: 86% Ottawa
Fans: 66% Ottawa
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WPG @ SSK

The precursor to the Banjo Bowl may take top billing this Labour Day Weekend. Some of the names have changed over the past year but the rivalry between the Bombers and Riders is taking centre stage in the highly-competitive West Division. And on Sunday, heading into a home-and-home, both teams have a lot to prove.

The Bombers have won five straight games and are within an inch of first in the entire league. The Riders have outscored their opponents 95-39 over the last two games while eclipsing 40 points in both contests. Oh, and the first time these teams met in Week 2, the first game at the new Mosaic Stadium, they combined for 83 points in a 43-40 Bombers overtime win.

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Writers: 71% Saskatchewan
Fans: 57% Saskatchewan
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EDM @ CGY

The Alberta rivals have been evenly-matched over the past few years. Except on Labour Day. The Stamps have won five consecutive fall classics over the Eskimos by a combined score of 157-108 — an average margin of nine points — while the last three decisions have come by two scores or more.

Mike Reilly, who has never won on Labour Day, looks to reverse a couple of trends on Monday against a Stampeders team that is lights out at home. Whoever wins in Week 11 could shift the balance of power in the West and really turn up the pressure heading into the second half of a key home-and-home.

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Writers: 100% Calgary
Fans: 80% Calgary
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TOR @ HAM

A lot has happened in Hamilton since the Ticats’ 37-18 loss to the REDBLACKS in Week 9, including a coaching change, some coaching controversy and a swap at quarterback. Monday’s Labour Day Classic presents a chance for the Tabbies to put all of that behind them and finally play some football.

The Ticats would like nothing more than to pick up win No. 1 of the season while, at the same time, knocking Ricky Ray and the Argos out of first in the East. Expect an emotional Monday in the Hammer.

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Writers: 86% Toronto
Fans: 78% Toronto
John Madden's Team Policies: Be on time. Pay attention. Play like hell on game day.

Jimmy Johnson's Game Keys: Protect the ball. Make plays.

Walter Payton's Advice to Kids: Play hard. Play fair. Have fun.

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 1:14 pm

Can the Riders continue to play at a high level? In my opinion, no. Glenn will either get injured or find a way to disappoint the fans. They made a good move in picking up Vernon Adams, but I don't think he's ready for prime time yet. Bombers are the real deal.

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 5:34 pm

Ottawa takes a 12-0 lead over Montreal.
John Madden's Team Policies: Be on time. Pay attention. Play like hell on game day.

Jimmy Johnson's Game Keys: Protect the ball. Make plays.

Walter Payton's Advice to Kids: Play hard. Play fair. Have fun.

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:05 pm

13-1 at the half. Hope it's more exciting in the 2nd half.

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:42 pm

Darian Durant was pulled for Drew Willy late in the third quarter. Durant was just 12 of 21 for 140 yards, including a 56-yarder in the dying seconds of the first half. He has always been a good long-ball passer but he was constantly checking down in this game and generating little offence.
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Thu Aug 31, 2017 6:46 pm

24-4 after 3 quarters. Als look totally inept.

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Thu Aug 31, 2017 7:32 pm

32-4 final. Ottawa beginning to hit their strides.

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Sun Sep 03, 2017 3:12 pm

Riders leading the Bombers 37-16 in a high scoring affair in the 3rd quarter. Seems the Riders have gotten their act together and is rolling.

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Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:20 pm

Standings in the Western Conference just got tighter with the Riders defeating the Bombers 38-24. Saskatchewan had 3 receivers with over 100 yards reception in the game. Rematch next week in Winnipeg.

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Sun Sep 03, 2017 5:07 pm

Lions now officially last in West. Riders not only 5-4 but beat BC, Edmonton and Winnipeg in consecutive weeks. That's a huge statement.

With a bunch of Eastern teams at home Lions could finish 10-8 and still miss playoffs if they can't produce at least one road win in Winnipeg or Calgary. Looks like one heck of a dogfight to keep their playoff streak alive.

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Sun Sep 03, 2017 6:24 pm

Lions and Riders are heading in different directions, I fear.

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