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CFL Picks: July 28

By Mitchell Blair

There are four intriguing games as we start Week 8 in the CFL. One of them is a matchup I would like to see at Mosaic Stadium on Grey Cup Sunday, but that won’t happen because the league doesn’t want to adopt the one nine-team conference. More on the Winnipeg at Calgary matchup in a bit, but first let’s start with a game between two teams that are just huge duds in 2022 as Montreal plays Hamilton.

I expected so much more from these two squads this year and all they have done is disappoint. Dane Evans had a chance in BC for a huge upset but once again he could not get it done while the Alouettes have been behind the eight-ball since losing William Stanback in Week 1.   

Even though the Ti-Cats lost in BC, they put in a better performance than I expected. At the end of the day, this is a better team than Montreal and that should show itself in this one if Evans can play a smart game and not turn the ball over. Montreal doesn’t generate many turnovers so let’s go with Hamilton to take it with their defence making it tough for the Alouettes to generate any sustained offence.  

PICK: Hamilton -3 (-114) at Coolbet

On Friday, the Lions take on a Saskatchewan team that will look more like the usual squad they field after losing last Sunday in a game where a lot of regulars were out with COVID.  Cody Fajardo says he is going to return for a Riders team that is 4-0 against the West this year and 0-3 against the East.  The tough Saskatchewan defence that is missing AC Leonard and Pete Robertson need to find a way to neutralize Nathan Rourke.  The second year QB has come to earth a little and he will have a tough task dealing with guys like Nick Marshall, Larry Dean and Darnell Sankey. If Charleston Hughes can have a game like he had against Toronto, it could be a long night for Rourke.

Saskatchewan’s defence just about earned the team a win over the Argos and with some regulars back, I think they can earn a win in this one. I’m going with an upset here and it has nothing to do with the fact I write this from Saskatchewan. Take a Saskatchewan team that is 9-2 in their 11 Friday nighters.  

PICK: Saskatchewan ML at (+108) at Bet99

Will we have the game of the year on Saturday or will COVID derail it? Winnipeg is in Calgary in a battle of the heavyweights. The Bluebombers are the underdog; I am not sure how that is especially with a mild COVID outbreak hitting the Stampeders, but they are albeit by just a point. The first meeting of the year between these two was a great contest that ended on a freak interception on a play that should have been a game-tying touchdown. This one should come right down to the wire.

While I like Winnipeg, I like the under as both of these defences are grade “A” and will make it tough om Zach Collaros and Bo Levi Mitchell. Is taking the under a cop-out as I am not selecting a winner in this one which is almost a pick em? You can decide that for yourself! 

PICK: Winnipeg/Calgary under 46.5 (-109) at Bet99 

The final game of the week features Ottawa at Toronto. The REDBLACKS just can’t win and they won’t this week against Toronto either, but once again they will be in the game. I’ll take the visitors to cover the 5.5 point spread in a contest that will likely leave me wondering how Ottawa managed to screw this one up.  

PICK: Ottawa +5.5 (-108) at Bet99 

Enjoy the games! 

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