TSN football analyst Chris Schultz is back with his Week 7 selections in the CFL. The Big Man finished 2-2 in Week 6, and sits at 11-13 on the season in Schultz vs. The World. Now Schultz is ready for more action, including a close prediction between the Roughriders and Blue Bombers.
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
I like the Bombers because I don't think the Riders will be able to get off to a quick start for a third straight game. In the Riders 39-7 win over the Toronto Argonauts on July 26, it was two fast and early turnovers in the first quarter that determined the game for Saskatchewan. Then, last week in Ottawa against the Redblacks the Riders were able to do same thing again; two fast and early first quarter turnovers made it an easy win for Saskatchewan 38-14. I can't see this one getting out of control early, I see quite the opposite. With the Bombers, at home, probably in front of their biggest crowd of the year, I see Bombers winning by 3 and not much more. Winnipeg continues to roll, Bombers win.
Edmonton Eskimos at Montreal Alouettes
Edmonton is coming off the bye week, and teams generally play much better after the experience and rejuvenation of a week off. I realize the Alouettes destroyed that theory last week, when they came off the bye only to lose to Toronto 31- 5, but they have quarterback issues and the Eskimos do not. Between Troy Smith, Alex Brink or Tanner Marsh I would stay with Troy Smith. You can run an effective short passing game as long as you have a great running back, which the Als do in Brandon Whitaker. I would design my offence to make sure he gets the football 20 times rushing and 10 times receiving. 50 per cent of the offence needs to be Brandon Whitaker. However, even if they do it may not be enough for the struggling team. Coming off the loss at home to the Calgary Stampeders and having a week to prepare for the game I'll take Edmonton over Montreal.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats at B.C. Lions
The Lions are having an up and down year like no one else in the CFL. Two losses followed by two wins, followed by a loss, followed by a win. I'm not sure which BC team will show up, but at home they do have a history of success. With Hamilton, comes quarterback Dan Lefevour, who has the opportunity to establish himself as a No. 1 quarterback is right in front of him. He needs to take it now, as it may not be there later. With only one win, which came over Ottawa, the Tiger-Cats confidence is not high. But Winnipeg beat the Lions 23-6 at B.C. place two weeks ago, so if Winnipeg can do it so can Hamilton, right? Wrong, BC over Hamilton.
Ottawa Redblacks at Calgary Stampeders
The Redblacks played like an expansion team last week, losing 38-14 to the Riders. If they don't protect the football in Calgary, the Stampeders are going to win this week and probably to do it in a similar fashion to that 38-14 rout. A John Hufnagel team is at its best coming off a loss, and after losing 25-24 to the Lions, I think Calgary will be at its best. The pressure is off Bo Levi Mitchell and his undefeated streak, now it's time to start a new one. Ottawa has some good players, Calgary just has more. This will be a bounce back game for Stampeders; Calgary over Ottawa.