CFL Preview Week Five: Short But Sweet

Jonathan HamelinCorrespondent IJuly 30, 2009

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 25:  Anthony Malbrough #3 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers knocks away a pass in the endzone  from D.J. Flick #3 of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders during the third quarter in the 95th Grey Cup on November 25, 2007 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  The Rough Riders won 23-19.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

It was a up and down week four for many teams in the Canadian Football League. The Argos got a big victory over Winnipeg but were forced to trade away star receiver Arland Bruce.

The Hamilton Tiger Cats gave the Montreal Alouettes one of their toughest games of the year, but had to settle for a moral victory.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders and Winnipeg Blue Bombers looked to get big wins at home, but ended up being humiliated.

As for my picks, I went 2-2 last week. My beloved Roughriders blew a 22-0 lead against the Eskimos, and in my other wrong pick, the Blue Bombers only managed eight first downs in a loss to Toronto.

Still stuck at .500, I'll have to hunker down this week with my picks. There won't be as much analysis with each pick this week, because I am working hard on another CFL project...

Prediction Time:

Montreal Alouettes at Edmonton Eskimos

The Eskimos are coming off an unbelievable victory over the Roughriders in which they came back from 22 points down. The Alouettes are still unbeaten after a trying victory against Hamilton. Anthony Calvillo, Ben Cahoon and the rest of the Als should pose a challenge to a struggling Eskimo's defense. The game is at Edmonton, which is always a difficult place to win. However, the Alouettes will likely prove that Edmonton's victory last week was a fluke.

My Pick: Montreal

BC Lions at Hamilton Tiger Cats

The Lions got humilated against the Calgary Stampeders whereas the Tiger Cats got a moral victory against the Montreal Alouettes. BC is facing questions at the quarterback position and their defense isn't scaring anybody. Hamilton may very well start Kevin Glenn, who has been on a roll, at quarterback this week. Regardless of who the starter is, Hamilton should have an easier time with the Lions then they did when the game was at BC.

My Pick: Hamilton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers at Toronto Argonauts

In a rematch of last weeks embarassment in Winnipeg, the Bombers will look to avenge their ugly loss. Caught in a huge quarterback controversy, Mike Kelly released pivot Richie Williams and brought in Michael Bishop earlier in the week. Williams was the most impressive of the three pivots so far so his release was surprising. Bishop likely won't be ready this week which means Lefors or Randall will try to right the ship against a suddenly ferocious Argos' defense. The Bombers are equally impressive on defense, but it is hard to pick them on the road when they were embarassed at home.

My Pick: Toronto

Saskatchewan Roughriders at Calgary Stampeders

Saskatchewan was looking good against Edmonton last week before they blew a 22-0 lead. They suddenly appear to have a lot of question marks, but will be getting back Gene Makowksy for this contest. Calgary is on a roll, winning two straight games and looking like contenders. The winner of this game could be first place in the West, and despite the Riders struggles, it should be a heated battle.

My Pick: Calgary

My Record: 8-8 (50%)