CFL Preview Week Eight: The Bye Week Part 1

Jonathan HamelinCorrespondent IAugust 21, 2009

TORONTO - NOVEMBER 25:  Wes Cates #20 of the Saskatchewan Rough Riders carries the ball against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the fourth 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)

In week eight in the CFL, four teams have a bye. The Edmonton Eskimos, Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argonauts, and Hamilton Tiger Cats will all have to endure the grueling bye week that no one ever enjoys!


But, though it may be a bye week for some teams, it most certainly won’t mean a bye for my weekly predictions!


The more I think about it, I like the idea of this bye week. My record isn’t the best in the world, and maybe I just need fewer games to pick.


Friday August 21st  Doubleheader

Game One: Saskatchewan Roughriders at Montreal Alouettes


The Roughriders will look to exact revenge on the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal this week. Montreal embarrassed Saskatchewan at home earlier in the year, so it should be an intense game.


The Riders have been anything but consistent this season, but they are getting players back from injury slowly. Their offensive line has improved, and Wes Cates has finally found his game.


If Wes Cates can get going against the Montreal Alouettes, it could take the pressure off of Darian Durant.


Montreal is a tough match for any team. They can hurt you on offence in multiple ways and their defence has been stingy.


Montreal is always a tough place to win at, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders have had their share of struggles there. Yet you can never count out the Roughriders, who win when they are not expected to and lose when they are favoured.


Yet, beating a red hot Alouette team at home may be too much to ask.


My Pick: Montreal


Game Two: Winnipeg Blue Bombers at BC Lions


In BC, it will be a battle of two gunslingers, as Lion’s pivot Jarious Jackson faces off against Bomber’s pivot Michael Bishop.


Both sitting in their respective division basements, both teams will look to move up the standings.


The Lions have been doing just enough to win ball games recently, winning two in a row. They will hand the ball to Jarious Jackson in this game. Jackson has impressed with the deep ball, but has also been inconsistent. While he will likely test the Bombers defence deep, he also needs throw the intermediate routes as well.


Look for rookie running back Martel Mallet to continue his success.


The Bombers on the other hand are in a lot of trouble. Michael Bishop has been inconsistent, and the team doesn’t have any proven stars on offence except for Fred Reid and Terrance Edwards.


Luckily for the Bombers, BC’s run defence is pretty bad, so Fred Reid could have a huge game. If the Bombers can get Fred Reid going, and their defence plays well like it has in the past, they may have a chance to pull off the upset.


My Pick: Winnipeg

My Record: 13-15 (46%)