The first of two bye weeks have arrived as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Calgary Stampeders are all on their bye weeks.
That leaves three Western teams and one Eastern team to play this week.
With the Toronto Argonauts losing last week, they fall to 1-6 on the season and match the Saskatchewan Rough Riders' record. The only bright point for these two will be one team's getting their second win of the season.
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Toronto Argonauts
Date: Thursday, August 18, 2011
Time: 6:30PM CST
Team Record: 1-6 | Team Record: 1-6
What can be said when, after seven weeks of football, you are sitting in the bottom of the standings with a 1-6 record?
Things will get better? It could be worse?
Whatever the case may be, both teams have struggled and need to turn things around now if they want opportunities at playoff games.
For Saskatchewan, they had last week’s game in their sights but slipped on a 117-yard interception returned for a touchdown that essentially was the game changer. Darian Durant and the offense were in the red zone looking to punch it in before that.
As for the Argonauts, they are riding a six-game losing streak since squeaking a win out in Calgary and could easily be winless.
Head coach Jim Barker needs to do something soon, and changes need to be drastically made. Firing their defensive coordinator was their first step, but many more changes are to come if they continue losing.
Verdict: Saskatchewan by eight
B.C. Lions at Edmonton Eskimos
Date: Friday, August 19, 2011
Time: 8:00PM CST
Team Record: 1-6 | Team Record: 5-2
The Edmonton Eskimos are down four starting import receivers, are on a two-game losing streak, and may have accidently found their bike too early in the season.
They are coming off one of their worst games of the season, losing by 23 to the Montreal Alouettes. This was a game in which Ricky Ray was unable to find any receiver and get any offense going.
As for Wally Buono and his Lions, not a whole lot has gone right for them either. They played a fierce Winnipeg defense and came up empty handed. Travis Lulay was unproductive in the third quarter, and a late touchdown by Jackson was all but freebie points.
The good news for the Lions is the small playbook the Eskimos will utilize on Friday night as they are down four starters at receiver and have brought in new faces that will not have the entire playbook down by game time.
Edmonton has already defeated the Lions once this season, but the deep hit for Edmonton at receiver will cost them.
Verdict: B.C. by 10
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