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July 11, 2018

Prediction Time: CFL.ca writers make their picks for Week 5

TORONTO — Whether you’re a CFL team, a Total CFL Pick ‘Em player or a CFL.ca writer, there’s a lot on the line, and all of it continues as Week 5 gets set in the Canadian Football League.

It’s a shortened week with three teams all on byes this week, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some interesting matchups. Two of the three games this week will be re-matches from last week. Kicking it all off, however, is what could turn out to be an offensive shootout in the nation’s capital.

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CGY at OTT

Round 2 anyone?

The Ottawa REDBLACKS certainly did not seem like the team many of us were hoping for in what was being previewed as an offensive shootout in their Week 2 meeting.

Calgary had last week off, which gave them an opportunity to get additional film on the REDBLACKS as they faced off against the Alouettes, ultimately winning the game.

Ottawa returns home to the nation’s capital after being on the road the past two weeks, and perhaps this will be the offensive shootout we have all been hoping for between these two colour-sharing squads.

PICK

Writers: 67% Calgary

Fans: 76% Calgary


TOR at EDM

James Franklin got the upper-hand in last week’s matchup that saw him take on his former team, eventually coming out with the win after some smart clock management by the Argos.

Edmonton now hosts the Argos and will need to play a full 60 minutes of football while minimizing those costly mistakes that led to their defeat last week. Playing in front of their home crowd may also help in their ability to get settled in early as Mike Reilly orchestrates their offence.

As for the Argos, they’ll need to do exactly what they did last week in utilizing James Wilder Jr. After all, he was named Most Outstanding Rookie for nothing, right?

PICK

Writers: 100% Edmonton

Fans: 92% Edmonton


WPG at BC

Word has yet to be announced on whether or not Travis Lulay will be ready for the Lions Week 5 tilt against the Blue Bombers.

Meanwhile, Winnipeg got their starter back last week and he quickly showed signs of shaking off some rust and quickly making an impact on offence. Not only that but despite the return of Nichols, rookie-sensation Chris Streveler still managed to be utilized in short-yardage situations for the Blue and Gold.

Whether the Lions have Lulay or Jennings behind centre, they need to find a way to stretch the field. The Lions offence has shown little signs of willing to push the ball deep, which has resulted in defences creeping up and forcing turnovers.

PICK

Writers: 100% Winnipeg

Fans: 77% Winnipeg