September 15, 2018

Prediction Time: writers make their Week 14 picks

Mat Smith/

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

Three games are on tap for Week 14 as three teams take the week off. Friday night’s matchup has two of the league’s basement-dwellers squaring off, but don’t count this one out as both teams have made recent pushes to jump back into the playoff picture.

A potential Grey Cup tilt is set to go down in Hamilton Saturday afternoon when the Stamps trot their way into town, which will be followed by Ottawa and Saskatchewan — a game that showcases one team wanting to continue their upward trend and another wanting to put an end to their downward spiral.

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The buzz heading into this one is the Lions’ signing of DeVier Posey. Just how much of an impact can the 105th Grey Cup MVP make with just a week’s worth of practice under his belt?

It’s no question that the presence of Posey, alongside Bryan Burnham and Ricky Collins, gives Travis Lulay a potent receiving corps that could develop into a lethal threat as the Lions make a push for the playoffs in Wally Buono’s final year.

Antonio Pipkin has made a splash during his reign as the starting quarterback in Montreal. The Alouettes are coming off of back-to-back wins and looking for their third as they try to position themselves in a playoff spot as the last half of the season is well underway.


Writers: 83% BC

Fans: 58% BC


CFL Simulation called this matchup the most highly projected pairing for the 106th Grey Cup in Edmonton.

What adds to this meeting on Saturday afternoon is the fact these two squads have not faced each other since their Week 1 tilt and since then there has been a bulk of changes, mostly on the Hamilton side. Jeremiah Masoli has faced his ups and downs, while the Ticats offence has also gained a healthy Alex Green.

The Stampeders are coming off of a disappointing loss to Edmonton on the road in their Labour Day rematch, while Hamilton is riding a three-game winning streak as their chemistry continues to build week after week. Calgary will certainly be hoping to rally against the East Division foe in their own building as Bo Levi Mitchell will be looking to get back on track.


Writers: 66% Calgary

Fans: 75% Calgary


One team is building up the heat while the other is holding on for dear life.

Zach Collaros and the Roughriders seem to be rolling, and it’s in large part to do with their defence, who has scored nearly half of Saskatchewan’s total number of touchdowns this season. What’s that saying again? Defence wins championships? Too soon?

As for the REDBLACKS, Trevor Harris has been struggling since the beginning of August. His receiving corps of Diontae Spencer, Greg Ellingson and Brad Sinopoli will be in dire need of helping their quarterback regain some confidence and get back to their usual ways.


Writers: 100% Saskatchewan

Fans: 86% Saskatchewan