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October 12, 2018

Prediction Time: CFL.ca writers make their Week 18 picks

Adam Gagnon, CFL.ca

TORONTO — One thing is for sure when it comes to the CFL.ca writer’s opinions on the matchups for Week 18 – the Tiger-Cats will win.

If that’s the case, Hamilton will complete the sweep of their cross-Lake Ontario rival and help put the pressure on the Ottawa REDBLACKS for the top spot of the East Division with the remaining few weeks in the schedule winding down.

As for the top spot in the West, a win by Calgary will certainly help get them closer to taking claim of it, but is there an upset in the works from the Leos?

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HAM at TOR

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats look to take the season sweep against the Toronto Argonauts this Friday at BMO Field.

Coming off of their final bye week of the season, the Ticats will hope to have the momentum they took into the bye week from the 40-10 victory over the Lions and take it up the QEW to Toronto.

Marc Trestman announced that James Franklin will be back as the starting quarterback for the Double Blue. Franklin, who initially took over the starting role after the injury to Ricky Ray, came in for McLeod Bethel-Thompson after he threw for four interceptions against the Lions last week.

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Writers: 100% Hamilton

Fans: 94% Hamilton


SSK at WPG

Yet another sweep potentially could go down this weekend. The Saskatchewan Roughriders won back-to-back games over Winnipeg over the stretch of Mark’s Labour Day Weekend and the ensuing Banjo Bowl.

Mike O’Shea came out to say that yes, indeed, the Riders can be defeated. Will Matt Nichols and Andrew Harris step things up to deliver a near flawless performance and aid their push for securing a playoff date in the West Division?

The two-headed monster of the Saskatchewan defensive line in Charleston Hughes and Willie Jefferson has stirred up chaos in both of the previous two games against Winnipeg. Can their defensive rush prove too much for the Bombers for a third time this season?

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Writers: 83% Winnipeg

Fans: 51% Winnipeg


OTT at EDM

Can the Edmonton Eskimos recover from their downward spiral? The CFL.ca writers seem to think so, as do the fans. But if the Eskimos think they have any chance, it’s going to start with Mike Reilly, who hasn’t been playing like his usual self lately.

The REDBLACKS will hope Trevor Harris has a similar performance against the Eskimos as their last outing against the Green and Gold. The advantage that Ottawa has in this will be the health across the board of their receiving corps.

Edmonton will need to buckle down on defence to allow their offence to get back to their usual ways.

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Writers: 67% Edmonton

Fans: 59% Edmonton


BC at CGY

The BC Lions are getting key pieces back in time for the playoffs. The Lions still have yet to officially clinch the playoffs, however, but it’ll certainly help with Travis Lulay and Tyrell Sutton entering the lineup.

Lulay will resume as the starting quarterback once again after a shoulder injury has kept him out. Tyrell Sutton will be making his debut for the Leos after being traded away by the Montreal Alouettes.

The Stampeders have already clinched their playoff spot and a victory can help claim top spot of the West Division. They’ll need to be careful, however, as their list of injuries continues to mount.

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Writers: 67% Calgary

Fans: 91% Calgary