Wednesday, 29 June 2011

CFL season preview

 As another CFL season approaches, here are my predictions for the upcoming 2011 season.

East division                              West division
1) Montreal Alouettes              1) Saskatchewan Roughriders
2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats            2) Calgary Stampeders
3) Toronto Argonauts              3) Edmonton Eskimos
4) Winnipeg Blue Bombers      4) BC Lions

                                                             Eastern Division 
1) Montreal Alouettes: The only major questions surronding the Als is if Brandon Whitaker will emerge as the number 1 running back after the departure of Avon Cobourne and a primary target for Anthony Calvillo due to Ben Cahoon's retirement in the offseason. Other than that, expect to see the Als win the East for a fourth straight year. 

2) Hamilton Tiger-Cats: If the Tabbies are going to overtake the Als for top spot in the East, they are going to heavily rely on a the running game with newly acquire Avon Cobourne and a revamped linebacking core with Renauld Williams replacing the aging Otis Floyd 

3) Toronto Argonauts: After showing great improvements last season, expect to see more first with the receiving corps due to the emergence of Spencer Watt. The running game will still be the main source and special teams with Cory Boyd and dangerous returner Chad Owens. Do not count out their defense as well with Kevin Eiben still being a force at linebacker. 

4) Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Even though the defense is stellar with the likes of Doug Brown, Odell Willis, Jovon Johnson, Jonathan Hefney and Joe Lobendahn and offensively with Terrence Edwards, Fred Reid and Terrence Jeffers-Harris, the Bombers hopes of making the playoffs will be if Buck Pierce can stay healthy over a course of a full season.

                                                       Western Division

1) Saskatchewan Roughriders: With Rob Bagg sidelined for the whole year with reinjuring his knee and the departure of Andy Fantuz to the Chicago Bears, expect to see more of Jason Clermont in the slot and Cary Koch. The defense is still a strong point minus Omarr Morgan in the secondary. Expect to see electric returns after the acquisition of Tristan Jackson.