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CFL Pick ‘Em, Week 3: Setting the bar lower, introducing a new mantra

Standing at 2-6 and having amassed a lowly -126 points in the CFL Pick ‘Em competition, this player is gonna set my personal bar a bit lower. Like, maybe, just to go 2-2 some week or even just reach zero. In the meantime, i’m practicing a new mantra: I will not overthink this. I will not overthink this. I will not overthink this…

With this running through the braincase, then, here are CFLpass’s Pick ‘Em picks for the week; adjust your own choices accordingly, i.e. take the exact opposite. All choices have been given a 100% on the “confidence” meter and yes, that term is definitely going in quotes.

Edmonton Eskimos over Ottawa RedBlacks; pick trend 63% to Ottawa, total points scored 49. As limp as the Eskimos offense looked in the week one loss to Toronto, I’m just not yet willing to get on the RedBlacks bandwagon – or imagine a universe in which Ottawa is the last undefeated CFL team. Here’s to thinking the bye week gets the relatively healthy Eskimos back up to spec, and that Henry Burris’s magic isn’t *quite* enough this time.

Montreal Alouettes over Winnipeg Blue Bombers; pick trend 61% to Montreal, total points scored 53. Yeah, like I’d really go against Rakeem Cato right now – even without the Als D coming to resemble that we’d expected in the preseason...

Saskatchewan Roughriders over BC Lions; pick trend 69% to Saskatchewan, total points scored 60. Is there a harder-luck team in the CFL – nay, all of sports – in 2015 than the Roughriders? The 31% going with BC this week have got to be betting on the Roughriders’ inability through two games to stop short-play heavy, clock-killing drives, but I don’t believe the Lions have enough in this area.

Toronto Argonauts over Calgary Stampeders; pick trend 65% to Toronto, total points scored 65. Will the real Stampeders stand up this week? Eking out the miracle week one win is simply not enough to cover the porousness of the defending champions’ OL, nowhere in more evidence than in back-to-back relatively lackluster performances of the typically dominant Jon Cornish. The Argonauts have meanwhile shown great capability of lighting up the scoreboard like a pinball machine; the burst of fourth-quarter and overtime scoring in last week’s thriller was inspirational indeed. And even without Andre Durie, Trevor Harris still has targets to spare: He connected with six last week.

– written by Os Davis