3DownNation’s fearless 2018 CFL Predictions

Every year, we ask some of the crew at 3Down to provide their predictions for the upcoming season, including the order of the divisions, the MOP winners and a coach on the hot seat. Looking back at last year, we did pretty well – other than the fact that most people figured Toronto would be terrible. That’s what happened, right?

Anyway, here’s our look ahead to 2018…

Drew Edwards

East Division
1. Toronto: It’s not just Ricky Ray. Year two of Jim Popp and Marc Trestman should be even better than year one.
2. Ottawa: If Trevor Harris gets hurt, all bets are off but you could say that about half the league. The Redblacks and the Ticats duke it out for a home playoff date.
3. Hamilton: I’m worried about their offensive line, secondary and a tough opening schedule. Other than that, everything’s fine.
4. Montreal: Sometimes the expected comes to pass.

West Division
1. Edmonton: They are good all over and have the best quarterback in the game.
2. Calgary: The Stamps have to come back to reality at some point. Right? Right?
3. Saskatchewan: I don’t like their offensive line, Canadian depth or the controversy that seems to follow them around. Still, from chaos comes beauty (and wins.)
4. B.C.: His own team will want to pay homage to the Godfather in his #ExitSZN and Jon Jennings needs to prove he’s still for real. He will.
5. Winnipeg: As Chris Jones demonstrated, accurate information about quarterback can be hard to come by. If Nichols is out long-term – like say until Labour Day – it could be a long year in Winnipeg.
MOP: I don’t want to take a usual suspect, so… Zach Collaros, QB, Saskatchewan.
DMOP:  Marcus Ball, LB, Toronto. He needs to stay healthy, which is unlikely. But if he does…
Coach on the hot seat: Mike O’Shea, Winnipeg. Come at me, bro. (Not O’Shea, he’d tear my arms off.)

Justin Dunk

East Division
1. Ottawa Redblacks: Revamped defence and playmakers around Trevor Harris could have the team in the nation’s capital primed for first place.
2. Toronto Argonauts: The Argos are an easy pick to finish atop the division. It can easily happen as Marc Trestman enters year two.
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Uncertainty in the defensive backfield seems to be a running theme for the Ticats. That area seems to be exploited by elite quarterbacks too often. If Johnny Manziel starts tho…
4. Montreal Alouettes: Mike Sherman needs to be able to get the Alouettes out of the locker room on time first and foremost before any serious consideration for moving up the standings occurs.

West Division
1. Calgary Stampeders: Bo Levi Mitchell fully healthy and his favourite target is back, Eric Rogers. Stamps do what their thing.
2. Edmonton Eskimos: When healthy the roster has few weak points, but Tommie Draheim sticks out.
3. B.C. Lions: Ed Hervey has fortified the trenches as best he could in one off-season and if Jon Jennings shows flashes of 2016 the Leos will rise.
4. Saskatchewan Roughriders:
5. Winnipeg Blue Bombers: If Matt Nichols was healthy the Bombers could be in contention to win the West. With Nichols out for a chunk of the season because of a knee injury Winnipeg drops. Unless Chris Streveler is “strevelation”.

MOP: Trevor Harris: Ottawa has a plethora of talent around him and if he puts a full healthy season together the stats will be elite.
MODP: Solomon Elimimian: Heart and soul of the Lions defence and if the team has a turnaround season it will be a strong bet Elimimian takes the award.
Coach on the hot seat: June Jones. Orlondo Steinauer is lurking and if Jones’ cadre of coaches can’t adapt to the CFL game quickly – Jerry Glanville – it could be turned over to Coach O.

John Hodge

East Division
1. Toronto: The Argos win the East for the second straight year (and only need nine wins to do it).
2. Hamilton: Masoli and Manziel carry the load to get the Ticats back to the playoffs.
3. Ottawa: The Redblacks miss the playoffs in a make-or-break year for Trevor Harris.
4. Montreal: At least the throwback uniforms will look nice.

West Division
1. Edmonton: The Esks get a berth in the West Final, but can they capitalize to earn a spot in this year’s local Grey Cup?
2. Calgary: The Stamps will be in a dogfight with Edmonton all season long.
3. Winnipeg: The Bombers’ season will be defined by how well the club can tread water with Matt Nichols out of the line-up.
4. Saskatchewan: Playing behind arguably the league’s worst offensive line could spell disaster for Zach Collaros.
5. B.C.: Ed Hervey’s going to build a winner, but he needs more time in the tough West Division.

MOP: Mike Reilly, QB, EDM: The Esks may struggle to protect Reilly at times this season, but he’s simply the best player in the league. If he stays healthy, he repeats as MOP.
MODP: Alex Singleton, LB, CGY: That’s right — another repeat winner. Solomon Elimimian may have a better season, but team records play a role in determining player awards.
Coach on the hot seat: It’s been nine months since Montreal fired their head coach, so… Mike Sherman

Joel Gasson

East Division
1. Toronto: Hard to see anything else happening.
2. Ottawa: I don’t know if I actually believe in Ottawa or if I just don’t buy the fact that Hamilton is going to be better.
3. Hamilton: Plenty of people seem to agree that they’re going to be improved this year and they might be. I’ve seen plenty of teams in sports have awful starts, have a good back half to the season only to struggle again.
4. Montreal: See the Argos.

West Division
Edmonton: Hate to follow the crowd here, but Edmonton seems poised for a big season.
Saskatchewan: I have my doubts here, there’s a lot to overcome, like oline and Canadian depth, but the just might. Their defence will keep them in games.
Calgary: They have to take a step back eventually, maybe this is the year? Probably not.
Winnipeg: I was really bullish on them, then Matt Nichols got hurt. It’s really hard to see them overcoming a possibly slow start.
B.C.: the Lions will be better than last year but is it enough in a tough west? I don’t know.

MOP: Andrew Harris – without Matt Nichols to start, Winnipeg really leans on the Canadian running back. This leads to a big year for number 33.
MODP: Willie Jefferson – Having Charleston Hughes at the other end frees Jefferson up for a huge season. He could be the single biggest reason the Riders could have a home playoff game.
Coach on the hot seat: Wally Buono…just kidding. I don’t know, hard to say with cap implications starting next year. June Jones if things go sideways in Hamilton?

Santino Filoso

East Division
1. Toronto: If there are holes on the Argo’s roster, I don’t see them. They’re loaded at the most important position (QB), have a star running back and reliable pass catchers. Oh, and a strong defence only got stronger in the off-season.
2. Ottawa: The offence will put up points and a revamped defence leads to more wins in close games.
3. Hamilton: A brutal opening schedule digs a hole the Ticats won’t climb out of
4. Montreal: The Als added some nice pieces in the off-season, but still lack a proven quarterback.

West Division
1. Edmonton: The Eskimos have depth, experience and the possibility of a home Grey Cup game as motivation. Look out.
2. Calgary: The Stamps don’t rebuild, they reload. As long as Bo Levi Mitchell is under centre, they’re contenders.
3. B.C.: A healthy Jonathon Jennings and reinforcements along both sides of the trenches make all the difference.
4. Winnipeg: Nichols’ injury puts a damper on an otherwise loaded roster.
5. Saskatchewan: Going 18 games with paper thin Canadian depth and a sketchy offensive line won’t be pretty

MOP: James Wilder Jr., RB Toronto Argonauts: In just 10 starts last season Wilder set the league on fire. Another year in Marc Trestman’s system along with the same offensive line and Hall of Fame QB means more of the same.
DMOP: Adam Bighill, LB, Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The monster in the middle picks up where he left off in 2016.
Coach on the hot seat: Coming off a pair of 8-9-1 seasons, a poor start could bode very poorly for Ottawa’s Rick Campbell

Ryan Ballantine

West Division
1. Calgary: The Stamps have been regular season champs far more often than not since Hufnagel came to town. They may not make the Grey Cup for a third straight year, but they will win the most games.
2. Edmonton: Nipping on Calgary’s heels, this may come down to the season series between these two clubs to decide home field for the West Final.
3. Saskatchewan – This was going to be Winnipeg but the injury to Matt Nichols may see the Riders sneak past them. Conversely, should the Riders stumble out of the gate….(see hot seat prediction below)
4. Winnipeg: With 9 players on the TSN top 50, the Bombers were poised to make some noise this season, then Nichols got injured. Losing your starter with questionable depth is a recipe for disaster
5. B.C.: Sadly, Wally’s career ends with him out of the playoffs for a second straight year. Move the Lions to the other coast and they might have got in, but the West will be too tough this year.

East Division
1. Toronto: Ray and Wilder should be enough to propel the Trestman bunch to top spot in the East. Look for the reigning and defending to get back to the dance this season
2. Hamilton: Played well under Jones last year. As long as Manziel doesn’t become a distraction, the Ticats should host the East Semi.
3. Ottawa: Back-to-back sub .500 seasons showed that Ottawa is “East Division good” but the Ticats are improved this season and the Argos are even better. Ottawa slides this season and may be in tough to prevent a crossover.
4. Montreal: Drew Willy is the starter here. It is going to be a slog in La Belle Province this year, but they will probably beat Calgary at home regardless.

MOP: A healthy, trimmed down Bo Levi will be passing more this year and with the targets he has available, he will threaten 6,000 yards this year.
DMOP: Solomon Elimimian has the edge here. In order to have a huge year defensively, you need to be on the field a lot. With power offences elsewhere in the West, Solly may just get that chance.
Hot Seat: Chris Jones made some big name cuts in camp. Should the Riders falter in the early part of the year, he may find his welcome worn out.

Josh Smith

East Division
1. Toronto: The only team I’m confident will make the playoffs out of the East because they have a loaded roster. This could be the best team, top to bottom, that the Argos have fielded in over a decade.
2. Hamilton: Things get murky here. Are the Ticats the team we saw at the end of last season or does the league figure out what June Jones does and shut them down? I’ll split the difference and say the team does enough to eek out second place.
3. Ottawa: We already saw Ottawa fans hold their collective breath when Trevor Harris went down in the pre-season. If Harris misses any time during the regular season, and I think he will, the Redblacks are sunk.
4. Montreal: They still don’t have a QB.

West Division
1. Calgary: Until I am given a reason otherwise I will pick the Stamps to finish first. I don’t think they make the Grey Cup, but they play in the game that will decide who does.
2. Edmonton: They will be neck-and-neck with Calgary all year and the brass ring that is a home Grey Cup date is what will propel them throughout the season.
3. Saskatchewan: I don’t know if Zach Collaros can ever get back to the Zach Collaros that was the shoe-in MOP in 2015, but he doesn’t have to be that player because the Riders roster is plenty talented. The porous o-line will be the only thing that keeps them from reaching their full potential.
4. Winnipeg: The Bombers are going to have a tough go of it without Matt Nichols and will be playing catch-up all season. That is what keeps them from getting over the hump.
5. B.C.: Ed Hervey will make the Lions better, but they might be a year away. And are we sure the QB that can lead them back to the promised land is on the roster?

MOP: Ricky Ray. Damon Allen won his first and only MOP award in 2005 at the tender age of 42. The MOP is the one accolade that has eluded Ray his entire career. The second year in Trestman’s offence with a loaded roster on offence means Ray puts up some of the best numbers of his career and takes home the award.
Hot take alert: What if Duron Carter catches 70+ balls for over 1,000 yards and intercepts five or six passes, maybe even taking one to the house? If that were to happen, he’d have to be MOP, no?
MODP: Willie Jefferson. With Charleston Hughes on the opposite side, Jefferson has a chance to take a run at the single-season sack record. If he breaks that, he walks away with this award.
Coach on the hot seat: Mike Sherman. The Als aren’t averse to firing a coach mid-season, and ownership has publicly stated they think the team could make the playoffs. So is it bye-bye Mike Sherman if the team is out of the playoff race by Labour Day?

Drew Edwards

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Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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63 Comments on 3DownNation’s fearless 2018 CFL Predictions

  1. Strangely consistent predictions for the CFL.
    So if EVERYONE picks the Als last, even if it makes sense, you gotta expect an upset. Or at least a win. Or a halftime lead?

  2. Sounds reasonable

    • Eastsucks // June 14, 2018 at 2:55 pm //

      I think the one thing we can all agree on is that every team in the West is better than every team in the East: Put any team in the West over in the East and they win the East easily.

      • Eastsucks Evenmore ThanUThink // June 14, 2018 at 2:58 pm //

        “The Als … ownership has publicly stated they think the team could make the playoffs.”

        Yes, but only if the Argos charter jet has a midair collision with the Redblacks jet. There literally is no other way for Klueless Kavis’ team to make the playoffs, even in the lEast.

  3. White Horse // June 13, 2018 at 4:57 pm //

    All predictions had Alberta 1/2 and in the West Final.
    West
    Stamps
    Esks
    BC
    Sask
    Wpg

    Bombers get bumped out of third. I feel crushed as a CFL fan of their misfortune. Perhaps Streveler can light it up enough but I doubt it.
    East
    Tor
    Ham
    Ottawa
    Mont
    Don’t bet against Trestman and R RAY.

    • if thats the case the deadmonton has a free ride to the final but they are not finishing 1 2.

  4. Mr.Green // June 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm //

    You are all drunk clearly.

    • MR. Green // June 13, 2018 at 7:08 pm //

      No drinking today, likely a couple Friday night at the Prestigious, All World, State of Art, First Class, 8th wonder of the world, the beautiful Mosaic Stadium!

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 13, 2018 at 8:33 pm //

        Mosaic is basically investors group field with a tiered bar area in 1 endzone and a fancy roof that looks like a toilet seat. Outside of ridernation and a few rider oligarchs in the CFL I’ve heard pretty tepid comments

        • Says the guy who’s team plays in the biggest and most out dated facility. Haha. Man. You need to lighten up and get a life! Dad beat you growing up didn’t he? “I’ve heard this, I’ve heard that”….haha you only hear cause no one actually talks to you. Here’s an idea, go to a game there and form your own opinion instead of hiding behind a keyboard you old fart.

    • remember they screw up their so called predictions every year cuz they are in love with only toronto and calgayray so their opinions here really dont mean anything.

  5. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 13, 2018 at 5:24 pm //

    Instead of telling us how good your prediction were last year; why not show us and let us decide??

    Facts: Calgary and Edmonton finish 1&2 in the division- I won’t give the order. No question.
    Anyone that thinks the riders will finish higher than 3 is playing an entirely different type of fantasy football. 3rd assumes Matt Nichols is out longer than what we are being told.

    • lol deadmonton and calgayray are not finishing 1, 2 this year thats a bullshyt statement, i wont give the order, no question these 2 teams are always over hyped.

  6. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm //

    Third times a charm! The Cup rides in a saddle come November.
    Bo seems in better shape than ever and his body is better than it’s been. Bo running adds another thread to the offense and Terry Williams horizontal speed changes how defenses play us. Both provide another dimension to this offense and it will allow Calgary to exploit the middle areas of the field.

    • Bo is declining and did he get that shoulder surgery yet? I’ve heard he should have gone under the knife. A couple brisk hits and it will be lights out on his season. Who’s up behind him? Oh right, no one. Don’t get your hopes so high, and do a little research on his injury pal. Just cause he lost weight doesn’t mean much! Remember how my Argos beat you up last Grey Cup? And the Redblacks spanked that perennial loser team the year before. Maybe your Stamps should stay out of the clubs and learn to be professionals. But hey, with no leadership Dickie leading the charge….well, we all know no one respects him. History speaks for itself.

    • yeah we heard that before but we also heard from me that calgayray chokes every year, so this year not only do they not make it to the grey cup, they fail to even make the final.

    • If Calgary should somehow make it to the Grey Cup, expect another upset in late-November.

  7. Huff's Neighbor // June 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm //

    Well it’s pretty obvious why you guys write and not coach. Let’s just play the games and see where the dice land.

    • I’m with you Huff. We can speculate all we like, but until games are played it’s anybodys game.

      For the record – thought Josh Smith had the best analysis of the bunch.

  8. Not sure why writers think Coach Orlondo Steinauer is the second coming. He was a great player but his previous defensive coord stint was unremarkable. His prevent defence was absolutely painful to watch as a ticats fan.

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:00 pm //

      ??? … no mention of Assistant HC Steinauer in the article where there has been other articles about the DC Glanville.

      Or were the writers ones who don’t believe that he is involved more with the offense than the defense (as some that have commented ignored)?

  9. Trumpino // June 13, 2018 at 6:26 pm //

    Why don’t you talk more about how the CFL needs to change the Canadian player ratio rule. Why the QB doesn’t count towards it. With CFLPA agreement coming to an end at the end of the season this should be a top issue. Then also with a new league starting up in the USA in 2019. I bet y’all see a lot of players jumping ship to play in the states rather than in Canada

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:01 pm //

      YMMV … if the new league pays like the thirty year old Arena league (approximately $12K a year), there might not be much movement.

      I haven’t been following it so it might pay more.

  10. would it not be fun if the Als go first ah this would be a dandy to watch 3down nihilist writing committee swim in their als bashing puddle.

    Why Do you have to be di…ks all the time when it comes to the Als…

    • east 1 IT will dog fight between Hamilton @ Toronto 3 Ottawa 4 Montreal who will be the CFL worst team west Edmonton 2 Calgary 3 Saskathewan 4 B.C. 5 Winnigeg

      • lol you are nuts to think the bombers would ever finish behind the riders or bc bt deadmonton and calgayray not finishing 1, 2, they never do

    • it could happen, no team in the east or even west is truly that strong this year.

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:03 pm //

      I am sure Als fans would love it … trouble is – they haven’t shown much and there isn’t much reason to think the results will be that good.

  11. Paul Bomber // June 13, 2018 at 9:12 pm //

    Wow, not much love for my boys. I know about the QB dude going down, but I think the upgrades on D are being underestimated. We’ll see. To be honest, 4th place would be better than third.

    • Saw that Paul. Your Bombers have a big test tomorrow – maybe they will silence some of the nay sayers.

    • they are finishing first in the west.

    • BC Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 2:10 am //

      I agree that the D will give up fewer big plays and fewer points while keeping up a good pace of turnovers, and if they can keep games close Medlock is our edge. I think the league will be more balanced this year, so I wouldn’t count on the crossover. We need to finish strong, even if we start a bit slow. Having said that, after Edm we have Mtl, Ham, and BC 2x. If the D can give us 2 or 3 wins without Nichols, we should be okay.

      • Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 9:15 am //

        Heya…. yeah, I think the crossover is debatable. I think it will happen, but I agree it’s not a done deal.

  12. If you’ll permit me to put on my blue and gold glasses…don’t sleep on the Bombers.

    Yes, no Nichols for 4-6 weeks, but I think our D will be much better this year and will surprise some people.

    Also, our first 6 games are Edmonton, @Hamilton, @Montreal, BC, @BC and @Toronto. I don’t think 2 wins is out of the realm of possibility, maybe even 3 wins. If indeed Nichols is back after 6 weeks as the team has indicated, that leaves 12 games left and seven of those against the teams predicted to be ahead of us (Calgary twice, Edmonton twice & Sask 3 times). Win four or more against those teams and 3 out of 5 against the rest (Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal and Ottawa twice) and that should get you at least third in the West and into the dance. Then anything can happen.

  13. TrueBlue // June 13, 2018 at 9:42 pm //

    Montreal’s D has some top players and its offence is bound to come around; I see the Als ahead of the (set for turmoil?) ‘Cats.

    • Paul Bomber // June 14, 2018 at 9:20 am //

      Gutsy call! If Willy plays to his full potential, maybe. I just don’t see their D making up for weaknesses on the other side of the ball.

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:07 pm //

      Question is … what makes you think the offense is bound to come around?

      It’s been a while since the offense has been consistent enough to take the pressure off the defense.

  14. Pathetic predictions as usual, you guys never get it right and always pick deadmonton calgary as 1, 2 every year even though they seldom ever finish 1, 2…boring especially filosso who never picks anything correctly whatever he picks just pick the opposite and you will always win.

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:14 pm //

      Hmmm … 2017 needed the tie breaker to put Winnipeg into 2nd, 2015 as well as 2014 they finished 1-2 and in 2011, tie breakers were needed to separate BC, Edmonton and Calgary – who all had the same record.

      It may not be every year but IMO it is far more often than “seldom”.

  15. True Green // June 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm //

    Going into the preseason I had Edmonton 1, Sask 2, Calgary/Winnipeg fight for 3rd. After what I saw of my team in the preseason I have lots of concerns on offence. If I was putting money on it…. I’d have to go with SASK #1 LOOK OUT CFL HERE WE COME!!!

  16. Many teams have an improved D, but Montreal, their offensive are many of the leagues cast-offs. Williams, Jackson, Willy, and some of their own player who we’ren’t the most successful last year. There’s a reason why many of the teams let these guys walk or let them go. Their D is good on paper, but as predictions go, can’t see them going to far. Same with the Riders. I am not bashing them, but weak Oline, a rusty Collaros, but Carter, Dline and their secondary should keep them in games.
    Blue Bombers are stacked as always on D, and have the pass catchers on paper, but I agree, with Nichols down, they can struggle, however Powell was crazy last year when Harris went down, so RB usually steps up, and I Strevler can prove some doubters wrong.
    I don’t think people are seeing that the Redblacks don’t have a bad look. With a strong Oline as usual Powell and Madu can pickup the slack on Offensive, but with a healthy Harris or a fast decision making and good eyeball on Davis with an already proven group of pass catchers, Ottawa can finish 2nd or 1rst with their new look on defensive too.
    For The Cats, with a defense that isn’t the most reliable or great looking the may struggle, and with competition at QB, and an injury prone RB they may struggle or manage to keep themselves mediocre.
    Toronto, I feel like people have figured them out already. It happens every year, which is the reason some teams coming on a grey cup win do not do as good the next year. Happened to Emdonton when Maas came to coach, even the Redblacks already knew their game. They should finish strong.
    BC has improved in the trenches and with that comes a healthy and reliable Jennings. They don’t look too bad, but they don’t look outstanding either.
    As for the Alberta teams, like always they usually go head to head at the top as they always figure a certain way to change and surprise people with good coaching a leadership. I feel though this year, another team from the West may race one of them out and manage to top one of them.
    Either way a lot of new looks for all teams, which should be an improvement in some areas, but certain changes could cause stuggle in other areas as always. For sure both division will be very competitive and you never know until the season starts, or how you get a taste of the regular season games.
    Last year the team to surprise the most was the argos who had no coaching and a lot of holes to fill up at the beginning, and manage to top everyone.
    Most anticipated team to do better and compete well we’re the ones who struggles the most(Montreal,Hamilton,BC).

  17. For anyone who has a problem with my comment, I am just pointed the rights and wrongs of this article and stating what I agree on. I didn’t make any big or final certain standings for predictions because teams always surprise or disappoint. I also didn’t go and attack any users or teams. I just pointed out the good and bad for the teams, and I just wanted to say this before anyone began complaining. The commenters of this site are very well opinionated, can be biased of their own team, but expected, for not they are a loyal fan, and should be expected. I too can be biased. Overall, just stated I am not attacking any teams or users, because I’ve seen it where someone completes about a comment, and turns into a dog fight.

  18. JFF is going to to bring many folks to the CFL this season and soon will be replacing Masoli.

    Many anti-JFF heads will be exploding, some already have.
    Contrary to popular belief that it takes years for an AMERICAN to grasp the CFL, JFF has a decent grasp on it now after only a few weeks.
    He is the number 2 already.

    Go Ti-Cats, GO!!

    • Canadian // June 14, 2018 at 12:32 am //

      And here comes the Texan. Welcome buddy! But you’re delusional if you think your boy “JFF” did anything special in his two weeks. He’s running for his life, his throwing motion looks like it’s sidearm, he has screwed up a couple rules already, and he has been playing Mickey Mouse defences with his vanilla offence. So yeah, maybe you should pay a bit more attention this season. Enjoy!

  19. I ask you to prove me wrong in anything I said above.
    What week do you think JFF starts?

    I guess around week 3 or 4

    • Canadian // June 14, 2018 at 1:23 am //

      Did you even watch the games? And that impresses you? If yes, then I question your football IQ. Manziel won’t start unless an injury occurs bud. I’m happy here’s up here, but you should reel back your expectations. Enjoy!

  20. Bill deHoog // June 14, 2018 at 7:57 am //

    Interesting comments, glad the season is finally under way tonight
    Here is my take on the final standings:
    West:
    Edmonton
    Calgary
    Wpg
    Sask
    BC
    East:
    Tor
    Ott
    Ham
    Mtl
    Only given is Montreal. They will be more competitive this year, but offence will do them in.
    Tot/Ott/Ham will fight for top 3 spots.I believe the best qb in the east this year will be Trevor Harris. Manziel will do a great job with the clipboard.
    Out West, all teams will duke it out. Bombers may overtake Calgary if they win some games before Nicolls return
    Sask will end up with Bridge at qb
    Should be a super season!

  21. Bombers starting QB is injured but will return. Not sure the Riders have a starting quality QB on the roster at all. Riders 5th place, Jones fired.

  22. Attention……Ticats vs Edmonton Grey Cup….Ticats ruin the western party as long as the don’t get a chump referee like against Calgary. Haha.

  23. Here’s a thought… the Bombers have a young QB who shot the lights out. Chris Steveler performed well, albeit against a pre-season defence. He may well be another up and comer that has the potential to keep Nichols on the sidelines. Potential dark horse that could take the league by surprise.

  24. Have to wonder how this guys are called experts on this site. Winnipeg will be battling with Calgary for #1 in the West. Bc and Sask will be battling for the basement. Winnipeg will have the best Defense in the league this year and offensively they are stronger than last year. Forget Nichols, they have so many weapons it won’t matter who is in, in the meantime. It all starts tonight as Winnipeg will hammer Edmonton. If Winnipeg doesn’t win by at least 10 I will be shocked.

    • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:20 pm //

      Can you point me to where anyone claimed they were experts?

      They are a combination of beat reporters and fans who are willing to write about their team.

      As you will shocked if Winnipeg doesn’t win by at least ten – if it happens do I conclude you are opinionated but not an expert? Or are you going to feel it was an exception?

  25. Blue on blue // June 14, 2018 at 10:30 am //

    I can’t stand these articles that start out with the same commenter making up stuff to dismiss the SK team and then turn around and insult a player and a new stadium that apparently he hasn’t seen
    Guy can you tell us why you have to make every article about he Riders? What is wrong with you dude? It’s become sickening. Seriously sickening to the stomach. If 3 Down dosent want to do something over the worst troll I’ve ever seen anywhere. Then I’m leaving this site as it’s ruined by this sick guy.

  26. White Horse // June 14, 2018 at 12:57 pm //

    Big Blue…better get ready for your big shock buddy!!

  27. Blue on blue // June 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm //

    Big Blue; I’m thinking you are a jokester. Without a legitimate QB a CFL team will get crushed. Who won the Grey Cup last year. Do you think it was because they had so many weapons. Nope, the Argos won because of a great QB that can get the ball to where it has to be.
    I heard that sadly Nichols is out for 6 to 8 weeks. While the more optimistic are saying 4 weeks. If it’s 8 weeks the Bombers season is over before it even starts.
    I don’t know of any CFL team that has a first year playing QB that went very far.
    Good luck though. Your going to need it.

    • BigBlue // June 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

      Talk to me tomorrow after that Rookie QB shreds Edmonton tonight.. Bombers D is legit watch Reilly run for his life all night. You guys have clue how tough Winnipeg is.

      • Cat Fan // June 14, 2018 at 6:25 pm //

        Too bad Reilly has no one to throw to or to hand off to …

      • Okay … it’s tomorrow – the rookie did well but the defense gave up 33 points.

        I’m guessing you are in shock as they needed another 13 points to hit your minimum margin of victory.

        Did you like the opening Edmonton 100+ yard TD?

  28. Thank you Dunk … Tommie Draheim at LT for the Eskies is insane! WTH are the Eskies doing …. Kelly has to slide over or Reilly will be pulling fake turf out of his mask all season long.

  29. Chris Preymak // June 14, 2018 at 11:32 pm //

    All I have to say is don’t put BC in the basement, you’ll see what I mean as the season goes along

  30. I think the first coach to be eased out will be Jerry Glanville.

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