…only this time, I won’t be watching basketball! With a week to go until the Grey Cup, the Stamps are looking to punch their ticket to Vancouver with their fourth win over Edmonton this season. The Esks will most likely have Mike Reilly back at QB, but he’ll probably be playing with a broken foot that hasn’t had time to heal properly–making him a sitting duck for the Stamps defence. I can’t say I’ve looked into buying tickets for the Big Game yet, but I probably will soon. ;) Calgary 43, Edmonton 20.
How in the wide, wide world of sports did the Arizona Cardinals get to be the best team in the NFL!? OK, I don’t think anyone’s picking them to win the Super Bowl–even though it’ll be played at their stadium–but at 9-1, the Cards have the best record in the league this season, a couple games ahead of anyone else in the NFC. The answer is they’ve been doing it with defense (note the American spelling). Only the Detroit Lions have allowed fewer points than AZ this season, and no one else in the National Conference even comes close. Is it any wonder that last week’s Lions-Cardinals game ended in a 14-6 win for the home team?
That said, the Cards are about to fall back towards the pack as they travel to the Hawks Nest this week. It’ll take a lot more than two TDs to win in Seattle, where the home side rarely loses, especially with Russell Wilson behind center. And considering that Arizona is without its starting QB, Carson “Bad Knees” Palmer, for the rest of the season, they’ll hafta rely on Drew Stanton against the league’s third-ranked pass defense. Did I mention that they’ll almost certainly be without Larry Fitzgerald, or that their rushing attack is the league’s second-worst? Coming off a tough loss in Kansas City, this should be a statement game for the Seahawks. Seattle 38, Arizona 7.
Of course, the Seattle-Arizona game kicks off at 4:05 pm Eastern Time, while the Calgary-Edmonton game starts around 4:30. My laptop is charging as I type this. Cuz hey, if you think you can go to a sports bar to watch the CFL Western Final in Toronto…you don’t actually live here, do you? :P