CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:26 AM ET

Calgary (4-4) at Toronto (5-3)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). Due to a schedule shuffle that moves this game up by a day (the Blue Jays have first dibs on the Rogers Centre), the Argos will play their second game in five nights for the second time this season (this is Week 10 and they also did it in Week 6). The Argos are coming off a big win -- 22-18 in Edmonton, where visitors have a sorry history. The Argos got maximum return on flimsy stats, most notably just nine first downs. Damon Allen completed just 11 of 26 passes, but they added up to 329 yards and three TDs. The Stampeders come in with a couple of extra days of rest as they beat Montreal 40-37 last Thursday, a game in which they protected the ball well (as opposed to the week before when they turned it over five times vs. B.C.). Henry Burris just keeps getting better.

Cody's call: Argos 23-16

Winnipeg (3-6) at Hamilton (0-8)

The skinny: Friday, 7 p.m. (TSN). Greg Marshall is frustrated but the second-year head coach is not giving up and insists he'll do whatever it takes to make the 0-8 Hamilton Tiger-Cats competitive. "It can't get to the point where losing becomes easy, where it doesn't hurt anymore," says Marshall, who last year guided the Ticats to a 9-8-1 record as a rookie out of McMaster University. He's promised changes, too, saying, "At some point, we need to find players who can play for us." Maybe it's time, at least through the end of this season, to put the ball back in Danny McManus's hands and let the veteran quarterback call his own plays. In a 39-15 loss to B.C. last week, the Tabbies' tattered attack never got comfortable, whether it was starter Khari Jones or Danny Mac at quarterback.

Cody's call: Tiger-Cats 24-21

Montreal (4-4) at Edmonton (5-3)

The skinny: Friday, 10 p.m. (TSN, RDS). Which Montreal team will show up, you wonder. Will it be the Als who defeated the Argos 18-10 in a ding-dong defensive battle Aug. 12? Will it be the Als who overpowered Saskatchewan 42-13 on Aug. 4? Or will it be the Als who stumbled and fell 40-37 to the Calgary Stampeders on a final-play field goal last week. Montreal's offence is still high-octane but it's defence is definitely down a quart or three this season. The Als' D is surrendering just a touch under 30 points a game, far too many for a championship challenge. The Eskies have been a bit inconsistent, too, and a strong running game is missing from their offensive arsenal. Edmonton's loss to the Argos last week was their first of the season at home, and their second loss in a row after a 5-1 start. Will they make it two straight home setbacks? Blasphemy.

Cody's call: Eskimos 33-23

B.C. (8-0) at Saskatchewan (3-5)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). Whatever the lockout-stricken CBC does, hopefully it won't involve another "stadium experience from home," as it did last Saturday for the Argos-Eskimos game. Next time you want to complain that network announcers never shut up or say the word "football" nine million times a game, you might want to remember last Saturday when all the audio, too muffled to be clear, came from stadium announcer Al Stafford. While the unbeaten Lions say they always have trouble against the Roughriders at Taylor and B.C. quarterback Dave Dickenson may not be able to play (shoulder), I still like their chances against the wounded Green Riders.

Cody's call: Lions 31-20

Season record Last week: 1-3; overall: 22-15


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