CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Calgary (3-11) at Toronto (7-5-1)

The skinny: Today, 7 p.m. (Sportsnet). It's been quite a last few days for the Stampeders. First, largely on the strength of its staunch defence, Calgary snapped B.C.'s eight-game winning streak, 22-21 last Friday night.

Then, on Sunday, the Stamps likely licked their quarterback question mark by trading with Winnipeg for Khari Jones. The deal cost Calgary disgruntled six-foot-three, 285-pound defensive tackle Joe Fleming, voted the league's top defensive player last season; fullback Scott Regimald, the chap who pounded in the winning touchdown against the Lions; and safety Wes Lysack. If you want to scream that the Stamps got fleeced, remember they got Jones, a recent most valuable player in the CFL, and Fleming and Regimald are free agents at the end of the season and weren't likely to re-sign with the Stampeders. The Argos, who defeated Edmonton 26-17 on Saturday, are 5-2 versus West Division teams. The Stamps are 0-6 against the East.

Cody's call: Argos 23-13

Edmonton (7-7) at Hamilton (5-7-1)

The skinny: Friday, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). The Eskimos have struggled in back-to-back losses (B.C. and Toronto) and have 12-1 Montreal to look forward to after the Ticats. Inconsistency has plagued the defending Grey Cup champions all season. Prior to their two-game losing streak, the Eskies won four in a row and appeared poised to challenge the B.C. Lions for first in the West. Today, first place is all but beyond the Eskimos. Edmonton is banged up at receiver, but that doesn't go far in explaining Jason Maas's three interceptions (and no TD tosses) against the Argos. And Edmonton's usually staunch run defence allowed Toronto running back John Avery to puncture it for 129 yards on 21 carries. The Eskimos face another gem this week in Hamilton running back Troy Davis, who will be well rested after a week off.

Cody's call: Ticats 30-24

Montreal (12-1) at Saskatchewan (6-8)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). The Roughriders have won two straight (biffing Hamilton and Ottawa) and quarterback Henry Burris has answered his critics and coach Danny Barrett's challenge to be better by elevating his game dramatically in recent weeks. Witness his performance, particularly in the second half, in Sunday's 36-22 ripping of the Renegades. Burris completed 12 of 13 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns after the break. Overall, he was 21-for-30 for 282 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also rushed six times for 42 yards. This guy is on fire and he will need to remain ablaze if the Roughies, in the three-way battle with Edmonton and Winnipeg for second in the West, are to have a chance against the Alouettes.

Cody's call: Alouettes 36-20

Winnipeg (6-8) at B.C. (9-4)

The skinny: Saturday, 10 p.m. (CBC). Saskatchewan has beaten B.C. So has Edmonton, meaning the only team in the race for second place that hasn't knocked off the West Division leaders is the Blue Bombers. Adding crack defenders Fleming and Lysack and bruising fullback Regimald via the deal that sent expendable QB Jones to Calgary should help the Bombers to soar. Winnipeg lost badly to the Als on Saturday (47-25), but they had won three in a row going in. The Bombers recognized early on they needed to make changes and they have. Head coach Dave Ritchie gave way to Joe Daley after the Bombers sputtered (2-5) at the start and QB Kevin Glenn has blossomed. Things are definitely on the upswing in Winnipeg.

Cody's call: Lions 33-27

Season record

Last week: 2-2; overall: 36-24-1


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