CFL countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

Hamilton (6-7-1) at Winnipeg (6-9)

The skinny: Tonight, 8 p.m. (TSN). The Tiger-Cats are 5-3 vs. the West and 1-0 against the Bombers (32-22 on June 25 at Ivor Wynne). If I'm a Ticats' fan, I like the fact place-kicker Jamie Boreham delivered from 47 yards with two seconds left in last week's 30-27 win over the chilled Eskimos. Forget that earlier Boreham missed two from 15 yards away. That, folks, is a freak. If I'm a Bomber backer, I'm thrilled that Milt Stegall is back in the offence (seven snags for 189 yards and a TD in a 42-31 loss to B.C.). The Bombers, beaten back-to-back by Montreal and B.C., are a way better team at home (4-3).

Cody's call: Bombers 31-17

Saskatchewan (7-8) at Ottawa (5-9)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. (CBC). The Roughriders come in with a three-game winning streak that includes a 36-22 whacking of the Renegades at home on Sept. 26. I like the Roughriders. I'm a big fan of their head coach, Danny Barrett, because I believe he reads and adjusts in game situations better ( more demonstrably) than most other head coaches. I've been a huge critic this season of QB Henry Burris's inconsistency, but always a believer in his athleticism. Right now, he's being way more athletic than inconsistent. Make no mistake, the Roughies will go only as far as the cocky Burris will take them.

Cody's call: Roughriders 35-17

B.C. (10-4) at Toronto (8-5-1)

The skinny: Monday, 1 p.m. (CBC). The Argos, vulnerable on the road this season, are a rock-'em,sock-'em 5-1 in their house (SkyDome; it's no Varsity Stadium by the way). The Leos, hear them roar, are 5-2 on the road. B.C. is scary wherever it plays. The Lions, pumped up during the halftime break, scored 24 unanswered points in the third quarter of last week's 42-31 grounding of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. With Dave Dickenson poised to return after a lengthy layoff following knee surgery, all Casey (The Temp) Printers did was complete 23 of 35 passes for 435 yards and three touchdowns. If any team can kick in the Argos' front door, it's the B.C. Lions.

Cody's call: Argos 38-30

Montreal (12-2) at Edmonton (7-8)

The skinny: Monday, 4 p.m. (CBC). The Als are, somewhat arguably perhaps, the CFL's best team, but in this crazy loop, you're only as good as your last game. And that, for the Montrealers, was pretty much of a disaster. With their talent, the Als should never lose. But teams that handle their myriad of defensive looks and blitz packages have a shot at beating them. The Als are arrogant (read over-aggressive and foolish) at times and last Saturday night in Regina, the Roughriders answered arrogance with a devastating short passing game and 146 rushing yards by Kenton Keith. The Eskimos have lost three in a row and are clinging by their fingertips to a share of second place in the West Divsion, but they're comfortable (5-2) at Commonwealth Stadium.

Cody's call: Als 33-23

Season record

Last week: 3-1; overall: 39-25-1


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