CFL Week 17 Picks

JIM BENDER, KIRK PENTON and PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:55 AM ET

TONIGHT

Hamilton at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. TSN (local blackout in effect)

Bender: Trader Taman dealt his most experienced QB to get the players to help the Bombers make the playoffs and do some damage there. Didn't work so hot last week but we're betting those newcomers come through before their new hometown crowd. Bombers by 4.

Penton: The Tabbies are just a little bit better than the Bombers in most departments, and they're riding a wave of confidence. Ticats by 4.

Friesen: Our first look at how Kevin Glenn performs when the pressure is cranked up to playoff-like proportions. But it's the Bomber defence that will win or lose this one. Winnipeg by 2.

TOMORROW

Saskatchewan at Ottawa, 6 p.m. CBC

Bender: The Grinnin' Barrett has Sask., charged for a playoff run while the Renegades don't seem to know who's in charge. 'Riders by 25.

Penton: The Roughriders will come out flat after a huge victory over the Alouettes. Renegades by 6.

Friesen: The Renegades are fighting each other now, which isn't a good sign, and their kicker had cancer surgery. Can anything else go wrong? Roughriders by 7.

MONDAY

B.C. at Toronto, Noon, CBC

Bender: Calamity Clemons' crew will face a real team after a laugher against the Stamps, and the Lions are roarin'. Leos by 6.

Penton: Casey Printers has an MOP award -- and a job -- to hold onto. Lions by 12.

Friesen: The Lions shouldn't feel too out of place at SkyDome. But they will find the Argos defence a whole lot tougher than Winnipeg's. B.C. by 4.

Montreal at Edmonton, 3 p.m. CBC/RDS

Bender: Timid Tom's troops are desperate to avoid becoming the first Eskimo franchise in 33 years to miss the playoffs while the Birds are pretty much home and roosted. Eskies by 3.

Penton: Things are not looking good in the City of Champions. And Montreal is mad. Alouettes by 15.

Friesen: Don Matthews has read the riot act in Montreal, while the reeling Eskimos are on the verge of setting one off in Edmonton. Als by 6.

REPORTERS' RECORDS:

BENDER: 41-24 overall (2-2 last week)

PENTON: 40-25 (2-2)

FRIESEN: 44-21 (2-2)


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