CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

Ottawa (5-10) at Hamilton (7-7-1)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). I bombed out on picking the Winnipeg-Hamilton game last Friday. I took the Bombers by 14; the Tiger-Cats won 20-13. Let me explain.

I watched the game on the tube, pulling all the way for Hamilton, cheering every one of Troy Davis's 130 yards rushing and applauding each of Danny McManus's 22 completions (for 288 yards and a TD). Late in the third quarter, with the outcome still in doubt, I decided, just for fun, to check that day's Free Press to see how big a margin of victory I'd predicted. To my horror, I discovered I'd picked Winnipeg. Since there's no crying in football, I'm chalking it up to a brain cramp. This week, for sure, I'm taking the Tabbies. A win puts them into the postseason and completes a brilliant turnaround from 1-17 a year ago. Great job, Greg Marshall.

Cody's call: Ticats 31-14

Toronto (9-5-1) at Calgary (3-12)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (CBC). The Argos are on fire, having won their last three to clinch a playoff berth. Even without QB Damon Allen -- and Toronto is a better team with him -- the Argos can beat you many ways. Last game, a 22-16 win over the West-leading B.C. Lions, kicker Noel Prefontaine was Toronto's weapon of choice (although seven Argo sacks didn't hurt). Prefontaine booted six field goals. The Stamp haven't played since Sept. 29, when they were thrashed 49-24 by T.O. Stamps newly acquired QB Khari Jones will be under the gun to earn some of that million-dollar, three-year contract extension he signed this year in Winnipeg.

Cody's call: Argos 40-14

B.C. (10-5) at Montreal (12-3)

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. (TSN). This one is a potential Grey Cup preview, despite both teams losing last time out. I'm troubled by the Lions' quarterback situation. Nothing against Dave Dickenson but the sooner he becomes an Argo, the better for all. Hopefully, Dickenson and MVP candidate Casey Printers can co-exist because a deal likely won't get done till the offseason. Meanwhile, the Als' vaunted defence has been riddled for 74 points in back-to-back losses after surrendering just 224 points through their first 13 games. Teams are attacking the aggressive D.

Cody's call: Alouettes 37-31

Edmonton (8-8) at Saskatchewan (8-8)

The skinny: Sunday, 4 p.m. (TSN). The winner gets second alone in the West. The Eskies are coming off a 20-point blasting of the Als, a big deal for sure, but the Roughriders are the hottest team, winning four in a row. QB Henry Burris is a big part of the success, now that he's not being nearly so reckless with the ball. And running back Kenton Keith has been on tear, rushing for 307 yards on 35 carries in the last two wins. The Eskimos have been the streakiest team (they have three- and four-game winning streaks to balance two three-game losing streaks and a two-game skid).

Cody's call: Eskimos 27-21

Season record Last week: 2-2: overall: 41-27-1


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