CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:59 AM ET

Calgary (4-12) at B.C. (11-5)

The skinny: Tonight, 10 p.m. (TSN). In dramatic style Sunday, the Lions waved goodbye to their pursuers and locked up first place in the West. It didn't come easily.

In fact, there were just 47 seconds left when Lions QB Dave Dickenson let the Montreal blitz almost get to him before floating a pass to Chris Brazzell, who took it 15 yards for the TD that gave B.C. a 32-29 victory. It was the Als' third straight loss and the Lions' fifth straight win over Montreal. Dickenson entered the game after starter Casey Printers was knocked out in the fourth quarter. Chalk up one for those who like the Printers- Dickenson duo (or should that be Dickenson-Printers). I'm no fan of this double trouble. Printers is playing like he's looking over his shoulder. His stats Sunday: 10 of 20 for 196 yards and a TD. Those aren't the MVP numbers he had before Dickenson's entry into the mix.

Cody's call: Lions 33-23

Ottawa (5-11) at Montreal (12-4)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (CBC). The Als have lost three in a row as the rest of the league is figuring out ways to blow up their aggressive defensive schemes. Short drops, quick passes over the middle and inside runs, which minimize Montreal's blitzes and pursuit prowess, are taking their toll on the Alouettes, who have surrendered 35, 39 and 32 points in successive losses. In 13 games prior to the skid, the Als allowed 30 or more points only once . Montreal's offence could sue the D for lack of support. All QB Anthony Calvillo did was complete 28 of 41 passes for 436 yards and two TDs. Stats like that will usually get you a win. In any case, this just might be the game that gets the Als back on track.

Cody's call: Alouettes 37-10

Winnipeg (6-10) at Edmonton (8-9)

The skinny: Sunday, 4 p.m. (TSN). The Blue Bombers are all but grounded, but this game is huge for the Eskimos, who still have an excellent chance of leapfrogging over Saskatchewan into second place in the West, which would give them a home playoff game. If the Esks beat Winnipeg this week and Saskatchewan losses to B.C. next week, Edmonton and the Roughriders will be square at 9-9. Also, they've traded 40-16 wins this season, meaning the tie-breaker becomes division records. That favours the Eskimos, who can either be hotter than fur-lined boots or colder than an icebox.

Cody's call: Eskimos 28-24

Season record

Last week: 1-3; overall: 42-30-1


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