CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Montreal (13-4) at Toronto (10-6-1)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 (TSN). All in all, things went well for the Als last week. They ganged up on Ottawa 52-21, snapping a three-game losing streak, and their head coach, Don Matthews, became a Canadian citizen.

The Als needed to thump someone after back-to-back-to-back bouncings at the hands of Saskatchewan, Edmonton and B.C. "This one was important for us to stop the bleeding and next week we have to carry it on," Als star receiver Ben Cahoon accurately offered in the aftermath of the Ottawa drubbing. "I think you saw Alouette football. Everyone was involved in the offence." At stake tonight? Nothing in terms of playoff positions, lots when it comes to delivering a message for down the road (without giving away much in the process). The Argos, who will finish second in the East behind the Als, have won four of their last five and they're 7-1 this season at the SkyDome. This one will come down to who wants it more.

Cody's call: Argos 31-28

Calgary (4-13) at Winnipeg (6-11)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). The Stampeders are out of the playoff race, but they haven't gone quietly. The Stamps, 1-10 not so long ago, have won three of their last six and even filed a protest Sunday in hopes of having last Friday's 19-17 overtime loss to the West pennant-winning B.C. Lions overturned. The protest was denied but you have to like the Stampeders' spunk. The Bombers, who had their act together in September when they won three straight, have shifted into reverse with four straight losses. Critical in this matchup is the fact Bomber reject Khari Jones gets to lead the riled-up Stamps into Winnipeg against a team that's basically mailing it in.

Cody's call: Stampeders 33-30

Hamilton (8-8-1) at Ottawa (5-12)

The skinny: Saturday, 3 p.m. (CBC). There's every reason to think the Tiger-Cats will win. If they do, it will mean a better-than-.500 finish, which is a snappy retort from last year's 1-17 regular season. Greg Marshall is a slam dunk as coach of the year. Whatever happens in Ottawa in the postseason -- the axe is poised to fall on general manager Eric Tillman and head coach Joe Paopao -- one Renegade has had a great season. Wideout Yo Murphy is as exciting as any receiver in the CFL (a league loaded with fun-to-watch pass snaggers). Murphy has 1,055 receiving yards on 58 catches. The Ticats will be tough as they prep for their East semifinal against Toronto.

Cody's call: Tiger-Cats 31-17

Saskatchewan (9-8) at B.C. (12-5)

The skinny: Saturday, 10 p.m. (TSN). Regardless how any of us feels about this game, you know the Edmonton Eskimos are going to be rooting at the top of their lungs for the Lions, who have locked up first place in the West and home field for the division final. If the Lions win, Edmonton gets second place in the West and will play host to the division semifinal at Commonwealth Stadium (where they're 7-2). Should the Roughriders win, they will finish second and play host at Taylor Field (where they're 6-3). Saskatchewan defeated B.C. 42-29 in the lone meeting this season. They have also won five straight. However, the Lions may be OK, since they're not playing Calgary.

Cody's call: Roughriders 33-27

Season record

Last week: 3-1. Overall: 45-31


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