CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Calgary (0-1) at Winnipeg (0-2)

The skinny: Tonight, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). Yikes, tough call here. Which team among these two is capable of winning? The Blue Bombers showed little for the second straight game, particularly on offence. Quarterback Tee Martin, filling in for the injured Kevin Glenn (who sprained an ankle in a 42-15 season-opening loss against Saskatchewan) was sacked three times in the first quarter and finished with 12 completions on 29 attempts for 107 yards. Against Saskatchewan, Glenn was 14 of 28 for just 158 yards. The Bombers' lack of success through the air has allowed opponents to shut down running back Charles Roberts, Winnipeg's biggest offensive asset. Roberts' rambling has been limited to just 45 yards on 17 carries this season. The Stampeders gave the Toronto Argos all they could handle, even got them fighting among themselves in a 22-16 Toronto win. The Stamps produced more net offence than the Boatmen -- 418 to 362 -- although Damon Allen shredded Calgary's secondary for 340 passing yards and three TDs. Calgary QB Henry Burris led his guys, hitting 22 of 34 passes for 275 yards and a TD. But he threw two picks, compromising his stats.

Cody's call: Stampeders 24-22

Edmonton (2-0) at Montreal (1-1)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. (TSN, RDS). Tackling Ottawa last week, the Alouettes built a seemingly insurmountable (33-10) lead through three quarters. Then the Montrealers spent the fourth quarter snatching defeat from the jaws of victory, falling 39-36 in overtime. Montreal's net offence was 537 yards. But the Als self-destruct on defence from time to time because of their aggressive, high-risk style. Led by QB Ricky Ray, perhaps the CFL's best pivot right now, the Eskies will be all over the Alouettes from the beginning. In the Eskies' two wins this season, Ray has completed 59 of his 85 pass attempts for 823 yards, four TDs and an interception. By comparison, Anthony Calvillo, Montreal's gunslinger, has completed 55 of 91 for 741 yards, three majors and three interceptions. Two games in, Edmonton's defence is the stingiest in the league, surrendering just 24 points. The Als have surrendered 60. Two reasons the Eskimos are improved on defence -- they have cornerback Davis Sanchez and safety William Loftus, both Montreal mainstays a season ago. One of these powerhouses is going to make a statement in this game.

Cody's call: Eskimos 30-21

Ottawa (1-1) at B.C. (1-0)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 10 p.m. (TSN). Frank Clair would have been proud, even if it was the Renegades rather than his beloved Rough Riders that staged a brilliant fourth-quarter comeback last week against arch-rival Montreal. The game was played in memory of Clair, the legendary Rough Riders head coach who died in April at the age of 87. His team trailing 33-10 after three quarters, Ottawa QB Kerry Joseph took over. Joseph, an amazing athlete, ran for two fourth-quarter TDs and found receiver Frank Cutolo for another. Matt Kellett put the boots to the team that traded him during the offseason, kicking the game-tying field goal on the final play of regulation time, then hitting the overtime winner. B.C. is coming off a bye week, meaning they'll be rested and healthy. In their lone start of the season, the Lions chomped the mistake-prone defending champion Argos 27-20. B.C. pivot Dave Dickenson looked great, throwing for 260 yards and running for 55.

Cody's call: Lions 40-17

Saskatchewan (2-0) at Toronto (1-1)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). The Argonauts will need to save their fight for the Roughriders rather than inflicting their fists on one another. In the second quarter last week in Calgary, Argos receiver Robert Baker landed a left hook on the noggin of teammate Noel Prefontaine -- a kicker for goodness sakes -- and the Argos came perilously close to falling to 0-2. Argos head coach Pinball Clemons suspended Baker for Saturday's tilt. In any case, both Baker and Prefontaine had outstanding games versus Calgary. "Pre" hit the heck out the ball, pinning the Stamps deep in their territory a number of times. He also flattened Calgary returner Ken-Yon Rambo right in front of the Calgary bench. As expected, Saskatchewan is no slouch. They're undefeated and Corey Holmes is filling in brilliantly at running back for Kenton Keith. About the only chink so far? Nealon Greene's receivers have been prone to dropping easy catches.

Cody's call: Argos 24-23

Season record

Last week: 2-2 Overall: 5-3


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