CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:39 AM ET

Edmonton (3-1) at Ottawa (2-2)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). First things first, and you're going to have to take my word for it because last week's picks got lost in the summer vacation shuffle. I picked Edmonton (by 37-17, mind you, not by the skimpy margin they ultimately salvaged), B.C., Ottawa and Saskatchewan -- all the home teams -- and went 4-0 for the week. Meanwhile, the Eskimos, most notably quarterback Ricky Ray, had an off night last week against winless Winnipeg. Even Sean Fleming, Edmonton's usually reliable place-kicker, missed three of six field goal tries before splitting the uprights from 23 yards away with no time remaining, to give the Eskimos a sloppy 14-12 win. The Eskimos were lucky, but they need to play a lot better. The Renegades are 2-0 at home this season and coming off a Kerry Joseph-led 33-18 licking of the Stampeders. Ottawa generated 27 first downs and 563 yards of total offence. Like I said, the Eskimos will need to be better.

Cody's call: Eskimos 24-10

Montreal (2-1) at Winnipeg (0-4)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 8:30 p.m. (TSN). As if the Ka-blooie Bombers don't already have enough problems, now they have the Alouettes coming in. If there were such animals as moral victories in pro football, the Bombers could take solace in the fact they gave the Eskimos all they could handle. Heck, Winnipeg should have won, but lost right at the end. The Bummers' biggest bogeyman is their attack -- or rather, their lack of attack. Winnipeg's O has produced only 50 points in four games, not nearly enough. There's a ton of pressure on Winnipeg's D to try and make up for such skimpy offence. Quarterback Tee Martin, who has potential -- and a lot to learn -- has completed just 43.2 per cent of his passes (35 of 81) and owns an awful quarterback rating of 51.4. Excuse the pun, but look for the rested Als' defence to tee off on Tee right from the opening kickoff.

Cody's call: Alouettes 27-7

B.C. (3-0) at Hamilton (0-3)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). The good news for the Tiger-Cats -- and there's little of that -- is they'll be back home in front of 29,000 faithful after Sunday's 32-13 loss in Saskatchewan. The Ticats were in it until Roughrider defenders Omar Morgan and David Bush teamed up to return Morgan's interception of a Danny McManus pass 105 yards for a TD. Morgan picked off the pass at Saskatchewan's five, then lugged it 46 yards before flipping the ball to Bush, who zigged and zagged the rest of the way. It was the closest Danny Mac got to throwing a TD pass. The 40-year-old McManus is under fire. His stats, including a 50.5 per cent completion percentage and 55.1 quarterback rating, aren't great but he's not getting a lot of help, either. By comparison, Lions leader Dave Dickenson has completed 70 of 95 and owns a CFL-best QB rating of 113.4.

Cody's call: Lions 27-14

Saskatchewan (3-1) at Calgary (1-2)

The skinny: Saturday, 10 p.m. (TSN). The Stamps stumbled, "took a step backwards" in the postgame words of coach Tom Higgins. While the rebuilding Stampeders have but one win to show, they've at least moved forward. Till they ran into the Ottawa Renegades last week, that is. Ottawa, hot and cold as teams go, chugged over, through and around Calgary's D. Renegades fireplug running back Josh Ranek rushed 20 times for 164 yards and caught five passes for 48 more. QB Kerry Joseph had gaudy numbers, too.Things don't get easier for the Stamps, whose next six games include Saskatchewan, B.C. (twice), Montreal and Toronto. Their lone reprieve during the span comes Aug. 6 vs. Winnipeg. The Roughriders are solid in all areas, even if they've thrown a scare into their fans in the late going in recent weeks (recall Hamilton, Toronto and Hamilton again in the last three weeks).

Cody's call: Roughriders 27-15

Season record

Last week: 4-0; overall: 12-4


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