CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:52 AM ET

B.C. (9-0) at Ottawa (5-5)

The skinny: Tonight, 7 p.m. (TSN). Well rested after a week off, and 9-0 to boot, things are beautiful indeed in B.C. Checking the Lions' website (www.bclions.com), there's no news on whether the wounded wings of either Dave Dickenson or Casey Printers will be healthy enough to face the Renegades or if the job will again fall to No. 3 man Buck Pierce. Pierce preserved the Lions' unbeaten season two weeks ago, engineering two late TDs that toppled Saskatchewan 19-15. By the way, the Leos' website does contain a dandy article about London's Ryan Thelwell, who's enjoying a big year on the left coast. Who knows which Ottawa team will show up? One thing, though: QB Kerry Joseph needs help -- i.e. receivers hanging onto the ball and O-linemen throwing blocks to keep him out of harm's way -- if they're to keep winning at least half the time.

Cody's call: Lions 33-17

Calgary (4-6) at Edmonton (7-3)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 9 p.m. (TSN). The Battle of Alberta, which began with the Eskimos' 25-23 win on Labour Day in Calgary, resumes in Edmonton's Commonwealth Stadium. The Stampeders rallied valiantly in the fourth quarter, outscoring Edmonton 13-0. They were in position to tie it when, with 41 seconds left, Edmonton's Cedric Scott sacked Calgary QB Henry Burris to break up the Stamps' shot at a two-point convert. Still, Calgary scored the final 22 points in Monday's game and shouldn't be shy heading into the rematch. Burris outgunned Edmonton's Ricky Ray, throwing for 313 yards to Ray's 268. But the Eskies did things the Stamps couldn't -- blocked a punt for a TD and gained two more points for a safety (it could have been worse for the Stampeders had London's Jay McNeil not recovered a Calgary fumble in its end zone).

Cody's call: Eskimos 28-21

Hamilton (2-8) at Toronto (6-4)

The skinny: Saturday, 3 p.m. (TSN). Ontario's Labour Day Classic actually was a classic, a stellar affair that ended in Hamilton's favour when placekicker Jamie Boreham -- rolled ankle and all -- booted a 43-yard field goal with 1:54 remaining to give the Tiger-Cats a 33-30 victory. Hamilton's win takes care of a 15-game winless (0-13-2) skid against the Argos that dates back to 2002. It also gives the Greg Marshall-driven Tabbies their second straight win after an eight-game losing streak to start the season. Ticats starting quarterback Danny McManus was outstanding, as he was in a 41-39 win over Winnipeg on Aug. 26. Danny Mac is getting help. What McManus can't do with his legs, Khari Jones can. Since joining the Ticats at the end of July, Jones, who comes in on short-yardage situations, has run for four TDs and passed for another. He's a pain for defences because his presence means they can't discount the run. Speaking of defences, Hamilton's maligned group was a huge factor in Monday's win, forcing four turnovers, piling up five sacks, surrendering just 286 total yards and generally harassing Damon Allen.

Cody's call: Argos 20-17

Saskatchewan (4-6) at Winnipeg (3-8)

The skinny: Saturday, 8 p.m. Danny Barrett deserves a master's degree -- master of deception. The Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach shuffled his quarterbacks -- Marcus Crandell in; Nealon Greene out -- prior to the Roughies' 45-26 victory over the Kablooie Bombers on Sunday, and didn't tell a loose-lipped soul beforehand. The fans in football-mad Saskatchewan, the Bombers and the media, of course, were all in the dark till Crandell took his spot behind centre. The move paid off in spades. Crandell, who didn't surrender a turnover, completed 20 of 35 passes for 248 yards and a touchdown as the Roughriders snapped a five-game losing streak.

Cody's call: Roughriders 31-20

Season record

Last week: 3-1; overall: 29-16


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