CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:19 AM ET

Ottawa (5-7) at Calgary (6-6)

The skinny: Tonight, 10 p.m. With Henry Burris out (thumb surgery) and rookie Jason Gesser struggling against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last Saturday, Calgary Stampeders head coach Tom Higgins almost turned to Danny Wimprine. But something told Higgins to stick with Gesser as his quarterback a bit longer and now we may never know how good Wimprine, a rookie like Gesser, might be. Gesser threw for three second-half TDs, helping to overhaul a 17-7 halftime deficit and give the Stamps a 39-17 win. The Stamps are better than a lot thought they would be. Meanwhile, things are a mess in Ottawa, losers of their last four. How bad are they? Bad enough to think Ryan Leaf might help.

Cody's call: Stamps 30-22

Toronto (7-4) at Saskatchewan (6-6)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 9 p.m. The East-leading Argos enjoyed a week off and it didn't cost them anything as Eastern foes Montreal, Ottawa and Hamilton all lost. The Roughriders had a busy week, beating Edmonton 37-36 for a third straight win that's made folks forget their five straight losses. The Roughies' hero was Omarr Morgan, who preserved the win by blocking Hayden Epstein's 31-yard field-goal try on the final play. Saskatchewan did a number of things well, starting with maintaining good discipline (six penalties for 45 yards) and stuffing the Eskies' sorry running game. Edmonton running back Ron McClendon never got going, finishing with six yards on five lugs. The Argos and Roughriders haven't met since July 9 at the Rogers Centre, a game Toronto won 27-26. Things aren't likely to be be easier for the Argos this week at Taylor Field in Regina.

Cody's call: Roughriders 23-20

B.C. (11-0) at Edmonton (7-5)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). What the heck is going on with the Eskimos these days? Edmonton Sun columnist Terry Jones says it's purely a "case of a team making a mess of (its) season for no good reason. This is a team which can't kick and is now very much there to be kicked around," Jones added in reference to placekicker's Hayden Epstein's field-goal fluffs from 36, 37 and 31 yards, the latter attempt blocked on the final play of last week's loss to the Roughriders at Taylor Field. It also refers to a pair of muffs by punter Sean Fleming -- a dropped snap and a blocked field-goal attempt -- both of which ultimately resulted in Saskatchewan field goals. The Lions were a bit lucky last Saturday when, with the Als trailing 27-26 with 50 seconds left, Als head coach Don Matthews chose to go for a two-point convert rather than kick for one and take his chances in OT. The two-pointer failed.

Cody's call: Lions 30-23

Winnipeg (4-9) at Montreal (5-6)

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. (RDS). The loss to the Lions leaves the Als at 5-6, the third time they're below .500. The Blue Bombers haven't had a lot to cheer about, but after blasting Ottawa 37-21 last week, their slim playoff hopes remain alive. It was their first road win since Sept. 5, 2004, and a big night for running back Charles Roberts, who surpassed 1,000 yards rushing for the fourth straight season. Roberts had 22 carries for 125 yards against Ottawa. Trouble is, Roberts, receiver Milt Stegall and, at times, quarterback Kevin Glenn hold the Bombers' fortunes. The Als are sure to play the revenge card, having fallen 51-46 on July 22 in Winnipeg.

Cody's call: Alouettes 34-24

Season record

Last week: 2-2; overall: 34-19


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