CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

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

The skinny: Tonight, 9 p.m. (TSN). The Ticats' second straight slow start -- they lost their first eight last season -- has some folks in Hamilton shouting for the ouster of head coach Greg Marshall. What nonsense. Year before last, Marshall's first as a head coach in the CFL, he was voted coach of the year. Marshall isn't the problem in Hamilton, not by a long shot. In Saturday's 32-14 loss to the Montreal Alouettes, the Ticats spotted the Als a 17-0 lead. Now that's a problem. No question, the Ticats need a win in Calgary -- no easy task these days with the emergence of quarterback Henry Burris as a bona fide CFL star. The Tiger-Cats, the loop's lone winless team, should feel desperate, which may work to their advantage.

Cody's call: Tiger-Cats 24-17

Toronto (1-1) at B.C. (1-1)

The skinny: Friday, 10:30 p.m. (CBC). Sure, the Blue Bombers soared on defence, stuffing the Argos at every turn last weekend. But, honestly, have you ever a seen poorer offensive performance than the one put on by the Argos? Argh, it was ugly -- six first downs, 112 gross yards gained, 72 net. Instead of insisting on handing off to Ricky Williams and having him bash into a Bomber brick wall, maybe, just maybe, they could have gotten the ball to him via short passes into areas freer of traffic. And with Damon Allen down for the next month or so with a broken finger, Spergon Wynn simply has to be better -- calmer and cooler, too. The Lions are banged up, especially at receiver, but they'll have their claws at the ready after surrendering two touchdowns in the final minute in Sunday's 32-24 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Hurry back, Damon.

Cody's call: Lions 27-23

Edmonton (1-1) at Winnipeg (1-1)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (TSN). I've had a lot of fun at the Blue Bombers' expense the past couple of seasons. No more -- well, not nearly as much, at least. The Bombers can play defence with the best of them. That point was driven home forcefully in last weekend's 16-9 win over the Toronto Argos. The Eskimos are coming off a split with Calgary in the Battle of Alberta. While the defending Grey Cup champions have all the tools to do it again, the Esks are taking their time getting going. They've scored just 32 in their first two games, not enough in this league.

Cody's call: Eskimos 32-13

Season record

Last week: 2-2 Overall: 5-3


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