CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Hamilton (0-3) at Montreal (2-0)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN, RDS). If you're a Tiger-Cats fan (or a Ticat), it's officially time to start worrying. They can't be headed for another 0-8 start -- can they? With a loss tonight to the Alouettes, one of the CFL's offensive juggernauts, the Tabbies will be halfway there. It wasn't supposed to happen. The Ticats made significant upgrades, quarterback Jason Maas the biggest certainly, but they also added receivers Terry Vaughn and Kwami Cavil and running backs Corey Holmes and Josh Ranek. They have offensive thrust, but their 53 points in three games is last in the East and second last (to Edmonton) in the league. Perhaps in making their rash of changes, they should have looked more closely at their defence. They've surrendered 82 points (again, second-most in the loop) and are vulnerable to the pass. Excuse Anthony Calvillo and his Als buddies for licking their chops. On June 24, he passed for 300-plus yards and two touchdowns in a 32-14 win over the Ticats in Hamilton. This week, the Alouettes are rested from a week off -- and they're at home.

Cody's call: Alouettes 33-21

B.C. (2-1) at Edmonton (1-2)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 9 p.m. (TSN). Would someone please shake the Eskimos and tell them the season has started. The Eskies, current Grey Cup holder, have looked a lot more like chumps than champs. After a Battle of Alberta split with the Calgary Stampeders to begin the season, the Eskimos turned in a major Canada Day clunker in Winnipeg. After scoring the game's opening touchdown, it was all downhill for the Eskies in a 46-10 loss to the Bombers, who suddenly have become that Beast from the East with impressive back-to-back wins over the Toronto Argonauts and Eskimos. But it's not just that the Eskimos aren't winning that's worrisome. They're last in points for (42) and points against (84). The Lions have injury woes, but have scored 95 points.

Cody's call: Eskimos 30-27

Winnipeg (2-1) at Toronto (1-2)

The skinny: Saturday, 4 p.m. (TSN). Give the Bombers credit. Two weeks ago, their defence snuffed the offensively flush Argos, holding them to 72 net yards. Last Saturday, the Bombers unleashed an attack, destroying Edmonton. Winnipeg's oft-maligned Kevin Glenn needed just 15 completions to pile up 368 yards and three touchdown tosses. His job done, Glenn was replaced by Mike Quinn, who completed six of eight passes for another 109 yards and a TD. The Bombers completely cancelled Ricky Williams two weeks ago and, last week, they did the same to Edmonton's Troy Davis, who gained just 11 yards on eight carries. The Argos have to get more inventive in how they use Williams. Call me crazy, but. . . .

Cody's call: Argos 27-17

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

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). There must be a lot of people breathing a sigh of relief in Saskatchewan, now that quarterback Joseph Kerry has found his legs (passing arm, too). Joseph, a former Ottawa Renegade who joined the 'Riders this season along with ex-Ottawa receiving star Jason Armstead, was brilliant toward the end of a 32-24 win over B.C. June 27, before getting a week off. With his team down 24-18 and less than a minute to go, Joseph and Jamal Richardson connected on a 49-yard toss-and-run TD that gave the 'Riders the lead for good with 54 seconds left. Joseph passed for 211 yards and two TDs and ran 92 yards.

Cody's call: Roughriders 27-21

Season record

Last week: 1-2; Overall: 5-6


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