CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:58 AM ET

Hamilton (1-4) at Montreal (4-0)

The skinny: Tonight, 7 p.m. (TSN). While established star Terry Vaughn became the CFL's career pass reception leader (with 973 snags in 12 seasons) in the Tiger-Cats' 20-17 win over the Calgary Stampeders last Friday, the 'Cat getting the kudos for Hamilton's first win of the season is Mark Myers. All Myers did was hit a 44-yard field goal with no time left, a dynamite launch that cleared the bar with scads of room to spare. Who, by the way, is Mark Myers? Well, for starters, he's the kicker the Ticats needed after Jamie Boreham missed six of his 15 field-goal attempts through Hamilton's four season-opening losses. (CFL place-kickers generally hit 75 to 80 per cent of their tries, well above Boreham's 60 per cent.) The Ticats inked Myers July 13 as a free agent out of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The Ticats will need Myers and a lot more when they face the Alouettes, who are coming off a 44-16 crushing of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. They talk about how hard it is to beat a team three times in the same season (the Als have tamed the Tabbies 32-14 and 27-21), but I like Montreal's chances.

Cody's call: Als 37-23

Winnipeg (3-2) at Edmonton (2-2)

The skinny: Tonight, 10 p.m. (TSN). It's hard to know which version of the Blue Bombers is going to show up, though the Eskimos have to be hoping it isn't the one with the defence capable of throttling its opponents. Ricky Ray and Co. no doubt would love to see the Bombers who surrendered four unanswered second-half touchdowns in a 44-16 loss to Montreal Sunday. Winnipeg seems to have the puzzle pieces for a winning team -- they just don't hit the field together. The Eskimos continue to be a strange lot, especially on offence where their 17.2 points a game is the lowest average in this loopy loop. Having said that, it should be noted Ray is No. 1 by a long way in completion percentage (75.3) and just seven passing yards shy of Dave Dickenson's CFL-topping 1,469 yards despite having played one less game. Unfortunately, the Esks don't have much of a running game, but they're huge homers.

Cody's call: Eskimos 28-21

B.C. (2-3) at Calgary (3-2)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 9 p.m. (TSN). Mistakes and mental errors, they'll bite you on the butt. Witness the Lions in last Friday's 29-28 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Up 26-19 after three quarters, the Lions booted the ball all over park in the fourth. The carnage included a Dave Dickenson fumble (triggered by a thundering hit by Roughriders linebacker Jackie Mitchell) that led to Saskatchewan's tying TD 2:29| into the fourth. Pile on two Saskatchewan interceptions and the 'Riders' recovery of a fumbled punt. The craziness didn't stop there. Luca Congi's winning 19-yard field goal with less than 10 minutes was set up by veteran safety Barron Miles, who was called for pass interference and roughing on the same play. I liked Dickenson's assessment: "We gave it away. I mean maybe they're making the effort we're not. All of us, coaches and players, have to start looking in the mirror and making sure that we find ways to counteract to their adjustments."

Cody's call: Stampeders 23-21

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

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). The Roughriders seem to have things going in the right direction, thanks to a couple of fourth-quarter comebacks that nipped B.C. The Argos? Things aren't so great for the team I picked to win the Grey Cup. The Boatmen just aren't the same team without Damon Allen at quarterback, out since beginning of the season with a broken finger. Rumour has it he may dress for this game and the Argos need him desperately. This is a good football team that needs to play better -- and believe it can win. He's retiring at the end of next season, and then the Argos really are going to have to play without him.

Cody's call: Argos 28-17

Season record

Last week: 2-1; overall: 9-9


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