CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:18 AM ET

Calgary (5-4) at Montreal (7-2)

The skinny: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. (TSN). The Alouettes ought to be among the CFL's grumpiest gangs after their dismal performance Saturday -- a 31-6 loss to the Argos that pretty much pays back the 31-7 slaughter the Als inflicted on T.O. a couple of weeks back. Montreal has lost two in a row but really has no need to panic. Quarterback Anthony Calvillo had one of the worst games in a long and illustrious CFL career, throwing five interceptions. After Calvillo was given the hook in the fourth quarter, Nealon Greene threw Montreal's sixth interception. All in all, the Als' D was on the field way too much and was constantly in a tough spot. This week, the Als are back home, where they're 4-0. The Stampeders had last week off. Two weeks ago they handed the Als their first loss of the season, a 27-24 defeat on a final-play field goal by Sandro DeAngelis. So . . . the Stamps could prevail. However, I don't like their chances as they're 1-3 on the road this season and Calvillo connected for 383 passing yards and a TD in the recent meeting.

Cody's call: Als 33-23

Toronto (4-5) at Winnipeg (5-4)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 8 p.m. (TSN). With a win in the final meeting of the regular season between these teams, the Argos will claim a share of second place in the East Division, although the Blue Bombers lead the season series 2-0. Personally, I'd be more pumped for this game if the awful play this season of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats wasn't pretty well guaranteeing an easy ride into the playoffs for Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg. I'd also be more excited if the Bombers were to have quarterback Kevin Glenn (knee surgery rehab) and slotback Milt Stegall (cracked ribs) in the lineup. But they're unlikely to have either, although Stegall has the green light from team doctors to make his own game-night decision. Without this dynamic duo, the Bombers have little zip in their attack. What they get will have to come from running back Charles Roberts, second in the CFL with 741 rushing yards. The Argos, meanwhile, have everything going after an injury-plagued 2-5 start. QB Damon Allen surpassed the 70,000 mark in career passing yards against Montreal and needs just another 442 yards to overhaul Warren Moon (70,553) to become the all-time pro football leader. It probably won't come against Winnipeg's outstanding D -- unless, of course, that unit wears down from spending way too much time on the field.

Cody's call: Argos 24-10

Saskatchewan (4-5) at Hamilton (2-8)

The skinny: Saturday, 7 p.m. (CBC). Out of fresh ideas on why such a talented tangle of Tiger-Cats are stinking up the CFL these days? If so, you're not alone. We all know the story. The Ticats were 5-13 last season, a dismal showing they vowed not to repeat. They retooled in the offseason, scoring enough talent to win contender status. Highly touted quarterback Jason Maas has thrown 318 passes this season, second only to Ricky Ray's 320. But Maas' six TD tosses are rocket bottom if you count the Argo tandem of Damon Allen and Spergon Wynn as one. Sure Maas deserves a lot of the heat. He's on one page, his receivers -- other than Terry Vaughn, who has 40 snags and 427 receiving yards -- clearly on another. The 'Cats are also lacking a significant running game as Josh Ranek, a major pickup from the defunct Ottawa Renegades, is averaging just 3.9 yards a carry. Overall, the Ticats are second last in yards gained and dead last in yards surrendered. The Roughriders ran roughshod over Hamilton last week, wining 46-15 in Regina. The 'Riders may have trouble duplicating the size and scope of that win but it's still a great opportunity to even their record.

Cody's call: Roughriders 36-23

Season record

Last week: 2-1; overall: 20-17


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