CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Calgary (7-4) at Edmonton (3-7)

The skinny: Today, 9:30 p.m. (TSN). The Stampeders turned Monday's Labour Day Classic into a lopsided debacle with 24 second-quarter points on the way to a 44-23 whipping of the Eskimos. The win was Calgary's fourth in a row, while Edmonton, the defending Grey Cup champion, has lost five of its last six. The biggest thing in Edmonton's favour in tonight's rematch is the game's at Commonwealth Stadium, where the Eskies are 3-2 (as opposed to 0-5 everywhere else). Still, they will have their hands full with the Stamps. Calgary is No. 1 in the CFL in total yards (4,618, including a league-best 1,600 on the run). Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds has rambled for a league-high 969 yards, 6.3 a carry, while double-trouble quarterback Henry Burris has lugged the ball for another 392 yards, 7.7 a pop. The Eskimos are sixth in yards surrendered -- one spot ahead of Calgary, mind you -- and in serious jeopardy of missing the postseason for the first time in 35 years.

Cody's call: Eskimos 27-25

Hamilton (2-10) at Toronto (6-5)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (CBC). Hats off, of course, to Damon Allen, the all-time leading passer in pro football. Allen threw for 207 yards in Monday's 40-6 trimming of the toothless Tiger-Cats, giving the game's most gifted grandpa 70,596 career passing yards and vaulting him over Warren Moon's total of 70,553 yards. The record was achieved 10 minutes into a sleepy third quarter when Allen shovelled the ball to Arland Bruce, who took it 29 yards for a touchdown that put the Argos up 12-3. It was the first of Allen's two touchdown tosses on the day. For the Ticats, it marked the fourth straight home game they have failed to score a TD (but at least they managed a couple of field goals, something they couldn't do in their previous three losses when they were outscored 100-10). Allen and beleaguered Ticat quarterback Jason Maas have both thrown six touchdown passes this season, but Maas's half dozen have come on 371 attempts, while Allen has thrown just 142 times. The Argos have won four in a row, while the Tabbies have lost four straight and are sinking like a rock.

Cody's call: Argos 27-10

Saskatchewan (6-5) at Winnipeg (5-6)

The skinny: Sunday, 3 p.m. (CBC). Both teams need this one to keep pace. The Roughriders are a win in arrears of Calgary, currently in second in the West. The Blue Bombers, who have lost four in a row after their 5-2 start, trail the Argos by two points for second spot in the East. The second-place finisher in each division gets home field in the conference semifinal. Things are rosy for the Roughies, who have a three-game winning streak and quarterback Kerry Joseph healthy enough to play again. Saskatchewan flattened the Bombers 39-12 Sunday, leading all the way as Joseph, who missed two games due to a wonky knee, ran for one- and 10-yard touchdowns. The Bombers, completely grounded by the Roughrider defence, will be better this time out as quarterback Kevin Glenn and slotback Milt Stegall will have had another week and some quality practice time to shake off knee and rib injuries, respectively. Heck, Stegall looked swell against the Roughriders, collecting his 134th career touchdown on an eight-yard pass from Glenn, who struggled, completing just 12 of 29 passes for 168 yards and an interception. Stegall aside, the Bombers need receivers.

Cody's call: Blue Bombers 28-20

Season record Last week: 3-1 Overall: 25-19


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