CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:05 AM ET

Winnipeg (6-6) at Calgary (7-5)

The skinny: Tonight, 9 p.m. (TSN). The Blue Bombers snapped a four-game losing skid Sunday with a 27-23 win over Saskatchewan and head into Calgary as the lone East Division team with a winning record against the West. It's become abundantly clear in recent weeks the Bombers need quarterback Kevin Glenn and slotback Milt Stegall to be healthy. With them, Winnipeg is dangerous. Without them, the Bombers' decided lack of depth on offence is exposed, Charles Roberts aside. A meaty sidebar in this one is Stegall's chase of the CFL all-time touchdown record. The 12-year veteran needs three to hit 138 and surpass current holders George Reed and Mike Pringle. Meanwhile, the Stampeders fumbled their four-game win streak, coughing up the second half of the Battle of Alberta 35-26 in a game that saw the Eskimos score 16 unanswered points in the final 7:03. If the Blue Bombers can stop Stamps running back Joffrey Reynolds and quarterback Henry Burris, they have a shot.

Cody's call: Stampeders 31-24

Edmonton (4-7) at Hamilton (2-11)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. (TSN). Sure, this game is a battle of cellar-dwellers. But there's last place and then there's LAST PLACE. The Eskimos, defending Grey Cup champions, are the former; the Tiger-Cats clearly the latter. What else is there to say about the Ticats' disaster? You feel for them, you want them to win. Heck, you want them just to score a touchdown. Maybe the signing this week of Jesse Lumsden, the Burlington native and former McMaster Marauder star, will help. It sure can't hurt. In last Saturday's 11-9 loss to the Argos, the Ticats caught Argo quarterback Damon Allen on one of the shakiest days in his brilliant 22-year CFL career. Allen, lavishly honoured prior to the game after becoming pro football's all-time leader in passing yardage on Sept. 4 in Hamilton, tossed three interceptions and connected on just 19 of his 36 passes. But as tough a day as Allen had, Hamilton QB Jason Maas was worse. The Ticats can't quit and they won't, but they'd probably like to.

Cody's call: Eskimos 33-23

Montreal (7-4) at B.C. (8-3)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 10 p.m. (CBC). This one matches division leaders, although, due to their four-game losing streak, the Alouettes only share top spot in the East with Toronto, albeit with a game in hand. Both the Als and the Lions are coming off a bye week and, hopefully, the Montrealers used their time to sort out their offensive woes. It's been years -- certainly before Anthony Calvillo took over at quarterback -- since the Als' offence has looked in such disarray. Clearly, Calvillo and Co. are not on the same page. There's little consistency and lots of foulups. If it does nothing else, Jesse Palmer's arrival on the scene will stir things up. The Als have slipped back into the middle of the pack in scoring production, their 289 points scored trailing B.C. (358), Saskatchewan (351) and Calgary (321). And Montreal's D, so revered earlier in the season, is paying the price for an ineffective attack. The Als have surrendered 273 points in 11 games while East rivals Toronto and Winnipeg have allowed 203 and 267, respectively, in 12 games. As well, the Lions have surrendered 226 in their 11 games, so the Als will have their hands full. And the Lions barely miss a beat whether they have Dave Dickenson or backup Buck Pierce at quarterback.

Cody's call: Lions 30-27

Season record

Last week: 3-0; overall: 28-19


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