CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

Montreal (7-6) at Winnipeg (7-7)

The skinny: Tonight, 8 p.m. (TSN). The winner gets at least a share of first in the East while the loser could fall as far as third. The Als have lost six in a row, including 17-14 to the Bombers last Sunday. Even more troubling is the Montreal brain trust seems to be at a loss as to how to right its sinking ship. Offensively, the Als didn't get enough out of Anthony Calvillo's arm (14 of 28 for 169 yards and no touchdowns). Running back Robert Edwards averaged more than six yards a carry, but had only 11 carries. The Als need to get back to basics, establish the run and go from there. Also, it might be time to rein in that aggressive defence. With Kevin Glenn and Milt Stegall healthy, and that defence of theirs, the Bombers are a handful.

Cody's call: Blue Bombers 20-17

B.C. (9-4) at Hamilton (4-11)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 4 p.m. (TSN). B.C.'s 23-20 overtime loss to Saskatchewan on Sunday snapped the Lions' six-game winning streak and dropped them back into a tie for first place in the West with Calgary, although the Stamps have played an extra game. The Ticats, futile for so long this season, made it two straight wins with a 20-18 victory over the puzzling Edmonton Eskimos Friday night. The game came down to a field goal, Jamie Boreham of the Ticats making a nine-yard chip shot with 17 seconds left in the fourth quarter that the Eskies couldn't answer. It was the kind of game the Ticats need these days, especially from Jason Maas, who sank his former team for the second week in a row. This time, Maas outgunned Ricky Ray in the passing game 388 yards (26 of 39, one TD) to 301 yards (24 of 41, one TD, one interception). The Lions played hard against the Roughriders and probably deserved a better fate. Expect them to hit the Steel City in an ugly mood.

Cody's call: Lions 37-17

Calgary (9-5) at Toronto (7-6)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 7 p.m. (CBC). By stomping the Argos 39-18 last Saturday at McMahon Stadium, the Stampeders became the first team to officially qualify for the playoffs. So, with four games remaining in their regular season, their major goal is to wrestle first place in the West away from B.C. To this end, another win over the Argos would be useful, even if it only allows them to keep pace with the Lions. At the risk of sounding trite, the Stamps must keep their focus firmly on the Argos and not think about their upcoming home-and-home against the Lions. If Calgary gets another big game from its defence and just enough big plays from the offence, the Argos will be in for a tough day.

Cody's call: Stampeders 23-21

Edmonton (4-9) at Saskatchewan (7-6)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 10 p.m. (TSN). There's going to be hell to pay in Edmonton at the end of the season -- if the Eskies brass doesn't act sooner. Back-to-back losses to the Ticats hurt and the postgame quote from Eskies head coach Danny Maciocia says a lot: "This is a real low . . . If I deep down felt that I was the problem, I would even actually walk away and let them try to win a few more games. I don't know. I just don't know." Well, if the defending Grey Cup champion Eskimos have any hope of making the playoffs, they have to beat the Roughriders in this one. And that's no easy task, especially in Regina, where former Western Mustang star Andy Fantuz is king this week after collecting his first two CFL touchdowns -- one on a fumble recovery in the end zone that forced OT and another on a 12-yard reception in extra time from Kerry Joseph that won last Sunday's game against B.C. Earlier in the season, Fantuz recovered an onside kick for the 'Riders, so he's willing to get involved any way he can.

Cody's call: Roughriders 27-19

Season record

Last week: 1-3; overall: 31-23


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