CFL Countdown

STEVE COAD -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Montreal (9-6) at Saskatchewan (7-8)

The skinny: Tonight, 9 p.m. (TSN). Two weeks ago, the Alouettes seemed at a loss for ways to shed their six-game losing streak. To their credit, they never quit looking and things are back on track. Montreal has won two straight, has an East Division playoff spot locked up and a 50-50 shot at first place in the East, which they share with the Toronto Argonauts. It's too bad their recent sorry stretch forced 67-year-old coaching legend Don Matthews to step down due to stress and anxiety. So, while new head coach Jim Popp got his first CFL win, it was Matthews the Als were thinking about in the aftermath Monday. The Als, who plan to dedicate the rest of the season to him, were accused of not being on the same page during their losing streak. Matthews's resignation gives them a focus. Their talent can take care of the rest. The 'Riders, resigned to finishing third in the West, need to get star running back Kenton Keith going and handle the ball on special teams. Being healthy wouldn't hurt, either.

Cody's call: Als 27-23

Toronto (9-6) at Edmonton (5-10)

The skinny: Tomorrow, 3 p.m. (CBC). Like the Alouettes, the Argos locked up a playoff spot in the East on Thanksgiving Day via a 28-23 turkey day trimming of the Eskimos in a game in which Edmonton likely deserved a better fate. The Eskies garnered more first downs (23-17), more yards rushing (224-127) and slightly more passing yards (160-158). While Troy Davis of the Eskimos ran for 189 yards -- the first time he's surpassed 100 yards in a game this season -- the Argos uncorked double trouble in Ricky Williams (71 yards on seven carries) and John Avery (66 yards on 11 rushes). This spread Edmonton's defence, which opened things up for Toronto's receivers. Hence, Tony Miles snared seven passes for 107 yards and Arland Bruce caught two TD tosses. Ably guided by Damon Allen, this is the efficient attack the Argos have been seeking all season. The Argos, winners of seven of their last eight, are 4-4 on the road this season and 3-3 versus the West. The Eskimos are 4-3 at home.

Cody's call: Eskimos 20-19

Winnipeg (7-8) at Hamilton (4-12)

The skinny: Sunday, 1 p.m. (TSN). It's fan appreciation day in Hamilton. Goodness knows what that means, because there's virtually nothing to celebrate in the Steel City except the end of a dismal home season. We all know the story. High hopes were quickly dashed and head coach Greg Marshall lasted four games. Injuries, especially one to much-heralded quarterback Jason Maas, were part of it. A bigger part was this group hugely underachieved. They've been bashed for their poor attitudes and their lack of will. New Ticats GM Marcel Desjardins is already saying a playoff spot next season is a must and that Maas will have to fight to keep his starting job. It should be a long, painful offseason for the Ticats.

Cody's call: Tiger-Cats 27-21

B.C. (11-4) at Calgary (9-7)

The skinny: Sunday, 4 p.m. (TSN). This is the teams' fifth meeting this season. Since splitting a pair of preseason games, the Lions have been clearly dominant, zapping the Stampeders twice by a combined 82-33. The most recent pasting was 39-13 on Thanksgiving Day, a dismal effort by the Stampeders, who managed just 44 yards on the run, including just 30 on 10 carries by Joffrey Reynolds, the CFL's leading rusher with 1,375 yards. Adding to the disaster, Stamps QB Henry Burris completed just eight of 21 passes for a mere 129 yards. He also threw three interceptions. The dud ended Calgary's shot at first place. The Lions have clinched that and there's no pressure to use quarterback Dave Dickenson, who's recovering from a concussion.

Cody's call: Stampeders 28-24

Season record

Last week: 3-0; overall: 35-26


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