Week four picks: Can the Riders get off the schneid?

Ottawa Redblacks (2-0-1) at Toronto Argonauts (2-1)
Wed., July 13
7:30 p.m. EST

Trevor Harris leads unbeaten Ottawa in his first game against his former team. Harris spent four years with the Argos and last season posted a 9-7 record as the starter while Ricky Ray recovered from off-season shoulder surgery. Chris Williams is the league’s leading receiver with 25 catches for 493 yards and six touchdowns. Ottawa not only boasts the top-ranked passing attack but is second overall in rushing. Ray is healthy and back under centre with Toronto which returns to BMO Field following road wins over Saskatchewan and B.C. This begins a stretch of three straight games versus East Division opponents for the Double Blue.

Drew Edwards: Chris Williams is faster than you. The Argos, too. REDBLACKS
Justin Dunk: Trevor Harris is red hot. Ricky Ray is not. REDBLACKS
John Hodge: The mentee never beats the mentor on the first attempt. ARGOS
Joel Gasson: Toronto starts to find its form. Another great game this season. ARGOS
Ian Busby: At some point, the Argos will find a home-field advantage in their new park. They can’t just be road warriors. ARGOS
Josh Smith: Toronto is relatively healthy, whereas Ottawa is not. ARGOS
Santino Filoso: Harris comes back to haunt his former team in a big way. REDBLACKS
Totals: ARGOS 4 REDBLACKS 3

Edmonton Eskimos (1-1) at Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-2)
Thursday, July 14
8:30 p.m. EST

The Bombers and Eskimos are going to get to know each other well these next couple of few weeks. Winnipeg, fresh off its first win of the season, hosts Edmonton on Thursday night. It will be the first of three straight games against West Division rivals for the Bombers, who’ll face the Calgary Stampeders at Investors Group Field on July 21 before visiting the Eskimos on July 28. The head-to-head games are important for Winnipeg and Edmonton, who are tied for third in the West Division standings. They’re a point behind second-place Calgary (1-1-1). B.C. (2-1) sits atop the division while Saskatchewan (0-2) is fourth.

Edwards: Back to reality for the Bombers after last week’s gift. ESKIMOS
Dunk: Edmonton’s defence gives me pause, but Mike Reilly doesn’t. ESKIMOS
Hodge: The Bomber offence is starting to come to life, but an injury-riddled secondary will be their undoing. ESKIMOS
Gasson: No particular good reason, just a gut feeling. BOMBERS
Busby: The Bombers are on a winning streak! The Bombers are on a winning streak! But it lasted one game. ESKIMOS
Smith: No overtime for Edmonton this week. They take this one rather handily. ESKIMOS
Filoso:  All the good vibes around a scrappy Bomber team that got its first win of the season last week quickly disappear when Edmonton rolls into town ESKIMOS
Totals: ESKIMOS 6 BOMBERS 1

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-2) at  Montreal Alouettes (1-1)
Friday, July 15
7:30 p.m. EST

The timing of a road trip couldn’t be better for Hamilton (1-2) following home losses to B.C. (28-3) and Winnipeg (28-24). Quarterback Zach Collaros (knee) has resumed practising with the Ticats but Masoli will make his fourth straight start. Masoli is third overall in passing with 933 yards but has almost as many interceptions (four) as touchdowns (five). Veteran starter Kevin Glenn has been bothered by an eye infection but is expected to play for Montreal (1-1). Receiver Duron Carter, who’s appealing his one-game suspension for bumping Ottawa head coach Rick Campbell, battled headaches this week but is also expected to suit up.

Edwards: Think Duron Carter tries to bump Kent Austin? Me neither. TICATS
Dunk: The Tabbies won’t lose three in a row. TICATS
Hodge: The Alouettes are only one injury away from starting the ghost of Red O’Quinn at receiver. TICATS
Gasson: Injuries derail Montreal, Hamilton bounces back. TICATS
Busby: Rakeem Cato pulled out a surprise in his last season debut. This one is a shocker too, but it helps that Duron Carter plays. ALOUETTES
Smith: Green, Sutton, Stafford and possibly Glenn and Carter. If the Als were fully healthy, they are the pick. But they aren’t. TICATS
Filoso: The Ticats slide won’t end in Montreal ALOUETTES
Totals: TICATS 5 ALOUETTES 2

B.C. Lions (2-1) at Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-2)
Sat. , July 16
7:30 p.m. EST

Saskatchewan might be winless under Jones but quarterback Darian Durant has been a definite bright spot. After suffering season-ending injuries the last two years, Durant has completed 58-of-86 passes (67.4 per cent) for 627 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. Durant threw for 317 yards and four TDs in Saskatchewan’s 39-36 overtime loss last week to Edmonton. B.C. is coming off a 25-14 setback to Toronto in Vancouver. Jonathan Jennings and Travis Lulay combined to complete 23-of-33 passes for 288 yards with a TD and two interceptions.

Edwards: The Riders win their first under Chris Jones; parade planning begins. RIDERS
Dunk: Chris Jones breaks through at home making Rider fans delusional. RIDERS
Hodge: Saskatchewan’s been knocking on the door for two weeks, this week they break it down. RIDERS
Gasson: The Riders finally gain a yard and win. RIDERS
Busby: The Riders have been inching towards their first victory. They get there this week and make the Lions hot start seem like a thing of the past. RIDERS
Smith: Riders have shown improvement each week, and they get their reward against the Lions. RIDERS
Filoso:  After getting embarrassed at home, BC will be looking to rebound in a big way LIONS
Totals: RIDERS 6 LIONS 1

Season records
Filoso: 6-5-1
Smith: 5-6-1
Edwards: 5-6-1
Dunk: 5-6-1
Hodge: 5-6-1
Gasson: 3-8-1
Busby: 1-10-1

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