Week 12 Picks: Will rematches produce the same results?

Montreal Alouettes (3-7) at B.C. Lions (7-3)
Fri., Sept. 9, 10 p.m. EST

Rakeem Cato starts at quarterback for Montreal ahead of veteran Kevin Glenn. Cato will have receiver Duron Carter back in the lineup as Carter missed last week’s 19-14 loss to Ottawa due to suspension. Carter is the Als’ receiving leader with 46 catches for 717 yards and five TDs but the offence is second-last in scoring (20.5 points per game). B.C. is coming off a 16-13 win in Toronto, its fifth win in six road games. The Lions are 2-2 at home but an impressive 5-1 against East Division competition. Linebacker Solomon Elimimian had a club-record 14 tackles versus Toronto and anchors a defence that has a CFL-high 33 sacks.

Drew Edwards: Rakeem Cato against that defence on the road in Vancouver where the Alouettes haven’t won since the Tom Higgins era? No thanks. LIONS
Justin Dunk: Cato shocks the world. ALOUETTES
John Hodge: B.C. has looked solid against the East. LIONS
Joel Gasson: Montreal has to go cross-country and Rakeem Cato is starting. LIONS
Ian Busby: Kevin Glenn is tied for the league lead in fumble recoveries. He’s only on the field when his team has the ball. Think about that for a second. Good thing he’s not starting. LIONS
Josh Smith: Montreal has made a QB change and Jim Popp is still their heads. ‘Nuff said. LIONS
Santino Filoso: The Lions continue their Eastern dominance LIONS
Totals: LIONS 6 ALOUETTES 1

Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-9) versus Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-4)
Sat., Sept. 10, 4 p.m. EST

The Bombers have won five straight, including a controversial 28-25 decision over Saskatchewan on Sunday, their first victory in 12 games at Mosaic Stadium. The Riders’ Justin Cox was flagged for pass interference following his interception with 28 seconds remaining to play. Three plays later, Justin Medlock kicked the game-winning 43-yard field goal as time expired. Matt Nichols improved to 5-0 as Winnipeg’s starter after completing 27-of-39 passes for 341 yards and a touchdown. Darian Durant was 36-of-47 passing for 399 yards and a TD with two interceptions for the Riders, who are 0-6 both on the road and within the West Division.

Drew Edwards: The only thing with more picks than a banjo is that Winnipeg secondary. BOMBERS
Justin Dunk: Winnipeg won’t need a dubious pass interference call this time around. BOMBERS
John Hodge: ‘The Riders are 1-10’ has a nice ring to it. BOMBERS
Joel Gasson: The Riders haven’t won a road game against a West opponent since this game in 2014. So yeah. BOMBERS.
Ian Busby: Clearly, the conspiracy to screw over the Riders will extend one more week. BOMBERS
Josh Smith: The Riders couldn’t beat the Bombers at home. They won’t be able to do it on the road. BOMBERS
Santino Filoso: Saskatchewan still hasn’t hit rock bottom BOMBERS
Totals: BOMBERS 7 RIDERS 0

Calgary Stampeders (8-1-1) at Edmonton Eskimos (5-5)
Sat., Sept. 10, 4 p.m. EST

Calgary (8-1-1) has won seven straight and is unbeaten in nine games. Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 380 yards and two TDs while Jerome Messam ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns in the Stampeders’ 45-24 Labour Day win over Edmonton (5-5). Mitchell is a stellar 36-7-1 as a CFL starter. The defence did its part, sacking Mike Reilly five times and registering three turnovers (two interceptions, once on downs). Reilly finished 23 of 36 passing for 219 yards and a touchdown to go with the two picks in the Eskimos’ first loss in four games.

Drew Edwards: I’m taking Calgary every week until there’s a damn good reason to do otherwise. This isn’t it. STAMPS
Justin Dunk: Calgary isn’t unstoppable. But it sure seems that way. STAMPS
John Hodge: Bo Levi Mitchell and Jerome Messam… and we’re done. STAMPS
Joel Gasson: Part of me wants to take Edmonton but I can’t do it. Closer game than the LDC though. STAMPS
Ian Busby: Real hard to bet against the Stamps at this point, but something’s gotta give in Edmonton. ESKIMOS
Josh Smith: Winning both the LDC and the rematch is tough. Stamps are great, but not 16-1-1 great. They will lose a couple more this year. This is one of them. ESKIMOS
Santino Filoso: It’s hard to beat the same team two weeks in a row but Calgary IS that good STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 5 ESKIMOS 2

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5-5) at Toronto Argonauts (4-6)
Sun., Sept. 11, 4:30 p.m. EST

It’s been a triumphant return for Zach Collaros. The 28-year-old quarterback has been nothing short of sensational since rejoining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. In his four starts, Collaros has completed 109 of 158 passes (69 per cent) for 1,510 yards with 15 TDs and just two interceptions. History is certainly on Hamilton’s side, having won five straight against its archrival. And although the Ticats are 3-3 on the road, Toronto (4-6) is just 1-5 at BMO Field and has lost four straight to stand just two points ahead of last-place Montreal (3-7) in the East Division standings.

Drew Edwards: Zach vs. Ricky = Ticats win. Zach vs. Dan = Ticats win, for sure. TICATS
Justin Dunk: Collaros is playing at an all-world level right now. TICATS
John Hodge: Hamilton completes the Labour Day Double. TICATS
Joel Gasson: Zachattack all day. TICATS
Ian Busby: Sweeping this series is never easy but the Ticats make it look that way. TICATS
Josh Smith: I’m not betting against the Ticats with Zach Collaros at QB. TICATS
Santino Filoso: The Argos are reeling and playing at BMO Field is basically an extra home game for Hamilton TICATS
Totals: TICATS 7 ARGOS 0

Season records
Smith: 29-15-1
Dunk: 28-16-1
Filoso: 27-17-1
Hodge: 26-18-1
Edwards: 24-20-1
Gasson: 21-23-1
Busby: 19-25-1

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