Consequences for a 3-8 start were doled out in Montreal, but whether or not the Alouettes are better off remains an open question.
Coaching changes generally give teams some extra motivation, especially in the first game after the switch. Majority of 3Downers feel that won’t be the case Sunday. Meanwhile, the Ticats look to keep streaking, Eskimos want to stop one and the Stampeders are at home.
Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Friday, 7:30 p.m. EST
The Riders (5-5) could be without starter Kevin Glenn, who suffered a hand injury in Saturday’s 48-28 loss to Winnipeg. If Glenn can’t play, Canadian Brandon Bridge is expected to make the start. Bridge, from Mississauga, Ont., completed four of eight passes for 67 yards and an interception versus the Bombers. Hamilton (2-8) has won two straight under head coach June Jones and with Jeremiah Masoli under centre. The Ticats haven’t won three straight in over two years.
Hodge: Why do I get the feeling Glenn isn’t going to play? TICATS
Dunk: Tricky game to pick. Feels like a close one. RIDERS
Gasson: Ticats return to earth. RIDERS
Edwards: Bridge of no return. TICATS
Busby: They’re going streaking. TICATS
Filoso: Momentum has to count for something. TICATS
Smith: If Glenn doesn’t play, the Ticats keep hummin’. TICATS
Totals: TICATS 5 RIDERS 2
Edmonton Eskimos at Toronto Argonauts
Saturday, 4 p.m. EST
Edmonton (7-4) has dropped four straight, including a 25-22 decision to Calgary on Saturday. Quarterback Mike Reilly threw for 461 yards and a TD and Derel Walker had eight catches for 93 yards and added a rushing TD in his first game back. Toronto (4-7-1) comes off the bye just one point behind front-running Ottawa (4-7-1) in the East Division. But the Argos are a dismal 0-5 versus West Division rivals this season.
Hodge: Edmonton’s losing streak comes to an end. ESKS
Dunk: Eskimos need to keep up in competitive West. ESKS
Gasson: Edmonton is climbing back. ESKS
Edwards: Edmonton is getting healthy and the Argos aren’t (that) good. ESKS
Busby: The slide continues as the East ‘race’ heats up. ARGOS
Filoso: Argos remain winless against the West. ESKS
Smith: An East team is the cure for what ails Edmonton. ESKS
Totals: ESKS 6 ARGOS 1
B.C. Lions at Calgary Stampeders
Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Lions are back to being Jonathon Jennings’ team. The third-year pro returns under centre Saturday night when the Lions (6-5) visit the league-leading Calgary Stampeders (9-1-1). Jennings resumes starting duties after veteran Travis Lulay suffered a season-ending knee injury in B.C.’s 41-18 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night. The Stampeders are also unbeaten (5-0) within the West Division, having downed the Lions 21-17 in Vancouver on Aug. 18. Jennings finished 26 of 38 passing for 240 yards in that game with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Hodge: Calgary’s at home, so… STAMPS
Dunk: Game is at McMahon. STAMPS
Gasson: You know. STAMPS
Edwards: Stamps may win forever in a stadium that will never be replaced. STAMOS
Busby: At some point in time, these guys will lose at home. Just not now. STAMPS
Filoso: Calgary simply doesn’t lose at home. STAMPS
Smith: At McMahon is all I need to see. STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 7 B.C. LIONS 0
Ottawa Redblacks at Montreal Alouettes
Sunday, 1 p.m. EST
Veteran Drew Tate starts for Ottawa (4-7-1) with incumbent Trevor Harris (shoulder) on the six-game injured list. He threw for 114 yards and a TD in last week’s 26-22 loss to Hamilton. GM Kavis Reed will be on the sidelines for Montreal (3-8-0) after firing head coach Jacques Chapdelaine and defensive co-ordinator Noel Thorpe. The Als became the first CFL team to fire their head coach three straight years.
Hodge: Als will miss Noel Thorpe dearly. REDBLACKS
Dunk: Als ‘D’ was strong under Thorpe. That shows Sunday. REDBLACKS
Gasson: New coach. Same result. REDBLACKS
Edwards: Yet another round of “conseqences” jokes. REDBLACKS
Busby: The coach firing does nothing for the Montreal Mess. REDBLACKS
Filoso: Ottawa has injury issues, Montreal has everything issues. REDBLACKS
Smith: New coach bump? Nah. REDBLACKS
Totals: REDBLACKS 7 ALS 0