Week 14 picks: Can the Riders compete with West’s elite?

Sunday’s matinee affair between Calgary and Saskatchewan highlites the Week 14 schedule.

Bo Levi Mitchell ensured Riders fans were riled up for the matchup on Twitter.

Ottawa Redblacks at Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Friday, 8 p.m. EST

Drew Tate will dress but Ryan Lindey is expected to make his first CFL start for Ottawa. Lindley does have NFL experience with Arizona, San Diego, New England and Indianapolis and Greg Ellingson (72 catches, league-high 1,123 yards, seven TDs) and Brad Sinopoli (81 catches, 908 yards, three TDs) anchor the Redblacks’ receiving corps. Winnipeg (8-3) comes off the bye having won seven-of-eight games but defensive lineman Jamaal Westerman (upper-body injury) is out for the rest of the year.

Hodge: Lindley at the helm? BOMBERS
Dunk: Winnipeg off a bye and at home. BOMBERS
Gasson: Bombers are number two for a reason. BOMBERS
Busby: Who exactly is starting at quarterback for the RedBlacks? BOMBERS
Edwards: Bombers are good and Ryan Lindley is…. who knows. BOMBERS
Filoso: If Harris or Tate were playing, I’d like Ottawa, but I don’t think a rookie QB upstages Winnipeg’s defence. BOMBERS
Smith: Winnipeg is better. BOMBERS
Totals: BOMBERS 7 REDBLACKS 0

Hamilton Tiger-Cats at B.C. Lions
Friday, 11 p.m. EST

Defensive end Alex Bazzie returns for B.C. (6-6), which should boost its pass rush. But quarterback Jonathon Jennings threw three picks in last weekend’s 27-13 loss to Calgary and has 12 on the season, tops among CFL starters. Jeremiah Masoli makes a fourth straight start for Hamilton (2-9), which is 13-30 all-time in Vancouver and 0-7 against West Division teams this year. Veteran receiver Andy Fantuz joined the Ticats’ practice squad this week but won’t play.

Hodge: B.C. needs to keep pace in the West. LIONS
Dunk: Must-have game for B.C. LIONS
Gasson: A night game in BC for an eastern team? LIONS
Busby: At least Drew Edwards will eat well in Vancouver this weekend. LIONS
Edwards: Two increasingly desperate teams. We’ll take the home one. LIONS
Filoso: BC is bad, Ticats are awful. LIONS
Smith: Because why not. TICATS
Totals: LIONS 7 TICATS 0

Toronto Argonauts Head Coach Marc Trestman looks on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Montreal Alouettes at Toronto Argonauts

Saturday, 7 p.m.

The Toronto Argonauts couldn’t pick a better time to break a season-long trend. Toronto (5-7) hosts the Montreal Alouettes (3-9) at BMO Field on Saturday night having not won consecutive games this year. The Argos are coming off a 34-26 home victory over the Edmonton Eskimos last weekend, their first over a West Division club this season.

A win over Montreal would help the Argos in two ways. First, they’d take the season series 2-1 and hold the tiebreaker against two conference rivals, having already secured it against Ottawa. Montreal has dropped five straight, is 0-5 on the road and averaging just 18.3 offensive points per game overall.

Hodge: #Consequences. ARGOS
Dunk: Good ship Argo sets sail to consecutive wins. ARGOS
Gasson: if Montreal can’t put up a fight they’re done. Won’t be enough anyway. ARGOS Busby: Ricky Ray’s bunch takes full control of the East Division in this laugher. ARGOS
Edwards: Not sure I’d pick the Alouettes to win in the CFL’s new video game. ARGOS
Filoso: Toronto continues to fight for the division lead. ARGOS
Smith: Als are in a tailspin. ARGOS
Totals: ARGOS 7 ALS 0

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Kevin Glenn looks to pass. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Calgary Stampeders at Saskatchewan Roughriders
Sunday, 4 p.m.

Veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn (hand) returns for Saskatchewan (6-5) after missing last weekend’s 27-19 road win in Hamilton. The Riders have won four-of-five games and are 4-1 at home but endured a rash of injuries versus the Ticats. Calgary (10-1-1) has won eight straight and is 15-0 versus West Division squads while boasting a CFL-best 4-1 road record. The Stamps’ defence is allowing 17 points per game and has forced 30 turnovers, both league-best marks.

Hodge: Calgary’s rollin’. STAMPS
Dunk: Riders should make it closer than their last meeting. STAMPS
Gasson: It’s not in Calgary, there’s a chance. RIDERS
Busby: Marquee matchup lives up to the hype, but Stamps finally stumble. RIDERS
Edwards: Maybe, but probably not. STAMPS
Filoso: Calgary might not lose again this season (until the playoffs). STAMPS
Smith: Maybe a year from now the Riders will be able to pull off the upset, but not now. STAMPS
Totals: STAMPS 5 RIDERS 2

Season records
Hodge: 39-13-1
Dunk: 39-13-1
Gasson: 38-14-1
Busby: 38-14-1
Edwards: 37-15-1
Filoso: 32-20-1
Smith: 30-22-1

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