CFL picks: How badly do you want it?

Just two weeks left and still so much to be decided.

Can Justin Dunk catch Drew Edwards and defend his title in the pick’s race? Is Joel Gasson a legitimate threat? Are we sleeping on a late run from John Hodge?

Oh, and both division titles, a home playoff date in the West and the final playoff spot are up for grabs, too…

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Darvin Adams, left, has a pass slip from his grasp as Calgary Stampeders’ Alex Singleton, looks on during first quarter CFL football action in Calgary, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Friday’s game
Calgary at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m.

The Blue Bombers (9-7) can clinch a playoff berth with a fifth straight victory. Receiver Darvin Adams is 98 yards shy of a second 1,000-yard campaign and running back Andrew Harris is second overall in rushing (1,269 yards). Calgary (12-4) has dropped two straight and can finish first in the West with a win. The CFL’s top-ranked defence allowed almost 500 net yards last week but it’s hard to imagine a Bo Levi Mitchell-led team losing three straight.

Edwards: Because nothing is ever easy in Winnipeg. STAMPS
Dunk: Bo Levi Mitchell dominates in Winnipeg. STAMPS
Gasson: Calgary responds. STAMPS.
Hodge: Esks & Bombers have a week 21 play-in game. STAMPS
Filoso: Can’t see Calgary losing three in a row. STAMPS
Smith: Can Calgary really lose three in a row? I think they can. BOMBERS

Ottawa Redblacks linebacker Kyries Hebert (34), middle left, celebrates a win with teammates as Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive lineman Brandon Revenberg (57) leaves the field following CFL action in Ottawa on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Saturday, Oct. 27
Ottawa at Hamilton, 4 p.m.

Ottawa (9-7) can finish first in the East with a victory following last week’s 35-31 home win. The Ticats (8-8) can still claim top spot but must first take this contest. They’ll be minus big-play receiver Brandon Banks (season-ending broken clavicle last weekend), who was Jeremiah Masoli’s security blanket. Newcomer Terrell Sinkfield Jr. is expected to play and could help complement slotback Luke Tasker, who’s compiled consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons.

Edwards: The Ticats just aren’t the same without Banks. REDBLACKS
Dunk: Hamilton knows how to bounce back. TICATS
Gasson: I said they split. So… TICATS
Hodge: Ottawa seals up first place. REDBLACKS
Filoso: Rick Campbell’s squad takes care of business and lock up the East. REDBLACKS
Smith: No Banks, no chance, right? Something tells me the Ticats cook something up and escape with the narrowest of victories. TICATS

Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Matt Elam, right, loses his helmet as he tackles B.C. Lions’ Chris Rainey (2) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday August 25, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

British Columbia at Saskatchewan, 7 p.m.

The Lions opened the season dropping their first five road games before snapping that dubious streak with a 32-14 win over the Montreal Alouettes on Sept. 14. Since then, B.C. has won two of its last three contests away from B.C. Place Stadium. B.C. comes in as one of the CFL’s hottest teams, having won three straight and six-of-seven games overall. The Riders are no slouches, having won four of their last five games and eight of 10. That includes a 29-24 road victory over Calgary last weekend without rush end Charleston Hughes.

Edwards: B.C. is rolling but Saskatchewan at home… RIDERS
Dunk: B.C. wants a home playoff game in the dome. LIONS
Gasson: Lions on the road. RIDERS
Hodge: This is a different B.C. team when Lulay’s at the helm. LIONS
Filoso: Hottest team in the league keeps rolling. LIONS
Smith: Lions aren’t as good on the road as at home. RIDERS
Totals: RIDERS 3 LIONS 3

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) gets a throw off as he avoids Toronto Argonauts defense during first half CFL football action against the Toronto Argonauts, in Toronto, Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Sunday, Oct. 28
Toronto at Montreal, 1 p.m.

The Alouettes (3-13) look to avenge last weekend’s 26-22 loss in Toronto (4-12), when quarterback James Franklin ran for two TDs, giving him a club-record 14 and tying Doug Flutie’s CFL single-season mark for quarterbacks. Johnny Manziel won’t have a better shot at his first win as a league starter given the Argos are a dismal 0-7 away from BMO Field this season.

Edwards: Because nothing is ever easy in Montreal. ARGOS
Dunk: Johnny’s best chance to get a win before season’s end. ALS
Gasson: Here’s Johnny, for real this time. ALS
Hodge: Johnny gets a W. ALS
Filoso: Manziel’s first win….comes in 2019. ARGOS
Smith: The “Who Cares” Bowl, round 2. Home side won last week, home side wins this week. ALS
Totals: ALS 4 ARGOS 2

2018 Records
Edwards: 50-23
Dunk: 49-24
Gasson: 47-26
Hodge: 46-27
Filoso: 44-29
Smith: 42-31

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