3Down CFL picks: Who earns Canada Day weekend fireworks?

Some teams have started the season with a bang and others have yet to set off any signs for excitement.

Three teams have a zero in the loss column while four others enter Week 3 with a goose egg representing wins. The Riders and Lions are staring at possible 0-3 starts. If that happened the pressure in the prairie province would be pumped up and others would be shocked to see B.C. go oh-for-three with all the talent brought in during the off-season. But it’s the CFL so anything is possible.

Let’s get to the picks.

Thursday, June 27
Edmonton at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: The Eskimos have been surprising already. ESKIMOS
Hodge: Chris Matthews helps make the difference. BOMBERS
Alfieri: Winnipeg will be ready for their home opener. BOMBERS
Ballantine: Edmonton comes back down to reality this week. BOMBERS
Filoso: Most complete team in the league wins again. BOMBERS
Gasson: Winnipeg senda a message in their home opener. BOMBERS
Smith: Edmonton has looked good, but Winnipeg is better. BOMBERS


Friday, June 28
Montreal at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: Ticats take it. TICATS
Hodge: The Ticats are hummin’. TICATS
Alfieri: They won’t put up 60 but the Ticats will improve to 3-0. TICATS
Ballantine: Als gonna Al. TICATS
Filoso: Hamilton beats up on another weak opponent. TICATS
Gasson: Mon.. kidding. TICATS
Smith: I’m not letting my born and bred disbelief in the Ticats get the better of me this week. TICATS


Saturday, June 29
B.C. at Calgary, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: Calgary losing two in a row at home and off a bye week…can’t see it. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary can’t lose two in a row at home… can they? STAMPS
Alfieri: The B.C. slide continues. STAMPS
Ballantine: Samson (Reilly) shaved off the source of his power (his magnificent beard) STAMPS
Filoso: Things get worse before they get better for Reilly and company. STAMPS
Gasson: Calgary off a bye at home. STAMPS
Smith: Off a bye and at home… but can the Lions really drop to 0-3? STAMPS


Monday, July 1
Toronto at Saskatchewan, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: Riders need to get in the win column. RIDERS
Hodge: Saskatchewan can’t afford to let this one slip away. RIDERS
Alfieri: I can’t give the Argos the benefit of the doubt on the road after last week’s performance. RIDERS
Ballantine: The Riders haven’t been good, but they are better than the Argos RIDERS
Filoso: A week after being embarrassed at home, Toronto spoils Saskatchewan’s Canada Day party. ARGOS
Gasson: This is the cfl, so the Argos very well might win but I can’t do it. RIDERS
Smith: The aftermath of this if the Riders lose would be incredible. Still… the Argos lost by 50 last week. RIDERS


2019 records
Alfieri: 6-1
Hodge: 5-2
Ballantine: 5-2
Filoso: 3-4
Smith: 3-4
Gasson: 2-5
Dunk: 2-5

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