3Down CFL picks: Who responds from a wake up call?

Photo Scott Grant / CFLPhotoArchive.com
Photo courtesy: Scott Grant/CFLPhotoArchive.com

Week 5 in the Canadian Football League features three games that appear to be easy calls for winners.

Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary are consensus choices among the 3Down crew to come out with victories in their matchups, but it’s never that simple in the CFL. Beware the upset-minded squad coming off a near loss, sloppy defeat and wake up call.

On the Left coast the Lions welcome a rested Eskimos side into B.C. Place. DeVone Claybrooks and the Leos haven’t been at home since Week 1 and despite their 1-3 record, leads have been held by B.C. in each of their games. Including what appeared to be a commanding 17-3 in the second quarter against Edmonton in Week 2. The Eskimos scored 17 straight points in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take control of the game.

B.C. needs a win at home to create some energy in Vancouver and avoid falling further behind the eight ball in an ultra competitive West Division. That’s the game which opens the slate for the week.

Thursday, July 11
Edmonton at B.C., 10 p.m. EST

Dunk: B.C. needs a West win badly. LIONS
Hodge: Edmonton will be hungry coming off the bye. ESKS
Alfieri: It wasn’t a convincing win over the Argos last week but I have a feeling B.C. gets it done at home. LIONS
Ballantine: Winning by one over the Argos on a MFG Rouge does not inspire confidence. ESKS
Filoso: Last week’s win was a limp to the finish, so… ESKS
Gasson: In Vancouver, later start… B.C. is due. LIONS
Smith: The Lions still have a lot of work to do. ESKS


Friday, July 12
Toronto at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: The boatmen sink lower. BOMBERS
Hodge: The Argos stink. BOMBERS
Alfieri: Ummmmm I’m taking Winnipeg. BOMBERS
Ballantine: Won’t take a last second rouge to beat the Argos this week. BOMBERS
Filoso: No contest. BOMBERS
Gasson: Best vs worst. BOMBERS
Smith: Really? BOMBERS


Saturday, July 13
Montreal at Ottawa, 4 p.m. EST

Dunk: Montreal is not Winnipeg. Ottawa takes care of the ball. REDBLACKS
Hodge: Ottawa gets back in the win column. REDBLACKS
Alfieri: I like where the Als are heading, but I think Ottawa bounces back after an ugly home loss. REDBLACKS
Ballantine: If this game was in Montreal, I’d have been tempted to take the Als. But it isn’t. REDBLACKS
Filoso: Lightning doesn’t strike twice. REDBLACKS
Gasson: Ottawa bounces back. REDBLACKS
Smith: The Als will be a chic pick this week, but I don’t think they are as good as the Ticats made them look. REDBLACKS


Saturday, July 13
Calgary at Hamilton, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: The champs are not chumps without Bo Levi. STAMPS
Hodge: Game over the week. Nick Arbuckle keeps a-rollin’. STAMPS
Alfieri: Last week was a wake up call for Hamilton. TICATS
Ballantine: Arbuckle made his debut in the least friendly stadium in the league and only had three incompletions. STAMPS
Filoso: Hamilton hasn’t put together a complete game yet, and haven’t beaten Calgary in ages. STAMPS
Gasson: This is probably a bad idea. TICATS
Smith: Ticats haven’t beaten Calgary since 2011. It could be Jon Q. Arbuckle at QB and it wouldn’t matter. Until Hamilton beats Calgary and I ain’t picking them to. STAMPS


2019 records
Alfieri: 13-2
Ballantine: 12-3
Hodge: 11-4
Smith: 10-5
Gasson: 8-7
Filoso: 7-8
Dunk: 7-8