3Down picks: Crossover matchups and desperation on the coast

Week 7 in the CFL features three crossover matchups and ends with must-win for the B.C. Lions on the Left coast.

The Redblacks and Argos try to stop losing streaks against Alberta teams while the Ticats welcome the best team in the league for a showdown in Steeltown. Out in Vancouver, the Lions season could be on the line – yes it’s early – but that’s how poor the start has been for DeVone Claybrooks’ group.

Thursday, July 25
Calgary at Ottawa, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: Stamps stomp in the nation’s capital. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary keeps rolling. STAMPS
Alfieri: All the way from France. REDBLACKS
Ballantine: Stamps will be ornery in avenging Week 1 loss. STAMPS
Filoso: Normally Stamps in Ottawa makes for a close game. Not with Jennings under centre though. STAMPS
Gasson: R-Buckle gets it done. STAMPS
Smith: Will Jon Jennings get over 45 yards this week? Will John Crockett thrown up again? Does any of this matter? STAMPS


Thursday, July 25
Toronto at Edmonton, 9:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: Edmonton bounces back. ESKS
Hodge: Toronto keeps hurting. ESKS
Alfieri: All the way from France, the Argos still stink. ESKS
Ballantine: Will Corey Chamblin ever win a game as a head coach again? ESKS
Filoso: Edmonton will be looking to atone for last week’s loss. ESKS
Gasson: Owen stays in Toronto. ESKS
Smith: I am very tempted to take the Argos, but on the road is not the place they’ll get their first W. ESKS


Friday, July 26
Winnipeg at Hamilton, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: Game of the week goes to Winnipeg. BOMBERS
Hodge: Hamilton by a hair. TICATS
Alfieri: All the way from France. BOMBERS
Ballantine: The adage of “any given week” could play out for Hamilton this week, but Winnipeg is just too good. BOMBERS
Filoso: Hamilton is at home and coming off the bye, but still… BOMBERS
Gasson: Potential Grey Cup Preview, gotta love it. Going with the home team. TICATS
Smith: The slightest of edges to the rested, off-a-bye, home squad. TICATS


Saturday, July 27
Saskatchewan at B.C., 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: B.C. has burned me. RIDERS
Hodge: The Lions keep sinking. RIDERS
Alfieri: All the way from France. LIONS
Ballantine: B.C.’s pylon squad gets chewed up by Saskatchewan’s D-line. RIDERS
Filoso: Until B.C. proves it can protect Reilly, I’ll keep picking against them. RIDERS
Gasson: Riders avoid the late start. RIDERS
Smith: New verse, same as the first. RIDERS


2019 records
Alfieri: 17-6
Ballantine: 17-6
Hodge: 16-7
Smith: 16-7
Gasson: 13-10
Filoso: 12-11
Dunk: 11-12