3Down picks: Summer time HEAT

Screenshot courtesy: Toronto Argonauts

The Argos are certainly feeling the HEAT from an 0-6 start.

Toronto made a desperate move for an injured quarterback in Zach Collaros to try and patch some holes in their leaking boat. That’s not an ideal captain for a sinking ship. But the boatmen felt it was a risk worth taking. Collaros won’t be on the field when the best team from the West enters the six.

Besides what’s expected to be a blowout at BMO Field, the other three games on the schedule are very intriguing. Let’s see where our 3DownNation pickers are siding in Week 8.

Thursday, August 1
Winnipeg at Toronto, 7 p.m. EST

No matter the Toronto heat the Bombers can take it.

Dunk: Easy pickin’. BOMBERS
Hodge: Yeah, uh… BOMBERS
Alfieri: Winnipeg. That’s all I’ve got. BOMBERS
Ballantine: Free space on the bingo card. BOMBERS
Filoso: Arg- Just kidding. BOMBERS
Gasson: Santino stole my joke. BOMBERS
Smith: I mean… BOMBERS


Thursday, August 1
Hamilton at Saskatchewan, 9:30 p.m. EST

Jeremiah Masoli and Brandon Banks won’t be in uniform for the Ticats. Everyone seems to be on Saskie’s team.

Dunk: Too much going against the Ticats, it seems. RIDERS
Hodge: The Ticats are too banged up. RIDERS
Alfieri: No Banks, no Masoli, no Thomas-Erlington, no win. RIDERS
Ballantine: Back-up QB getting his first start. TICATS
Filoso: No Masoli or Banks? RIDERS
Gasson: Hamilton is too banged up. RIDERS
Smith: Without Banks it is hard to pick the Ticats. RIDERS


Friday, August 2
Ottawa at Montreal, 7 p.m. EST

Verenon Adams has taken the No. 1 job from Antonio Pipkin.

Dunk: The Als are turning me into a believer. ALOUETTES
Hodge: Montreal can’t win four straight… can they? REDBLACKS
Alfieri: This is almost a must-win for Ottawa. REDBLACKS
Ballantine: I believe. ALOUETTES
Filoso: Campbell atones for last week’s awful decision. REDBLACKS
Gasson: If Chris O’Leary still believes then so do I. ALOUETTES
Smith: If Ottawa loses this one, they might as well forfeit the rest of the season. REDBLACKS


Saturday, August 3
Edmonton at Calgary, 7 p.m. EST

First installment of the Battle of Alberta in 2019 should be a dandy, but it’d be better if Bo Levi Mitchell was on the field.

Dunk: Edmonton’s defence is elite. ESKS
Hodge: Harris over Arbuckle. ESKS
Alfieri: Eskimos take care of business against their biggest rival. ESKS
Ballantine: Defensive masterpiece on tap here. STAMPS
Filoso: Stamps were sloppy last week. ESKS
Gasson: game of the week. ESKS
Smith: Calgary hasn’t looked like Calgary. ESKS


2019 records
Ballantine: 20-7
Hodge: 20-7
Smith: 20-7
Alfieri: 18-9
Gasson: 17-10
Filoso: 15-12
Dunk: 14-13