3Down picks: Revenge with a vengeance

Eskimos franchise quarterback Trevor Harris has been eyeing his first game against the Redblacks ever since the verbal agreement on an extension fell apart and the sides went their separate ways.

Harris leads the CFL in passing yards while Ottawa ranks last in the CFL for passing yards per game (217.6). The Redblacks have struggled to move the football consistently on offence with Harris gone. And you can bet – regardless of what Harris says publicly – No. 7 wants to exacerbate the difference when his Eskimos host the Redblacks in Week 9. Revenge with a vengeance.

There are three other juicy matchups on the slate, starting with an intriguing tilt between the Stampeders and Bombers for best in the West.

Thursday, August 8
Calgary at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: Stamps defence has been stout and the O does just enough. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary is traveling on a short week. BOMBERS
Alfieri: Winnipeg’s slide continues for a third week in a row. STAMPS
Ballantine: Something is rotten in the state of Manitoba. STAMPS
Filoso: Calgary keeps winning. STAMPS
Gasson: Winnipeg bounces back at home. BOMBERS
Smith: With a tough schedule upcoming, Winnipeg has to take care of business at home. BOMBERS


Friday, August 9
Saskatchewan at Montreal, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: No Vernon Adams, no chance. RIDERS
Hodge: Als’ QBs are unproven. RIDERS
Alfieri: Antonio Pipkin finds a way to get the job done. ALS
Ballantine: While Montreal has been tougher lately, Sask is still better. RIDERS
Filoso: Montreal has too many injuries. RIDERS
Gasson: Montreal has always been a tough spot for the Riders, but they pull it off. RIDERS
Smith: No VA and no Stanback. RIDERS


Friday, August 9
Ottawa at Edmonton, 10 p.m. EST

Dunk: Esks are getting some healthy reinforcements. ESKS
Hodge: The Trevor Harris revenge game. ESKS
Alfieri: Even though they beat the Als last week, the Redblacks aren’t good. ESKS
Ballantine: Harris torches his former club. ESKS
Filoso: Can’t trust Ottawa’s offence. ESKS
Gasson: Late game for the East. ESKS
Smith: Harris > Davis. ESKS


Saturday, August 10
B.C. at Hamilton, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: The Lions need it badly. LIONS
Hodge: Dane Evans gets a W. TICATS
Alfieri: B.C. has to win another game at some point, right? LIONS
Ballantine: B.C. is reeling. Hamilton defence good enough to win. TICATS
Filoso: Upset of the week. LIONS
Gasson: B.C. stinks and going east. TICATS
Smith: Closer game that it would be if Hamilton was healthy, but they pull out the win at home. TICATS


2019 records:
Hodge: 22-9
Smith: 22-9
Ballantine: 21-10
Alfieri: 20-11
Gasson: 18-13
Filoso: 17-14
Dunk: 15-16

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