3Down CFL picks: Banged up and bruised but still bringing it

Mike Reilly barely crawled out of bed onto his feet after taking more bone-crunching shots.

But hours later Reilly was back on his feet and didn’t miss a rep at practice, even though it appeared the ankle injury the veteran quarterback suffered could have caused time on the sideline.

The Lions seemed to be on the verge of victory in Hamilton until Brandon Banks sped around the field and led a comeback effort for the Ticats. Banks caught the game-winning touchdown pass while dealing with a nasty turf toe and shoulder pain.

Let’s see who can fight through the hurt and bring the physicality in Week 10.

Thursday, August 15
B.C. at Winnipeg, 8:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: The Lions stayed east but it’s a short week. BOMBERS
Hodge: B.C. is getting better, but not quickly enough. BOMBERS
Alfieri: Reilly is banged up. Can’t see Bombers losing this one. BOMBERS
Ballantine: Lions just keep giving it away. BOMBERS
Filoso: Winnipeg remains unbeaten at home. BOMBERS
Gasson: How will the Lions find another way to lose? BOMBERS
Smith: Short week, hobbled Reilly; this one won’t be close. BOMBERS


Friday, August 16
Edmonton at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. EST

Dunk: Even if Edmonton gets sick on CNE food…ESKS
Hodge: It’s time for Edmonton to flex their muscles. ESKS
Alfieri: Argos will keep it tight but I think they fall short. ESKS
Ballantine: Toronto won over the Peg was an anomaly for both those teams. ESKS
Filoso: Just a gut feeling. ARGOS
Gasson: Toronto’s winning streak ends at one. ESKS
Smith: Derel Walker revenge game? Nah. ESKS


Saturday, August 17
Hamilton at Ottawa, 4 p.m. EST

Dunk: Simmy Hov live mic game. TICATS
Hodge: Hamilton’s defence is just too stingy. TICATS
Alfieri: Ottawa’s special teams and defence come through. REDBLACKS
Ballantine: Dane gets it done. TICATS
Filoso: Ottawa can’t afford to lose. REDBLACKS
Gasson: Dane vs Dom. Feel the excitement. TICATS
Smith: Hamilton hasn’t been great on the road, but Ottawa hasn’t been great at home. Better team wins. TICATS


Saturday, August 17
Montreal at Calgary, 7 p.m. EST

Dunk: Vernon Adams keeps it close. STAMPS
Hodge: Calgary’s at home. STAMPS
Alfieri: Als get some bodies back but Stamps take care of business at home. STAMPS
Ballantine: Starting QB (whoever it is) has enough juice for Calgary. STAMPS
Filoso: Bo returns victorious STAMPS
Gasson:In Calgary. STAMPS
Smith: Whether with or without Bo, Calgary is money at home. STAMPS


2019 records:
Hodge: 26-9
Smith: 26-9
Ballantine: 24-11
Gasson: 22-13
Alfieri: 21-14
Filoso: 19-16
Dunk: 17-18

Must Read