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Winnipeg Blue Bombers (4-1)
at Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1-3)
Tonight, 6 p.m. TV: TSN
Bombers line: Playing with confidence on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Drew Willy is like the understudy finally given his chance in the spotlight and is taking full advantage. Running the ball remains an issue but the defence and special teams have found a nice groove. Limit mistakes and take advantage of the opposition's is the theme for these Bombers.
Tiger-Cats line: Dan Lefevour passed for 361 yards on 21 completions in 30 attempts as the Ti-Cats collected their first win of the season with 551 yards of offence last week. But look for tailback C.J. Gable to be the feature for the Cats offence. Gable collected 167 yards from scrimmage last week and Hamilton likes to get him 20-plus touches.
Bottom line: The Bombers are rolling and the Ti-Cats are still a little wobbly. Too close to call.
Toronto Argonauts (1-4)
at Montreal Alouettes (1-3)
Friday, 6 p.m. TV: TSN
Argos line: Good chance for the Argos to get the ship righted against one of the league's worst teams. The Argos offence is pitiful right now but they still have a solid defence. Look for the Argos to grind on the ground and control the clock.
Alouettes line: Terrible offence, worse defence. Montreal has pulled the legendary Don Matthews out of retirement to try and offer some wisdom but it's the players, not the plan. Quarterback Troy Smith has been awful and his backups are so dreadful it wouldn't be a surprise if offensive co-ordinator Ryan Dinwiddie provided a better answer at pivot. He's retired... and wasn't much of a player when he was active.
Bottom line: The most boring game of the week. Low scoring and the Argos win.
B.C. Lions (2-3)
at Calgary Stampeders (4-0)
Friday, 9 p.m. TV: TSN
Lions line: Kevin Glenn was terrible last week and the veteran quarterback needs to bounce back for the Lions to have a chance in Calgary. A young offensive line in B.C. has made the going rough for tailback Andrew Harris of late. When he's not running a lot of pressure is put on Glenn, and that's a problem.
Stampeders line: The only perfect team in the nation and solid on so many fronts. Bo Levi Mitchell is establishing himself as a starting quarterback, Brad Sinopoli is finding his niche as a Canadian starter at receiver and excellent young Canadians on the offensive line in Brander Craighead and Pierre Lavertu have stabilized the run game.
Bottom line: B.C. could bounce back but Calgary is 4-0 for a reason. They'll keep the Lions caged.
Saskatchewan Roughriders (2-2)
at Ottawa Redblacks (1-3)
Saturday, 6 p.m. TV: TSN
Riders line: Two great lines, a resurgent running back and Darian Durant back on his game behind centre. The Riders have found their stride and should be able to follow their offensive line and new addition at tailback, former Bomber Will Ford, to success.
Redblacks line: Henry Burris and a whole load of castoffs have proven to be not enough. Burris has no reliable receivers, the offensive line can't hold water and the defence is inferior. Not much to like in Ottawa other than the new stadium and enthusiastic fans.
Bottom line: Riders in a romp.
The Free Press has assembled a panel to offer their predictions every week in 2014. Joining us once again this year are CJOB's Bob Irving, and from the Free Press, sports editor Steve Lyons, columnists Gary Lawless and Doug Brown and football writers Paul Wiecek and Ed Tait:
Irving: Winnipeg, Montreal, B.C., Saskatchewan
Lyons: Winnipeg, Montreal, Calgary, Ottawa
Lawless: Hamilton, Montreal, Calgary, Saskatchewan
Brown: Winnipeg, Montreal, Calgary, Saskatchewan
Tait: Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Saskatchewan
Wiecek: Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, Saskatchewan
Irving -- 3-1/16-4
Lyons -- 2-2/13-7
Lawless -- 3-1/11-9
Brown -- 3-1/11-9
Tait -- 2-2/10-10
Wiecek -- 2-2/10-10