ARGOS (1-2) AT BOMBERS (1-2)
Tonight, 7 p.m. TV: TSN
Toronto Line: Toronto hasn’t won since Week 1 against Hamilton — and they needed a couple of key late breaks to win even that game. Still, they’ve got the league leader in combined yards and receiving in Chad Owens and the second leading passer in Ricky Ray. And the Argos offensive line has also given up the second fewest sacks in the league, setting up an interesting matchup with Winnipeg’s defence, who lead the league in sacks.
Winnipeg Line: The Bombers return home to Investors Group Field after spending the last two weeks on the road. They lead the league in several defensive categories (fewest yards rushing, most QB sacks), but continue to struggle to find traction on offence (fewest TDs passing, most QB sacks). New injuries this week to 2012 CFL rookie of the year wideout Chris Matthews and non-import slotback Cory Watson — the second leading receiver in the CFL coming into this week — won’t help things.
ALOUETTES (1-2) AT STAMPS (2-1)
Saturday, 6 p.m.. TV: TSN.
Montreal line: Patience has never exactly been a virtue in Montreal, where fans have grown spoiled by all the franchise’s success and patience is wearing thin already for rookie head coach Dan Hawkins and the team’s anemic offence. The Als are dead last in net offence and first downs and have scored — get this — just four TDs in three games.
Calgary line: The Stamps went into Montreal last weekend and emerged with a win and will have the added advantage of home field this week as they try to sweep the homeand- home series. With QB Drew Tate out for another week with forearm issues, backup Kevin Glenn will get his second consecutive start.
ESKIMOS (1-2) AT LIONS (2-1)
Saturday, 9 p.m.. TV: TSN
Edmonton Line: The Eskimos are a bad team and a chaotic organization, both of which were on display this week as head coach Kavis Reed had to deal all week with the off-field distraction he created — with an assist to his team’s own video department — when his postgame meltdown after a hapless loss to BC last weekend went viral.
B.C. Line: The Lions were much the better team in their win over the Eskimos in Edmonton last weekend and there’s no reason to think they won’t complete the home-and-home sweep this weekend at BC Place, where the Lions have been almost unbeatable since a half-billion renovaton was completed in the fall of 2011.
TIGER-CATS (1-2) AT RIDERS (3-0)
Sunday, 6 p.m. TV: TSN
Hamilton Line: The Ticats finally showed some life last weekend with their first win of the season, at home over Winnipeg. The ageless Henry Burris continues to lead all CFL QBs in passing yards, but the achilles of this team remains it’s run defence — which has given up runs of 70-plus yards to opponents in all three of Hamilton’s games this year.
Saskatchewan Line: The Riders are the last remaining undefeated team in the CFL and they’ve done it with a balanced attack that boasts the most prolific offence — the 114 points they’ve scored is 27 points better than the second best offence — and the second stingiest defence. Plus, they have the league-leading rusher in Kory Sheets, who was surely revving his engine this week watching game film of Hamilton’s porous run defence.
The Free Press has assembled a panel this season to offer their fearless predictions every week. Joining us 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, Calgary, B.C., Saskatchewan
Lyons: Toronto, Calgary, B.C., Saskatchewan
Lawless: Toronto, Montreal, B.C., Saskatchewan
Brown: Winnipeg, Calgary, B.C., Saskatchewan
Tait: Toronto, Calgary, B.C., Saskatchewan
Wiecek: Toronto, Calgary, B.C., Saskatchewan
Last week/overall: Irving 1-3/5-7; Lyons 3-1/7-5; Lawless 3-1/6-6; Brown 3-1/6-6; Tait 3-1/7-5; Wiecek 3-1/7-5
— Paul Wiecek