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This Week in the CFL -- Week 12

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Tiger-Cats (5-5) at Stampeders (8-2)

Tonight: 8 p.m. TV: TSN

Hamilton line: The Ticats have won four of their last five games and would be riding a five-game winning streak coming into this weekend were it not for a narrow three-point loss to the Lions a couple weeks ago at BC Place. Quarterback Henry Burris played great in his return to Calgary last season. Expect more of the same this week.

Calgary line: The Stampeders finally get back to serious business this weekend after enjoying a paid holiday of sorts with back-to-back games against the woeful Edmonton Eskimos the past two weeks. Quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell gets his third career start. He won his first two.

Bottom line: The Stamps have won three in a row, including two on the road.


Blue Bombers (2-8) at Eskimos (1-9)

Saturday: 5:30 p.m. TV: TSN

Winnipeg line: The Bombers come into this week off an epic defensive performance in the Banjo Bowl that earned them just their second win of the season. The question now is whether they regress for the next seven weeks, like they did after a similar defensive performance in Week 2 earned them their first win.

Edmonton line: A week after ripping offensive lineman Simeon Rottier in public, Esks GM Ed Hervey realized he didn't have anyone better and Rottier will be back in the lineup this week against Winnipeg. In other news, Esks QB Mike Reilly will be wearing Kevlar on Saturday.

Bottom line: If the Bombers' pass rush is even half as effective against Edmonton as it was against Saskatchewan last weekend, they'll sack Reilly 10 times.


Argonauts (6-4) at Roughriders (8-2)

Saturday: 8:30 p.m. TV: TSN

Toronto line: The Argos come into this week off a big win in Montreal in which they spotted the Als a 23-8 lead and then stormed back late to steal the victory. Ricky Ray is still out for at least two more weeks, but backup quarterback Zach Collaros is 2-1 as a starter this season.

Saskatchewan line: The Riders burned the game film from last week's Banjo Bowl loss to Winnipeg and were trying to look forward when Regina police dropped a bombshell yesterday, arresting Riders defensive back Dwight Anderson and receiver Taj Smith on aggravated assault charges.

Bottom line: The Riders are more than a little dysfunctional right now for a team that is 8-2.


Alouettes (4-6) at Lions (6-4)

Sunday: 3:30 p.m. TV: TSN

Montreal line: The Als appeared to have salted away their third win in a row last week, only to surrender the lead late in the game against Toronto. The loss was the first taste of defeat for rookie backup quarterback Tanner Marsh, who admitted this week he has to do better.

B.C. line: We've said it before, we'll say it again: Bet B.C. at home -- always -- and bet against them on the road -- almost always.



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: Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, B.C.

Lyons: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewn, B.C.

Lawless: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, B.C.

Brown: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, B.C.

Tait: Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan, B.C.

Wiecek: Calgary, Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, B.C.


Last week/overall: Lyons 2-2/26-14; Tait 2-2/26-14; Wiecek 3-1/26-14; Lawless 1-3/24-16; Irving 2-2/24-16; Brown 3-1/24-16

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 13, 2013 C7

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