CFL PICKS: WEEK 5

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MON­TREAL ALOU­ETTES AT OT­TAWA RED­BLACKS Wed­nes­day, 7:30 p.m.

It’s been a rough start for Ot­tawa (0-3-1), which has lost its games by a com­bined six points. What’s more, the club is in the midst of play­ing three games within 11 days, which gives it pre­cious time to heal and prac­tise. The Red­blacks held Mike Reilly to 265 pass­ing yards in last week’s 23-21 road loss to Ed­mon­ton but Tavon Van ran for 103 yards on 18 car­ries against his for­mer team. Mon­treal (2-2) is com­ing off a 30-23 home win over Cal­gary, its fourth straight vic­tory at Mol­son Sta­dium against the de­fend­ing West Di­vi­sion cham­pion. Dar­ian Du­rant threw for 296 yards and a TD against the Stam­ped­ers but also had two in­ter­cep­tions.

Pre­dic­tion: Ot­tawa

ED­MON­TON ESKI­MOS AT HAMIL­TON TIGER-CATS Thurs­day, 7:30 p.m.

Ed­mon­ton (3-0) has earned its three wins by a com­bined nine points. While quar­ter­back Mike Reilly, the CFL’s pass­ing leader last year, has com­pleted 71.8 per cent of his throws, the Eski­mos’ de­fence is tied with Saskatchewan for fewest yards al­lowed (306 per game) and al­lowed a league-low two TD passes. But ri­val of­fences have run for four TDs, one be­hind league-worst Hamil­ton (0-3). The Ti­cats are also com­ing off be­ing torched by Lu­lay and are ranked last in scor­ing (15.7 of­fen­sive points per game) and points al­lowed (35 of­fen­sive points per game).

Pre­dic­tion: Ed­mon­ton

WIN­NIPEG BLUE BOMBERS AT B.C. LIONS Fri­day 10 p.m.

There are two dif­fer­ent twists this week for the B.C. Lions. The Lions (3-1) are home to Win­nipeg (2-1) fol­low­ing three straight road wins over East Di­vi­sion ri­vals, and they’ll likely have a dif­fer­ent start­ing quar­ter­back un­der cen­tre when they face the Blue Bombers. Vet­eran backup Travis Lu­lay came off the bench to throw for a record 436 yards and three touch­downs in a 41-26 de­ci­sion against the Hamil­ton Tiger-Cats on Satur­day night. Lu­lay en­tered the game on B.C.’s open­ing pos­ses­sion af­ter starter Jonathon Jen­nings suf­fered a re­ported shoul­der in­jury. That could put the onus on Win­nipeg’s of­fence — ranked sev­enth in time of pos­ses­sion at 28:39 — to not only score but take its time do­ing so to keep the Lions’ unit off the field as much as pos­si­ble.

Pre­dic­tion: B.C.

SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRID­ERS AT CAL­GARY STAM­PED­ERS Satur­day 10 p.m.

Saskatchewan (1-2) has had two weeks to savour its 37-20 vic­tory over Hamil­ton. Vet­eran Kevin Glenn threw for 380 yards and two TDs against Hamil­ton while Roo­sevelt Naa­man had 10 catches for 167 yards. But the Rid­ers’ de­fence was solid, al­low­ing just 216 net yards. Cal­gary (2-1-1) is com­ing off a 30-23 road loss to Mon­treal. It was just the eighth ca­reer reg­u­lar-sea­son loss for Bo Levi Mitchell, last year’s league MVP who threw for 379 yards and a touch­down. Ka­mar Jor­den was the club’s re­ceiv­ing leader with nine catches for 140 yards. De­fen­sive end Charleston Hughes (leg), one of the CFL’s pre­mier pass-rush­ers, could be back in the lineup.

Pre­dic­tion: Cal­gary

OT­TAWA RED­BLACKS AT TORONTO ARG­ONAUTS Mon­day, 7:30 p.m.

The Red­blacks (0-3-1) will end a tough stretch at BMO Field. Ot­tawa quar­ter­back Trevor Har­ris has thrown a league-high eight touch­down passes but will face a rested Ar­gos de­fence that’s recorded a CFL-best 14 sacks. Toronto (2-2) last played July 13 in a 33-25 road loss to Win­nipeg. Ar­gos starter Ricky Ray en­ters ac­tion as the CFL’s pass­ing leader, hav­ing thrown for over 300 yards in each of the club’s four games. Vet­eran S.J. Green, who missed much of last year with a knee in­jury, is the league’s top re­ceiver with 24 catches for 452 yards and a TD.

Pre­dic­tion: Toronto

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