Postmedia’s Dan Barnes makes his picks for this week’s slate of games
at Toronto 2-12 (-1.5) Friday, 5 p.m. a spasm of truly unfortunate scheduling has Ottawa playing in Toronto twice in a span of 16 days this month. Two nonplayoff teams going at it in a two-game Toilet bowl series. egads, imagine the turnstile counts. The redblacks are starting third-stringer Will arndt at Qb in this one, Toronto will counter with … it shouldn’t matter.
Dan’s prediction: argos by 7 Saskatchewan 10-4
at Calgary 9-5 (-3)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
The riders aren’t exactly road warriors and the stamps have already lost twice at home this season. The riders come in on a three-game winning streak but a calgary victory would tie these teams at the top of the west, so there is plenty of motivation. calgary has fumbled the ball away too often but the riders take way too many penalties. Flip a coin. Dan’s prediction: stamps by 3
Montreal 8-6 at Winnipeg 9-6 (-4) Saturday, 2 p.m.
Montreal is rising in the east, the bombers are sinking in the west, and in both cases a Qb is responsible. The most important player in Winnipeg’s offence is rb andrew harris, but the most influential is Qb chris streveler, and not in a good way of late. Meanwhile, Qb Vernon adams Jr. has the als cruising into a home playoff date.
Dan’s prediction: alouettes by 2
(-2.5)British Columbia 5-10 at Edmonton 7-8 Saturday, 5 p.m.
The Lions couldn’t handle the eskimos’ pass rush in two earlier losses, but their O-line has toughened and Qb Mike reilly hasn’t been sacked much in the past four games. The esks were beaten up in hamilton last week and will be without rb c.j. Gable. Qbs Trevor harris (arm) and Logan Kilgore (leg) are also nursing owies. smells a bit like an upset. Dan’s prediction: Lions by 3