Both teams are coming off losses, coming off wins. Both teams looked bad, but Hamilton looked especially terrible. The Eskimos started the season hot, with five straight wins, followed by a single win and four losses. The Ticats are 4 and 1 at home, while the Eskimos are a very respectable 3 and 2 and the road. Hamilton is notably missing starting centre Marwan Hage at centre again this week. Hamilton is favoured by 4.5 points at home. I don't think the Cats will cough up two furballs in a row this week and Edmonton's not the same team as the first five weeks, especially their defensive line.
Balsam People 35, Permafrost People 23
Toronto Argonauts at Saskatchewan Roughriders
The 2 and 7 Argos visit the 3 and 6 Riders, however the Riders are coming off of two straight wins over the Bombers and the Argos not so much. Plus the Riders have Andy Fantuz back in the fold after his NFL sojourn. The Argos are missing their best offensive lineman in Rob Murphy and are starting Steven Jyles not that Cleo Lemon has been jettisoned. The Argos are 1 an 5 on the road, but the Riders are 1 and 4 at home which is almost equally as sucky. Maybe more sucky considering CFL teams usually perform much better on the road. The Riders are favoured by a whopping 7.5 points. Which may be generous.
Gopher People 32, Suck People 18
BC at Calgary
BC's hot! The Lions just beat the Argos twice in a row, once with Cleo Lemon, once without. That's not really saying much. The Lions are a semi-respectable, while the Stamps are a very respectable 7 and 3. Weirdly the Lions are 2 and 3 on the road and the Stamps are 2 and 3 at home. Calgary is favoured by 4.5 points and I think BC comes back down to Earth. Not every opponent is the Argos.
Fubar People 40, Feline People 32
Winnipeg at Montreal
The Bombers just lost two in a row to the formerly woeful Riders. Do the engines drop off the plane and the Winnipeggers lose three in a row and begin a slow death spiral into second half mediocrity? Yes. Montreal looked awesome at home against Hamilton last week and have a 4 and 1 record at Molson Stadium. The Bombers have 3 and 1 record on the road, but that was the old Winnipeg. The Alouettes are favoured by 7.5 points and rightfully so.
Oiseau People 32, River People 20