TORONTO AT WINNIPEG
Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET
Winnipeg’s receiving corps will hobble into this week’s game against Toronto. Rookie Kito Poblah (knee) is out six to eight weeks and will be replaced by Aaron Hargreaves. Greg Carr (hamstring) is expected to miss the game as well. Clarence Denmark is likely to take his spot. It could be worse for the Bombers as Terrence Edwards (ribs), who scored the club’s only offensive touchdown last week, declared himself ready to play on Thursday. Even with a healthy unit, the Argos secondary, which held Henry Burris under 300 yards last week, is tough to beat. Toronto swept all three games against Winnipeg last season. Pick Argos.
CALGARY AT B.C.
Friday, 10:30 p.m. ET
The Lions, who did not record a home win last season until Sept. 11, will face a shorthanded Stampeders squad. Receiver Ken-Yon Rambo (hamstring) and linebacker Malik Jackson (concussion) will not make the trip. Landan Talley replaces Rambo while the tag team of Karl McCartney and Robert McCune will fill in for Jackson. Lions kick returner Tim Brown will look to make the home fans forget about Yonus Davis. He got off to a great start last week returning a punt 97 yards for a touchdown. Travis Lulay did a good job spreading the ball around in Week 1 as six Lions receivers had at least three catches. Pick Lions.
MONTREAL AT SASKATCHEWAN
Saturday, 4 p.m. ET
Saskatchewan’s pass rush was nonexistent last week and the task only gets harder against Anthony Calvillo, who is known for his lightning-fast release. The Alouettes used big plays — three runs of more than 20 yards and three passes of more than 30 yards — to beat the Lions. Two of the three long passes were to Jamel Richardson. Saskatchewan actually compiled more net yards on offence than Edmonton last week, but were done in by four turnovers all courtesy quarterback Darian Durant (three interceptions and one fumble). Pick Alouettes.
HAMILTON AT EDMONTON
Saturday, 7 p.m. ET
No quarterback was more efficient in Week 1 than Edmonton’s Ricky Ray, who shredded the Roughriders secondary for 294 yards and three touchdowns. Ray’s quarterback rating (149.3) leads the league while Hamilton’s Kevin Glenn (46) is bringing up the rear. Glenn is hoping to get receiver Arland Bruce involved in the offence early this week. Against the Bombers, Bruce did not record his first reception until the third quarter. He finished with just two receptions for 22 yards. Ticats receiver Aaron Kelly (concussion) did not practise this week and is unlikely to play. Look for speedster Chris Williams to play as a result. Pick Eskimos.
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