CFL Quick Fix: The Bare Essentials for Week 6

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CFL Quick Fix:  The Bare Essentials for Week 6

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Montreal Alouettes

Thursday, July 31 at 7:00 PM (ET) on TSN and RDS in Canada

This week kicks off in the cradle of North American football, Montreal's Percival Molson Stadium.  The Tiger Cats have the pleasure of playing the Alouettes this week.

The Tiger Cats will start QB Richie Williams after exhausting all the patience they could with a TD-less Casey Printers. 

Montreal, not unlike Calgary, has been doing what they need to and coming up short. Montreal remains a perfect 2-0 playing Eastern division opponents. 

BC Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos

Thursday, July 31 at 10:00 PM (ET) on TSN

The BC Lions are hoping they can string together a few wins and make hay while the sun shines in August.  Of four games in next 30 days, three are against division opponents Edmonton (twice) and Calgary (once). 

The Lions travel to Montreal for a game on August 29, and would love to be 6-2 entering that contest.

The Eskimos enter the dragon's lair tonight at BC Place in Vancouver.  The team is motivated by and rallying behind season-ending injuries to team leaders DE Fred Perry and WR Jason Tucker. 

The teams are both 3-2 in a tight race for second in the CFL's Western Division.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts

Friday, Aug. 1 at 7:00 PM (ET) on TSN

The Bombers got what they wanted last week in defeating Calgary for their first victory of 2008.  Now comes the real test. 

Ryan Dinwiddie will attempt to improve his winning percentage in games started this week with a top class of receivers, including, arguably the best ever, SB Milt Stegall. 

The Bombers face a hungry Argonauts squad who are coming off a loss to the Roughriders in week five.  The Argonauts are tough to beat at home and especially in divisional competition.  

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders

Saturday, Aug. 2 at 8:00 PM (ET) on TSN

The Calgary Stampeders know who their No. 1 rivals are: the Saskatchewan Roughriders.  Their players couldn't stop chattering about it all week. 

But that statement doesn't ring true east of Alsask.  If you ask a Rider fan who he/she identifies as our No. 1 enemy, it's definitely the BC Lions.

Sorry Calgary, you've got to do something and sustain success before you get respect from Rider Nation.  See you at the game.  Bring it on.

Notes

Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis may have some extra southern eyes on him this week as he made the highlight of the night on ESPN's SportsCenter with a one-handed snag and run in week five action.

The cupboard is bare in Riderville.  There has got to be very little room under the cap considering Saskatchewan's injury situation and the leagues allowance for only one player per half-season to be reclaimed off the nine game injury list.

BC WR Geroy Simon is questionable at this point for tonight's game.

Board of Governor-appointed Commissioner Mark Cohon has not been bashful when handing out fines in his tenure as CFL boss. 

This week Rider GM Eric Tillman was fined when he not so publicly, but not privately either, criticized the league's policy on the injury list.  You'd think that with all the injuries Saskatchewan has to deal with, the Commissioner could have just slapped his wrist instead of further burdening this club's finances. 

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