07/24/2013 06:08 EDT | Updated 09/23/2013 05:12 EDT

Montreal Alouettes will have history on their side versus Edmonton Eskimos

Not much has gone right this season for the Montreal Alouettes.

After opening with a win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Montreal has dropped three straight. Last week, the Alouettes squandered a 24-0 first-quarter lead in a 38-27 road loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

Montreal returns to Molson Stadium on Thursday night to face the Edmonton Eskimos (1-3) with history on its side.

The Alouettes have won eight of their last 10 meetings with Edmonton, with the Eskimos' last victory in Montreal coming in 2007.

Neither offence has done much this season, with Edmonton averaging a league-low 17 points per game and Montreal ranked second-last at 21 points. But the Alouettes showed signs of life early on against Calgary and receiver S.J. Green had seven catches for 121 yards, both game highs.

Montreal has a big advantage at quarterback with 20-year veteran Anthony Calvillo. Mike Reilly continues to learn the ropes in his first year as Edmonton's starter.

Conventional wisdom suggests Calvillo and Co. are due to break out despite being 0-2 at home.

Pick — Montreal.

Calgary Stampeders at Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night.

Backup Justin Goltz gets the start for Winnipeg (1-3) after veteran Buck Pierce suffered an abdominal injury in last week's 35-19 home loss to Toronto.

The four-year veteran was 13-of-15 passing for 170 second-half yards after Pierce was hurt. He'll make his first career CFL start against Calgary.

The good news for Winnipeg's defence is defensive tackle Bryant Turner might play. He's missed the last two games with a chest injury and was leading the CFL in sacks before he was hurt.

Who starts for Calgary (3-1) remains a mystery. Incumbent Drew Tate is still out with a strained forearm while backup Kevin Glenn hurt his elbow against Montreal. That could leave third-stringer Bo Levi Mitchell under centre versus Winnipeg.

Whoever plays quarterback still has running back Jon Cornish (413 yards) to hand off to and reliable receivers such as Nik Lewis and Joe West to throw to. And Calgary showed its resiliency last week rallying past Montreal.

Pick — Calgary.

Saskatchewan Roughriders at Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday

The Riders (4-0) rolled to a 37-0 home win over Hamilton on Sunday. It's unclear if Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant will play in the rematch at Alumni Stadium.

Durant was the CFL's offensive player of the week after passing for 347 yards and four TDs against Hamilton but was back wearing a walking boot Wednesday. Then again, he wore the boot last week after injuring his right foot in a 39-28 road win over Toronto on July 11 and still played against the Ticats.

Durant has a CFL-best 12 TD passes with no interceptions and his efficiency rating of 136.9 is tops among league starters.

If Durant can't play, sophomore Drew Willy would make his second CFL start. That could make league rushing leader Kory Sheets (572 yards) an even more important figure for the Riders.

Saskatchewan leads the CFL in rushing, averaging 168 yards while Hamilton is allowing a league-high 149 yards on the ground per game.

Hamilton had its issues on both sides of the ball, allowing Saskatchewan to record 500 net offensive yards while accumulating just 195 of its own. The Ticats released veteran linebacker Markeith Knowlton, the CFL's 2010 top defensive player, then signed linebacker Brandon Isaac after he'd been cut by Toronto.

If Saskatchewan's defence has a weakness, it's against the pass. The Riders are allowing a league-high 305 yards through the air while Hamilton's aerial attack is No. 2 in the CFL at 284 yards per contest.

But with the Ticats (1-3) minus top receiver in Andy Fantuz, the Riders had little trouble containing their passing game.

Pick — Saskatchewan.

B.C. Lions at Toronto Argonauts on Tuesday night

Toronto's Ricky Ray, the CFL's passing leader, is day to day with a knee injury. Ray not only makes the Argos (2-2) go offensively but the unit would benefit significantly from his experience against a solid Lions defence.

Ray was outstanding last week in Winnipeg, completing 19-of-20 passes before being injured.

If Ray can't go, either Zach Collaros or Trevor White draws the unenviable assignment of facing B.C.'s defence. Fortunately the two sophomores both saw action against Winnipeg.

Toronto running back Chad Kackert won't play. He's out four to six weeks with a knee injury suffered against Winnipeg so rookie Curtis Steele gets the start.

After a season-opening loss to Calgary, B.C. (3-1) has won three straight, including a 24-16 home victory over Toronto on July 4. Winnipeg native Andrew Harris ran for 103 yards and three TDs in last week's 31-21 win over Edmonton while receiver Emmanuel Arceneaux had five catches for a game-high 106 yards and a touchdown.

Pick — B.C.