In week 2 I think everything went pretty much according to plan. Hamilton looked very vulnerable this week without Zach Collaros. The CFL got a lot of attention south of the border with the incident in the Montreal-Ottawa game, and Trevor Harris proved week one was no fluke. Toronto bounced back with a win over Saskatchewan, overall this is shaping up as one of the most exciting seasons the CFL has had in years.
1). Ottawa Redblacks (2-0)
Trevor Harris was once again a difference-maker for the REDBLACKS, who edged the hometown Alouettes 28-13 to move to 2-0 on the 2016 campaign. Harris consistently shredded the Montreal secondary, completing 20 of 26 passes for 395 yards and a trio of passing touchdowns.
Montreal clawed its way back into the game at 7:41 of the third quarter; quarterback Kevin Glenn found receiver Duron Carter, who took a hard hit but hung on to the ball, in the end zone for the hosts’ first major. Of course what followed with Carter’s subsequent celebration and collision with Ottawa coach Rich Campbell has the whole world abuzz. It will be interesting to see what the league office does?
Next up: Host Calgary
2). B.C.Lions (2-0)
Ryan Phillips had a fumble recovery and an interception and Shaq Murray-Lawrence scored a third-quarter touchdown, as the BC Lions ruined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats’ home-opener Friday night with a 28-3 win on Canada Day.
The Lions struggled at times in their season opening win over Calgary. That was not the case in Hamilton on Friday night, as the Lions dominated all facets of the game and looked like a championship contender. The Lions defense was stifling and the offense was consistent with QB Jonathon Jennings at the helm. This team looks to be in it for the long haul.
Next up: Host Toronto Argonauts
3). Calgary Stampeders (1-1)
The Calgary Stampeders put together a dominant 36-22 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday night in their home-opener on Canada Day.
Bo Levi Mitchell threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns on 24-of-37 passing while Jerome Messam rushed for 135 yards on 14 carries, as the Stampeders combined for 33 points in the second and third quarters on the way to their first win of the season, including 30 unanswered points after briefly falling behind 7-3 in the first quarter.
A big early season matchup looms in Ottawa for Calgary next week.
Next up: @Ottawa Redblacks
4). Edmonton Eskimos (0-1)
Next up: Host Saskatchewan Roughriders
5). Hamilton Ticats (1-1)
What a difference a week makes! It was a tough evening for Ticats quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, as strong gusts of wind made life difficult for him, while the Lions’ defence allowed virtually nothing in Masoli’s second start of the season.
My guess is the Ticats are not as good as they looked last week, nor are they as bad as they looked this week.
Next up: Host Winnipeg Blue Bombers
6). Toronto Argonauts (1-1)
Week one’s surprising beat down at home by the Ticats had people panicking, week two calmed people in Toronto’s fears. Qb Ricky Ray completed a pair of touchdown passes on his opening two drives which was enough to stave off the Saskatchewan Roughriders and lead the Toronto Argonauts to a 30-17 win in the final home opener at Mosaic Stadium.
Next up: @B.C. Lions
7). Montreal Alouettes (1-1)
Receiver Duron Carter and Redblacks head coach Rich Campbell will over shadow the Alouettes second game of the season. The Alouettes were given very little chance to win this game, and of course they didn’t, but they showed resilience that will make them a tough out all season.
Next up: Bye Week
8). Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-1)
Friday night marked the start of the Chris Jones era in Saskatchewan after a much-publicized off-season move from Edmonton to Regina just days following his leading the Eskimos to a Grey Cup victory. It too marked the return of Darian Durant who was seeing his first meaningful snaps since the first quarter of the 2015 season where he suffered a season-ending injury.
Durant played fairly well in his first game back, but to be expected he started out slow, the problem with that was Ricky Ray came out hot, leading the Argos to two quick TD drives. You can never read to much into week one, so if your a Riders fans don’t push the panic button just yet.
Next up: @Edmonton Eskimos
9). Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0-2)
I know it’s early but panic is something that maybe setting in with the Blue Bombers, The Bombers got off to a decent start and thanks to their special teams had an early 7-3 lead. That was as good as it would get as they were shut down offensively and their defense couldn’t slow down the Calgary Stampeders,
Next up: @Hamilton