CFL Power Rankings week 2!
Week one had it all you had a couple upsets and a thrilling OT Grey Cup rematch. If the rest of the season is anything like the first week, 2016 is going to be a wild ride.
1). Ottawa Redblacks- Trevor Harris was the hero as he came into the game in the third quarter replacing injured starter Henry Burris. Harris completed 17-19 passes for 292 yards and 3 TD’s.
Next up: @Montreal
2). Hamilton Ti-cats- Impressive debut on a night that was supposed to be special for Toronto. Simoni Lawrence recovered a fumble and scored on a pick-six while former Argonaut Chad Owens put the game away in the fourth, giving the Ticats a 42-20 victory in front of 24, 812 during the first regular season game at BMO Field. Maybe the Collaros injury will not be the killer some first thought?
Next up: Host B.C.Lions
3). B.C.Lions- The Lions survived 3 blocked kicks in the first half. Chris Rainey scored two touchdowns and made a clutch second-down catch late in the game, helping the Lions grind out a 20-18 home-opening win against the Calgary Stampeders. Rainey scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 73-yard punt return with 13:35 left in the fourth quarter while Rene Paredes missed two field goals and a convert for the Stampeders, helping the Lions come from behind to surprise the Stampeders and kick off their season with a 1-0 record.
Next up: @Hamilton
4). Edmonton Eskimos- Edmonton defense seems to have taken a step back but will likely re-bound. It’s early in the season and with so much turnover there are bound to be a few set backs. The second half of this Grey Cup rematch was certainly one to remember. The Eskimos will be contenders all year long, but the defense needs to jell for this team to put together a win streak.
Next up: Bye week
5). Montreal Alouettes- Most pundits thought Montreal was possibly the worst team in the league. While they still might end up at the bottom last friday night has to give their fans major hope for the near future. Kevin Glenn threw for 332 yards and a touchdown on 30-of-42 passing in his first opening-day start as an Alouette, while Carter caught a game-high eight passes for 96 yards as the Als’ offence combined for over 400 yards in a winning effort. Equally impressive was Montreal’s defence under Noel Thorpe, which stymied Drew Willy all night, recording five quarterback sacks and forcing one interception. The Alouettes could be a surprise team this year.
NEXT UP: host Ottawa
6). Calgary Stampeders- Calgary blocked 3 kicks against B.C. , but couldn’t take advantage and it cost them in the end, including a first and goal at the one that resulted in a turnover on downs after four straight plays of failing to find the end zone, along with an early fumble by Mitchell. Bottom line if you want to be a contender you have to capitalize on those opportunities.
Next up: Host Winnipeg
7). Saskatchewan Roughriders- Bye week this week, they open the season next week.
Next up: Host Toronto
8). Toronto Argonauts- Opening night, new field, big crowd= Big disappointment. Looked bad on both sides of the ball.
Next up: @Saskatchewan
9). Winnipeg Blue Bombers- A lot of movement in the front office did not pay off, at least it didn’t on opening night. The Als defense dominated them, and their pass defense was non existent.
Next up: @ Calgary