It is time for our second CFL season catch up of 2019. We have well and truly embraced the return of pro football.
Week 2 Games
Saskatchewan Roughriders 41 at Ottawa REDBLACKS 44
A shootout in the Canadian capital may not have been what people were expecting with two of the less experienced quarterbacks in the league leading their teams into the fray. But that is just what we got.
Ottawa QB Dominique Davis overcame his 4 pick debut last week to be incredibly efficient in this outing. He finished 30 of 39 for 354 yards with 3 touchdowns.
Davis is already developing a good understanding with Dominique Rhymes, who led the REDBLACKS receivers with 168 yards and a touchdown.
Meanwhile, although they are now 0-2 Riders fans will have been encouraged by the performance from their QB Cody Fajardo who finished with figures of 27 of 34 for 360 yards and 2 touchdowns.
We saw Lewis Ward set records last season. He appears to be picking up where he left off too. As he hit 4 field goals in this game meaning he is 7-for-7 on the season. He has now hit 57 (!) consecutive Field Goals which continues to be both a CFL and a professional football record.
BC Lions 23 at Edmonton Eskimos 39
The return of Mike Reilly was eventually overshadowed by a strong blitzing Esks Defense & the continued excellence of the Trevor Harris led attack.
After the game it was hard to recall that the Lions had been up 17-3 before momentum swung Edmonton’s way towards the end of the first half.
In fact the Esks led 20-17 at the half, were tied up in the third and then never really looked back. This all came off the back of Trevor Harris going 25 of 33 for 294 yards with three touchdowns.
The Edmonton attack was again a balanced one and CJ Gable kept the Leos honest by rushing 23 times for 111 yards.
BC might have made the biggest off-season splash by signing Reilly but whilst they are 0-2 it is the Eskimos that have started out 2-0.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 64 at Toronto Argonauts 14
Hamilton put on a showcase racking up over 600 yards of offense and six touchdowns in this beat down of the Argonauts on their own turf. Six consecutive drives resulted in touchdowns for the Tiger-cats in their largest win ever against Toronto.
There were stars all over the field for the tabbies. Jeremiah Masoli completed 23 of 31 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns, RB Sean Thomas-Erlington gained 109 rushing yards on just 12 carries and added three catches for 56 yards.
WR Brandon Banks finished the game with seven catches for 105 yards. Not to mention adding a special teams touchdown when he returned a missed field goal for a 113-yard touchdown.
For the first time since 2004 the Tiger-cats stand at 2-0 whilst Argos fans will hope this performance proves to be an aberration. Otherwise they are in for a long season.
The inter-Division standings currently has the East ahead by 3 to 1. Given that the West has tended to be dominant it will be interesting to see how long this lasts.
It is still early of course but Edmonton, Hamilton, Winnipeg and Ottawa have all laid down a foundation for success. Will it last? As ever the games will tell us.
There is a full slate of 4 games next week with just the REDBLACKS on a bye. They will be more than happy to be sat at home on 2-0 and seeing how the others do.
Edmonton will put their 2-0 start on the line in Winnipeg against an excellent Blue Bombers team.
Montreal face the daunting prospect of a trip to Hamilton to face their red hot offense.
BC will be desperate not to fall to 0-3 but must overcome the Grey Cup champion Stampeders in their own back yard to do so.
Finally the 0-1 Argonauts will travel to the 0-2 Roughriders as both teams will be looking for the green shoots of a revival for their respective seasons.
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