Week 2 of the CFL has concluded, and another exciting week of football is in the books. The Blue Bombers, Roughriders, and Alouettes remain undefeated heading into week 3, while fans of the Elks and Stampeders may be getting a bit worried after both teams begin the season 0-2.
1) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Last Week: 1)
Winnipeg picked up right where they left off in week 1 and got things done through the air against the Argonauts, winning with a final score of 20-7. Quarterback Zach Collaros finished the game having completed 32/40 passes (80% comp) for 292 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Collaros performance has him as part of a tie for the league’s current passing touchdown leader, with 4 total touchdowns through the air on the season. The defense also played well, holding the high-powered Argos offense to just 1 touchdown. The Bombers are currently looking like the best team in the league despite still being without 2 of their best players in Darvin Adams and Andrew Harris. They will travel to Toronto for a rematch with the Argos in Week 3.
2) Saskatchewan Roughriders (Last Week: 4)
The Roughriders move up a few spots following an excellent performance versus the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Quarterback Cody Fajardo has looked great so far this year, and in this game completed 17/25 passes (68% comp) for 222 yards and 2 touchdowns, tieing Zach Collaros as the league’s passing touchdown leader with 4 on the year. The offensive line played exceptionally well, helping running back William Powell rush for 89 yards on 18 carries. The defense had a great game as well, totaling 6 sacks and 6 turnovers. The Riders will host the Ottawa Redblacks in week 3.
3) Montreal Alouettes (Last Week: 5)
The Alouettes looked great in their first game of the season versus the Edmonton Elks, executing on all 3 phases. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. got things done through the air, ending the day completing 13/21 passes (61.9%) for 211 yards and 2 touchdowns. Additionally, running back William Stanback added 112 yards on 18 carries, and wide receiver Jake Wieneke made a 42-yard diving touchdown catch to put the team ahead early. The defense played well, getting 4 sacks and allowing only 1 touchdown all game. They’ll travel to Calgary in week 3 to face the Stampeders.
4) Toronto Argonauts (Last Week: 2)
The Argos fall a few spots in the rankings after losing their last game to Winnipeg. Toronto’s defense played well despite the loss, nearly shutting down the Blue Bombers run game entirely. Quarterback McCloud Bethel-Thompson did not look quite as sharp in this game as he did last week. The Argos will get a chance to redeem themselves next week when the Blue Bombers travel to Toronto for a rematch.
5) B.C. Lions (Last Week: 8)
The Lions move up a few spots following a nice win led by a healthy Michael Reilly against the Calgary Stampeders. Reilly ended the day having completed 26/33 passes (78.8% comp) for 342 yards, also rushing 2 times for 6 yards and a touchdown. The defense also played exceptionally well, getting consistent pressure on Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell, who was sacked 2 times and threw a career-high of 4 interceptions. The Lions will face the Elks in BC for their week 3 matchup.
6) Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Last Week: 3)
The Ti-Cats move down the rankings following a rough loss against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli got little help from his offensive line and most definitely felt the pressure. Masoli finished the game completing 17/25 passes (68%) for 135 yards and 2 interceptions; he’d also get sacked 6 times. They were not able to get much going in the run game either, and the defense could not stop the high-powered offense of Saskatchewan. The Ti-Cats have a bye in week 3 and will travel to Montreal in week 4 to face the Alouettes.
7) Calgary Stampeders (Last Week: 7)
The Stampeders are off to a historically bad start, led by Bo Levi Mitchel, who had the worst game of his career versus the BC Lions. Mitchell completed 21/38 passes (55.3% comp) for 290 yards and a career-high of 4 interceptions. In the past, Mitchel and the Stamps have been nearly unbeatable at McMahon Stadium in Calgary, but it would appear that things may be changing for the worse. The Stamps will look to turn things around in week 3 when they host the Montreal Alouettes.
8) Ottawa Redblacks (Last Week: 9)
The Redblacks move up 1 spot after a Week 2 bye. Ottawa’s defense showed promise in week 1 versus the Elks, but there was a lot for them to work on offensively. We’ll see if things start clicking on offense when they travel to Saskatchewan in week 3 for a tough matchup against the Roughriders.
9) Edmonton Elks (Last Week: 6)
Edmonton dropped like a brick in the rankings following their ugly loss to the Alouettes. Moving the ball between the 20-yard lines was no issue, with quarterback Trevor Harris completing 19/29 passes (65.5% comp) for 233 yards and 1 touchdown, and running back James Wilder Jr. taking 15 carries for 85 yards. Despite putting up solid numbers in terms of yards, the Elks redzone struggles from week 1 continued, and they could not keep up with Vernon Adams Jr. and the Montreal Alouettes offense. The Elks travel to BC in week 3 to face the Lions.
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