Week 2 of the CFL season was full of lop-sided blow-out wins in all but one game. We had a few questions answered and a few more raised with some teams around the league. We also had a very scary injury to one of the best ever to play the game.

The B.C. Lions landed the Week 2 bye.

Week 2

Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-0) -17

Ottawa RedBlacks (0-0)-40

 

After the Saskatchewan defence shut down the Argos in Week 1 they looked to jump out to a 2-0 record out after Week 2. This week they took on the Ottawa RedBlacks who had the bye week in Week 1 and would want to start the year off on the right foot at home.

Chris Jones opted to play Duron Carter exclusively on defence, filling in for the injured Nick Marshall who was the hero against Toronto with a pick-6. The RedBlacks were hoping to get solid production out of starting quarterback Trevor Harris who suffered a knee injury in the pre-season.

They got that and much more out of Harris and the entire Ottawa roster as the RedBlacks dominated this one from start to finish. The offence for the Nation’s Capital started out quickly and made a Rider D that was so dominant a week earlier look rusty.

Ottawa moved the ball down the field efficiently and effectively on their opening drive, but the drive stalled in the red zone with a monster hit by defensive back Jovon Johnson. Rookie kicker Lewis Ward kicked A 26-yard field goal to take the 3-0 lead early.

After a Rider two-and-out led by a sack by the Ottawa defence, the RedBlacks marched back down the field again led by power runs by William Powell who seemed to dominate a Rider d-line that seemed impenetrable a week ago.

The drive, however, stalled again and the RedBlacks settled for another field goal. This time a 23-yarder by Ward.

The Riders seemed to get something going offensively on their next drive, going down the field with Zach Collaros hitting Jordan Williams-Lambert who made an outstanding leaping catch hitting the ground and rolling into the end zone for the 32-yard touchdown and the 7-6 lead.

Entering the second quarter it looked like Saskatchewan may start to take momentum. This until Collaros got caught staring down his receiver in the flat leading to an interception by Jonathan Rose who returned it 56-yards for the pick-six.

Trevor Harris hit Greg Ellingson for the 3-yard two-point conversion and the 14-7 Ottawa lead.

It seemed like the Riders would go back down the field again and Collaros would redeem his mistake…but he made another.

After hitting Caleb Holley for a 46-yard gain Collaros tried to force the ball in double coverage to Naaman Roosevelt in the back of the end zone. The ball was picked off by Loucheiz Purifoy. Chris Jones would challenge for pass interference, but the play was upheld and Ottawa took possession.

Saskatchewan would take advantage of a turnover of their own. Duron Carter came up big with a diving interception, to then get back up and return the ball 28-yards for the touchdown and 14-14 tie.

It didn’t last long, however, with Harris hitting Ellingson deep mixed with big gains from William Powell, leading to Powell running the ball 15-yards for the score and another Ellingson 2-point convert and a 22-14 Ottawa lead.

On Saskatchewan’s ensuing drive they were led by Brandon Bridge rather than Zach Collaros, as Collaros went to the locker room for concussion testing and did not return for the rest of the game.

Bridge was unable to do anything with the offence with his two drives before the half with both possessions ending in punts. In between both drives Ottawa would add another three points with a 44-yard Ward field goal and a 25-14 lead. Ward attempted another field goal as time expired on the half but missed it wide right.

Neither team did much entering the third quarter until the 7:52 mark. Trevor Harris would hit Deontae Spencer for a 56-yard touchdown pass down the sideline. The pass was thrown over the head of Duron Carter who was caught saying he was the best player in the league to a TSN camera after his pick-six. Ottawa then took a 33-14 lead with another two-point conversion.

Bridge much like Collaros in the first half started to look like he was making progress before again forcing a pass into the end zone to Holley, leading in a Derico Murray interception.

The mistake did not cost Bridge as Ottawa would end up punting the ball back to Saskatchewan. Bridge again started leading the Rider offence down the field and into the fourth quarter. The drive would stall, however, and the Green & White would have to settle for a 35-yard field goal chipping away at the deficit 33-17.

The RedBlacks would another 4-yard William Powell touchdown to add some salt to the wound and a 40-17 victory over the Riders from TD Place.

The RedBlacks did not look whatsoever like a team that had a first-week bye. The offence was firing on all cylinders from start to finish. Trevor Harris looked sharp going 26/36 for 345-yards 2 TD’s and 1 INT. William Powell had 94-yards on the ground and 24 through the air with two total touchdowns and Greg Ellingson had 8 catches for 104 yards. The Ottawa defence looked terrifying netting three sacks and four turnovers. The RedBlack D-line kept the pressure up on the Rider QB’s all game.

I don’t know where the Rider defence of the last week was in this one, but it was nowhere to be found. The RedBlacks put up 459 yards of total offence and ran the ball for 114. The D-line looked like Swiss cheese and there was no pressure on Harris with zero sacks as it seemed like he had an eternity in the pocket to pick apart the Rider secondary. The Riders need to figure out a plan on offence with Collaros suffering the concussion, which can end up being a hit or miss injury. If Bridge is to start next week he may need the help of one of the most explosive receivers in the game back on his side of the ball rather than playing defense.

Player of the Game: Trevor Harris. While the defensive side of the ball dominated, Harris came into the game after a bye-week and knee injury in the preseason to shred a Rider D that looked dominant a week earlier. He hit three different receivers with 6+ receptions and 70+ yards respectively.

 

Winnipeg BlueBombers (0-1)-56

Montreal Alouettes (0-1) -10

The second game of Week 2 featured two teams who were unable to find the win column in Week 1. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers coming off a historical game a week ago, as the longest ever with two weather delays. The Montreal Alouettes dropped their season opener in B.C. after starting the first half looking like they had a shot.

This one was essentially over at halftime with the Bombers holding a 28-point lead.

Any questions surrounding rookie quarterback Chris Streveler and his ability at being a leader for Winnipeg seemed to be answered in this one.

Streveler led the Bombers on a very impressive eight-minute opening drive that resulted in a 13-yard Justin Medlock field goal and a 3-0 lead. They would quickly add to that lead.

After a Montreal two-and-out, Winnipeg drove back down the field and Streveler lateraled the ball to Darvin Adams who then threw a pass to Andrew Harris who scored the 26-yard touchdown and early 10-0 lead.

Montreal made a case opening the second quarter. After a 44-yard run by Tyrell Sutton, Drew Willy threw an 8-yard touchdown to BJ Cunningham to cut the Bomber lead down to 10-7.

Chris Strelever would take five minutes to answer back. He hit Adams for a 39-yard gain and an added 15 for the facemask penalty moving the ball to the Montreal 10-yard line. Strelever would then throw a beautiful 10-yard touchdown pass to Nic Demski on his back-shoulder, jumping back out to a 17-7 lead.

After another Montreal two-and-out, Kevin Fogg returned the Boris Bede punt 30-yards, Bede then made a horse-collar tackle adding another 15 yards to the end of the play. The young Bomber QB showed more poise driving down the field and capping it all off with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Drew Wolitarsky and the 24-7 Winnipeg lead.

Montreal would then punt the ball from their own 28-yard line. Rookie Rashaun Simonise would block the punt and the Bombers recovered the ball at the Als 2-yard line. Strelever took it the rest of the way on the QB sneak jumping out to a 31-7 lead heading into halftime.

Winnipeg would add two more field goals in the third quarter giving them 37-points.

Things continued to get worse for Montreal in the second half. After Winnipeg added another field goal, Willy was able to sustain somewhat of a drive marching down the field and into the red zone, but when Willy tried to hit BJ Cunningham in the endzone, Cunningham dropped the ball. Montreal would have to settle for a field goal of their own making the score 37-10.

After Henoc Muamba laid a hit on Chris Strelever where you could see he led with his helmet, making contact with Strelever’s helmet, knocking it off, it was clear Strelever was fired up. He threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Wolitarsky for his second of the game and adding more salt to already blistering wound.

Winnipeg native Kienan LaFrance would add a 2-yard touchdown and ultimately cap off the 56-10 win for Winnipeg.

This one was over before the coin toss. With Winnipeg dominating in every facet from start to finish. Rookie quarterback Chris Strelever carried the team through the air and on the ground as he led this team to a very decisive win, as he’s starting to prove he can get the job done. The Bomber defence also destroyed the Alouettes holding them to just 195 yards total offence, creating three turnovers and three sacks while putting up a total 588 yards of their own. Andrew Harris had over 100 yards total before going down with a lower-body injury in the third quarter and was held out the remainder of the game for precautionary reasons with the game out of hand.

Montreal played some of the worst football you’ll see in this one. They couldn’t put together a solid drive to save their life. Drew Willy barely threw for 100 yards, no receiver had more than 34-yards receiving and the defence gave up way more than any team should and made too many bad decisions taking too many horrible penalties. This was their 13th straight loss adding to the franchise record that has been going since August of last year. They’ve been outscored 78-20 so far in 2 weeks this year.

Player of the Game: Chris Strelever. The rookie quarterback went 22/28 for 246 yards with 3 TD’s. He also ran the ball 10 times for 98 yards and 1TD leading the Bombers to a dominant win.

 

Edmonton Eskimos (1-0) -21

Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-1) -38

 

The Tiger-Cats played their second game of an Albertan road trip after suffering a loss to the Stampeders in Week 1. The Eskimos greeted them with their home opener.

It’s not a CFL game without a delay as kickoff was delayed 25 minutes due to lightning in the area.

Johnny Manziel watch continues, he did not play in this game.

In-fact, Jeremiah Masoli is playing lights out to start the year.

Masoli would find Luke Tasker on a 15-yard TD on their first drive of the game.

Mike Reilly and the Eskimos offence would get right back in the game on their first drive of the game as well.

Reilly would find Duke Williams on an 88-yard TD, making it back to back weeks the Eskimos would score an 80+ yard TD in the first quarter.

Masoli would find Brandon Banks on a slant downfield to put the Ti-Cats in Edmonton’s half of the field.

The Ti-Cats would eventually get down to the Eskimo 1-yard line and Mercer Timmis would fall into the end-zone for his first career TD to put the Ti-Cats up 14-7.

After some back and forth that included a punt single from the Eskimos, Masoli would find Luke Tasker yet again downfield and the Ti-Cats would go up 21-8.

The Eskimos would keep pace though, after a 55-yard catch by Kenny Stafford, Reilly would get Derel Walker into the end-zone for the second straight week. 24-14 Ti-Cats.

Jeremiah Masoli would keep playing exceptionally in the second-half. Eventually finding Brandon Banks for an 18-yard TD half way through the third quarter putting the Ti-Cats up 31-14.

Mike Reilly would punch it in from the 1-yard line with 4:30 left in the fourth quarter to bring the Eskimos within 10.

The Ti-Cats would get the ball back and try to run out the clock, they did more than that though putting the game out of reach with a 44-yard Timmis run.

The Ti-Cats goal on this short Alberta road trip was to split the games and they did exactly that by beating the Eskimos handily.

The Eskimos defence looked atrocious in this game giving up 528 yards of total offence and if they want to be playing for the Grey Cup at home this year they will need to fix it, fast. The Western Conference is extremely strong in the CFL and the Eskimos can find themselves in the basement quickly.

Player of the Game: Hamilton Tiger-Cats RB Mercer Timmis was simply dominant in this game, scoring his first and second career TD’s, running the ball for 133 yards on 17 carries.

 

Calgary Stampeders (1-0) -41

Toronto Argonauts (0-1)-7

 

Calgary would visit Toronto for the first time since the Grey Cup and they would get complete revenge as they dominated the Grey Cup rematch.

Toronto would suffer a big loss in this game as QB Ricky Ray went down and had to be stretchered off the field in the third quarter.

The Stamps would score on their first drive with a 42-yard Parades field-goal and after a two and out by the Argos offence, they’d get the ball back and Bo Levi Mitchell would connect with DaVaris Daniels on a 39-yard TD.

The first quarter would end with the Stampeders leading 10-0. About halfway through the 2nd quarter Bo Levi Mitchell would find Eric Rogers for an 18-yard TD and put the Stamps up 17-0.

The Argos would miss a field-goal but put it through the end-zone and Paredes would convert an 18-yard chip shot and we’d head into the half with the Stamps leading 20-1.

To start the third quarter the Argonauts would turn the ball over on downs, giving Mitchell a chance to find Rodgers yet again on a beautiful 59-yard catch. The two would finish off the drive connecting again to put the Stamps up 27-1

As you can see it’s been all Stampeders in this game. After a 70-yard run by Don Jackson. QB Nick Arbuckle would get his first career CFL TD with a 1-yard QB sneak to put the Stampeders up 34-1.

Things would go from bad to worse as Argos QB Ricky Ray would have to be stretchered off the field after getting sacked with 4:40 left in the third.

The Stamps would show no mercy to the Argos, with 1:40 left in the third Terry Williams would return an Argos punt 102 yards to the house. Putting the Stamps up 41-1

Argos backup QB James Franklin would come into the game after the Ricky Ray injury and give the Argos a breath of life with around 6 minutes left in the game as he’d scamper in 10 yards for a TD.

The Stampeders would dominate the Grey Cup rematch winning the game 41-7.

Hopefully, Ricky Ray will be okay going forward for the Argos as at the time of writing the Argos were encouraged with his progress and everything was precautionary.

Player of the Game: Bo Levi Mitchell. 20/22, 324-yards, 3 TDs. One of the best completion percentages in CFL history.

 

CFL Standings through Week 2

CFL Week 2 Recap

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