1) Calgary Stampeders
Defensive lineman Ja’Gared Davis led the way with six tackles and a sack, while Bo Levi Mitchell threw for two touchdowns, as the Stampeders moved to 3-0 with a convincing 24-14 victory over the Redblacks on Thursday night. The Stamps have been dominant on defense and efficient on offense, and they will be hard to knock out of this top spot in these rankings.
The Ti-Cats, outside of a week one loss to the Stampeders, have looked good this season so far. The surprising thing about this team has been the Ti-Cats’ defense. At one point during this game they forced six consecutive two-and-outs. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli broke the 300-yard passing barrier once again and it looks like Head Coach June Jones has put together a Grey Cup contender in Hamilton.
The Redblacks hung tough at Calgary but they could not get the passing game on track as quarterback Trevor Harris struggled all game long against the Stamps suffocating defense. A bright spot for the Redblacks was running back William Powell, who rushed for 123 yards. Even in a loss, the Redblacks showed that they will contend this season if they can keep Harris healthy.
Edmonton defeated the BC Lions and improve to 2-1 on the season after a 41-22 decision. The Lions get handed their first loss of the 2018 season. After a close first half, the Eskimos pulled away in the second half behind quarterback Mike Reilly.
Chris Streveler-led Bombers offense was shut down this past weekend. Now the question has to be can the Blue Bombers keep their heads above water until starting quarterback Matt Nichols returns?
The Lions could not seem to get the offense kicked into gear against an Eskimos defense that had been struggling. Quarterback Jonathon Jennings struggles, which has been a huge problem the last couple of years for the Lions. If the Lions are going to compete for the playoffs they need Jennings to play consistently well.
A week ago I was wondering if Montreal would even win one game this season and now the question that must be asked is was that win an aberration or a sign of things to come? My guess is an aberration.
The Roughriders suffered one of the most embarrassing losses you will ever see, as the Alouettes went to Mosaic and shocked all of Canada by beating the Roughriders. With quarterback Zach Collaros out the Riders need to figure it out real quick, and losing to Montreal has to raise huge red flags on the Riders chances for success the rest of this season.
The Argos had a much-needed bye week this week. With no Ricky Ray the Argos are in trouble. The defense and running game will have to keep them above water until Ray returns.
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