After a week of blowouts, I think the CFL can easily be read. Three above Average teams, a few average teams and then three bad teams. We have a new number one, and no doubt exists about it as Toronto has looked the part of the early season favorite.
Chris Jones promoted unproven rookie quarterback Jarret Doege from fourth to first-string quarterback to find some spark during this past week’s loss, yet it failed as Doege threw three interceptions. Furthermore, Edmonton’s offensive line has been horrible while their defense allowed over 200 yards on the ground, and Eugene Lewis has been placed on their six-game injured list; all these issues compounded together hastened Edmonton’s season significantly more than anticipated.
The Ti-cats were off this past week.
Bob Dyce earned his inaugural win as permanent head coach of the Redblacks after outclassing the Elks by 19 points this past week, defeating them easily with Tyrie Adams leading an effective offense, which finally opened up its ground game as De’Montre Tuggle ran for 126 yards and scored one touchdown – an encouraging sign as franchise quarterback Jeremiah Masoli is set to return from injury soon.
The Alouettes received a rude awakening following their impressive 2-0 start when Winnipeg beat them into submission on rain-soaked home turf, scoring only three points against them. Cody Fajardo hit long balls to Kaion Julien-Grant and Austin Mack, but his other receivers did next to nothing; additionally, their offensive line gave up five sacks to Winnipeg’s front seven while the defense struggled to stop Brady Oliveira’s punishing running game.
Current 4th in the Western Division Standing, with a record of 1-2; this week, however will provide them with an opportunity to level it when they visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Riders had a bye week to bask in the glory of last weeks win against the rival Calgary Stampeders. They have serious injury concerns but the get Edmonton next, which will help.
The Blue Bombers bounced back quickly from their first loss of the season by dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage in Montreal to earn a physical road win. Zach Collaros was well-protected, the run game flourished. If this team can find ways to limit big plays through the air defensively, their dangerousness will only increase.
On Monday night, the Lions suffered their first setback of the season as they were outclassed by the reigning Grey Cup champion Toronto Argonauts. Vernon Adams Jr.’s six-interception performance came after dominating through three games of the season, and British Columbia’s defense failed to generate any takeaways while conceding a touchdown on special teams. This team clearly remains strong; they need to show they can rebound come Week 5! I will keep them at number two because they earned that last week with a dominant win against Winnipeg.
On Monday night, Toronto completely dismantled the B.C. Lions and they recorded six interceptions. Toronto has produced consistently in all areas – air, ground, and defense- making life hard for opponents, while special teams have excelled with a punt return touchdown against B.C. This team stands alone as the last undefeated team and they quieted all doubts on Monday night.
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