So far the CFL season has been full of surprises and week 3 was no different. We have 4 games to recap and these games are Edmonton Elks vs the B.C Lions, Montreal Alouettes vs the Calgary Stampeders, Toronto Argos vs the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and last but not least the Ottawa Redblacks vs the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
The Edmonton Elks were looking for their first win of the season and they were able to get the job done vs the B.C Lions. The Elks really pushed the pace with their running game. James Wilder Jr. seemed to just power his way past the Lions defensive line. This opened up the passing game for the Elks QB Trevor Harris, getting him his 1st passing touchdown of the season. The Elks defense was also a huge part of this game, putting pressure on the Lions QB Michael Reilly, sacking him twice. Reilly never looked comfortable in the pocket and by far had his worst game of the season. The Lions are now looking to regroup going into week 4, while the Elks will be sitting on the sidelines due to multiple positive covid tests.
The Calgary Stampeders were looking for their 1st win of the season and they needed to do it without their veteran QB Bo Levi Mitchell, who has a broken leg and will be out for at least 6 games. This gave rookie QB Jake Maier a chance to prove himself as a legitimate CFL QB. Maier did not start this game off strong however, throwing an interception after just 3 passes. Jake did not let this get to him at all, he really settled in and looked very composed for the rest of the game. He did a good job at getting all of his receivers involved. This kept the Alouettes guessing. The Alouettes did make this game very close, pushing the final play to the Stampeders one yard line. However, they just came up short in the loss. The Stampeders will want to clean up the beginning and end of this game, however, they will be happy with the middle. The Alouettes blew an early lead against a rookie QB and they will not want to let this happen again.
I feel this game was the biggest surprise of week 3! The Toronto Argos came out flying going up 13-0 after the 1st quarter. Nick Arbuckle was marching the ball up field with short to medium passing plays that the Blue Bombers were just not ready for. Although Argo fans were having mini heart attacks every time Arbuckle fumbled the ball, you have to be happy with his 1st start as an Argo. With Arbuckle making plays, this gave the Argos running game a lot of room. D.J Foster really took advantage of this, rushing for over 100 yards and punching in a touchdown. The Blue Bombers were just unable to find any answers to slow down the Argos. The Blue Bombers were able to make a push however, it just wasn’t enough. Since they went down so early, the team was barely able to use their running game and it really hurt them. The Blue Bombers will want to go back to the drawing board, finding new ways to get the running game going again. The Argos on the other hand will have a week off, due to the Edmonton Elks covid 19 issues.
Although the Roughriders won this game, the Redblacks will be happy with their overall game. The Redblacks held the Roughriders to just one touchdown, something that is very hard to do. The Redblacks defense gave their team a chance to win this game. It’s the offense and mostly the QB I am worried about. Matt Nichols did not look sharp again this week, throwing for under 200 yards and not getting points on the board. Ottawa may need to look into other options at the QB position as this was a very winnable game for them. On the other side of the field, the Roughriders need to stop taking penalties. The Roughriders took 9 penalties costing them 95 yards. They need to clean up that area of their game if they want to keep up this amazing season that they are having so far.
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