Hard to believe we’re almost a third of the way through the CFL season! Four teams sit at 2-2 heading into Week 6 while the Calgary Stampeders are off to another hot start starting the season with a perfect 4-0 record.
But if the last two seasons have shown us anything, it’s all about what you do in the Grey Cup. We’re a long ways away from November, but there’s plenty to play for this weekend! Here are this week’s matchups:
Saskatchewan Roughriders @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats
CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie stressed the importance of lowering travel distances throughout the season. One of the strategies: more bye weeks and home-and-home matchups. Both the Riders and TiCats are coming off the bye, but these two teams played each other in Week 4 in a tight battle which saw Saskatchewan come away victorious at home with an 18-13 win.
Now, both teams are 2-2 and finishing up their home-and-home at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton. Tiger-Cats QB Jeremiah Masoli is off to a hot start and has had 300+ Yards in each start this season. He can break the CFL record for most consecutive 300+ yard games if he surpasses the mark at home.
BC Lions @ Ottawa Redblacks
Last week the Lions had a week to remember while the Redblacks had a week to forget. Despite being down 17-0 at half, Travis Lulay stormed out in the 2nd half to lead BC to a 20-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Meanwhile, the Redblacks turned the ball over five times to the Calgary Stampeders, en route to a 27-3 loss at home.
BC Head Coach Wally Buono is planning on going back to Travis Lulay under centre after making his first start of the season. While Redblacks Head Coach Rick Campbell has preached that Ottawa will defend it’s home turf and avoid losing two-in-a-row at TD Place.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers @ Toronto Argonauts
Both teams are coming off tough losses as the Bombers lost by three points to the Lions while the Argonauts lost by a single point to the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 5. Winnipeg QB Matt Nichols seems to be getting more comfortable with each quarter as he comes back from a knee injury, while Toronto QB James Franklin will be making his 17th career CFL start.
Montreal Alouettes @ Calgary Stampeders
Alouettes Head Coach Mike Sherman is already behind the 8-ball this week, as it was announced that starting QB Jeff Mathews is out for four-to-six weeks. Add that to the fact that the Stampeders have been perfect to start the season and the score could prove lopsided.
It doesn’t help Montreal’s cause that Stamps DL Micah Johnson is coming of a “Top Performer” performance in week 5 after making three sacks and forcing two fumbles. Despite Calgary’s starting QB Bo Levi Mitchell being questionable, backup Nick Arbuckle proved more than capable in last week’s rout over the Redblacks
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