- Free Agency
Granted: We took the favourite in all three matchups, and did they ever deliver.
Ottawa 44, Saskatchewan 41
We called Ottawa and a close game, but for the wrong reason (“Riders D is still the Riders D”).
Instead, Cody Fajardo exploded onto the scene as the Riders’ new QB-1 and fans of both teams went home satisfied they’d watched an all-out offensive slugfest.
The Riders are home against the Argos on Canada Day, and if the Saskatchewan defence can sort out its issues they ought to be considered favourites against a Toronto team that will be reeling off a 50-point loss in its Week-2 season opener.
Ottawa is 2-0 entering a bye and looking good.
Edmonton 39, BC 23
In terms of statement wins, they don’t come much bigger during the regular season than the one Edmonton earned on Friday night.
Free-agent acquisitions Trevor Harris and Greg Ellingson balled out for the Esks, who also sacked BC QB Mike Reilly seven times in his return to Commonwealth Stadium.
With similar if not more turnover than the Lions, Edmonton had faced the bulk of pre-season questions; the Esks are atop the West, and will be confident entering a heavyweight tilt with Winnipeg in Week 3.
Hamilton 64, Toronto 14
A lot of people picked Hamilton to win big, but few if any would have foreseen the Ticats dumping 64 points and a 50-point win on the Argonauts in the latter’s home opener.
Jeremiah Masoli’s airshow is back and looks better than ever in 2019, and with Hamilton set to return home for a date with the Alouettes — a team that gave up 600-plus offensive yards in Week 1 at Edmonton — the Tabbies should be a safe pick once again in Week 3.
A Canada Day trip to Regina looms for the Argos, who will need to find answers in all three phases in order to compete with the Riders.
Week 2: 3-0
Overall: 5-2 (.714)