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Another week, another perfect record for this column.
We’re now 24-3 on the season (.888), and showing no signs of slowing down.
Here’s how Week 7 shook down.
Calgary 17, Ottawa 16
Regardless of the fashion by which it came, Thursday’s result was not a surprise; the Stamps had been favoured, and Ottawa’s offence — though it was the only of the two teams to score a touchdown — was struggling under Jonathon Jennings.
While the REDBLACKS (2-4) managed the game’s lone offensive touchdown, JJ and co. generated just 221 total yards to the 493 produced by Calgary (4-2).
Ottawa now faces a tough divisional clash at Montreal (3-2), while the Stamps return home for the first edition of the Battle of Alberta.
Edmonton 26, Toronto 0
Any game which sees your quarterbacks combine for a 13-of-31, three-INT line is not going to end well.
That’s the dilemma the Argos (0-6) find themselves in at the end of the first ‘period’ of the CFL regular season; the defence seems to be improving, but the offence is stuck in neutral. Is this McLeod Bethel-Thompson’s team? Dakota Prukop’s? Time will tell with a date against Winnipeg (5-1) looming.
Edmonton (4-2) continues to look solid with QB Trevor Harris and its strong defence.
Hamilton 23, Winnipeg 15
We felt Winnipeg was due for a regression, but Matt Nichols’ three-pick performance was unexpected.
The Bombers (5-1) are still first in the West, and will be heavily-favoured to bounce back against the winless Argos next week in Toronto; the questions run a bit deeper for the Ticats (5-1), who lost star QB Jeremiah Masoli mid-game to a torn ACL for the season.
Dane Evans was 13-of-25 for 94 yards with an INT in relief of Masoli, so it remains to be seen what Hamilton’s offence will look like moving forward.
Saskatchewan 45, BC 18
In a rerun from their meeting the previous week, the Riders and Lions tangoed closely for a bit before momentum and the end result shifted firmly in Saskatchewan’s favour.
William Powell and Ryan Lankford — two former REDBLACKS — combined for five touchdowns, as the Riders running back netted a hat-trick on the ground and BC’s return man took two to the house.
Back at .500, Saskatchewan (3-3) is looking at least capable of a crossover push, while BC (1-6) stumbles into its bye week 2.5 games out of a playoff spot.
Week 7: 4-0
Overall: 24-3 (.888)