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A spotless record was the goal at the beginning of Week 19, and #TotalPickEm didn’t disappoint, as every pick came out as a winner.
The Montreal Alouettes opened Week 19 with a victory against the Toronto Argonauts. Saskatchewan, Hamilton, and Calgary followed them by winning their respective matchups, leaving the record on the year at 56-17.
Toronto 24, Montreal 27
For the second time this year, the Alouettes (9-7) needed a final-minute defensive stand to come out with a win over the Argos (3-13).
Vernon Adams Jr. tossed for nearly 250 yards and three touchdowns, the running back committee of William Stanback and Jeremiah Johnson combined for over 90 yards on the ground, and DeVier Posey led the team in receiving with 88 yards and a score on four catches.
The Als get to finish off their home slate against the league-best Ticats in Week 18 before heading to Ottawa to end the regular season.
Saskatchewan 27, BC 19
The Riders (11-5) continued to roll with a victory at BC Place against the Leos (5-12) in the second half of the Friday doubleheader.
Cody Fajardo nearly completed 80 percent of his passes for 224 yards and a touchdown. William Powell had 111 yards rushing and a score while Naaman Roosevelt caught seven passes for 106 yards. The Saskatchewan defence also had six sacks, an interception, and two forced fumbles.
The Riders will be fighting with the Stampeders for first place in the West the rest of the way. They’ll end their campaign with a back-to-back against the Eskimos.
Ottawa 12, Hamilton 33
The Tabbies (13-3) made history and stayed perfect at home in 2019 all in one fell swoop.
Dane Evans had 452 yards and a touchdown toss in Week 19 against Ottawa (3-13). Tyrell Sutton rushed for 85 yards on 13 touches and 64 yards through the air. Brandon Banks led the way for receivers, with a touchdown and 116 yards on seven catches while Jalin Marshall reeled in five balls for 85 yards. Jaelon Acklin and Bralon Addison also had 60-plus yard receiving games.
The Ticats will finish off their season with games against the Als and Argos. They have a chance to go a perfect 9-0 at home when they host Toronto in Week 21.
Winnipeg 33, Calgary 37
The Stamps (11-5) drew first blood in the back-to-back with their narrow victory over the Bombers (10-7)
Bo Levi Mitchell had another solid outing, posting 337 yards and three scoring passes. Reggie Begelton scored all three of those touchdowns on four catches, but it was Josh Huff who had the biggest yardage totals amongst the Stamps’ receivers. He finished with 121 yards and six catches.
Chris Streveler continued to be a dual threat for the Bombers, accumulating 134 yards and a passing touchdown while leading the team in rushing with 85 yards on 15 carries.
These two teams will meet up again in Week 20, with this game serving as the final tuneup for the Bombers before the playoffs begin.