The CFL is back baby! And it’s glorious. After a canceled season in 2020, and a shortened season in 2021 the 3 Down league is back on track. Get our pulse racing and give us plenty to chew on from week 2.
For 2022, we have a full 18-game schedule ahead of us. We’ve built this with a look at players to watch and a guide to which squad to follow.
Now all teams have played at least one game this season. So what did we learn from the Week 2 games?
What have we learned? Week 2
The week started in Toronto where the Toronto Argonuats picked up a 20-19 victory over the Larks. We learned, once again, that kickers matter. David Côté of Montreal had been 4 for 4 before missing the chip shot. Which means the Alouettes have lost consecutive games by a total of 4 points! This one must have hurt too as it was lost on that short kick attempt late in the game.
We learned that Toronto could attract a few more fans – and they were pretty loud. Because there were 12,498 fans at BMO Filed for that game. That may not seem like a lot. But that’s a pretty good improvement over the 7,758 who showed up for the matching game last September.
More things we’ve learned
We learned that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers still knows how to win. But they don’t seem as dominant in the last 2 seasons. The O line is the area I would worry about the most if I was a Winnipeg fan. Their D still looks very good though.
No more frustration for Ottawa REDBLACKS. After a 6-26 streak the past two seasons, they looked much more competitive going into 2022. Yet they’re still 0-2 thanks to back-to-back losses to Winnipeg. Like the Alouettes, they had 2 narrow losses. These by a combined total of 9 points.
We learned two things here. First, the Stampeders can win close games (30-27 in Week 1 and 33-30 in overtime in Week 2). Second, Tim Hortons has had heartache. After all, this comeback win in OT is the first game played on home soil for the Tabbies since they lost Last year’s Gray Cup in an overtime heartbreaker too.
Week 2 – Final game
In an all-Western game, the Saskatchewan Roughriders drawn 2-0 after a 26-16 victory over the Edmonton Elks in the Elks’ home opener. What we learned here in Week 2 is that despite the win, the Roughriders have discipline issues.
They received 14 penalties for 134 yards. You can not keep winning with poorly disciplined play and unless they fix this it will come back to bite them.
Edmonton fans will have been happy to see that even though they lost, they were much more competitive than in Week 1. They will, however, want to see the Elks firm up.
What have we learned? Week 2 Key Takeaway
The key takeaway from Week 2 of the 2022 CFL season for me is simple. The West is still dominant. But not as dominant as in the past.
So far the West is 5-0 against the East. But 4 of those games were close. Pull out the Roughriders 30-13 win over Hamiton in Week 1 and the rest of the wins were close. Scores of 30-27, 19-17, 19-12 and 33-30 (OT) suggest that what Western teams do really well is finish in close games.
No doubt that for some, this will revive the whole debate on the classification 2 divisions against 1 league. It’s way too early to look into that, of course? Let’s see how it goes over the whole season.
Oh, and kudos to everyone who had Dane Evans, Jamal Morrow and Tim White in their CFL Fantasy teams.
Now let’s sit back and watch the rest of the season unfold. Let’s enjoy the ride!
Do you have anything else you would have added? Anything else you think we learned this week? Let us know in the comments. Or contact the Ninety-nine meters crew.
Banner Image: The Stampeders celebrated a huge comeback victory. Image of pehalnews.in