Welcome back minions! PJ’s Place is open again for CFL Week 5! Only three games this week, one for each day and they’re nothing but rematches. Three games mean you have no excuse but to watch each game throughout its entirety (unless it’s a blowout). Let’s see what will be different in Week 5!
Calgary Stampeders vs. Ottawa Redblacks, Thursday, 7:30 PM ET, ESPN+, Trevor Harris (My Game of the Week)
Big news broke on Wednesday when Calgary announced that they’ll be without their two biggest playmakers: WR Eric Rogers and RB Terry Williams. Ottawa is also ecstatic to get back the hard-hitting Angry Bird Kyries Hebert, who was suspended one game for this vicious hit the last time these two teams went to battle.
— Jefferson Steelflex (@PJG116) June 29, 2018
Hebert has served his time and now he’s ready to get back to business for Ottawa. While Hebert certainly boosts Ottawa’s defense, both of these defenses are going to battle again. It’s going to be another close game unless Trevor Harris brings his play from Montreal to this game. I saw one writer say Trevor Harris is one of the most consistent QBs in the CFL; I don’t think that’s true. When Harris is hot, he’s great. But when he’s not, it’s bad. Ottawa had the game early in the 4th quarter on the goal-line, but Calgary stood their ground and took away the game. Trevor Harris has to bring his A Game or this game runs the risk of repeating their last matchup.
Toronto Argonauts vs. Edmonton Eskimos, Friday, 9 PM ET, ESPN2, Efficiency (Live Mic Game)
Back on national TV! Mentee beat Mentor last week when Mike Reilly’s long term backup, James Franklin, led the Argos to a W over Edmonton. Edmonton arguably outplayed Toronto all game. Reilly threw it all around the yard but penalties and miscues made Edmonton get pushed out of scoring range and allowed Toronto to stay around all game long and win the game as a result. Fans and writers have complained about Edmonton’s late starts all the way back from their 2015 Grey Cup run under then HC Chris Jones.
They usually overcome those late starts as we’ve seen this season in all of their wins, but it didn’t happen vs. Toronto. The longer they let teams hang around, the closer they come to an L. Toronto is a solid team in their own right but if you look at their numbers last week compared to Edmonton’s, you would think the Eskimos ran through them. Edmonton has all of the talent in the world to be as good as Calgary, but they need to play all four quarters and not just two or three.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. British Columbia Lions, Saturday, 10 PM ET, ESPN+, Lions QB
BC has gotten blown out two games in the row and they are sick of it. BC is also looking at going with Travis Lulay at QB, but he still has reservations coming off of knee surgery. Whoever comes in at QB needs to produce. It’s a new offensive scheme and they still have to get used to it, but like the Lions receivers said, they are vets and they know how to win. So they need to do it. With all the money they spent on defense, they can’t hold on offense off for long. Matt Nichols and company chopped them up just last week. And I don’t see that changing this week. BC is one of the more confusing dumpster fires of the bottom 3 CFL teams (Saskatchewan, BC, Montreal).
Enjoy these three games minions! As always, check my Twitter for highlights.