Decided to come up with a name for the CFL cult that has transpired here at Breaking Football. Welcome to PJ’s Place! Week 2 saw 4 blowout wins in surprising fashion and a very impressive debut by Ottawa. Even in the blowout wins, there are always impressive highlights to go with them but there is also a bit of sorrow to go with that this week. Let’s look a few conclusions from Week 2.

1. Ts&Ps for Ricky Ray

In all the fun of football, one inevitable downside is injury. All players are susceptible to getting injured playing this sport we all enjoy and we all understand that. But injuries to the head and neck area are the most egregious and hardest ones for viewers and players to swallow.

First of all, my prayers are with Ricky Ray and his family. Secondly, this play is not dirty or intentional by any means. Slow motion replays make it seem that way but the 2 Calgary defenders are both trying to get credit for a Ricky Ray sack.

Could Cordarro Law (#41) have let up on that play? Maybe. But I can tell you from experience that this game moves so fast, especially at a professional level, and that Law was just trying to do his job and get to the QB.

Should Ricky Ray have been taken out? Maybe. But coaches are stubborn and they never want their players to give up, especially if they’re getting blown out.

At the end of the day, we all hope for Ricky Ray’s speedy recovery and the Argos are in good hands with James Franklin.

2. Calgary’s offense is in 2015 Grey Cup mode

Let me just give y’all some stat lines:

  • QB Bo Levi Mitchell: 20/22, 324 yards, 3 TDs 0 INTs (Tied for 3rd best completion percentage in CFL history)
  • RBs Don Jackson & Terry Williams: 21 caries, 193 yards
  • WR Eric Rogers: 5 catches, 131 yards, 2 TDs
  • WR DaVaris Daniels: 4 catches, 76 yards, 1 TD

And a couple highlights:

Calgary absolutely had their way with Toronto’s defense and Calgary’s defense had their way with Toronto’s offense.

The Stamps are on a redemption tour to show why they should’ve won the Grey Cup last year and I’m here for that.

3. Masoli. Magic.

All night long I was gasping in awe of the plays that Jeremiah Masoli was making. He was a menace in and out of the pocket making plays happen out of thin air; hence the name for these spectacular feats: Masoli Magic.

June Jones’s Run and Shoot is offense is certainly helping receivers get open and so is the return of Terrence Toliver, but Masoli is just wheeling and dealing.

332 yards for 3 TDs and 1 INT. 7th straight game with at least 300 passing yards going back to last season.

*Whispers* no active CFL QB has done that.

Lots of credit goes to Hamilton’s receivers too with Speedy B getting 6 catches for 117 yards and 1 TD, Luke Tasker with 5 catches, 103 yards and 2 TDs and Terrence Toliver making those contested catches downfield with 4 catches for 76 yards.

And even RB Mercer Timmis got in on the fun.

I said Hamilton had no run game last week and I apologize. The sky is the limit for the offense and I hope they don’t fall back to earth.

4. Ottawa. IS. HERE.

What a season debut by the Redblacks!

Trevor Harris was carving up the vulnerable Saskatchewan secondary hitting them for 345 yards and 2 TDs. William Powell ran like a man possessed gaining 94 yards and a TD on 19 carries. Absolutely running through and around the Riders’ defense.

Harris also hit his favorite targets Greg Ellingson (8-104), Diontae Spencer (6-82-1) and Brad Sinopoli (6-74) for big gains throughout the night. Ottawa also got consistent pressure on Zach Collaros, knocking him out of the game in the 2nd quarter and forcing backup Brandon Bridge to throw 2 interceptions.

And while Duron Carter had another pick six and it’s fun to see a WR on defense, they need him way more on offense. Plus, he’s a liability. He was targeted 5 times and gave up 4 catches for 86 yards and a TD.

The Rider’s offense has only scored 2 TDs all year and Brandon Bridge is going to need all the help he can get. The Riders need to find a replacement for Nick Marshall and put Carter back at WR if they know what’s good for them.

5. Another long season ahead for Montreal

After being sacked 5 times last week and being under pressure 45% of the time, QB Drew Willy was skittish in the pocket against Winnipeg and ended up being sacked another 3 times.

Willy was only under pressure 25% of the game but the Als just could not make plays against Winnipeg and the Bombers’ offense took full advantage. 246 yards and 3 TDs for Chris Streveler and add 98 yards rushing and a rushing TD to that.

The Als have just not gotten it done since HOF QB Anthony Calvillo retired in 2014. Even after signing high priced defensive FAs in the offseason and bringing in former Green Bay HC Mike Sherman, the Als look the same, if not worse than last year.

13 consecutive losses going back to August 19. Ridiculous. I think GM Kavis Reed is the problem. He wasn’t a very successful HC (2 playoff appearances and 1 winning season in 3 years with Edmonton), wasn’t a good interim HC for Montreal (0-7 in 2017) and it doesn’t look like he’s a good GM either.

Montreal has been hustling backwards for too long and they will never win another playoff game if they continue their poor management skills.

P.S. Because the CFL is such a fun, fan centered league, they put together highlights of the best plays on their website every week. Enjoy.

About The Author P.J. Green

P.J. Green is a student-athlete and junior at Tusculum College. Green is an aspiring football coach/scout/player/media personality. Green has big goals but always wants football to be in his life no matter what. Please come at P.J. for funny hot takes.