Thursday night sees the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play host to the Calgary Stampeders. With the Bombers looking to maintain their perfect record, Al Dannity breaks down this big game and the rest of the weekend’s CFL action.
Defense could be decisive
To say Calgary made hard work of the B.C. Lions last week would be the mother of all understatements. It took two stops on two-point conversions by the Stampeders’ defence and a missed field by the Lions for Calgary to eventually triumph 34-32. Turnovers proved, yet again, to be a scourge for the Stampeders.
That’s bad news considering who they’ve got tonight. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have been monstrous in every defensive aspect. With 5 interceptions and 9 sacks in the opening two games, for an average of just 297 yards allowed, the Bombers have been merciless on defence. Admittedly they have needed to be, given how meek their offense has been. The offensive woes of the Bombers can’t take away from the sheer intimidation opponents feel when faced with the Winnipeg defence. There are no safe options. I like the Blue Bombers to take care of business at home and make it a 3-0 start to the season.
Calvillo steps closer to immortality
Anthony Calvillo is already one of the most successful quarterbacks in CFL history but he’s on the verge of a big landmark. The Montreal signal caller is expected to break Damon Allen’s record of 394 passing touchdowns this weekend when the Alouettes take on the Argonauts. It’s been a perfect start to the season for Montreal. After overcoming the stiff challenge of the B.C. Lions in Week 1, the Als stormed past the Roughriders with five Calvillo touchdowns last weekend. This should, injury-permitting, be the first of three records held by Allen that Calvillo breaks in 2011. Allen’s 5,158 completions and 72,381 passing yards are both well within reach this year. For now Calvillo will settle for one record and a third win of the year for Montreal.
Somebody’s got to win
Two of the current winless teams meet on Saturday when the Roughriders head to Hamilton. Neither team has impressed so far but CFL betting fans can be certain that one should leave Week 3 with their heads held high. The other winless wonder, the B.C. Lions, have looked much more impressive in their two narrow losses. This weekend they travel to unbeaten Edmonton in search of an elusive win.