2022 CFL: Week 3 recap

by Sean Murphy

The West Division continued its early dominance over the East, winning three of four matchups in Week 3. Here's a look around the league as we glance ahead to Week 4 action which kicks off with the Lions vs. RedBlacks on Thursday.

Montreal 37, Saskatchewan 13

The Riders seemingly got caught looking past the undermanned Alouettes, who were without their three top offensive weapons in QB Vernon Adams Jr., RB William Stanback and WR Jake Weineke. Montreal took advantage of a sloppy performance from the Saskatchewan offense as Rider quarterbacks combined to complete just 19-of-37 passes with three interceptions. Despite starting the season with two losses in its first three games, Montreal is tied with Toronto atop the East Division standings. Saskatchewan sits third in the West and will get a quick opportunity for revenge, hosting the Alouettes this coming Saturday.

Blue Bombers 26, Tiger-Cats 12

We missed with the 'over' in this game as Hamilton moved the football but struggled to find the end zone, settling for four field goals in a lopsided defeat. Having dropped three consecutive games, the Tiger-Cats need to find some semblance of offensive balance as they've bombed away for 51 and 42 pass attempts in their last two contests. The two-time defending Grey Cup champion Blue Bombers are now 3-0 on the campaign and will have an extra few days of preparation before travelling to Toronto to face the Argonauts on Monday, July 4th. RB Brady Oliveira has done a nice job picking up the slack in the backfield following Andrew Harris' departure, rushing for 104 yards and a touchdown on 29 attempts, while adding three catches for 27 yards over the last two games.

Stampeders 30, Elks 23

Most expected the Stampeders to trample the lowly Elks in this year's first instalment of the 'Battle of Alberta'. It didn't play out that way, however, as the Stamps were unable to pull away until a touchdown inside the final three minutes of the fourth quarter (Calgary actually trailed the game from 5:17 into the first quarter until 0:38 remaining in the third quarter). Calgary QB Bo Levi Mitchell has rounded back into form following an injury-plagued 2021 season, racking up 634 passing yards, three touchdowns and one interception over the last two games. Elks QB Nick Arbuckle has managed to throw for just two touchdowns while tossing six interceptions through three games. These two teams will meet again in Edmonton on July 7th.

Lions 44, Argos 3

The fact that B.C. is off to a 2-0 start isn't a major surprise given it has had the benefit of playing its first two games at home. Few could have envisioned the re-tooled Lions offense scoring 103 points through its first two contests, however. B.C. QB Nathan Rourke turned in a performance for the ages against a good Argos defense, completing 39-of-45 passes for 436 yards and four touchdowns. It was a demoralizing effort for Toronto given it did have the services of RB Andrew Harris after his status was in doubt due to injury leading up to the game. B.C. will head out-of-division for the first time this season in Week 3 as it travels to face winless Ottawa on Thursday.

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