Thursday, July 04, 2013

CFL Regular Season: Week 2

The second week of the CFL's 2013 campaign kicks off on the 4th of July,  with two Thursday night match-ups that may provide for a few fireworks to fill in for what the American roster players may be missing out on from back home.

Winnipeg at Montreal 

The Blue Bombers head off to Montreal, the guests for the Alouettes home opener for 2013. There's no particular love lost between the two team as recent history has shown, the Als having ruined the Bombers grand opening celebrations of InvestorGroup field with a late game comeback to topple the Blue.

Add on some interesting comments making it into the newspapers heading up to Thursday and the attitude may be one of payback in any number of ways.

The Als of course will be relying on Anthony Calvillo, who continues on with his legendary ways, last week's comeback just another chapter in the game isn't over until AC says it's over.

Winnipeg heads into Montreal a little banged up, Buck Pierce as always will be in the back of the minds of many Bomber fans, hopeful that the Bombers offensive line can keep him from harm for the full sixty minutes.

A sample of some of the pre game anticipation can be found below.

Winnipeg Sun-- Alouettes even stronger with Whitaker back in lineup against Bombers
Montreal Gazette-- Calvillo won't let age change his playing preview

Toronto at British Columbia

Game number two on Thursday takes us out to BC Place, where the Lions who have struggled through the pre season and their first regular season game will try to get things back on track, eager to send them to an 0 and 2 regular start will be the Toronto Argonauts, who with a squeak out win over Hamilton under their belts in week one, will seek to register another win and hold their lead atop the East Division.

Both Toronto and BC showed weaknesses on defence, gaps that both defensive coordinators will be eager to fix before the season gets too long into July.

When it comes to scoring, both have the potential to light up the board, by way of the run, the pass or with some dangerous talent on special teams.

It all should make for an interesting test for both squads early in the season.

Some of the talking points for Thursday's night cap can be found below.

Toronto Star-- Reformed Bad Boy Khalif Mitchell '100 per cent committed' to team's success
Vancouver Province-- B. C. Lions' Solomon Elimimian brimming with motivation preview

Calgary at Saskatchewan

Friday Night's marquee matchup brings the two teams atop the CFL West at the moment together for a week two showdown, with the Calgary Stampeders heading east to Regina and a matchup with the always challenging Riders.

Calgary dominated much of their season opener against the Lions, while Saskatchewan provided the Eskimos with the realization that there is still much work to do to keep pace in the CFL West.

Both teams offer some high octane offence and a stingy defence and for motivational purposes, a win from either propels them to the top of the CFL West with all other Western teams looking up.

A snapshot as to what some see as the key points to Friday night's game can be found below.

Calgary Herald-- Calgary Stampeders won't bite on Dwight Anderson's trash talk
Regina Leader Post-- Geroy Simon remains a spectator for Roughriders preview

Edmonton at Hamilton

The final game of the weekend arrives on Sunday when the Hamilton Tiger Cats open up their home season at their temporary home in Guelph, playing on the Campus of the University of Guelph the Cats will have a very cosy (and rather small capacity) atmosphere, never a good thing for visiting teams when they travel to the Hammer, with the collective of Cats fans hoping to transfer that bit of nasty to their neighbours in Guelph.

In town for the Cats home opener, a struggling Eskimo team that has its work cut out for it. Besides addressing many of their own numerous concerns, they face a Hamilton team still snarling over a loss to Toronto last week.

A game that they could have won at any number of times, but let slip away. Something we imagine Kent Austin has addressed in full for the week leading up to Sunday's game, not a good omen for the Eskimos who have to head into that cauldron of Catdom and try and steal themselves a victory.

The look ahead to Sunday's match up can be found below

Edmonton Journal-- Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly aims for 'quick start' against Hamilton...
Hamilton Spectator-- Ticats defence shakin' up preview

The week two schedule, with Reviews from can be found below:

July 7-- Edmonton 30 at Hamilton 20 (Guelph) (12,612)
July 5-- Calgary 21 at Saskatchewan 36 ( 35,296)
July 4-- Toronto 16 at British Columbia 24 ( 25,255 )
July 4-- Winnipeg 19 at Montreal 11 ( 22,134 )

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