Week Six of this CFL season was arguably the most dramatic yet. We saw teams hold off comebacks, late fumbles, and match-winning interceptions. Here’s what we learned from last weekend’s games.
Elks Have Some Life Left
In very surprising fashion, the Edmonton Elks showed that you cannot count anyone out in the CFL.
From the start of the game, it seemed as if the Elks were having a seemingly routine beatdown. The Alouettes were up 19 points in the middle of the third quarter. But the Alouettes’ lead didn’t deter the Elks, as they went on a 20-0 run, eventually beating the Alouettes by a narrow score of 32-31.
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The Elks came away with their second win of the season and consecutive wins on the road. #GoElks #CFL #YEG #Edmonton pic.twitter.com/rFALEgUAxZ
— Edmonton Elks (@GoElks) July 19, 2022
The Elks ran their offense through wide receiver Kenny Lawler Jr., who had 7 catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. Don’t expect much from the Elks next week as they take on the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Alouettes look to get back on track versus the Ottawa Redblacks.
Winnipeg and Collaros Are Just Too Good Right Now
Zach Collaros’ dominance continued last week, leading the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to a 26-19 win over the Calgary Stampeders.
Collaros threw for 315 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winner with just four minutes left on the clock. It looked like there might be one more lead-change with less than a minute to go, but a fumbled catch in the Bombers’ end zone closed out the game for Winnipeg.
Highlights » https://t.co/tc7DT8lM1M#ForTheW pic.twitter.com/bhTmCZEkUU
— Winnipeg Blue Bombers (@Wpg_BlueBombers) July 16, 2022
On the other side of the ball, Bo Levi Mitchell had one of his weaker performances, throwing for only 187 yards with one touchdown and one interception. A bright spot was Stampeders’ running back Ka’Deem Carey’s performance who rushed for 110 yards on 12 carries. The Blue Bombers should have an easy matchup next week versus the Elks, while the Stampeders take the week off.
Toronto Gets Back on Track
After losing each of their last two matchups, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders by a score of 30-24.
McLeod Bethel-Thompson propelled the Argonauts to victory, throwing for 276 yards, one touchdown and an interception. The Argonauts main advantage was their defense, forcing Roughriders’ quarterback Cody Fajardo to throw three interceptions.
The biggest interception was with two minutes left in the fourth quarter when Fajardo looked for receiver Jakob Prall but was picked off for a 50-yard touchdown.
McManis called game 😤 pic.twitter.com/3s3uvjwFDx
— Toronto Argonauts (@TorontoArgos) July 19, 2022
Hamilton Holds Off Ottawa Comeback
Ottawa came close to knocking off the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (-310 favorites) but the Tiger-Cats won by a close score of 25-23.
The Tiger-Cats got off to a hot start, leading 18-10 at halftime, but their lead quickly diminished as the Redblacks went up 23-18 with just 7 minutes left in the game.
Dane Evans wanted no part in losing, throwing a 3-yard touchdown pass to Tim White with 19 seconds left.
Dane Evans is your Performer of the Game!#Ticats | #CFL | @HerculesTires pic.twitter.com/5tEyUnoTJl
— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) July 17, 2022
Evans finished the game with 342 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The struggling Redblacks face the Alouettes while the Tiger-Cats take on the BC Lions in the Thursday night game.