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CFL Week 7 Recap: Will the Blue Bombers Run the Table?

by Clyde E. Dawkins 2 months ago in football
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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a possible chance of becoming the CFL's only perfect team

Usually on these CFL recaps, I describe the games in chronological order, but I have to break that trend now. The reason is simple: the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are still undefeated. Week 7 of the 2022 season saw the back-to-back defending Grey Cup Champions defeat the lowly Edmonton Elks, 24-10 to improve to 7-0 in the season. That's right. We are 1/3 through the season and the Bombers haven't lost yet. In fact, they've won nine straight games dating back to the 2021 Grey Cup Playoffs, with their last loss coming against the Calgary Stampeders on November 20, 2021. For their last home loss, you have to go all the way back to September 27, 2019, a 33-13 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who the Bombers would defeat both times in their back-to-back Grey Cup wins.

Keep in mind, I still didn't know too much about CFL history, so I had to Google "CFL undefeated season." Sure enough, there has not been a perfect season in CFL history, but there has been one unbeaten season, occurring in 1948. The Calgary Stampeders ran the table and went 12-0 in the regular season, and then in the playoffs, they tied their first game and won the next two to capture their first Grey Cup in franchise history. So Canada does not have their version of the 1972 Miami Dolphins, but if the rest of the league doesn't watch out, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers could be the first.

The Bombers' win took place that Friday in Week 7. The week actually kicked off with a Thursday doubleheader, which opened with a East Division shootout between the Montréal Alouettes and the Ottawa Redblacks. The Als ended up victorious after the dust settled, winning 40-33, showing fans that the East teams can be capable of strong offensive performances despite the division being tepid. The Western half of the doubleheader took place in Vancouver, as the BC Lions defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 17-12, in a more defense-minded game. The Tiger-Cats were coming off barely getting their first win over the Redblacks, but the offense was not there in Vancouver.

The week ended with the second straight meeting between the Toronto Argonauts and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a game that was moved back a day due to several members of the Roughriders testing positive for COVID-19. The Argos won the first meeting in Nova Scotia, but this one was tough, as the Riders started to gain control after falling behind early. With the game tied at 21, an Argos possession deep in Riders territory resulted in a field goal from Boris Bede, but on the kickoff, the Riders fumbled it away to the Boatmen, resulting in a short touchdown that sealed it. The Argos won 31-21, and the Riders' woes against the East Division continue--they have all three of the West Division's losses against the East this year.

So here's how things stand after one-third of the season has progressed. In the West Division, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are 7-0, and the BC Lions' win moves them to a second place tie with the idle Calgary Stampeders at 4-1. The Saskatchewan Roughriders' second straight loss drops them to 4-3, while the Edmonton Elks bring up the rear at 2-5. In an earlier recap, I referred to the Elks as the black sheep of the West Division, but they are only two games out of a likely playoff position. I know it's too early to talk playoffs, but if the Elks get their act together and start winning in bunches, they may end up above that playoff line.

In the East Division, the Toronto Argonauts remain on top with a 3-2 record, while the Montréal Alouettes regained sole possession of second place at 2-4. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats drop to 1-5, and the Ottawa Redblacks are now 0-6--and also two games out of a playoff position. It would really be something if Ottawa actually makes the playoffs after this start; in a division this mediocre, it's highly possible. They have to get win #1 first, and then work from there.

Week 8 will feature four games in as many days, beginning with an East Division battle between the Montréal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Thursday, July 28. On Friday, July 29, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will host the BC Lions, and on Saturday, July 30, the Calgary Stampeders will host the undefeated Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The week's finale will take place on Sunday, July 31, with the Toronto Argonauts hosting the Ottawa Redblacks.

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Clyde E. Dawkins

Born on March 18, 1985. I am an avid fan of sports and wrestling, and I've been a fan of female villains since the age of eight. Also love movies--especially comedy and horror--and among my favorite TV shows are The Simpsons and Family Guy

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