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Brandon Bridge set to make history amid QB troubles in Montreal [UPDATED]

The Ottawa RedBlacks are halfway to matching their win total for all of 2014 after beating the Montreal Alouettes in last night’s season opener 20-16.

Montreal’s defence did *their* job by racking up three interceptions but starting quarterback Jonathan Crompton got off to a bad start going 5 of 17 for 51 yards with a touchdown and interception himself. Crompton starts the season with a short leash despite going 8-2 to finish 2014.

At halftime, Montreal led Ottawa 13-5 before disaster struck. Crompton exited the game with a shoulder injury. Dan LeFevour entered the game, lasted a few plays and then he too was forced to leave the game.

And in came Brandon Bridge.

In the preseason, I made the prediction that Brandon Bridge would make history this season as the first Canadian to start at quarterback in the CFL since 1996 and after last night’s game, we could be *very* close to seeing that happen. After all, in taking the field in the third quarter, Bridge became the first Canadian QB to see regular season action in the CFL since Danny Brannagan with the Toronto Argonauts in 2010 – and the first for Montreal since *Gerry Datillio in 1985*.

Bridge led the Alouettes in passing yards last night with 5 completions for 62 yards and one interception in 10 attempts.

But let's put those stats into a little perspective:

If Crompton and LeFevour are too banged up to play next week against Calgary, a full week of practice would do wonders for Bridge.

UPDATE: And news this afternoon on LeFevour makes Bridge's starting turn inevitable:

Show us what you can do, Air Canada!

Michael Sam returns; Hamilton 50/50 pot huge

More interesting news from Montreal: Michael Sam is back in attendance two weeks after leaving camp for personal reasons.

Week 1 continues tonight with a Grey Cup rematch, as the banged up Hamilton Tiger-Cats are visiting the defending champion Calgary Stampeders in a game where the famed 50/50 pot *starts* at over $101,000.

The Toronto Argonauts “host” the Edmonton Eskimos in Fort McMurray while the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visit the Saskatchewan Roughriders tomorrow in a CFL doubleheader.

– written by Travis Currah