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CFL Pick ‘Em Heroes, Week 2: Jefferson, Okpalaugo and the redeemed Argos D

Another week, another insane round of impossible-to-guess CFL Pick ‘Em game results – crazy enough in fact to justifiably call members of a defence that allowed 40 points, 477 passing yards and a career day from WR Ryan Smith “heroes.”

Sure, CFLpass could’ve gone with either Rakeem Cato or the entire Montreal Alouettes DL – the former for a potentially history-writing debut, the latter for manhandling their offensive counterparts in the Als’ win at the Calgary Stampeders – but sheesh, fewer than 5% of Pick ‘Em players chose Montreal for the victory. Hardly heroes to most, then.

And statistically speaking, the Saskatchewan Roughriders produced many a monster on Sunday, including the aforementioned Smith, Kevin Glenn and even formerly maligned returning placekicker Paul McCallum, good for 13 points all by himself. But hey, the Riders lost.

So for week two, we’ll take the winners of the sole week 2 game to go down to the wire, if only for withstanding a nausea-inducing rollercoaster ride of failure and redemption.

Notable, um, standouts among the bunch included A.J. Jefferson, who chased his missed interception in the fourth quarter to keep Toronto in the game by taking Glenn’s only turnover to the house for six points. Also getting a piece of the game ball was Tristan Okpalaugo, who slowed Jerome Messam juuuuuust enough to prevent conversion of the Argos’ first two-point attempt in OT and to keep the Riders’ last lead at 34-28.

CFLpass can also credit the Argos defence collectively for applying enough pressure to prevent what would have been a game-tying two-pointer on the game’s final play. Yes, by all appearances, Glenn tightened up on an easy short pass attempt but at this point in the season, CFLpass will reserve cries of “choke!” for players of CFL Pick ‘Em such as myself.

Damn, this game is frustrating…

– written by Os Davis