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CFL week 1: By the Numbers…

It’s about time we should expect nothing short of craziness during Week 1 of the CFL season but if I told you that nothing surprised me this past weekend, I’d be lying. When will I learn?

I didn’t expect the Argos to get crushed while ushering in a new era at BMO Field or for Trevor Harris to throw a 70+ yard touchdown on his first play with Ottawa. I didn’t expect Winnipeg’s first touchdown to come in the fourth quarter or for the Calgary Stampeders to block three punts in a quarter of football. Such is the CFL and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

This week’s bullet points:

•  Ottawa’s win in Edmonton makes it the first time an Ottawa CFL team has won in the City of Champions since 1983.

•  Picking up right where he left off, Adarius Bowman led the CFL in Week 1 receiving targets with 12.

•  Shawn Gore had 11 receiving targets in Week 1 and 59 all of last season. Is Gore benefiting from the Lavelle Hawkins retirement?

•  Brandon Banks had 4 receptions on 5 targets against Toronto. Last year? 22 catches on 34 targets. Banks could be in for a career year on offense and he already has 198 return yards.

•  It’s no surprise that Ottawa and Edmonton were nos. one and two for yards per drive during Week 1 at 39.3 and 34.0 yards, respectively. Montreal was third place with an average of 29.7 yards per drive. The Als could surprise a lot of people if they figure out how to finish more drives.

•  The Eskimos gave up enough passing yards in one game to pass off as a bad *two*-game stretch for the team last year:

•  Andrew Harris had the CFL’s best yards per carry average in Week 1 with 6.2. He complemented his 80 rushing yards with another 40 through the air and we can only expect that from a team that could be missing Weston Dressler for awhile.

•  BC’s Jeremiah Johnson was second in YPC with 4.9.

•  The CFL’s YAC leaders are Derel Walker (77) and Chris Williams (75).

•  Toronto allowed 6 sacks against Hamilton. Will they fix their protection before meeting Shawn Lemon and the Saskatchewan Roughriders? Winnipeg was second with 5 sacks allowed. Charleston Hughes is coming, Winnipeg…

•  Chad Owens might have had a much bigger game, as he and Jeremiah Masoli could only connect on 6 of Owens’s 11 targets. He seems to be the veteran receiver that QB Jeremiah Masoli wants to rely on.

•  John White led all running backs with 56 receiving yards. The Achilles looks just fine…

•  Jace Davis (Winnipeg – 5 catches, 82 yards), Kamar Jorden (Calgary – 3 catches, 73 yards, 1 touchdown), and Kenny Shaw (7 catches, 109 yards) are names that you should already know or names you should get to know fast. All three were cheap in DFS and provided great value.

•  Calgary and Toronto were the only two teams *not* to eclipse 300 yards on offense or 500 all-purpose yards last week.

•  Finally, Calgary’s Dan Federkeil was this week’s heaviest pass catcher at 316 pounds. You won’t be able to draft him for fantasy (or Fantaseh) football purposes, but that 21-yard catch was a thing of beauty.

– written by Travis Currah