White North Wednesday! Buffalo Bulls in the CFL

White North Wednesday is Bull Run's weekly look into the CFL and the Buffalo Bulls playing north of the border. The post is part informational and part weekly game thread.

Ottawa at Winnipeg (Drew Willy)

  • Last Week: Drew Willy was the shining star of the CFL last week, getting attention on both sides of the border as he led the Blue Bombers to a big win over preseason eastern division favorite Toronto.
  • This Week: The Blue bombers have a chance to start their season 2-0 for the first time in several years when they host Ottawa. The expansion Red Blacks are led by Henry Burris, a quarterback with 17 years of NFL and CFL experience. Last season Burris had an amazing year but he was released by Hamilton in favor of a younger Zach Collaros. Ottawa, who was reportedly looking at Willy in the expansion draft, snatched up Burris.
  • Expectation: I've been told it's rare in the CFL to see a team put up 40+ points in two straight games and Ottawa did not look like an expansion team during the preseason. The RedBlacks have an experienced roster that won't play like a new team. Willy and the Bombers will still prevail but in a much narrow fashion: Winnipeg 31 - Ottawa 17

B.C. (Ernest Jackson) at Montreal

  • Last Week: Jackson only had one catch for 38 yards last week but that was more due to bad passes than his ability to get open. His red zone circus catch in the first half set up a BC Lions touchdown.
  • This Week: Jackson should get the start again and hopefully the Lions find a way to protect Kevin Glenn long enough for the quarterback to better get through his reads. Montreal's defense is not as potent as Edmonton so if Jackson has a breakout game this could be it.
  • Expectation: Montreal is not going to be able to bring the pressure that Edmonton brought against Glenn. On the flip side Montreal put up a paltry eight points against Calgary so the BC defense should be able to contain the Alouettes: BC 23 - Montreal 13

Saskatchewan at Toronto (Natey Adjei)

  • Last Week: Adjei was so deep on the depth chart that he did not see the field against Winnipeg. At least I did not see him out there as I watched the game. He's a rookie and is going to have to earn good playing time.
  • This Week: Playing the defending Grey Cup Champions means that Toronto will likely not be in a position to play too many third string rookies. Adjei showed potential on special teams in the pre season so that may be where he starts to break onto the roster.
  • Expectation: The Roughriders looked like the defending CFL champions last week. The game was over by halftime. Meanwhile Toronto's defensive backfield was very suspect last week. The import heavy unit took bad angles in the endzone and it costs them dearly, there is no reason to think that Durant can't pick them apart like Willy did: Saskatchewan 35 - Toronto 24

Of note - The Toronto game is on ESPN2, not ESPN3

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Home Road

Winnipeg

Ottawa

D. Willy

Time 8:30 PM
TV ESPN3
Home Road

Montreal

BC


E. Jackson
Time 7:00 PM
TV ESPN3
Home Road

Toronto

Sask.

N. Adjei

Time 3:00 PM
TV ESPN2
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