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Friday Night Football saw the Ottawa Redblacks hosting East Division rival the Montreal Alouettes. Montreal's visit to the Capital also marks the return of a fan favorite defensive Back Jovon Deuce Johnson who left Ottawa and joined the Alouettes as a free agent. While in Ottawa for two years he became one of the leaders of the group known as DBlock, he enjoyed much success, mentored the younger DB's and became a fan favourite. The Alouettes have a very good defensive core and put pressure on Qb Henry Burris all night sacking him seven times. The offence for the Alouettes caught fire with Kevin Glenn connecting for five touchdowns. In front of a record crowd at TD Place stadium of 24,907 fans the home team played dreadfully after a 13 day break. The Redblacks have to regroup quickly and forget the thrashing at the hands of the Alouettes 43-19 and get prepared for the BC Lions who are coming to town on Thursday August 25th.
Saturday Night Football in the Capital. In front of a sold out crowd at TD Place stadium 24,569 fans witnessed the Edmonton Eskimos fall to the Redblacks for the second time this season. Ottawa looking to rebound from two straight losses both of which could have easily been wins for the third year franchise but penalties and missed opportunities left many wondering where has our Grey Cup contender gone. The team came out with something to prove, inside the locker room the players and staff know they have something special and can count on one another to do their part. The game remained close all night long with the offence on both sides looking to put up the kind of points they did in the first meeting this year, it wasn't to be as tonight the Defence ruled the field. The defensive line could be seen putting pressure on quarterback Mike Reilly who took a lot of hits and showed his toughness. With less than 4 minutes remaining in the game Henry Burris led the offence on a 7 play 78 yard drive to tie the game at 20. With the game tied and the clock winding down Jermaine Robinson intercepted Mike Reilly and returned it 49 yards to the Eskimos 24, two plays later kicker Chris Milo put the Redbalcks ahead 23-20 and just like that, Ottawa heads into the bye week with the win and first place in the East division.
Friday Night Football in the Capital. The Ottawa Redblacks started the 2016 season on the road for the first two games where they beat the Edmonton Eskimos and Montreal Alouettes. Week 3 of the CFL season has Ottawa at home for their Home Opener to face the Calgary Stampeders. The Redblacks have not lost a home opener and are looking to keep this streak alive. The sold out stadium at TD Place had the more than 24,600 fans on their seat most of the game but in the end they were all left with mixed emotions for the first time since 2009 a CFL football game ended in a tie 26-26. The players and coaches as well as the fans will likely dwell and talk about the multiple missed opportunities that could have sealed the win. The Redblacks are currently the only undefeated team in the CFL after week 3 posting a record of 2-0-1.