REGINA – A victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders will always feel good for the Calgary Stampeders.
But a 37-10 win if you are listed as the big underdog and your starting quarterback is missing, starting to run back and defending a group with tons of new names?
Yes, the Stampeders (2-1) felt themselves Saturday night.
Here is a lot of observations from Saturday's big win:
1. TRE, TRE, TRE
It is best to just get rid of this, but Tre Roberson is no longer a star in the CFL. He's a star.
His two interceptions on Saturday brought his season to five in just three games.
That's just as many interceptions as Anthony Orange at the end of last year when he led the competition.
Technically, Roberson is on track to destroy the CFL record for interceptions in a season – Al Brenner keeps that record with 15 in 1972 – and would close the year with 30 if he holds out.
That of course does not happen. Opposite QB's will stop throwing the ball in its direction.
But somehow Stamps fans have the opportunity to see the best boundary corner of the competition play at an incredibly high level, week in week and week out. That is exciting.
His wife could also give birth "any time", so there is a very good chance that his two interceptions will not even be the most exciting part of Roberson's week.
2. OK WITH ARBUCKLE
After arriving for the final two discs of the Stampeders comeback, the B.C. Lions wins last week, Nick Arbuckle took over the starting quarters on Saturday.
He was excellent, and anyone who ticks the Stamps because they put Bo Levi Mitchell on the list of six-player injuries is likely to reconsider that thought.
Arbuckle completed 19-of-22 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
He seemed calm and composed in the bag, went through his books and made good decisions. No one should compare him to Mitchell, but everything we've seen from Arbuckle so far suggests that the Stamps can win some games with him at QB.
He also saved his best for last, as his touchdown turned to Eric Rogers and Reggie Begelton showed in the second half that he had a serious killer instinct.
With Mitchell in most of the summer, the Stamps get a good, long look at Arbuckle. The early returns are encouraging.
3. O-LINE IMPROVEMENTS
When the offensive line plays poorly, everyone notices.
When the device plays well, it tends to open the remainder of the attack and the O-line is overshadowed.
On Saturday, the attacking linens from Stamps played exceptionally well and made a big step forward from two shaky performances to start the season.
"The attacking line refused their ass," says Stamps, walking back on Ka & # 39; Deem Carey. "I'm telling you now, this o-line is one of the best. You'll see when we get into the season."
Compensated against a star-studded and heavily hyped Riders d-line, the boys on the Stampeders offensive line rose to the occasion. They opened holes for the running ridges and gave Arbuckle time and space to work.
4. D-LINE STEPS ON, ALSO
It has been a hell of a start to the season for the Stampers d-line.
Leaning on new faces on the way to the training camp, the unit was struck by a series of long-term injuries that Stamps President / GM John Hufnagel had done by deploying transactions and free agents to make sure they had enough bodies to play.
However, the d-line improved enormously on Saturday.
Cordarro Law, Mike Rose and Chris Casher combined for four bags, while newcomer Jabar Westerman fitted well in his first game.
You win football matches in the trenches and despite all the injuries the Stamps d-line did everything that was asked on Saturday night.
5. RUN GAME ON THE RAIL
On the way to Saturday's game, the Stamps were on average 36.5 rushing yards per game.
Against the Riders, they combined for 129 yards on the ground, even with Don Jackson walking back outside with a concussion.
Now, a large part of it is the job that the attack line has opened. It would be unfair to say they were better without Jackson. He has not had the space to work that Ka & Deem Carey and Terry Williams did in this win.
But the one-two combo looked dangerous for the Stamps. Williams brings the speed and Carey is great and loves contact – although he is also quite daring there – and if the Stamps defend both boys, it will make life very difficult for opponents.
6. LINEBACKERS BY POINT
Calm down, Cory Greenwood leads the CFL in tackles, with 25.
The Linebacker of Stamps has a different skill than Alex Singleton, but he proves that the Calgary crew can survive without the 2017 CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player.
On Saturday the Stamps had to play without linebacker Wynton McManis, who has some fluid in his knee. Nate Holley stepped in to replace McManis and Holley and Greenwood combined for 14 defensive tackles and were a big part of the reason Riders who went back to William Powell ran only 50 yards on 14 carriers.
By the way, Fraser Sopik had four tackles and his own pocket, and it looks like he's really going to be an impact maker.
7. WHO ARE THESE BOYS?
With the exception of Roberson and Jamar Wall, the Stampers had a group of defensive backs, all of which were essentially in their first year as regular starters.
If there were concerns about that before the kick-off – and there was, believe me – there must be optimism now.
Robertson Daniel looks like a real find and picked up his first interception.
Raheem Wilson moved to halfback and impressed, while DaShaun Amos and Royce Metchie will play a lot of football this year.
Afterwards the defending back coach Josh Bell tweeted that he wanted to see even more improvement, but he must be happy with the steps they have already taken.
8. BEGELTON UNCOMMONABLE
For the season, I chose Reggie Begelton to become a CFL all-star this season.
He didn't explode out of the gate in the first two games of the Stamps, but the 25-year-old really started on Saturday with 102 receiving places.
His 76-yard touchdown was the nail in the chest of the Riders.
Make no mistake, Begelton is going to make an impact this year.
9. STAY CHECK
It is worth asking whether the Stampeders have proven how good they are on Saturday or whether they have proven how much work the riders have to do.
It is probably a bit of both, to be honest.
The riders are now 1-3 of the season, with their only win against the brutal, winless Toronto Argonauts.
However, you can only defeat the opponent placed in front of you, and the Stampers placed a beating on the riders.
A bigger test will start next year when the Stamps visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and we will have a much better idea of how good this team can be after that time.
10. A BACK
Maybe it's due to the injuries or the way the Stamps played prior to the final three minutes of their victory over the B.C. Lions last weekend, but so far there has been a lot of doom and gloom around the team this year.
With the victory over the Riders, however, they are now 2-1 of the season and are only one game back from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the West Division division.
It is a long, long season and there is no reason to draw too many conclusions from three games, but anyone who expects the Stamps to go softly into the night can probably begin to adjust that expectation now.