Calgary Stampeders defence getting the job done so far

Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes has been a major player in a defence that has allowed one...

Defensive lineman Charleston Hughes has been a major player in a defence that has allowed one touchdown so far this season.

SCOTT MITCHELL, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

A win is a win.

At least that’s what the Calgary Stampeders will tell you.

It’s hard to argue with that logic.

The Red & White are 3-0 for the first time in 14 years.

And the Stamps have won two of the three outings, including Friday’s 10-7 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, without the league’s best player.

But the absence of Jon Cornish is starting to take its toll.

Tabbies defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer put together an effective gameplan that gave the visitors a chance to steal a game that many thought would be a blowout.

The Cats often rushed three and dropped everyone else into coverage, frustrating Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.

It was not the finest performance by the first-year starter, who improved to 6-0 in his young career.

Mitchell struggled with the deep ball, over-throwing numerous targets, and seemed to lack touch on his short throws as well, finishing 20-for-35 for 201 yards.


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