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CFL: Cody Fajardo gaining confidence as Roughriders visit Lions

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For Cody Fajardo, it was the bounceback performance he and the Saskatchewan Roughriders needed.

The subject of heavy criticism by fans after consecutive losses to Winnipeg, Fajardo led Saskatchewan to a 30-16 home win last week over Toronto by throwing for 212 yards and two touchdowns while running for 58 yards and a third major.

Fajardo and the Roughriders aim to make it consecutive wins Friday night when they travel to Vancouver for a West Division matchup with the B.C. Lions.

According to Fajardo, he experienced serious doubts about his abilities after the team’s 23-8 and 33-9 defeats at the Blue Bombers’ hands earlier this month. Fajardo tossed a total of four interceptions in the losses and was lifted during the second matchup for backup Isaac Harker.

“I was down in the dumps pretty bad,” Fajardo said to the Regina Leader-Post. “Obviously, I wasn’t going on social media. It’s just a tough place to be when I try to be so positive. It’s going to happen, I get it, but we have feelings too.

“To pull yourself out of it, you just have to have a game where you can go back and tell yourself you’re confident. … Hopefully, we can win more football games so I can make everybody happy. If I could do that, that would be my main goal.”

While Fajardo looks to string together consecutive solid games, B.C. looks to stretch its winning streak to four games. It’s coming off a 27-18 victory Saturday in Montreal that saw its quarterback, Michael Reilly, carve up the Alouettes to the tune of 21 of 25 passing for 308 yards and two touchdowns.

Lucky Whitehead was his top target, grabbing six passes for 133 yards and a 75-yard score. The defense gave up a whopping 453 yards but never let Montreal in the end zone. All its points came off six field goals.

Both teams enter with 4-2 records, a game and a half behind first-place Winnipeg.

–Field Level Media

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