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Quarterback Index: Matty Ice brings the fire

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The CFL.ca Quarterback Index is a weekly power ranking of quarterbacks across the CFL. The ranking reflects recent performance, historical value, statistical indicators, team success and overall on-field evaluation.

TORONTO — As everyone watched Mike Reilly, his counterpart stole the show in Week 1.

Matt Nichols started the new season off right, throwing three touchdown passes in a 33-23 season-opening win for the Bombers.

In a battle of two West Division heavyweights, it was a strong statement for Nichols and the Bombers, who many consider the favourite to win the 107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.

Trevor Harris dominated in his Eskimos debut, throwing for 447 yards and three touchdowns on 78 per cent passing, while Dominique Davis and Jeremiah Masoli also led their teams to victory.

Still, one headline in Week 1 was about quarterbacks who struggled. While Reilly’s debut with the Lions didn’t go as planned, Stamps quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell was held off the scoreboard in the entire second half vs. the REDBLACKS.

Together, Reilly and Mitchell, widely considered the league’s top two quarterbacks, combined to complete just 58 per cent of their passes, threw more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2), and compiled a quarterback rating of........