Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 6)

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The CFL is quickly approaching the halfway mark of the season and teams are preparing to change their seasons, or keep them the same. Winnipeg and Edmonton faced off in a clash of the top two teams in the league with both surprisingly leading their conferences. Meanwhile Saskatchewan and B.C faced off in a battle of two of the worst teams in the league. The trends have continued as well with the Argos and their offence looking impossibly bad. During the dominance of the Argos Montreal QB Anthony Calvillo broke yet another record this time for most CFL career completions. Montreal had their tumble of two games but now they seem to be back to normal while the Argos don’t seem to be getting better anytime soon. In the other game of the week Hamilton tried to continue their strong play against the Calgary Stampeders who have not played up to their standard as of late. The Stamps finally got back to normal beating the Ti-Cats.

 

Swaggerville Shows Its Muscle

WPG 28 – 16 EDM

Winnipeg and Edmonton have both played their way from the bottom of the Eastern and Western Conferences but both have done it very differently. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were the bottom of the East last year but this year they have been able to pull off some great wins. They do this through pure defensive supremacy as they lead the league in sacks with Odell Willis leading the way. With this defence comes what the Bombers fans and players like to call Swaggerville at Canad Inns Stadium that has sold out all season. Edmonton was also the worst in their Conference last year but with a new coach and a new attitude went undefeated in the first 5 weeks. The Eskies did this not with defence, although they do have the #1 run defence, instead they did this with their powerful offence led by Ricky Ray. The two opposites faced off in week 6 to determine who is the best team in the CFL. The Eskies came out firing going ahead 11-1 in the first quarter as their leader Ricky Ray (17/28, 226 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT) and one of his favorite targets Jason Barnes (8 rec, 125 yds, 1 TD) went to work. After the first quarter the Bomber defence came to play and gave their offence the opportunity to score. The dagger came when Buck Pierce (20/27, 242 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) ran 48-yards for a TD that seemed to take the air out of the Eskies sideline. From there the Bomber defence went into shutdown mode as they intercepted Ray 3 times and sacked him 4 times. Winnipeg won the war of the conferences as Winnipeg improved to 5-1 and Edmonton fell to 5-1 suffering their first loss. Next week Edmonton will face another stiff test and see if they can recover from their first loss. They will travel to Montreal to face the two time defending champion Alouettes. Winnipeg will have a slightly less stiff test as they will face off against the worst team in the West when they travel to Vancouver to face the B.C. Lions.

 

Vancouver Finally Cheers

BC 24 – 11 SSK

After the two best teams in the league faced off the two worst teams in the league faced off to try and get their seasons back on track. B.C. was never meant to be the best this season but not winning a game in the first five seasons was not supposed to be their start. The Riders were even more surprising as they had been to the Grey Cup the last two years and were expected to have another good showing this season. That was until they only won one game in the first five weeks sending a panic throughout Rider Nation. Both of these teams were looking to begin the turnaround of their seasons and would hope do so against a team in the same situation. For the Lions receivers this game became a tryout for a spot on the squad as the Lions recently acquired Arland Bruce III from the Hamilton Tiger Cats. The one person that did not need to tryout was longtime Lion “Superman” aka Geroy Simon. Although he didn’t need to tryout he ended up have the best performance of the night. Simon (7 rec, 134 yds, 1 TD) led his Lions as he seemed determined to get the Lions their first win of the season. Darian Durant (25/36, 236 yds, 1 TD) attempted to lead his team like Simon did but he struggled to get the offence going. The Lions jumped out to an early lead as they went into the half up 20-10. The Touchdown to Chris Getzlaf (5 rec, 55 yds, 1 TD) was all that the Riders could earn as they struggled through the rest of the game. B.C. finally earned their first win of the season getting out of their slump of 5 straight games. They will look to continue this play with two good receivers as “Spiderman,” Arland Bruce III, will join Superman, Geroy Simon, against the Blue Bombers. It will not be an easy task as the Bombers will try to continue their successful season. The Riders will take on Calgary in order to try and get back to their old winning ways. For the Riders it is not looking good as the Stamps are beginning to get their offence back and are looking to make a run at the Eskimos.

 

Other Scores:

MTL 36 – 23 TOR

CGY 32 – 20 HAM

 

POW Awards:

Anthony Calvillo, QB (Offensive POW)

30/36

349 yds

1 TD

0 INT

 

Solomon Elimimian, LB (Defensive POW)

12 tkl

1 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

Larry Taylor, KR (Special Teams POW)

2 KR

58 yds

4 PR

63 yds

 

Jerome Messam, RB (Canadian POW)

8 rsh

50 yds

0 TD

0 F

 

Standings

Western Conference:

1. Edmonton Eskimos (5-1)

2. Calgary Stampeders (4-2)

3. B.C. Lions (1-5)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-5)

 

Eastern Conference:

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (5-1)

2. Montreal Alouettes (4-2)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (3-3)

4. Toronto Argonauts (1-5)

 

Next Week:

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal Alouettes (August 11th; 7:30 pm)

 

Calgary Stampeders vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (August 12th; 9:00 pm)

 

Toronto Argonauts vs. Hamilton Tiger Cats (August 13th; 7:00 pm)

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. B.C. Lions (August 13th; 10:00 pm)

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