Tuesday Morning QB (Week 7)

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The CFL is approaching the halfway mark of the season as Labour Day approaches and teams begin playing for the playoffs. With the halfway point coming the CFL is seeing the teams that seem most likely to make it as Edmonton and Winnipeg are beginning to come under fire by other great teams. Montreal had a small stumble of two games but still seem to be the team to beat in the CFL. Meanwhile Calgary has seemed to finally figure their offence out as they began to look closer to last year’s team. Meanwhile Edmonton and Winnipeg are looking to hold on to their top spots. As the top of the league is beginning to shape there are still a number of teams who haven’t figured it out yet and are struggling to stay above water. The Argos, Lions, and Riders are all 1-6 and look to be battling for the last playoff spot in the CFL but need to figure out their major issues and fill holes to be able to play in November.

Montreal Prove they are #1

MTL 27 – 4 EDM

Edmonton has been a major story in the CFL for 2011 as they have gone from worst to first in a year only losing one game to the other surprise team of the year, Winnipeg. Their true test came the week after their first loss for many reasons. First it was a way for Edmonton to recover from their first loss of the season and get back on track to completing their great year. The second was the fact that they were facing the two time Grey Cup Champion Montreal Alouettes. The Alouettes looked just as good as they did last year marching over every opponent until they met the Saskatchewan Roughriders for the second time. The Riders got the win, which was their first, and sent Montreal into a tailspin, at least a tailspin by Montreal standards as they lost two games in a row for the first time in years. The Als recovered and continued their strong play behind Anthony Calvillo as he looks towards multiple records including the all-time professional football passing yards record. Clavillo led his team yet again in a battle of two of the best teams in 2011. Throughout the game the Eskies looked completely outmatched by the veteran squad from Montreal. Anthony Calvillo (19/33, 261 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT) also earned more milestones becoming one of four QBs to ever throw for 400 touchdown passes joining Brett Favre, Dan Marino, and Warren Moon. Calvillo also reached the 70,000 yard marker as he took another step towards the passing record. With his performance Calvillo allowed his team to take over the game. The defence did exactly this as they punished Ricky Ray (21/32, 245 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT) and the Eskimo offensive line. The Montreal defence looked like they were trying to show the Blue Bombers that the #1 defence was in fact the Als. They earned 6 sacks against the Eskimos and prevented them from getting a TD. With the win Montreal proved that they are still the team to beat in the CFL while Edmonton might need to do some work to recover from two straight losses. Next week Montreal will have their bye week while the Eskimos will take on the struggling B.C. Lions as they try to stay atop the western conference.

Battle of QEW makes up for Labour Day Classic

HAM 37 – 32 TOR

The CFL schedule this year had a lot of weird changes to it that included the Argonauts on a three game road trip to start the season leaving them with one home game in the first month of the season. Another big mystery was the absence of the Labour Day Classic between Hamilton and Toronto. This game has been in the CFL schedule for years as every Labour Day weekend they have played but this year it will not be. So instead the Ti-Cats and the Argos moved this rivalry a couple weeks ahead of schedule. The Oldest rivalry in football went into it’s next chapter in week 7 as the Argos traveled down the QEW to Hamilton and tried to get their season back on track in the midst of a 5 game losing streak. Hamilton was looking to continue their comeback by going above .500. Cleo Lemon (26/36, 368 yds, 3 TD, 0 INT) had his best game since coming to the CFL in 2010 and the offence seemed to be much improved from previous games. The Ti-Cats were led by their double headed attack as Kevin Glenn (22/31, 310 yds, 2 TD, 0 INT) and Avon Cobourne (13 rsh, 61 yds, 1 TD) led the offence in a back and forth affair. The Argos offence played a bit better but in a game with a lot of weird plays the Ti-Cats were able to pull out the win. The Ti-Cats defence won the game for them as they were able to shut down the final drive of the Argos when they tried to come back in the 4th quarter. The Argos had a chance as they took the lead in the 4th but the Ti-Cats came back and scored to go ahead. With just under a minute left the Argos started marching down the field for a winning TD. They got to the 50 when they sent a bomb to Brandon Rideau (6 rec, 147 yds, 2 TD). He caught the ball but then lost it. Just before it went out of bounds the Ti-Cats touched it and ended the game. With the win Hamilton went above .500 and will take their bye week next week while the Argos look towards their third home game of the season against the struggling roughriders. With the Riders having issues it could be a chance for the Argos to get back in the win column before the halfway point of the season.


Other Scores:

CGY 45 – 35 SSK

WPG 30 – 17 BC


POW Awards:

Brandon Rideau, WR (Offensive  POW)

6 rec

147 yds

69 lng

2 TD


Chip Cox, LB (Defensive POW)

4 tkl

2 sck


2 FF


Sean Whyte, K (Special Teams POW)

4/4 FG

47 lng

2/2 XP

15 pts


Jabari Arthur, WR (Canadian POW)

7 rec

92 yds

23 lng

1 TD



Western Conference:

1. Edmonton Eskimos (5-2)

2. Calgary Stampeders (5-2)

3. B.C. Lions (1-6)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-6)


Eastern Conference:

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-1)

2. Montreal Alouettes (5-2)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (4-3)

4. Toronto Argonauts (1-6)


Next Week:

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Toronto Argonauts (Thursday August 18th; 7:30 pm)


B.C. Lions vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Friday August 19th; 9:00 pm)

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