Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 8)

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In the first of two bye weeks there were only two games and they were both very important. The Argos and the Riders faced off in a battle of one win teams as they both attempted to get their second win and try to turn their season around. Then the Eskies and the B.C. Lions met as two teams faced off as they passed each other on the season escalator. B.C. was looking to continue their climb and the Eskies were beginning to fall. As Labour Day approaches teams begin to prepare for the inevitable changes that come at the official midway point of the season. Labour Day has always been the turning point in every season as players that went to the NFL and didn’t make it begin to return and teams begin to prepare themselves for a playoff run. Coaches will be fired and maybe some GMs too as the teams that are playing below their expectations. The teams that don’t have that problem will be making sure they continue their success or add a few minor pieces in order to get ready of November. Be ready for a lot of movement that has already started thanks to one team’s lack of success on the field this year.

Argos Barely Stay Afloat

TOR 24 – 18 SSK

The Toronto Argonauts and Saksatchewan Roughriders have had terrible starts to the year as both have only been able to muster one win. The Argos got this first win in the first week as they started on a positive note. From then on it has been downhill as they went on a 6 game losing streak. After firing their defensive coordinator the Argos hoped to turn around their season but without a solid QB it has not been easy. The Riders started off bad from the very start not getting their first win against Montreal in week 4. As they faced off Toronto started off well getting out to a 14-0 lead in the first half. Cleo Lemon (20/28, 169 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT) led his team in the first half along with Cory Boyd (12 rsh, 45 yds, 2 TD). Then the second half started that was a complete opposite of the first. The Roughriders started off allowing Cory Boyd’s second TD but then shut the Argo offence down. Going into the 4th quarter the Riders offence showed some life. They scored a total of 17 points in the 4th quarter to the Argos’ 3. It came down to the last play as the Riders got within scoring distance and challenged Toronto. Darian Durant (31/44, 384 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT) threw the ball into the endzone twice trying to get that last TD but the Argos defence withstood. The Riders went down and the Argos finally got their second win of the year. With the loss the Riders made major changes as their new head coach Greg Marshall and offensive coordinator Doug Berry were fired. The Argos could not be very happy with their performance as they limped to the win. The Riders shot themselves in the foot by turning over the ball too many times and their coaches paid for it. The Argos and Riders will go to their bye weeks as the Riders learn their new offence and the Argos try to build on the win.

Eskies Continue to slide

BC 36 – 1 EDM

Much like the Argos and the Riders the B.C. Lions were looking to go beyond their one win that they earned two weeks ago. The Lions have been in dire straits until week 6 when they beat the Riders. Edmonton has been having the opposite type of season as they started this year with a 5 game win streak. Then they met the beasts of the east in Winnipeg and Montreal starting a 2 game losing streak. The Eskies were looking to snap out of it against a team that was just beginning to find themselves. The Eskimos would not have it too easy as they would be missing four of their starting wide receivers forcing Ricky Ray (11/19, 81 yds, 0 TD, 3 INT) to throw to a lot of inexperienced receiver. With their strength gone the Eskies did not come out very well being shut out by the Lions except for a Rouge. The Lions offence finally looked like the offence that many people expected. Behind the arm of Travis Lulay (22/37, 343 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT) and with the help of a great performance by newcomer Arland Bruce (9 rec, 129 yds, 2 TD) the Lions dominated one of the early favorites in the CFL. The Lions got out to an early lead and never looked back beating the Eskies 36-1 mainly through the air. With all of the struggles early in the season it seems that the Lions may be back to being competitive. They are not the best team but they are looking like they can start to compete in the West as they head to the bye week. With the win their longtime coach Wally Buono is also safe after rumours that his job may be on the line. The Eskimos are on the other end as they will go into the bye week not so much threatening job loss but they will have to figure out how to win and snap their 3 game losing streak. The halfway point is approaching and the trends at the start of the season are beginning to change and new story lines will begin to form as the CFl creeps closer to the postseason.

POW Awards

Arland Bruce, WR (Offensive POW)

9 rec

129 yds

21 lng

2 TD

 

Aaron Hunt, DT (Defensive POW)

5 tkl

3 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

Noel Prefontaine, K (Special Teams POW)

3/3 FG

47 lng

2/2 XP

12 pts

 

Chris Getzlaf, WR (Canadian POW)

4 rec

123 yds

70 lng

1 TD

 

Standings

Western Conference:

1. Calgary Stampeders (5-2)

2. Edmonton Eskimos (5-3)

3. B.C. Lions (2-6)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (1-7)

 

Eastern Conference:

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (6-1)

2. Montreal Alouettes (6-1)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (4-3)

4. Toronto Argonauts (2-6)

 

Next Week:

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday August 26th; 8:00 pm)

 

Montreal Alouettes vs. Calgary Stampeders (Saturday August 27th; 4:00 pm)

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