Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 12)

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The comebacks are in full swing in the CFL after week 12 with two of the worst teams in the first half of the season are quickly becoming the best. The Saskatchewan Roughriders were coming off of their second season in a row making it to the Grey Cup. The two losses seemed to be making them think too much as they could only manage one win in the first half going 1-7 before the Labour Day Weekend. It didn’t bode well for the defending Western Conference champions as they looked to be out of the playoffs after two years of great play. The Riders changed their coaching as they fired their new head coach Greg Marshall and brought back their coach from the last two seasons Ken Miller who had retired from coaching to enter the head office. Since the change the Riders are 3-0 and beginning to climb back into the Western Conference race. Meanwhile they are being challenged by the B.C. Lions who started their season 2-6 but began to turn things around near Labour Day. The addition of Arland Bruce to a receiving corps with Geroy Simon and a lot of players that had not played before 2011 helped the offence find their rhythm. Meanwhile the Lions defence has quickly become one of the best in the league as they have been able to shut down everyone on their way up the Western Conference. The East was looking to be the most competitive but in the second half it seems like the West is back to their wild ways.

Riders Continue the Comeback

SSK 30 – 20 TOR

The Riders have been one of the hottest teams in the second half going undefeated since Labour Day as Ken Miller has made a big impact for Rider Nation. The Riders seem to be a new team since Miller came in to the head coaching role again and they will need to almost run the table if they hope to win the West and will need to continue their performances to make the playoffs. Meanwhile in the East the Toronto Argonauts were wishing that they could have the type of second half the Riders are having. Only winning 2 games so far the Argos were hoping that a change a QB would turn their season around as Cleo Lemon was released and Stephen Jyles was brought back from the injury list. The defences were on display in the first quarter as both teams could not get going on offence with a few good plays but only Noel Prefontaine (4/4 FG, 1/1 XP, 14 pts) getting any point as the Argos went up 9-0. It wasn’t until the end of the half that Darian Durant (21/34, 279 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT) got on the board marching the offence down the field and throwing the first TD of the game to Chris Getzlaf (7 rec, 170 yds, 1 TD). The Boatmen finally got on the board with their offence at the end of the 3rd quarter as Stephen Jyles (19/33, 254 yds, 1 TD, 2 INT) led the team down the field for the 19-17 lead. The riders defence then ended anything else as they were able to put the ball in the offence’s hands for the win. The winning play came on the foot of Chris Milo (3/3 FG, 3/3 XP, 12 pts) who was able to nail the winning field goal continuing the Riders winning streak, now at 3 games, and ending the Argos chance at getting their first win in a long time. The Riders will look to win 4 games in a row as they will face off against another very hot team in the B.C. Lions. The Argos will be in tough as they go against the top team in the East in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Bombers remain the Top Dog

WPG 25 – 23 MTL

Winnipeg has become the team to beat in the East and they have been beat many times in the last few weeks. Their defence has not looked as good as they were in the beginning of the season while the QB Buck Pierce has continued to get hammered and miss time due to injury. Meanwhile the former beasts of the East have had a strange season where they have looked unbeatable at times but then have looked very unorganized at other moments. In week 12 the Alouettes and Bombers faced off to settle the battle for the top of the East. The Alouettes were coming off a big blowout win at home against the Tiger Cats while the Bombers were coming off of a loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders where Buck Pierce was hit out of the game. Pierce () returned to play against Montreal and was able to guide his team as he led the Bombers to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter. The Als took advantage of a few mistakes by the Bombers as Anthony Calvillo () mounted a comeback getting their first TD and tying up the game. The half ended with a Bomber field goal as the Bombers were leading 18-14. In the second half the defences took over as the Bombers could only muster one more TD and the Alouettes’ attempt at a comeback was cut short by the Bombers D. The Bombers took the win mainly thanks to a failed two-point conversion that put the Als just behind rather than tied. With the win the Bombers took over the top spot in the East as they separated themselves from the defending champs. Next week the Bombers will travel to Toronto and take on a struggling team and look to continue to assert their dominance in the East. The Alouettes will go to Edmonton and look to recover from the loss against the Eskimos who are looking to end their season on a strong note.

Other Scores

EDM 38 – 23 HAM

BC 32 – 19 CGY

 

POW Awards

Buck Pierce, QB (Offensive POW)

20/29

312 yds

2 TD

1 INT

 

Chris McKenzie, DB (Defensive POW)

3 tkl

1 sck

1 INT

1 TD

 

Noel Prefontaine, K (Special Teams POW)

4/4 FG

41 lng

1/1 XP

14 pts

 

Jerome Messam, RB (Canadian POW)

15 rsh

139 yds

2 TD

0 Fum

 

Standings:

Western Conference:

1. Edmonton Eskimos (7-4)

2. Calgary Stampeders (7-4)

3. B.C. Lions (5-6)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-7)

 

Eastern Conference:

1. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (8-3)

2. Montreal Alouettes (6-5)

3. Hamilton Tiger Cats (5-6)

4. Toronto Argonauts (2-9)

 

Next Week:

Montreal Alouettes vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Fri. Sept. 23rd; 9:00 pm)

 

B.C. Lions vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Sat. Sept. 24th; 4:00 pm)

 

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Toronto Argonauts (Sat. Sept. 24th; 7:00 pm)

 

Calgary Stampeders vs. Hamilton Tiger Cats (Sun. Sept. 25th; 1:00 pm) [Touchdown Atlantic]

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