Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 17)

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The playoff teams are established but the playoffs are far from figured out as the battle continues to rage for positions. The importance of these positions is critical as teams have now gone through 17 weeks with one week off. They have played 8 straight weeks until this point and will play a total of 10 straight weeks straight when the season is over. This gives the teams extra incentive to earn a bye week in the first weekend of the playoffs. No team wants this first round bye more than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers are one of the best stories in the CFL this year as they finished in last place in the Eastern Conference last year but have become one of the best this year. They have done this through their defence who leads the league in sacks and has been able to shut down the best offences in the league. Along with their defence they have leaned on their QB Buck Pierce. Pierce is known for his rough style and his ability to run the ball. The biggest knock against him is that when he does run he refuses to go down more often than not and ends up getting hit hard. This has caused a lot of injuries and Pierce has rarely finished full season due to these injuries. This year is no different as Pierce is banged up again and has struggled to play an entire game with Alex Brink filling in. The Bombers will need Pierce if they hope to win the grey Cup this year and winning the East would give Pierce an opportunity to heal up before the playoffs start. Of course Montreal is standing in their way as the defending Grey Cup Champions have looked stronger than last year but are in a tight battle with the bombers that could go down to the last week. The West is no different as three teams are looking to earn first place and the top spot has a different team every week. With the essential bye at risk the teams will all be fighting to the last two weeks to see who will earn this spot.

 

Bombers Win with the Wind

WPG 26 – 25 MTL

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are on a tear this season playing the best football in Winnipeg for a long time. Meanwhile the Alouettes are good as usual and have become favorites to three-peat at the grey Cup. The one obstacle in their way is the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who have stuck around the top of the Eastern Conference all year. With the Alouettes coming into the game one game above the Bombers a win would have given them the first place spot and a first round bye in the playoffs with two weeks left in the season. The Bombers had to win to even up the records and to take the season series and ensure that they would get the bye if the records were tied at the end of the season. With this in mind the teams faced off in week 17 as they both looked to fight for their playoff position. The game started off badly for the Als as Anthony Calvillo () threw an interception on the first possession. Off of this turnover the Bombers went to work as Buck Pierce () passed to Greg Carr () opening the scoring. The Allouettes could not respond with much as the Bombers defence got to Calvillo and forced the Als to kick a field goal. Trading small scores the teams went to the locker rooms at halftime with a 10-9 score in favour of the Bombers. The Alouettes offence finally got in sync in the 3rd quarter as Calvillo led his team down the field and had a lot of help from Brandon Whitaker(). The Als began to pull ahead of the Bombers in the 3rd quarter as they seemed to finally get into their rhythm. With the score 22-10 for the Als they got another opportunity to go ahead off of a terrible punt that went 6 yards and gave the Als a short field. Calvillo could not get the team in the endzone as they settled for another field goal by Sean Whyte (). The 3rd quarter ended with the Als on top 25-10. In the 4th the Bombers mounted their comeback and got a spark off of an interception that set up a TD by Chris Garrett () to put the Bombers within 5 points. The Bombers began marching on their last possession within 2 minutes and Pierce went down as they handed the ball to Alex Brink () in the final minute. Brink came in inside the 5 yard line and ran the option to Chris Garrett for the go-ahead TD. After missing the 2-point conversion the Bombers gave the ball back to Montreal who only needed a field goal to win the game. Calvillo and the offence failed to march down the field again as the Bombers took the win and first place in the East. With the win the Bombers took the season series 2-1 and will need to keep the same record as the Alouettes and they will get the first round bye. The Alouettes will now have to hoppe for a Bombers loss while they win if they want o take the first place spot. They will start this against the Calgary Stampeders as the Stamps will also be looking to gain a spot atop their conference. Meanwhile the Bombers will take on the Struggling but scrappy Argos to gain some insurance on their 1st place spot.

 

B.C. Runs out of Steam

HAM 42 – 10 BC

The B.C. Lions have been the hottest team in the CFL in the second half of the season as they have gone on an 8 game winning streak. This streak has launched the Lions into the forefront of the Western Conference where they have become favorites to play the Grey Cup at home. The Tiger Cats on the other hand are limping into the playoffs as they clinched last week with a Saskatchewan loss. These two teams faced off as the Lions looked to extend their winning streak and the Tiger Cats looked to get back to a hot streak entering the playoffs. The game opened with two Ti-Cat field goals putting them ahead 6-0. The Lions then went to work as they got in a groove and marched down the field that ended in a Travis Lulay () TD pass to Geroy Simon (). With the score 10-9 at the end of the first half in favour of B.C. the Ti-Cats blocked a punt and ran a QB sneak into the endzone to take the lead at the half by a score of 16-10. With Quinton Porter () in at QB the Ti-Cats continued to struggle but Justin Medlock () pulled through bailing his offence out with 7 total field goals. The Lions offence was even worse however as they continued to be shutdown by the Ti-Cats defence. The Ti-Cats finally got their offence going in the 3rd quarter as Porter threw a TD pass to Bakari Grant (). From then on the Ti-Cats never looked back adding another field goal and a defensive TD off of an interception. The Lions could not get anything going with only one TD to show for the game and nothing else. The Ti-Cats offence was not too much better as Medlock was the star of this game hitting 7 field goals to put the Ti-Cats up and snap the streak. The Lions will still make the playoffs even with the loss and are more than fine in their attempt to get first place in the West. The Ti-Cats got back to .500 as they prepare for the semi-finals against either the Montreal Alouettes or Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Next week the Lions will try to prevent a cold streak heading into the playoffs when they take on the Edmonton Eskimos who are currently sitting in first place. The Ti-Cats will take on the struggling Saskatchewan Roughriders as they look to get hot into the playoffs and make a run at the Grey Cup.

 

Other Scores:

EDM 31 – 24 TOR

CGY 25 – 13 SSK

 

POW Awards:

Ricky Ray, QB (Offensive POW)

17/29

347 yds

2 TD

0 INT

 

Jason Vega, LB (Defensive POW)

4 tkl

2 sck

0 INT

0 FF

 

Justin Medlock, K (Special Teams POW)

7/7 FG

48 lng

3/3 XP

24 pts

 

Jerome Messam, RB (Canadian POW)

19 rsh

115 yds

0 TD

2 F

 

Standings:

Western Conference:

1. x-Edmonton Eskimos (10-6)

2. x-B.C. Lions (9-7)

3. x-Calgary Stampeders (9-7)

4. Saskatchewan Roughriders (4-12)

 

Eastern Conference:

1. x-Winnipeg Blue Bombers (10-6)

2. x-Montreal Alouettes (10-6)

3. x-Hamilton Tiger Cats (8-8)

4. Toronto Argonauts (4-12)

 

x- Clinched Playoff Spot

 

Next Week:

Toronto Argonauts vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Oct. 28th; 8:00 pm)

 

Hamilton Tiger Cats vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Oct. 29th; 3:00 pm)

 

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions (Oct. 29th; 10:00 pm)

 

Calgary Stampeders vs. Montreal Alouettes (Oct. 30th; 1:00 pm)

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