Tuesday Morning QB (Week 1)

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The CFL season officially kicked off this Canada Day weekend as teams finally got to the real games on their way to the Grey Cup. There was plenty to talk about as it was the first chance to see the changes on each team and how they will look in the regular season. The biggest talk surrounded the apparent power shift to the Eastern Division. With Ricky Ray and Henry Burris moving from West to East many believed that the East would be the division to beat. Instead the West seems to be the division to beat after going 4-0 against the East in the first week. As the West dominated in week 1 one western division player asserted his dominance among all receivers. Geroy Simon has done everything a receiver can do in the CFL but coming into the 2012 season he was within reach of one more massive accomplishment. As Simon stepped in to B.C. Place for the 2012 season he stood 67 yards away from the all-time CFL receiving yards record. It seemed almost too close for Simon not to get but the Lions would be taking on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who kept Simon under 60 yards in two meetings last year. It was no guarantee that Simon would move past Milt Stegall as Simon would gain a lot of focus from a very good secondary. Although the Bombers did not seem to have the same defence that dominated in 2011 the one thing that remained unchanged was the secondary led by defensive MOP Jovon Johnson. Johnson and the secondary had one focus in the opening game as they looked to shut down Simon and force him to continue his pursuit of the record. For the Bombers their plan seemed to work as they were able to shut down the future hall of famer for the majority of the game. They were not able to stop him completely though as he slowly climbed up the yardage ladder with small passes in the first half. By the time the second half rolled around Simon was only 17 yards away from the record but was still struggling to find space on the field. Just under five minutes into the fourth quarter Simon finally broke through to break the record in true wide receiver style. The play seemed to be a bit of a planned play to get Simon the ball as the Lions were able to draw the defence forward as Simon streaked down the field. Simon got a pass from Travis Lulay and dodged a few tackles where finishing off the play 56 yards from the line of scrimmage. The game stopped and the home town fans roared as they congratulated their hero known as Superman for breaking Milt Stegall’s Record. Simon surpassed the 15,153 yards that Stegall had before he retired totaling 15,192 by the end of the game. The only question now is how much more can he put on the board with an entire season ahead of him. Many will speculate that Simon will retire after this year but according to Simon he has no plans of retiring anytime soon as he feels great. This means at least a few more seasons of watching Superman put distance between himself and the rest of the CFL. He will likely not be able to reach the pro football record of over 22,000 career yards that is currently held by Jerry Rice but he will go down as the top receiver in the CFL. Simon will continue to grow his legend as he continues on in 2012 with an offence that looked good in week 1. If Simon can continue his pace of recent years he could put this record at an unreachable level as he will continue to pile up the yards this year.

 

Four Quarters:

(Four Quick Thoughts on Week 1)

The Riders Impressive:

The Riders offence looked unstoppable showing that experience between a QB, Darian Durant, and WR, Weston Dressler, is extremely valuable.

 

Trouble in the Peg:

The Bombers were looking good on paper but then their line fell apart which will be an issue in Winnipeg with Buck Pierce already hurting after week 1.

 

New Look, Same Argos:

The Argos proved that no matter how many stars you add to your team if you do not teach discipline you will not win a game.

 

Stamps Seal it for the West:

The Stampeders but doubters away as they proved that the power had not shifted to the East when they were able to easily handle the Alouettes.

 

CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:

1. Montreal Alouettes (0)

2. Toronto Argonauts (0)

3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (0)

4. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0)

 

Western Division:

1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (2)

2. B.C. Lions (2)

3. Edmonton Eskimos (2)

4. Calgary Stampeders (2)

 

CFL Players of the Week:
Offensive POW:

Darian Durant, QB (Saskatchewan Roughriders)

25/34

390 yds

4 TD

0 INT

 

Defensive POW:

JC Sherritt, LB (Edmonton Eskimos)

11 tkl

0 sck

0 INT

1 FF

 

Special Teams POW:

Grant Shaw, K (Edmonton Eskimos)

4/4 FG

44 lng

1/1 XP

13 pts

 

Canadian POW:

Jon Cornish, RB (Calgary Stampeders)

18 rsh

86 yds

2 TD

0 F


Scores:

Saskatchewan Roughriders 43 – 16 Hamilton Tiger-Cats

– The Ti-Cats had all of the talk about their offence in the preseason with Henry Burris and Andy Fantuz joining forces but it was Darian Durant and Weston Dressler who stole the show in week one teaming up for three TDs

 

B.C. Lions 33 – 16 Winnipeg Blue Bombers

– The Grey Cup rematch had a familiar tone as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers could not click on offence, especially after Buck Pierce went down, and the Lions were able to dominate both defensively and offensively

 

Edmonton Eskimos 19 – 15 Toronto Argonauts

– Ricky Ray made his return to Edmonton for the first time since being traded in the offseason but it was his trade counterparts who stole the show as Stephen Jyles and Grant Shaw impressed in their first home game giving the Eskies the win

 

Calgary Stampeders 38 – 10 Montreal Alouettes

– The Montreal Alouettes looked like a shadow of themselves in their opener as Anthony Calvillo could not dominate as usual while Drew Tate began his first official year starting in great form

 

Next Week:

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Montreal Alouettes (Friday July 6th; 7:00 pm ET)

– Both the Bombers and the Alouettes started off their seasons in a bad way but one team will get their first win this year while the Bombers will try to do so with a struggling line that has already hurt starting QB Buck Pierce

 

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. B.C. Lions (Friday July 6th; 10:00 pm ET)

– The Tiger-Cats will look to get that new look high-powered offence back on track in week two as they take on the defending Grey Cup Champions who are looking even better than last year behind Travis Lulay

 

Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts (Saturday July 7th; 3:00 pm ET)

– The Argonauts looked to get in a rhythm at the end of their first game and they hope to continue this and stop the penalties in their opener against a powerful offence led by Drew Tate and Jon Cornish

 

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Sunday July 4th; 7:00 pm ET)

– The Roughriders were extremely impressive in week 1 as they look to bounce back from a terrible 2011 season and will try to continue their momentum against the Eskimos who were also impressive in their opening game

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