Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 3)

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The League has come through three weeks and some themes are starting to emerge throughout the CFL. The running backs are beginning to take over the league while defences struggle to stop anything. Meanwhile the Saskatchewan Roughriders are dominating the league while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats took three weeks to get their first win. It has been an interesting three weeks in the CFL and although there are themes arising there is still a lot to be seen. Will the Riders continue to dominate? Can Hamilton show they are a good team? Can the Argos find their Defence? Will the Bombers continue to stifle teams and QBs? All of these questions will be answered within time as the season progresses further but there is one question that might be the toughest to figure out. The Montreal Alouettes have been the dynasty of the CFL and although they have only won 2 Grey Cups in the last 10 years they have always been in the hunt. The East Division has been ruled by the Alouettes for years as they have finished first almost 5 years out of the last ten. With Anthony Calvillo under centre the Alouettes are always contenders in the CFL and are always a dangerous team. This year they were under a bit of a cloud of uncertainty as longtime coach Marc Trestman had moved on to coach the Chicago Bears. This left the Als with a choice to make as they would decide their next coach to try to continue their dominance of the East. They would look to the US once again and hire Dan Hawkins to replace Trestman. Many expected the Alouettes to have a slow start to the season with a new coach but nobody thought it would be this slow. The Alouettes had some questions on defence and special teams before Hawkins took over but the one thing the new head coach did not need to look at too hard was the offence. Led by Anthony Calvillo, SJ Green, Jamel Richardson, and new addition Arland Bruce the Montreal offence was going to be something that Hawkins can lean on. So far this year the Montreal offence has been one of the worst in the league as they have struggled to get anything going. Anthony Calvillo has only thrown 3 TDs in three weeks and has only earned 590 passing yards putting him in 6th place in the CFL. Calvillo is hardly to blame though as he has been under fire the entire time he has lined up under centre. Against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the first two weeks Calvillo would be sacked 8 times. He would be sacked another two times this week against the Calgary Stampeders. The line for the Alouettes has been bad and the running game is almost non-existent. It has been a puzzling issue for the Alouettes as they never made any major changes in the offseason besides the head coach. The offence remains fairly the same aside from adding Arland Bruce III as another weapon for Calvillo. With no changes on a good offence a lot of the struggles have been linked to the only change of the year. Dan Hawkins has taken the brunt of the blame for the Alouettes’ struggles and there is not much argument against it as people struggle to find what is wrong with this team. The blame will always fall on the most recent big change and that, for Montreal, is Dan Hawkins. There is still plenty of time for the Alouettes to turn this season around but if they continue down this path and cannot fix their offence this could be a rare bad season for the team and there will be one man at the top of the list for who to blame even if it is much more complicated than one man.

 

Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 3)

Smilin’ Hank Moves up
Henry Burris would finally lead the Ti-Cats to a win this season and he would do it in style when he threw his 2nd TD pass of the game to move him into 4th place all-time for TD passes tying Matt Dunigan with 306 touchdowns

Another Start for Glenn
Kevin Glenn would lead the Calgary Stampeders to the Grey Cup last year when Drew Tate went down with an ankle injury in week two and now a year later Glenn would step in once again as Drew Tate would go down last week as Glenn gets another chance at the starting job

The Sack Attack
The CFL has seen an alarming rate of defensive dominance at the line so far this year as even with week 1 being dominated by the offence teams have racked up 72 sacks this season led by the Blue Bombers with 18

New Name in Tigertown
The Ti-Cats will spend the season in Guelph as a new stadium is built in Hamilton and gone will be the old moniker of Ivor Wynne Stadium as the Tabies announced that the new field will be called Tim Horton’s Field bring a long partnership to a new level 

 

CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:
1. Toronto Argonauts (2)
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)
3. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)
4. Montreal Alouettes (2)

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (6)
2. Calgary Stampeders (4)
3. B.C Lions (4)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2)

 

Scores:
Saskatchewan Roughriders 39 – 28 Toronto Argonauts
– The Roughriders are having a great season while the week 1 win from the Argos is looking more and more like a fluke as the Argos’ defence would not be able to handle Kory Sheets who had his third 100+ yard rushing game leading the Riders to 3-0 record

Calgary Stampeders 22 – 14 Montreal Alouettes
– The Alouettes continued to struggle this year as the offence struggled again while the Stampeders were once again led by Kevin Glenn who was able to put the Stamps in position for Rene Paredes to take over the game and get the win

Hamilton Tiger-Cats 25 – 20 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Ti-Cats were looking for their first win of the season but they would have to do it against the very good defence of the Blue Bombers and after a total of 13 sacks between both teams the Tabies would emerge the winners

B.C. Lions 17 – 3 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Edmonton Eskimos seemed to bring the bad weather with them from Guelph as they would play in a massive rainstorm for the second straight week but this time would not come out on top as the Lions would take the win in a low scoring game

 

Next Week:
Toronto Argonauts vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday July 19th; 8:00 pm ET)
– The Argonauts are looking to try to turn things around as they try to get something going on their defence but will be up against a very tough defence in the Bombers who will try to continue racking up the sacks and take another win

Montreal Alouettes vs. Calgary Stampeders (Saturday July 20th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Alouettes could not get back to their winning ways in week 3 against the Stamps and now they will get their chance at revenge when they travel to Calgary in order to try to turn their offence around

Edmonton Eskimos vs. B.C. Lions (Saturday July 20th; 10:00 pm ET)
– The Eskimos would struggle to get anything going on offence in a rainy game and now they will get to play indoors away from the rain and will try to get revenge on the Lions as Mike Reilly and Travis Lulay go head to head once again

Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Sunday July 21st; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Riders are looking like the best team in the CFL right now with a 3-0 record thanks in large part to Kory Sheets but the Ti-Cats are hoping to end the streak and get their second win when they travel to Regina to take on the Riders

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