Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 4)

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The CFL continues to surprise time and time again as teams continue to rise and fall as the season is just getting started. There is always one thing that most seasons will see in the CFL though as the passing game is truly something special. It is the real passing league in North America as 4,000 yard passing seasons are more the benchmark than the exception. The CFL lends itself to the passing game with a bigger field and motion before the snap allowing receivers to work more freely in the field. Three down football is also a big reason to why the passing game is the biggest weapon any team has. With only really two downs to get 10 yards for a first down teams need to get yards in bunches. Running the ball for 5 yards is usually a good gain in football but when that comes at the price of one of your two downs before punting it can be a waste. So the passing game becomes more important as teams look to try to get over 5 yards on every play to keep the ball moving. The CFL loves the passing game but this year the passing game is not the most impressive part of the top offences in the league. There are still the teams like the Toronto Argonauts who rely on Ricky Ray and Chad Owens for their offence but the running backs seem to be taking over. The signs were shown last year when the concentration was on new QBs through the league. Jon Cornish would take over the league and be named West Division MOP while Chad Kackert was named the MOP of the Grey Cup. These two running backs would show last year that they were not to be forgotten among the passing giants of the league but this year other rushing stars are emerging. Jon Cornish remains one of the best rushing threats in the league and the one constant among the multiple changes in the Stampeder offence. Cornish currently has 413 yards rushing averaging just over 100 yards every week. Andrew Harris also remains a constant in the BC offence as Travis Lulay uses him in multiple situations along with simply running the ball. In fact the Lions did not really start playing great until they got Harris more involved in the gameplan and since the second week when he became a focus the Lions have looked like a different team. There is one back who stands above everyone else though, as Kory Sheets has been lighting it up all year. The Roughriders are the best team in the CFL after four weeks as they are undefeated. A large part of that is the fact that Kory Sheets has over 100 yards in each of the first four games of the season. It is the best start by a running back in CFL history and if he can keep it up records may fall by the time he gets to the end of the season. Sheets is showing teams can and should use the running game to help them win games. Sheets is the biggest evidence that the rushing game is an essential part to the game as teams are winning with the run. The passing game is still very important and always will be important but the running backs seem to be taking over early as old school football is back in the CFL.

 

Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 4) 

Bombers Take a Hit
The Bombers are not the deepest team in the CFL and when Cory Watson went down in a practice the Bombers began to panic as their top receiver could be out for a month leaving them to find a replacement for one of their best offensive weapons

Third QB of the Year
Being ready to step up and start on a moment’s notice seems to be becoming a theme in Calgary as a week after Kevin Glenn stepped in for an injured Drew Tate, Bo Levi Mitchell would step in for Glenn who was injured in the Stamps game against the Montreal Alouettes

The Party is Full
The 101st Grey Cup is a highly anticipated event as the CFL returns to Riderville for the big game and Riderville did not disappoint as only 4 weeks into the season and a few months into ticket sales the Grey Cup has been sold out

 

CFL Standings:

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

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (8)
2. Calgary Stampeders (6)
3. B.C Lions (6)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2)

 

Scores:
Toronto Argonauts 35 – 19 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Argonauts had a bitter-sweet day as Ricky Ray would look amazing against the Bombers until he was stopped leaving the game with a knee injury only to be followed by Chad Kackert as the Argos broke a 2-game losing streak but lost two key players

Calgary Stampeders 38 – 27 Montreal Alouettes
– The Alouettes continue their struggles as they would get out to a 24-0 lead in the first quarter only to blow the lead and be shut out for the 2nd and 3rd quarter while the Stampeders came back led by Kevin Glenn and Bo Levi Mitchell

B.C. Lions 31 – 21 Edmonton Eskimos
– 133 yards and 3 rushing TDs would be the story of the game as Andrew Harris would have a great game against the Eskimos as the Lions would once again beat the Eskimos in back to back weeks

Saskatchewan Roughriders 30 – 0 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
– The Roughriders have been on fire as of late and they wouldn’t stop in week 4 as they would pitch a shut out to the struggling Ti-Cats as they would once again win the game and remain undefeated

 

Next Week:
Edmonton Eskimos vs. Montreal Alouettes (Thursday, July 25th; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Eskies and the Als have struggled all year as they sit at the bottom of both divisions and now they face off with the hopes that they can take the win and try to start climbing back into the division race

Calgary Stampeders vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday July 26th; 8:00 pm ET)
– The biggest question in Calgary right now is who their QB will be as Bo Levi Mitchell seems to be the last man standing which makes the Bombers excited as they hope to take their sack attack to the Stamps and earn a much-needed win

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Saturday July 27th; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Riders are on fire winning all four of their games so far including a shutout against the Ti-Cats in week 4 and now they will try to do the exact same thing as they travel to Hamilton to try to get their 5th win while the Ti-Cats are looking for revenge

B.C. Lions vs. Toronto Argonauts (Tuesday July 30th; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Argos looked great in Winnipeg last week but they would lose two of their best players and are hoping that a long week can let Chad Kackert and Ricky Ray heal up or it will be Jason Collaros set to face the very tough Lions defence

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