TMQB: Late Game Edition (CFL Week 5)

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The CFL is a passing league even though the running backs seem to be taking over the league this year. It will always be a passing league no matter how well the running backs do the quarterback will always be the most important player on the field. The QB is the one that everyone looks to lead the team through the rough patches in a league. Some QBs do this by talking and getting their teammates fired up while others do it by simply being that player that everyone can rely on. The QB has to be the one player on the team that will go out and not panic when the game is on the line. Despite an entire defence looking to get him he needs to be calm and collected under centre and be a leader for his team. This is why teams are always looking for that veteran QB to provide that calm presence on the field. Some teams go for a young QB but that can be a dangerous as they do not have the years behind them and have not experienced everything in the CFL. Young QBs can crumble under the pressure when something unexpected happens but when they are a starting QB from the start though they have an entire preseason to prepare mentally to overcome the unexpected. Whether veteran or young gun starting QBs are in that position because their teams trust them to carry the load that a QB needs to carry. This week in the CFL these steady starting QBs would be on the sidelines just as much as on. 4 of the 8 teams in week 5 would use their backup, or in one case their third string, QB while one of the remaining 4 teams would use their backup QB in a few series. It was the week of the backups this week as Justin Goltz, Bo Levi Mitchell, Drew Willy, and Zach Collaros would all start for their teams after their starting QBs would miss the week. In Winnipeg it was a familiar story as Buck Pierce would once again sit on the sidelines during a game after getting injured in Week 4 leaving Justin Goltz to take over the team and try to lead them to a win. He would be taking on a team that has seen a few QBs come and go this year as Bo Levi Mitchell would start for the Stampeders after Drew Tate and Kevin Glenn went down earlier this year. Both backups would go at it with Mitchell taking the win on the day and providing a bit of a challenge for the Stamps. Now the Stamps know that they have three good QBs with two veterans and a young gun and at least one will not be with them next year after the expansion draft. Meanwhile the Bombers are left with another question about their QBs as Pierce continues to be an injury risk leaving the backup QBs to lead the team. In Saskatchewan the Riders proved that their team is more than just one player when Darian Durant could not make the start this week. Instead Drew Willy would take the helm and would continue the streak helping the Riders to another win. The Riders showed that as good as Durant has been for them the team is still the best in the league. In Toronto the savior of the Argos, Ricky Ray, would be out after a knee injury in week 4 leaving the exciting but inexperienced Zach Collaros to take control. Collaros would impress in his first start for the Argos beating a very good defence in the B.C. Lions with his mobility and arm. It was the week of the backups in the CFL as backup QBs took centre stage and overall were impressive. This week may have some bigger implications in the future as the Ottawa Redblacks will enter the league next year and will be looking for a QB in the expansion draft. One of the four QBs that started this week may very well be that QB and week 5 may have been that tipping point as the new franchise looks for that all important position to kick off their new life.


Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 4) 

Paredes’ Controversial Record
Rene Paredes would break the CFL record for most consecutive field goals with his 31st straight field goal but the record is not without controversy as in week four he would have one field goal blocked but because it did not advance past the line it did not count as a miss

He is Back
Brandon Whitaker would miss the second half of the 2012 with a knee injury but in week 5 he would prove he was back taking over the game and giving the Montreal Alouettes a much-needed win

Breakneck Pace
Kory Sheets is clearly the best running back in the league right now and a big reason to why the Roughriders are the best team in the league as he has over 100 yards in every game and is setting a pace that could let him break the rushing yards record held by Mike Pringle at 2,065 yards


CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:
1. Toronto Argonauts (6)
2. Montreal Alouettes (4)
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (10)
2. Calgary Stampeders (8)
3. B.C Lions (6)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2)


Montreal Alouettes 32 – 27 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Alouettes have only had one win all season but they would finally get one against another struggling team in the Eskimos as Brandon Whitaker would take over the game and the Als would stop a last second comeback to get the win

Calgary Stampeders 37 – 24 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The battle of backups would finish with the Bombers continuing to struggle and the Stampeders continuing to look great as Bo Levi Mitchell and Jon Cornish would lead the Stamps to another win

Saskatchewan Roughriders 32 – 20 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
– The Riders cannot be stopped as Drew Willy would take the baton from Darian Durant and continue the winning streak as the best team in the league against the Ti-Cats who continue to struggle to pick up a win

Toronto Argonauts 38 – 12 B.C. Lions
– The Lions just didn’t look like the usual dominant defence they had all season as Zach Collaros would keep them off-balance with his mobility and ability to make plays while the Argos defence looked the best they had all year


Next Week:
Hamilton Tigers Cats vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Friday August 2nd; 9:00 pm ET)
– The Ti-Cats need a win before their bye week or something might have to change and they should be able to get one against the struggling Eskimos who are also looking desperately for a win before their week off

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. B.C. Lions (Monday August 5th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Bombers looked good to start the season but since the first two weeks have struggled to get anything going and they won’t have an easy go of it as they take on the very good B.C. Lions who are trying to keep pace in the West Division

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