Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 8)

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The CFL is fast approaching the halfway point of the season and teams are starting to work out where they sit in the league. They are done their early season jitters and are looking towards the playoff race that is only a few weeks away. Some teams are hoping to sustain their play and carry it to the Grey Cup. Other teams are looking to take the last chance they have to turn things around before they get buried underneath the other teams. There are only a few teams in the former category while much more in the latter. In the east the majority of the teams are looking to turn things around before it is too late. One of these teams is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who are trying to get something going before it is too late to come back. The Ti-Cats made some major moves for 2012 when they added Henry Burris, Andy Fantuz, and Sam Giguere to an offence that had struggled for years. The additions to the team were an attempt to play as close to home as they could in the Grey Cup with the game only down the road in Toronto. The Tabies were hoping to invade Toronto and take over their rival’s city on their way to a 100th Grey Cup victory. It wouldn’t happen though, as the Ti-Cats would finish in last place in the East and out of the playoffs with a terrible season. They would enter the 2013 season looking to fix the issues from last year and hoping that another year with a new offence would help Burris and company. With the Ti-Cats playing in Guelph while their new stadium is built the hopes at the start of the season would fade quickly. Hamilton would start the season with a 1-4 record losing to longtime rivals Toronto along with Edmonton and Saskatchewan. It seemed like the Ti-Cats were headed for another disappointing season as the questions of what was wrong with the team would arise. The Ti-Cats would get some positive though as they would beat the Edmonton Eskimos in their week 6 game and head into the bye week with a win. This week Hamilton would get their first dominant win of the season beating the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Bombers are a struggling team and the Ti-Cats took advantage as Burris would lead the team to a 37-18 win. It was a convincing win from a team that has lacked convincing performances in the last two years. Hamilton would look like a different team in Week 8 as they may be seeing the start to a turnaround in the east. They have taken their bye week and used it for what it is for as they seemed to work on their issues and fix them. The best part of the win this week is that it was the second against a division opponent as they are now 2-1 against their division. Playing the much better West Division teams at the start of the season may turn out to be an advantage for the Tabies as they will have the chance to gain some ground with plenty of Eastern teams left to play. If they can continue to put up wins and continue to get better the Ti-Cats may have a chance at the division title. There is plenty of opportunity for them to move up as the rest of the teams in the division have not been very dominant. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are making so many changes that they seem to have given up on any type of successful season already. The Montreal Alouettes have dug themselves a hole that they may not get out of with a puzzling performance so far this season. The top team in the east is the Toronto Argonauts and as many wins as they do have the truth is they have not been as dominant as their record shows. The Argos are the team to beat for the Tabies and they can be beat as they have been up and down throughout the games and if the Ti-Cats can take advantage of one of those down periods they can win and help themselves to the top of the division. It will be a big story to watch for the rest of the season as the Tiger-Cats look to turn things around and may be the best bet to do that this year as they go for the top of the division.

 

Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 8) 

More Changes in the ‘Peg
The Blue Bombers continued their changes this week firing offensive coordinator Gary Crowton but the writing may have been on the wall with Marcel Bellefeuille taking over after being hired last week as an assistant

The Backup Plan?
Anthony Calvillo has not had a great season and many believe his age might be showing including the Alouettes who may have found his heir in Montreal signing Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith who could just be the man they need to think about a new era

New Foot in Edmonton
The Eskimos are looking for anything to help them get back to winning and a part of that could be Hugh O’Neill who the Eskimos have signed this week after he was released by the Lions as he will be a good addition to the struggling Eskies

 

CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:
1. Toronto Argonauts (10)
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (6)
3. Montreal Alouettes (4)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (12)
2. Calgary Stampeders (10)
3. B.C Lions (10)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2) 

 

Scores:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 37 – 18 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Ti-Cats have not had a win like this all year as they have struggled to get wins let alone get wins with a massive score as they would dominate the Bombers who continue to struggle and to change their team

Saskatchewan Roughriders 24 – 21 Montreal Alouettes
– The Riders ended their winning streak last week when they lost to the Stampeders but they would look to start a new one as they would get by the Alouettes who saw their star QB go down with a concussion adding to the Alouettes’ issues this year

B.C. Lions 26 – 22 Calgary Stampeders
– The Lions would honour their past with special 60th anniversary jerseys and would do the past teams justice beating the Stampeders thanks to a 97 yard kick return by Tim Brown as they would gain a share of second place in the West

Toronto Argonauts 36 – 33 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Argonauts would once again be led by Ricky Ray as he would be as close to perfect on the day as a QB can be but that wouldn’t keep them safe as poor passing defence would hurt the Argos and almost allow a comeback win for the Eskies

 

Next Week:
B.C. Lions vs. Montreal Alouettes (Thursday August 22nd; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Alouettes may be without Anthony Calvillo and with backup plan Troy Smith still learning the game Josh Neiswander might be taking over as he hopes to lead the Als to a win against a very tough BC team

Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts (Friday August 23rd; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Stampeders will return to the city that ended their season as they will face the Argos for the first time since they were beat in Toronto for the 100th Grey Cup as they hope to get revenge for the domination handed out by the Argos last November

Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (Saturday August 24th; 1:00 pm ET)
– The Bombers continue to change their team and they will take on a surging Hamilton team that dominated them in week 8 as the Tabies look to continue their strong play recently hoping to climb up the east division standings

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Edmonton Eskimos (Saturday August 24th; 4:00 pm ET)
– The Riders hit a speed bump in week 7 but seemed to be back on track in week 8 and look to continue to play great football and stay at the top of the west division when they take on the struggling Eskimos

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