Nine thoughts on nine teams from a highly entertaining week of three-down football.
B.C. Lions: Nick Moore catching a go-ahead touchdown against Saskatchewan and sustaining a torn ACL while celebrating is frustrating for B.C. The veteran receiver was just beginning to emerge this season after coming back to the Left coast from Winnipeg.
Edmonton Eskimos: A front four that is feared around the league produced a grand total of *zero* sacks while lining up across from a Hamilton centre making his first career CFL start. That was a major reason why Jeremiah Masoli set a CFL record and the Eskimos blew a 25-point lead in the process.
Calgary Stampeders: Ja’Gared Davis seems like the next defensive end opposite Charleston Hughes ready to prosper. Frank Beltre missed Calgary’s triumph over Winnipeg with a foot injury and the Southern Methodist product notched seven tackles and two sacks.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Buddy Jackson played a major role in holding Chris Williams to one catch for 14 yards in the green and white’s first victory of the season. Except for 65- and 47-yard touchdowns to Brad Sinopoli, Saskatchewan’s secondary had a showing worthy of a win.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Matt Nichols has been bumped up to No. 1 on Winnipeg’s quarterback depth chart. When he entered the game against Calgary the offence put points on the board immediately. He threw the ball with authority and completed passes down the field to stretch the defence vertically. It could be a whole new Bomber attack with Nichols pulling the trigger.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Lost in the hoopla surrounding Jeremiah Masoli’s ridiculous 23 straight completions to set a CFL record and lead the franchise’s largest comeback ever was the fact Hamilton’s defence pitched a shutout after going down 31-6 early in the third quarter. Orlondo Steinauer’s group did a complete 180 in the middle of a game – impressive.
Toronto Argonauts: After the double blue uncovered receiving gems Vidal Hazelton, Tori Gurley and Kevin Elliott in 2015, another has been found this season. Kenny Shaw has emerged and leads the team with 26 receptions for 323 yards. He’s athletic, fearless over the middle and can beat defences deep. The 24-year-old needs to keep it going with Logan Kilgore as Ricky Ray is out for an extended amount of time.
Ottawa Redblacks: Zach Evans is proving he can be a disruptor on the interior of the defensive line without Keith Shologan. The Regina native posted career highs with six tackles and three sacks in Saskatchewan. Ottawa decided to keep the younger Canadian defensive tackle between Evans and Shologan, and although it seems like an obvious choice, the correct decision appears to have been made.
Montreal Alouettes: Not only has Montreal’s offence struggled to put up points, but they left the defence on the field for over 38 minutes at BMO Field. Noel Thorpe’s unit can only be expected to play at a high level for so long in a game before running out of energy. Sustained drives are needed for the Als or their season could keep getting worse.