Nine thoughts on nine teams while seeing two 10-point underdogs notch outright victories in Week 6.
B.C. Lions: Lost in the buzz of B.C.’s devastating loss was Bryan Burnham’s career-best CFL effort. The 26-year-old receiver made nine receptions for 139 yards – both the highest total’s he’s amassed in a single game. He made tough catches in traffic and displayed big play ability with a 46-yard gainer. With Nick Moore done for the season – torn ACL – Burnham should see a large uptick in targets.
Edmonton Eskimos: After posting four consecutive 100-yard receiving games, Adarius Bowman was largely shut down by Winnipeg, recording just three catches for 43 yards. Derel Walker stuffed the stat sheet, but it’s clear that if you’re going to beat Edmonton, the opposing team must take one of these two pass catchers out of the equation.
Calgary Stampeders: Ciante Evans, 23 years old, took the place of veteran cover man Fred Bennett in Calgary’s starting lineup against B.C., and the youngster played very well. He made sure tackles and came down with the crucial interception that led to the Stamps game-tying major. Evans made a strong case to stay on Calgary’s No. 1 defensive unit.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: A beat up Riders squad got beat down by Montreal. The 38-point loss was the worst defeat suffered by any team through six weeks of the CFL schedule and it’s the largest margin of victory over a Chris Jones-led group.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: The big men up front were impressive for Winnipeg in their upset win over Edmonton. Bob Wylie’s unit paved the way for Andrew Harris to rip off 5.8-yards-per-carry and kept the pocket pretty clean for Matt Nichols. It was an impressive showing against a veteran and tough Eskimos defensive line.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Zach Collaros continues to progress rehabbing his knee and Jeremiah Masoli has played well to give the franchise quarterback all the time required to get back to playing without rushing. Masoli’s evolution as a passer is rare and really interesting.
Toronto Argonauts: Lirim Hajrullahu’s remarkable turnaround season has propelled Toronto into first place in the East. It looks like the Canadian kicker has hit the delete button on a terrible 2015 season and picked up where he left off after a strong rookie year. Hajrullahu’s leg looks stronger than it ever has been with room to grow even more.
Ottawa Redblacks: Henry Burris threw 13 interceptions in 18 full games last season. The 2015 CFL MOP has already been picked off three times in one game and a half this year. That rate needs to slow down or when Trevor Harris gets healthy it could mean Hank goes to the bench in Ottawa.
Montreal Alouettes: Bear Woods, with dreads in tow, has been flying around the field with a fury. Coming off a torn pectoral muscle that ended his 2015 campaign, the 29-year-old has registered at least five tackles in every game for Montreal and sits second in the CFL with 37 stops. He has one game in hand on Bombers’ linebacker Ian Wild who leads the way with 42.