Nine thoughts on nine teams: offensive explosions and blowouts

Nine thoughts on nine teams from a week in which the four winning teams prevailed victorious by an average margin of more than 30 points.

B.C. Lions: As much as the Leos disappointed in a first place Western showdown, the fan support did too. Just over 21,000 people came out to B.C. Place for a highly-anticipated match-up between arguably the top two teams in the league through eight weeks of the 2016 schedule. Wally Buono’s put a quality group together and supporters on the Left coast should be checking them out.

Edmonton Eskimos: Just when John White appeared to be getting settled in, after missing the entire 2015 campaign with a torn Achilles, he suffered a cut on his left hand that was bleeding a lot against Toronto. The 25-year-old has been dynamic when healthy for Edmonton, so it would be a frustrating loss if White misses any time.

Calgary Stampeders: First-year defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks has done an outstanding job with Calgary’s ‘D’. In a league where passing numbers are on historic levels nearly half way through the season, the Stamps defence is allowing 65.1 percent of attempts against them to be completed, lowest in the league. Whether it’s generating pressure to disrupt timing or cover men comfortable making plays on the football in the air, Calgary’s group is stout.


Saskatchewan Roughriders: Even the biggest homers would have an extremely tough – borderline impossible – time finding the silver lining in the Riders’ 46-point loss in Steeltown. Burn the tape and move on – unless green and white fans want to watch that horror film again.


Winnipeg Blue Bombers: That must have been an enjoyable bye week for the Winnipeg Football Club, after three straight impressive wins. The news – remarkably – gets even better for the Bombers as 2015 West Division All-Star corner Johnny Adams appears ready to make his 2016 debut this week.


Hamilton Tiger-Cats: The real Hamilton Ticats definitely stood up. Led by Zach Collaros delivering a career-high five touchdowns, the Tabbies thoroughly beat down Saskatchewan. Orlondo Steinauer’s defence was fierce and opportunistic and the offence made the Riders pay for mistakes. That’s the kind of victory that can start a streak.

Toronto Argonauts: Another stinker was laid by the Argos at BMO Field. Their new home stadium has not treated them well – it would help if more fans showed up. Luckily Ricky Ray’s 36-year-old knee has healed quickly as the veteran looks ready to get back on the field and right the Argonauts’ ship.

Ottawa Redblacks: Ever since Henry Burris started after sustaining the right pinky injury on his throwing hand it just didn’t seem as though the ball was coming out how he wanted. Not to say it was bad, but certainly not what Hank would expect from himself. Even the 41-year-old admitted that the smallest finger on his right hand was only about 85-90 percent. For that reason, it makes sense to see a healthy Trevor Harris take control of the offence.

Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris throws the ball while quarterback Henry Burris looks on at the first day of training camp at TD Place in Ottawa on Sunday, May 29, 2016. (Patrick Doyle) ORG XMIT: RedblacksTrainingCamp01
Redblacks quarterback Trevor Harris throws the ball while quarterback Henry Burris looks on. (Patrick Doyle)

Montreal Alouettes: Put your hand up if you were expecting an offensive explosion from Montreal in Week 9…Yeah I don’t see any in the air. Anthony Calvillo has to be happy with what the Als offence accomplished. There was never a doubt that the unit had playmakers, the concerns were more about coming together and if an offensive line that lost Josh Bourke could hold up. There were times where defenders got to Montreal’s quarterback in the nation’s capital, but also other instances where Kevin Glenn was given a decent amount of steamboats to push the ball down the field.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.