Nine thoughts on nine teams after the Riders snapped their seven-game losing streak, Bombers make it seven straight wins, Stamps remain perfect at home and Montreal drops a fourth in a row.
B.C. Lions: Even though B.C. didn’t play, the Leos improved, Wally Buono signed receiver/returner Terrell Sinkfield. The 25-year-old recorded 1,030 yards on 69 receptions in 15 games with Hamilton last season. He was among the Minnesota Vikings final cuts. Sinkfield adds to an already dynamic, established group of playmakers in B.C. – Manny Arceneaux, Bryan Burnham, Shawn Gore, Jeremiah Johnson, Anthony Allen and Chris Rainey.
Edmonton Eskimos: Adarius Bowman produced 152 yards on nine catches against Saskatchewan, but it was his drops that cost Edmonton a legitimate shot at a victory. On the Eskimos first drive, second and six, Bowman dropped a pass on a slant pattern that would’ve moved the chains. The Eskimos settled for a field goal. Late second quarter, second and goal from the three-yard line, Bowman had a perfect throw bounce off his hands in the end zone. The Eskimos settled for a field goal. Early fourth quarter, second and six, Bowman can’t haul in an out pattern ball past the first down marker. The Eskimos settled for a field goal.
Calgary Stampeders: After being anointed the main man in the middle for Calgary’s defence, Canadian rookie linebacker Alex Singleton went out and racked up 10 tackles while helping hold Ottawa in check on the ground (65 yards on 20 carries). The 22-year-old looks like he could be a mainstay for seasons to come. Singleton became a dual citizen earlier this year.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: Holding one part of the CFL’s most productive receiving duo largely in check resulted in the Riders having a chance to win a close game in overtime. Derel Walker managed just 44 yards on five catches with a long gain of 12. Proof that Chris Jones and the Riders’ defence are seeing improvement.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Justin Medlock put up another six-for-six field goal effort and provided valuable three-pointers to ensure Winnipeg’s seventh win in succession. Money Medlock hit from 13, 48, 37, 53, 46 and 32 yards. He leads the CFL with 41 field goals on the season and the six-year veteran is a perfect on convert attempts. The kicker was an important part of the 27 straight points Winnipeg ripped off to comeback from 10 points down in the third to win going away.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Rookie running back Ross Scheuerman had a strong debut as a starter – 119 total yards on 21 touches. That equals C.J. Gable’s season-high for rushes and receptions combined in a game, which happened to come against Montreal too.
Toronto Argonauts: Ricky Foley’s roughing the passer penalty undid a possible detrimental interception thrown by Matt Nichols. That call kept momentum in Winnipeg’s favour and Toronto seemingly could not stop it. The Argos’ offence played well for two and a half quarters, but no points were generated in crunch time.
Ottawa Redblacks: For the first time all season Trevor Harris was held under 70 and even 60 percent completion percentage in a game. Even after that performance Ottawa’s starting QB has more than a 75 percent success rate for the season. That said, Calgary might have provided a blueprint for other teams.
Montreal Alouettes: Once again the Als’ defence plays well enough for a victory and the offence cannot step up and produce even 20 points. Rakeem Cato might have completed over 70 percent of his passes, but the longest gain was 18 yards. Montreal has explosive talent on offence – Duron Carter and Kenny Stafford – but the full potential is not being reached. Jacques Chapdelaine gets the task of figuring that out for the rest of the season.