Hamilton 20 Montreal 17
Andy Fantuz has an instinctual understanding of time and space on a football field and I’ve always felt that’s the main reason he’s been such a great player throughout his CFL career. But there’s also another reason: he’s a phenomenal athlete.
Both talents were on display with this spectacular catch that helped the Ticats seal a hard-fought – don’t call it ugly – win over the relentlessly dramatic Montreal Alouettes.
The Ticats, somewhat improbably, are alone in first place in the East Division. The Alouettes, meanwhile, are 3-8 and facing a new raft of questions…
Winnipeg 46 Toronto 29
It’s not nearly as pretty as the Lambeau Leap, but whatever it is that offensive lineman Jermarcus Hardrick has started kinda suits the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The Bombers have now won seven straight and must now be taken seriously as a factor in the West Division. They may be beating bad teams and generating more turnovers than is realistically sustainable but they deserve full credit for turning their season around (and likely saving Mike O’Shea’s job.)
The Argonauts, meanwhile, saw the LeFevour break – sorry – and it will be interesting to see if they press the recently-acquired Drew Willy into service next week in a key match up against the Redblacks.
Calgary 48 Ottawa 23
The Calgary Stampeders are the best team in the CFL. Full stop.
While we’re here, can we ask how, exactly, they manage to find so many ridiculously talented wide receivers? DaVaris Daniels is the latest in a long line that includes Eric Rogers, Joe West and Mo Price.
Speaking of receivers, that was quite the disappearing act by Ottawa’s Chris Williams who had just one catch for four yards against Calgary. The Redblacks will need him to return to his productive ways if they are to elevate themselves from the chaos that is the East Division.
Saskatchewan 26 Edmonton 23
There was much joy in Riderville after the home side eked out their second win of the season and I’ll bet the faithful are trying to find a mathematical formula that somehow gets them into the playoffs. They’ve got four straight coming up versus the East so if they are thinking crossover…. nah.
The Eskimos are now three games behind the Bombers for third in the West so they’ll be eyeing a crossover spot as well (they’d be out of the post-season if it started today.) They’ve got talent, no question, but don’t seem to be able to find a way to win.