Nine thoughts on nine teams that saw three of the four games in Week 14 decided by a total of eight points.
B.C Lions: Jonathon Jennings forcing a ball into coverage with more than three minutes on the clock and B.C. down just one point did the Lions in. There was no need to try and fit a throw into a tight window with lots of time left. That cost the Leos a chance to put a nearly insurmountable gap between Edmonton and the top three teams in the West.
Edmonton Eskimos: Shakir Bell stays healthy and produces. John White has all the talent in the world, but he hasn’t been able to keep himself on the field consistently. Bell is averaging over 100 rushing yards per game in three starts for Edmonton with 6.2 YPC. The diminutive back seems to be solidifying himself as a legitimate No. 1 option in the Eskimos backfield.Calgary Stampeders: Just when it looks like Calgary’s down and out on the mat, Bo Levi Mitchell picks them up. With 15 seconds left, the Stamps’ franchise quarterback calmly completes two passes for 36 yards to put Calgary in range for the eventual game-winning field goal. Bo knows clutch.
Saskatchewan Roughriders: The Riders chances of making the playoffs went from zero to 0.1 percent after recording a second consecutive victory at Mosaic Stadium. An 11-play drive engineered by Mitchell Gale – five completions and five rushes from the 26-year-old – gave Saskatchewan a field goal for the win.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers: Mike O’Shea and the Winnipeg football club left Calgary with a loss but in the long view the most important takeaway from a thrilling comeback and heartbreaking loss: the Bombers can compete with any team in the CFL. Especially considering the fact that Winnipeg really only played just over 30 minutes of solid football. And O’Shea’s group managed to do that on the road at McMahon Stadium where the Stamps have not lost a game in 2016. The Bombers are legit contenders.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats: Zach Collaros throwing for 300 yards with a number of new faces in the lineup at receiver was remarkable. Two missed field goals by Brett Maher cost Hamilton’s 1.5-million dollar man an improbable victory. A defensive backfield that was shuffled at the last minute with Rico Murray being scratched was tough to overcome.
Toronto Argonauts: The Drew Willy era could be upon the Argos. He led the double blue on the team’s only touchdown drive in the third quarter against Ottawa. The former Bomber enters the fray with Toronto in the thick of the East playoff race.
Ottawa Redblacks: Jamill Smith recorded his first career touchdown return that opened up an Ottawa lead the Redblacks would ride to a win. Finding a replacement for SirVincent Rogers will be atop Rick Campbell and Marcel Desjardins to-do list. It seems as though the 2015 CFL All-Star could be shelved for the remainder of 2016.
— Tim Baines (@TimCBaines) September 26, 2016
Montreal Alouettes: Jacques Chapdelaine has already made changes since Montreal returned from the bye week. The Sherbrooke, Que. native plans to call the offensive plays and he’ll have Anthony Calvillo up in the box spotting. There seems to be a fresh energy around the Alouettes, but that means nothing unless it translates to success on the field.