Deductions from Calgary destruction

The Stampeders demolished the Argos this weekend.

Beat them pillar to post and got a small measure of regular season revenge on the team that beat them in last year’s Grey Cup game.

Here are some things I noticed:

Bounce back Bo burns boatmen – Bo Levi Mitchell was coming off his worst career completion percentage game and responded by going 20-for-22 with three touchdowns and 324 yards in just three quarters of action before ceding control to backup Nick Arbuckle who also had a good day in relief going 4-of-4. Mitchell was seen on the sidelines during the fourth quarter musing about how his yardage totals were similar in the two weeks though. Despite completing far more passes this week than last, Mitchell still amassed just 27 more yards than in the win last week. Bo even had rushing yards on the night picking up four in a scramble.

Lightning and other lightning – Don Jackson and Terry Williams combined for 193 yards. Both men have the capability to go the distance on any carry which is sure to cure narcolepsy in any fan, and lead to some equally sleepless moments for defensive coordinators. Williams added a TD return in this one as part of a day that featured 227 all purpose yards.

Jordan exorcises ghosts – The last two times these teams met a very long TD return after a Kamar Jordan fumble helped decide things. There was some deja vu in the second quarter of Saturday’s game but things turned out a little differently. This time it was Mitchell putting it on the carpet. However, Jordan was able to track down Ronnie Yell 75 yards later, preventing a TD. The defence then held the Argos out of the end zone as well before recovering a fumble after a botched snap on a field goal attempt which kept the Argos off the scoreboard for the moment.

Mr Rogers Neighbourhood – Eric Rogers will tell you he isn’t 100% healthy following a knee injury that kept him out of football for the last two years. But Rogers was still able to make a highlight reel 59-yard reception to go along with two touchdowns. As a big receiver with sure hands, Rogers is a match up nightmare for opposing defensive backs. “He’s a big man,” coach Dave Dickenson told reporters after the game, “a lot of the DB’s in this league are quick and feisty and tough, but he’s a big man and is able to just high point the football….he’s exceeded my expectations.”

Paredes on target – Rene Paredes is back on a streak again. Make it 15 straight made field goals in a row for Paredes. Currently the CFL record holder for consecutive made field goals with 39, it will be a while before he threatens that mark. However, for the nit-pickiest of us out there, Paredes is now 5-for-5 on converts this season which is something he has had issues with in the past.

Stamps smothering defence – The Argos managed just one point until midway through the fourth quarter and no first downs until the middle of the second. The Stampeders defence was none too happy about giving up 400 yards to the Ticats last week and responded in a big way, cutting the total this week nearly in half. They allowed 215 yards including just 135 through the air. Add a pair of turnovers and a trio of sacks from the defensive line and the Stamps defence looks just as good as it did last season if not better.

Cleaning it up – After giving up 107 yards in penalties last week, the Stampeders were able to dramatically improve in this category as well with just four infractions for 25 yards. One penalty came on a time count violation that cost the Stamps a down in the red zone leading to another Paredes field goal.

Short week – The Stamps came out of this game seemingly healthy which is a positive considering they will be playing again Thursday night at home against the Redblacks.

Can’t write about this game without addressing the situation that saw Ricky Ray get carted out. One hopes this won’t be the way we see this Hall of Fame career come to an end. The Argos were cautiously optimistic last night, but are still awaiting the diagnosis as I write this. Get well soon Ricky. The CFL needs you.

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