Every CFL week includes enough highlights for fans to talk about until football returns a week later, and a few lowlights that keep fans shaking their heads. The LWOS CFL team takes a look with Three and Out Week 9 at the highlights and lowlights of the week that was in the CFL.
Three and Out Week 9 CFL
Game of the Week: B.C. Lions vs Calgary Stampeders
The Calgary Stampeders are the best in the West after a definitive win again the B.C. Lions last Friday night. All three facets of the Stamps team worked well and outperformed against the Lions. The Lions seemed out of sync, by only scoring field goals and allowed 37 points with a top-ranked defence.
Calgary’s combination of using running backs Tory Harrison and Jerome Messam, and Bo Levi Mitchell using nine different pass catchers worked well once again for the Stamps. Jonathon Jennings has had better nights with only 10 completions in over three quarters and was replaced by Travis Lulay in the fourth. Even Emmanuel Arceneaux‘s performance – two catches for 27 yards – was dismal in comparison to last week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. B.C. is a better team than what showed up on Friday. The Lions will not play like that again. But because Calgary has won the series against the Lions, won with a new head coach, and won so definitively against a very stingy defence, the Stampeders and Lions get the honour of Game of the Week.
Player of the Week: Kevin Glenn
The Montreal Alouettes stunned the Ottawa Redblacks, 43-19 last Friday night. A huge part of the surprising win was the incredible play of quarterback, Kevin Glenn. With their win on Friday, the Alouettes snapped a two-game losing streak.
Glenn put on an Anthony Calvillo-like performance on Friday night. He went 25/30, completing 83% of his passes and throwing for 382 yards with five touchdowns in the win. He did a majority of his passing damage to the Redblacks defence in the first half completing 15 out of 20 passes for 197 yards. He had three touchdown passes after the first half – a ten-yard touchdown pass to tight-end, Nik Lewis in the first quarter, a 17-yard touchdown pass to receiver, Samuel Giguere in the second, and the longest throw of the game by either quarterback, a 67-yard touchdown strike to public enemy number one, Duron Carter. The Alouettes were up 23-16 after the first half.
In the fourth quarter, Glenn put the game out of reach for the Redblacks as he threw two more touchdown passes. One was a 15-yard catch-and-run to running back, Brandon Rutley and the other one was a 31-yard grab by Carter for his second score of the night to make it, 43-19. The Alouettes scored 30 out of 43 points on Glenn’s touchdowns in the game.
The Alouettes will return home this Friday night to host, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who are looking to continue their three-game winning streak.
– Casey Dulson (@Casey_Dulson)
Unnecessary Participation: The Saskatchewan Roughriders
In a less-than-controversial week in the CFL, the unnecessary participation flag has to be thrown at the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Why? For an unnecessary participation in their game in Week 9.
The Riders were absolutely manhandled by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 53-7 at Tim Horton’s Field. It was as if the Riders would have been better off just staying in cosy Regina following their week of controversy. Instead, they hoped onto a plane, flew to Steeltown only to get embarrassed by the team they beat to win 2013 Grey Cup. Oh, how Saskatchewan has rolled down a steep hill since.
This also marked the first time Saskatchewan went 60 minutes without getting fined, so they should be proud about that. At least Chris Jones and co. lost with some class, something he is an advocate for.