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- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line5 hrs ago
Both the B.C. Lions and Winnipeg Blue Bombers came into Thursday's game off embarrassing losses, with the Lions giving up a 21-0 lead in a 30-27 home loss to Toronto last week and the Bombers only scoring three points in a 32-3 road loss to Edmonton. The Bombers managed to turn things around this time, though, coming up with a 23-13 win over the Lionsthanks largely to their defence stepping up at key moments. This is a good win for Winnipeg, although some flaws were still on display, but it's also a bad loss for a B.C. team that appears to be trending down.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line12 hrs ago
It's a long way from North Carolina to Montreal and from the NCAA to the CFL, but that's the transition Anthony Boone is making. On Tuesday, the Alouettes announced that they'd signed Boone, who wrapped up his NCAA career with the Duke Blue Devils last fall and left with 19 victories, making himthe winningest quarterback in school history. Boone then went to the NFL combine, and although he wasn't drafted, he signed a free-agent contractwith the Detroit Lions afterwards. The Lions cut him in June, though, paving the way for the Alouettes to pick him up. Some college stars wouldn't have been thrilled about heading to the CFL so soon, but in a phone interview Wednesday, Boone said he was excited to get another chance to prove himself as a pro.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line1 day ago
The Saskatchewan Roughriders' situation is growing increasingly dire. The Week One season-ending injury to starting quarterback Darian Durantwas troubling enough, but backup Kevin Glenn stepped in and performed beyond all expectations, running an offence that led the CFL in 17 of 30 categories. Despite that, though, the team's 0-5 (thanks largely to the poor play of their defence), and they announced Wednesday that they've put Glenn on the six-game injured list following a torn pectoral muscle he sustained in Sunday's loss to Hamilton. That means they're sending out a desperate message ahead of Friday's clash with the Edmonton Eskimos: "Help us, Brett Smith, you're our only hope."
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line2 days ago
Much of the province of Saskatchewan is in an uproar this week, as the Roughriders' 31-21 loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday dropped them to 0-5 for the first time in 20 years. Many see them as a team in crisis, and there have even been suggestions that the jobs of head coach Corey Chamblin and general manager Brendan Tamanmight be threatened. However, the team's leading the league in 17 of 30 offensive categories the CFL tracks weekly, including points, yards of offence per game, first downs, rushing yards per game, passing yards per game, gain per pass and gain per rush. So, just how bad are things for this team, and what should be done to fix it?
- Neate Sager at 55 Yard Line3 days ago
John Hufnagel, who is the CFL coach with the least to lose since he's leaving the sideline after this season, is the one making the most of going double or nothing after his players score a touchdown.
- Neate Sager at 55 Yard Line6 days ago
The longest pass play so far this season affirmed that Henry Burris and Chris Williams are on the same wavelength.
The Ottawa Redblacks' biggest preseason acquisition took over the Canadian Football League receiving lead with his 162 yards on seven catches during the 29-26 overtime win over the defending champion Calgary Stampeders that capped off a week where the bench-Burris brigade had more than equal time in the national capital region. The big night was highlighted by Williams toasting Calgary cornerback Buddy Jackson on an 84-yard pass-and-run score that gave the Redblacks (3-2) their first lead with 6:50 left in the fourth quarter, although it was also about how Williams had a string of chain-moving catches while working as the boundary wide receiver.
That was how the tandem worked two seasons ago in Hamilton, before Williams tried his hand at the NFL.
- Neate Sager at 55 Yard Line6 days ago
A month ago, it would have seemed stranger than fiction: the Ottawa Redblacks beating the defending champion Calgary Stampeders while leaving points on the field.
Ottawa's 29-26 overtime outlasting of the Stampeders at TD Place on Friday was a case study in how a growing team in the CFL, where entropy and chaos are selling points, sometimes must win a game not once, but twice, but thrice. The Redblacks had a missed convert and go-ahead field goal late in regulation, but harried Bo Levi Mitchell (23-of-41, 318 yards, one touchdown) sufficiently to keep Calgary out of field-goal range for Rene Paredes, who had a game-tying 49-yarder to his credit. On the first play of overtime, new defensive end Aston Whiteside strip-sacked Mitchell for the second time of the night. A recovery and two running plays later, Delbert Alvardo hit a redemptive 34-yard field goal for the win.
The Redblacks (3-2) will likely have a share of first in the Eastern Division when they come back from a bye in Week 6.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line9 days ago
(Honourable mentions: Chip Cox, LB, Montreal; Freddie Bishop III, DE, Calgary; Kyler Ellsworth, LB, Montreal .)
Second star/offensive player of the week: Shakir Bell, running back, Edmonton Eskimos: Bell made his first CFL start Friday, and he made it one to remember. The Indiana State product rushed 18 times for 144 yards, an average of 8.0 yards per carry. He was a crucial part of Edmonton's offence. At 5'8'' and 185 pounds, Bell isn't massive physically, but he was a huge component of the Eskimos' win.
- Andrew Bucholtz at 55 Yard Line13 days ago
If you can't beat them through the air, do it on the ground. That appeared to be B.C. Lions' quarterback Travis Lulay's motto Friday night in Regina, as he threw for just 127 yards in a 27-24 road win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, but rushed six timesfor a CFL career-high 105 yards, giving him a stunning average of 17.5 yards per rush. Add in running back Andrew Harris' 94 yards on 16 carries (5.9 yards per carry) and backup QB Jonathon Jennings' one yard on a sneak, and B.C. finished with 200 rushing yards on the night. That was a big part of why they were able to improve to 2-1, and why the Roughriders fell to 0-4. Beyond that, though, the Lions look like a club on the upswing, while things in Saskatchewan are much more negative.