Jyles get hurt early, so the Eskimos have to play Joseph for the rest of the game. You would expect the Argos with Ricky Ray to have a big advantage on offense. Nope, and Kackert's pass blocking was not much of an improvemnt over Boyd.
It was better game than I expected. Lions probably should have won because they seemingly got 8 or 9 yards on every 1st down. Plus like every other team, they have the advantage in the return game against the Als which was especially noticeable in the 2nd half. Als just won because the old guys at home know how to squeak out a victory.
Great game by both teams. They both fought to the end like two championship teams. It should be a good game next week in BC. The Montreal Defense is getting better every game. What can you say about Cavillo? -- Knowledge talks, wisdom listens.
Hopefully, today's games will be more exciting than that Bomber embarrassment yesterday. At least with LaPolice, the Bombers put up some points in garbage time. Yesterday, they could not even score a single against a team that had lost 5 in a row. Not that the Bomber defense or special teams was any better. Even though one might blame lay the blame on Burke, I suspect Bomber fans are now after Mack.
Seeing how the Argo's offense appear stagnant for the most part and the fact that they were trailing at the end of three, one would not have thought they could pull it out in the 4th. Then the Ti-Cats give up a safety and things turned completely around. Ti-Cats lose again this week on a late field goal which makes that 4 losses in a row.
In game 2, the Eskimo's offense was stagnant as well. After the Burnett pick for a touchdown, I thought the Eskimos had a good chance of winning. But after Burnett decided to bring the kickoff out of the endzone instead of giving up a single, I expected the comeback to fall short. Okay, it was actually wide left.
Wacky game in the Alberta rematch. At the end of both halves, the Eskimos attempted a field goal. In the first half, there was a bad snap which somehow ended up in a long touchdown pass. At the end of the game, Shaw's attempt hits the upright. That makes it consecutive weeks where the Eskimos missed a chance for a walkoff field goal win.
In game one, the Ti-Cats have now lost 5 in a row. I was expecting a better effort. Those two long touchdown runs by Kackert without even being touch made the Ti-Cats defense look bad.
In game two, the old guy's chances were gone by the 2nd quarter when the difference in special team returns/cover became apparent. Big difference in field position. And once their gimmick blitzes became less effective against Lulay, the results became 1st down after first down for the Lions.
Also for those who have not seen it, here is a commercial with the Flutie brothers. Funny thing is they are talking about some college game against Holy Cross. So do they show the brothers in Boston College uniforms? Nope. The still picture they show is from the time Doug was with Calgary and Darren was with BC.
Wow. Major second-guessing will happen against Burke's decision at the end of the game. When up by one with about a minute left, he had a chance to attempt a 43yard field goal to put the Bombers up by 4. Instead, he elects to punt the ball. Well they do get a single but are only up by two. Drew Willy drives the Riders the other way for a walkoff 40yard field goal win.
Another Bomber dud of a performance. Still no offensive touchdowns since the coaching change.
They are playing more like an expansion team than somebody who was in the Grey Cup last year. Maybe right now, Ottawa could give the Bombers a game. Of course Ottawa does not even have any players yet.
After 5 consecutive CFL Offensive Player of the Week awards given to Ti-Cat opponents, I guess the defense decided they needed to rough up somebody. Easiest team to rough up would the Eskimos. Maybe that is why there were 51 unanswered points scored by the Ti-Cats.
Hard hitting seemed to be the theme in game 2 as well. Both quarterbacks were constantly being pressured. Difference though was that Lulay was still able to move the ball relatively easily. Even so, the Argos had a chance to win it and the end but as usual could not finish off a drive with a major.
Als score 2 touchdowns in their 1st 2 possessions but did almost nothing on offense after that. From then on, the Rider's defensive line for the most part shutdown the Als.
Even with all those penalties and the inexperience of Willy, the Riders still could have made a comeback. Als barely converted (by an inch or so) on a 3rd and 1 which then sealed the outcome of the game.
Heard from the Roughriders bench to the Roughriders defence towards the end of the Als' second TD drive: "Be the ball".
Really? That's the precious advice the defence coaches have for their players? Can you get any more cliché? You may want to save a bit on salary and replace all of Saskatchewan's coaches with DVDs of Any Given Sunday, The Replacements, Remember the Titans, The Express, The Longest Yard and Leatherheads. Could hardly be any worse...
Bombers finally got scored an offensive touchdown after being shut out for about a month. They even acted like they won something big as they gave Burke the Gatorade shower. Bombers are now just one game behind the Ti-Cats in the standings which means they can at least portray themselves as fighting for a playoff spot. Will it happen? Probably not unless they can find a way to win at least one game on the road this year.
Eskimos played almost perfectly on offense in the 1st half. Second half, the Lions defense kicked their ass. That meant the Lions offense was on the field for most of the second half and eventually wore down the Eskimo defense.
Oddity of the game was after a fumble recovery, both coaches challenged the play. Benevides lost his no fumble contention. Then Reed won his claim that his player who recovered the fumble was not down by contact until after he ran 25 yards.
While surfing various NCAA football games, I came upon a sideline interview with J. C. Watts. Apparently, his son plays for Tulsa. Interviewer did a poor job in my opinion. She only asked him about Oklahoma, his son, and politics. Uh, who cares about that? She did not even mention his time as QB with Ottawa!!!