RIVALUS has joined the CFLPA to break down; the stats, the plays, and the intangibles of our players to determine the best selection for the RIVALUS Featured Player of the Week. The players of the CFL work tirelessly so that they can be one step quicker, and one rep stronger than the opposition on game-day. With the help of the safe and effective nutritional supplements designed and tested by RIVALUS, they can. Here’s who owned their performance in week 16:
Week 16’s CFL schedule, including 2 thanksgiving classics, boasted some of the biggest blowouts of the season. Who could’ve predicted the victories seen? Well, not to toot our own horn too loudly, but we did HERE. Even with our crystal ball, we couldn’t have predicted the scores of some of the match-ups, although we might have had a guess at who would walk away with the RIVALUS Featured Player honours.
With Ottawa decisively beating Winnipeg last week, many people expected the REDBLACKS to fight tooth and nail against the Lions. Ottawa did fight hard for field position, but Kevin Glenn and his offence was far too productive for that to matter. Glenn finished the night with 345-yards of passing offence, the majority of which went to Ernest Jackson who closed the night with a season-high (amongst all receivers in 1 game) 195 yards. To add to the aerial assault, rookie tailback Keola Antolin produced 157-yards on the ground to add to his combined offence of 202 yards. In any other week of the 2014 CFL season, any one of these 3 gentlemen could have walked away with the Featured Player nod! BC would take the game 41-3.
In the first of the Thanksgiving classics, the Alouettes hosted the stuttering Saskatchewan Roughriders. Although momentum appeared to be with the Riders in the first quarter, Montreal’s defence reclaimed the tide and by creating turnovers began a dominant Alouette performance. By game’s end, Duron Carter returned to fine-form in posting 107 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. Defensively, sacks came from Bear Woods, John Bowman, Chip Cox, and Scott Paxson which helped secure field position for the angry birds. It was Geoff Tisdale that stole the show though, with not 1 but 2 interceptions. The Alouettes closed the game dedicated the retiring of Anthony Calvillo’s #13 with a score of 40-9.
In terms of home-advantages in 2014, few fields have presented more trouble to the opposition than that of Commonwealth Stadium. The trend continued on Monday as the Eskimos hosted the Blue Bombers. Edmonton’s defence once again dictated the pace of the game, with huge contributions from veterans like Odell Willis, Dexter McCoil, and Almondo Sewell. Willis contributed 2 tackles, 2 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles in the effort, and McCoil was able to add a sack and 1 fumble recovery returned for a defensive touchdown. Ian Wild was busy on Winnipeg’s defence, as he accumulated 10 tackles and a forced fumble of his own, despite the 41-9 loss his team suffered.
As stated above, week 16 produced several performances that would have garnered the RIVALUS honour in past weeks. This time around though, the Featured Player was forced to lead his team through shocking comeback, and ultimately a crucial inter-divisional match-up. The Toronto Argonauts hosted Hamilton in the Friday edition of week 16’s contests. Initially, it looked to be the tabbies that would subdue the boatmen as Collaros looked poised and productive. Indeed, the young Hamilton quarterback closed the game with 302 yards of passing offence, 2 touchdown passes, and a rushing TD of his own. In this match-up though, it was the teacher that outperformed the student. Ricky Ray had his best game of 2014 on Friday, as he completed 73% of his 46 passes to the tune of 431-yards and 3 touchdowns. Thanks to his precise passes, John Chiles received for 123-yards, Chad Owens caught 6 passes for 109-yards, and Jason Barnes added yet another 83-yards. The pressure never got to the veteran quarterback as in the 4th quarter, despite being down 30-13, Ray was able to put 21-points on the boards to ultimately beat the Tiger-Cats by 1-point 34-33.
Like the rest of his team, Ricky Ray knew the implications of his match-up with Hamilton. The first-place Tiger-Cats were in a position to put Toronto in a deep hole coming into the final stretch of the 2014 playoff race. Being an inter-divisional match-up, a loss for Toronto would have meant a 4-point slide between them and Hamilton. Now, with a Montreal victory coming on Monday, all 3 squads find themselves with 12-points. Toronto toppled the beasts in the east, and will look to remain dominant for the balance of the season. If Ricky Ray continues to make decisions like he did late in Friday’s game, every team (regardless of division) will need to take some serious notes.
Congratulations Ricky, your tenacity and ever-present drive led your team to a crucial victory and a great position heading to the season’s end.
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 17’s Featured Player!