By Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
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:
If you read our CFL match-up articles before heading into the weekend, you knew that there were a wide variety of implications from nearly every game played in week 18. Nothing like a playoff race to stoke the fires of competition in the CFL. Here’s what happened, and who impressed this week.
The league’s best team of 2014 thus far hosted Saskatchewan on Friday night and the Stampeders experienced some adversity in doing so. Kerry Joseph, in only his second start of the year, was quite good completing 21 passes for 322 yards and 2 touchdowns. His main target; Chris Getzlaf tallied 106 receiving yards and a touchdown. Brian Peters had a stellar defensive game as he collected: 10 tackles, 1 special teams tackle, and 1 interception that was returned for a touchdown. Despite a very solid effort (perhaps the best Saskatchewan game since the beginning of their current losing-streak), Calgary came back late in the game to put up 25 points in the 4th quarter. Nik Lewis led the Stamps offence with 98 receiving yards. By the end of the game, Calgary had bested the Riders 40-27.
In their final meeting of 2014, the Toronto Argonauts hosted the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday afternoon. Zach Collaros had yet another great performance as he completed 24 passes to the tune of 335 yards and 3 touchdowns. Luke Tasker benefited the most from the gun-slinger as he added 138 receiving yards and a touchdown to his season totals. Ricky Ray too, completed 24 passes for 323 yards in the eventual Boatmen victory, as Toronto beat Hamilton 26-24. Steve Slaton was particularly good on Saturday as he combined rushing and receiving for 157 yards of offence. Toronto now sits in 2nd place along with their Hamilton rivals, both 1-game behind the Alouettes who now sit in first.
In Winnipeg, the Bombers looked to keep their playoff hopes alive after failing to reach the post-season in 2013. Paris Cotton rushed as well as he could have against the stingy BC defence and completed the game with 131 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The Lions stood firm and eventually bested the Bombers thanks in large part to 2 individuals. Ernest Jackson closed week 18 as one of the most productive offenders as he consistently opened up the deep route. Jackson caught 8 balls for 149 receiving yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively, Khreem Smith impressed by securing 8 tackles, but most impressively: 4 sacks on Drew Willy. The Lions clinched the playoffs for an 18th consecutive season with the 28-23 victory.
This week’s RIVALUS Featured Player took the field in the week’ very first game in Ottawa after the tragic events took place only a day prior to kick off. Following a touching tribute to the nation’s fallen soldiers, the REDBLACKS and the Alouettes took the field. Henry Burris opened the game with an impressive drive, capping in a pass to Marcus Henry for the game’s first score. From then on, it was the Montreal defence that really took the spotlight. None more so than week 18’s Featured Player: Bear Woods. The game ended as Montreal extended the win streak to 5 and a 23-17 victory.
In his first season as a true leader of the Alouette defence, Woods has made his presence felt through the struggles as well as the triumphs his team has enjoyed. This week, Bear contributed: 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, as well as an interception. If there was a Gordy Howe Hat-trick in defensive football, that would be it. Along with his first interception in the CFL, Woods also reached 75 career tackles and 7 career sacks in the contest. Since the beginning of 2014 Montreal’s success has varied greatly, but with defensive stars like Woods on the field, there is not a team that can overlook the Angry Birds’ defence.
Congratulations Bear, your relentless motor earned your squad another hard-earned victory in your long fight to the top of the eastern division.
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 19’s Featured Player!