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 8:
Among other things, week 8 showed fans of the CFL how strong the west really is this year. All games this week featured an east and west team, and in all cases, the west walked away with victories. On Friday, Ottawa hosted Edmonton where fans got to see a defensive stalemate. Despite turnovers occurring on both sides of the ball, both Henry Burris and Mike Reilly struggled to score touchdowns against the defenses that stood in front of them. When it came to Hamilton hosting Calgary on Saturday, both teams traded offensive blows early on. Ultimately though, with playmakers like Joe West (90 receiving yards on 3 catches), and Hugh Charles (102 rushing yards on 14 touches), Hamilton was unable to corral the Stamps. Erik Harris, the standout player for Hamilton had a unique performance as the linebacker was able to contribute: 2 tackles, 1 sack, 1 deflection, 1 interception, and somehow; a 55-yard reception for a touchdown on offense. In Toronto, the Argonauts hosted the BC Lions on a short-week as they played but 5 days earlier against Winnipeg. The quick turnaround looked to slow the Argos, as BC was able to best the boatmen. Stefan Logan had an especially strong performance Sunday as he filled in for the injured Andrew Harris. Logan rushed for 145 yards and caught for another 49 yards. Tim Brown also had a stellar night on special teams as he returned kicks to the tune of 215 yards. The game though, in which week 8’s Featured Player took the field, yielded only a single offensive touchdown. The Roughriders hosted the Montreal Alouettes in Saskatchewan on Saturday evening. Rob Bagg had yet another strong performance as he caught the lone TD pass from Darian Durant. Bagg would end the evening with 90 receiving yards. On the other side of the ball, it was Duron Carter who stood out. Carter was able to return a missed field goal attempt to the house for a late special teams touchdown. At defensive end, John Bowman kept steady pressure on Durant, ultimately bringing him down twice to put his 2014 sack total at 7. Although Bowman’s performance was impressive, it was week 8’s featured player; John Chick that stole the show at Mosaic Stadium.
The always-dangerous John Chick had yet another career-performance against the Alouettes on Saturday. Chick was able to take down the quarterback 3 times throughout the 60-minutes of play, putting his total at 13 after 8 weeks. To put that into context, the current CFL record for sacks in a season sits at 26.5, held by Hall-of-famer James ‘Quick’ Parker (set in 1984). With 13 sacks in only 7 games, John Chick is now on pace to eclipse the 30-year old record by a whopping 7 sacks. As critics will state, the uncharacteristic pace that Chick finds himself at right now may not be sustainable. That said, with a current average of over 1.8 sacks per game, John has time to slow down and still break records. Chick is but a part of a 4-headed monster on Saskatchewan’s defensive line, but somehow is coming out as the consistently most voracious body on defense. For these reasons, John Chick is week 8’s RIVALUS Featured Player!
Many fans, and players alike believe the truth in a Grey Cup hangover. At the beginning of 2014, it was unclear if the Roughriders had the personnel in place to remain competitive. All questions should be sufficiently answered by now, as the Roughriders have competed with the very best, and have retained a winning record in doing so. Saskatchewan now sits 3rd in the league, only one win behind first place. With as many rookies as they have, it is evident that veterans like John Chick have helped mold another generation of CFL players.
Congratulations John, don’t stop until you’re in the record books!
Make sure to check back to see who earns the selection for week 9’s Featured Player!