Any week where more than one d-lineman scores a touchdown, two special teams majors were scored and two backup QBs win in relief delving deeper is a must. After a wild week heading into Mark's Labour Day Weekend, CFL.ca takes a look at the nine things that Week 9 taught us.
Dan Clark is not a 1-TD wonder
Is it a stretch to call Dan Clark a go-to receiver in the Riders offence? Probably, but who would have thought that his 12-yard touchdown catch against Hamilton in July of 2013 would not be his last. Notch one more for the big boy who not only proved that 310-pound offensive lineman can make athletic leaping grabs but also haul in game-winning touchdowns. Marc Parenteau, you officially have company in Riders/o-lineman reception lore.
Chad Owens really is the straw that stirs the Argos drink
He remained their leading receiver even though he missed five games and there is little doubt that, at least for right now, that the Argos offence will go as far as they are willing to let Chad Owens take them. Owens returned Saturday and led all pass-catchers with 92 yards. More importantly, as soon as the Argos started to get him the ball, the entire team felt a collective lift. As soon as he was forced to leave in the fourth quarter with an injury, the Boatmen’s potential comeback was stalled.
It was not the ‘Week of the Starting Quarterback’
The tweet below from Edmonton starting quarterback Mike Reilly to Saskatchewan Darian Durant pretty much says it all.
Reilly, Durant and BC pivot Kevin Glenn all left their respective games with injuries.
Montreal isn’t afraid of change
For a team that was so steady under centre for so long, the Als are wasting no time trying to find the answer at quarterback. Troy Smith didn’t last long two weeks ago and was quickly replaced by backup Alex Brink. One start in Regina plus 14 yards passing in Winnipeg and Brink was pulled in favour of former Eskimo Jonathan Crompton.
D-Linemen can rumble
Odell Willis and Dexter McCoil can team up for a knockdown, interception and touchdown run but so can Ottawa’s Jonathan Williams on his own. Edmonton’s active defenders posted a highlight-reel major on Saturday when Willis pitched the pigskin back to a trailing McCoil who raced for six. Not to be outdone, Williams batted a Bo Levi Mitchell pass into his own waiting arms and chugged 35-yards for a REDBLACKS score.
Burris continues to build his legacy
His 113-yard, no touchdown performance on Sunday may not have appeased Ottawa REDBLACKS supporters but there is no doubt that Henry Burris continues to show us why he is one of the best to ever heave the pigskin in the CFL. Against his former team he moved ahead of Danny McManus and into third place on the CFLs All-Time Leading Passing Yards list with 53,160 yards. He is still a mere 20,000 yards short of those he is chasing but we counted them out too didn’t we?
Tim Brown is still an elite returner
He has battled some injuries but if there was any doubt that Tim Brown is one of the most electric playmakers in the game, it is gone know. After combining for 264 yards the week before in Toronto, Brown took the openining kickoff back 48 yards Sunday night and then put the Lions up early with a spectacular 75-yard punt return touchdown.
Grigsby is clutch down the stretch
First-year running back Nic Grigsby hauled in a last-second touchdown to drop the Tiger-Cats in Week 6 and waited until there was 2:08 left in the Bombers’ contest with the Alouettes to once again come up huge when it matters most.