Bye - Saskatchewan
Tim Baines - #Redblacks officially announce release of DBs Imoan Claiborne and CJ Roberts? Mitchell White released by Eagles on weekend. Hmm. #CFL
Arash Madani - Not sure if there's another head coach in pro football who helps out with the bags post-game.
O'Shea is genuine. Cares. Smirk, and all...
👁🗨Giovanni Aprile – originally drafted 16th overall by Winnipeg in 2012 – had just recorded the first regular season reception of his professional career, in his fourth season, 1 catch 6 yards. Hey, 2 more catches for 18 yards on Friday!
Jeff Reinebold - KENT AUSTIN IS A GOOD MAN WHO HAS HANDLED AN INCREDIBLY TOUGH SITUATION WITH GRACE AND DIGNITY - TAKE THE BAGS OFF YOUR HEADS & OSKEEWEEWEE
"I know this is where I should be. I’m so happy to be a Blue Bomber.” - @BWalk28, the 21-year-old on the rise.
Eric M - One week after Bruce Johnson's release, rookie Brian Walker allows just 2 catches for 20 yards on 7 targets, with 2 PBUs & an INT. #Bombers
Only the Calgary Stampeders have allowed less QB pressures than the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this season. #CFL #Bombers
The #Argos have released INT WR Khalil Paden.
Rod Pedersen. - Riders John Murphy @draftjm13 tells the SportsCage the acquisition of Vernon Adams changes nothing for Brandon Bridge & Marquise Williams.
Ed Tait. - It's time to rethink the CFL's East-West format, writes @EdTaitWFC http://ow.ly/7yAM30eqqQ1
Jamie Nye - Only 7 challenges in the #CFL in the two weeks combined since the rule change. There were 28 challenges combined in the two weeks prior.
Canadian Football League commissioner Randy Ambrosie is a big fan of the East-West dynamic but says he would entertain discussions about a change to the league’s playoff structure.
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👁🗨They have it wrong. It's not location, location, location. It's possession, possession, possession. And the Bomber possessed. That happens when our O keeps their O off the field..
👁🗨Truly, I have never seen Harris play so well as in this game.
👁🗨And the groans grows louder from one province over...
👁🗨Couldn't beat us, even with luck and circus catches.
👁🗨Brilliant game management by the Bombers. Caught them 3-4 times with too many men on the field. Awesome.
👁🗨I'm throwing my playbook away. I don't need it. LaPolice has got it covered. This team is spreading its wings and every player is getting involved. LaPolice is making it happen. It's really fun to watch.
👁🗨So nice to have Flanders as an option.
👁🗨Absolutely love winning a Thursday night game. With 2 points in our pocket, we can settle in and watch the other teams beat themselves up.
👁🗨What's not to like about over 30,554 fans screaming madly for the team they love.
Nichols wouldn't let him have the ball...
👁🗨I like the expression - fundamental football. Fits this game.
👁🗨What's up TJ? Can't be the interception leader like that..
Jim Toth - #Bombers hurry up offence is really giving #Eskimos defence headaches... #CFL
Terry Jones (Edmonton) - This game isn't even close. Other than the scoreboard.
Darrin Bauming - That's *game-manager Matt Nichols driving the field again...
👁🗨Bombers no-huddle-offence - "cheetah" - gotta love that...
Juicy...Arash Madani- Kenny Stafford being cut by WPG in the pre-season wasn't about talent. He was a locker room issue. They took the cap hit for a clean break.
Randy Turner - I'm beginning to think Andrew Harris just uses the first tackler to keep his balance. #Bombers
👁🗨To be honest, Eskimos were never reilly in this game.
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Bombers take opening drive right down the Esks 6...
2nd down trick play...Adams to Nichols, ends with Adams sacked...
....far too cute, when you have meat and potatoed it, right down the field....
Heath makes perfect read....then flat out drops INT, probably for 6...
Nice run/pass balance for the Bombers so far, moving ball well.....
...but holding penalties on back to back series....stall those...
The Harris/Flanders sets, have the Moes LB's back on their heels....
Nice to have TWO backs who can get the YAC.....
Pretty intense out there.....plenty of thumping....
Speaking of that, Mike Miller really likes to thump....
Esksies get off a drive that stalls at the Bomber 30..
FG missed....Lankford gets huge return to midfield.....
...wiped out by illegal block on Knox....who has taken a few, this year....
Blue take ball....Nichols works short zone to Thorpe, Harris, Denmark..
Harris crashes through again....down deep, but fumbles the ball
Dumb trick play, dropped INT, penalties...and a fumble.....
....only Bomber mistakes keeping the Moes in this one.....
Eskimos struggling on O......
Tons of YAC, from Bombers....Thorpe is like a 3rd running backs...
Harris runs over some people, Thorpe runs over some more.....
The Fever plunges in for 6....while Bomber O almost runs up into stands...
10-0 Blue. Only. Despite completely dominating this game...
This Perkins is a pretty good RB , for Edmonton.....
Esks run sweep on 3rd and 1 for good yardage.....
Reilly chucks it up the sidelines...for Deke Williams.....
....who makes circus catch, between Roc/Walker double team....
D gets the hold.....FG makes it 10-3 Bombers...
Nichols is sacked, Blue takes ANOTHER holding penalty....
Rielly heaves another pass down the sideline, with 35 sec. in half...
Randle has the blanket coverage.....and the interception.....
Harris rips another one.....Nichols puts up jump ball in end zone.....
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2 Harris 11 carries, 105 yards. 8 catches 120 yards. Still didnt get 20 touches, but put up 225 yards.
3 Flanders. Bunch of other guys could have gotten this, but the 2 header monster of harris and flanders really crushed the esks. 6-45 and 2-26. The 2 headed monster combined for 27 touches, 296 yards. Crazy.
hh Darvin adams with on the TD catch, Another week another great td catch and performance by adams.
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No changes for the Bombers...
Travis Bond on the Bombers getting a 'reputation' for 'gritty' play
Who'd a thunk? Bombers are ahead of Eskis in sacks 2.9-2.7 per game
6/7 cfl writers have chosen Edmonton over Winnipeg. Only Don Landry has picked the Bombers. I'd be ok with that if he also wouldn't be the only one to pick the Argos in their match.
"Definitely have to be on our Ps and Qs this week going against (Reilly). Great matchup." - TJ Heath
"I feel like we have great confidence already." - Clarence Denmark
Our proud O-Linemen:
FOR THE W!
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Drew Edwards - #Ticats conform signing of OL Tony Washington, release REC Kevin Elliott, QB Logan Kilgore, OL Quinterrius Eatmon, DB Ethan Davis. #CFL
Timothy Flanders - I would like to be called by my birth name which is Timothy ! Not Tim ! Definitely not Timmy
Matt Baker BC Lions - Two days after announcing the return of Ricky Foley, the BC Lions are bringing back another familiar face. Non-import offensive lineman Andrew Jones has agreed to a contract with the club for the remainder of this season.
The Toronto native was selected by the Lions in round four (32nd overall) of the 2007 CFL Draft and went on to appear in 31 regular season games from 2009 to 2011.
The club also announced the release of import quarterback Jake Heaps from the practice roster
Johnny Manziel said the Canadian Football League “is definitely something I’ve looked into,” but that he still hopes to play in the NFL. He has been out of the league since the Cleveland Browns released him last year amid several off-field issues.
Craig T Smith - (scouting) - Made it to Cincinnati. Bengals tomorrow. Dinner At Just Q'in with my brother JM! #gobombers… instagram.com/p/BXjR7vDjl2p/
Terri Worth - For the people bitching about water at new mosaic, water is $5.50 at Rogers Centre and you can't bring your own in @rodpedersen #RiderNation
Bob Irving - When Bo Levi Mitchell hears Jay Cutler is getting 10 million he must feel like puking.
Derek Taylor - I don't know much, but I know this: There's no one better than @Gelliman82 at drawing PI/Ill contact calls. Already 7 this season! #Details (That would be Greg Ellington)
3downnation - #Riders draft pick, Canadian tight end Antony Auclair shining in Florida heat 3downnation.com/2017/08/09/can… #TampaBay #Buccaneers #Bucs #NFL
Darren Cameron - Last Friday's game (Ottawa) winning field goal was Medlock's third walk-off winner in his 24 regular season games since signing as free agent.
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👁🗨Marks the return of Area 51's brother with BC (Ricky Foley)
Ian Hamilton- When the Roughriders fall behind, they tend to abandon the running game and opponents then can get after quarterback Kevin Glenn.
Kevin Glenn starts. Glenn had his lowest output of the regular season in that loss — he threw for 186 yards, albeit with a completion percentage of 70.4 — but he was under duress for much of the game thanks to the Lions’ defensive line.
👁🗨 Jonathon Jennings starts for BC
I. Hamilton- The Riders are not getting to opposing quarterbacks enough. Rookie Tobi Antigha is second to Jefferson with two sacks and Antigha and A.C. Leonard are tied for second with six pressures apiece. Saskatchewan entered Week 8 ranked seventh in the league with 11 sacks and ninth in the CFL with 31 pressures.
👁🗨 Dan Clark out at centre. LaBatte fills in, with T Dennis moving to guard, and Bruce (better late than never) Campbell comes off the reserve list to play tackle. This alone should be worth a look.
👁🗨 BC, who easily beat Sask. last week, relied on 5 FG attempts...with 4 being made.
By The Numbers
3 – Touchdowns for Duron Carter in the Riders past two games.
4 – Minimum catches that Riders receiver Bakari Grant has made each game. He is only one of three players (Winnipeg’s Darvin Adams and Toronto’s Anthony Coombs) that has four of more catches in every game this season.
10 – Number of rushing touchdowns that Travis Lulay and Jeremiah Johnson have combined for this season. They have five touchdowns apiece.
51 – League leading tackles for Solomon Elimimian heading into Week 8.
👁🗨 The Riders have played well at home so far this year (2-1). Can they prevail today? I doubt it.
71% of polled fans say Lions win.
6/7 CFL writers say Lions win.
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👁🗨Denny's back in town 7 catches!
👁🗨That Poop pop wasn't necessary, even though it was a doozy.
👁🗨Randle actually stripped the ball on that Collaros play when he sacked...could have been reviewed/challenged.
👁🗨Special teams, quick kick, Medlock pulls it off again. What's in store next week?
👁🗨Another innovative series that resulted in a "too many men" penalty. We caught them with the hurry up with LeFevour still taking the snap. I'd love to see that more often.
👁🗨Loved the block that Nichols threw at the end to help Harris' run. And don't think the players won't notice it in film study
👁🗨Ho hum, Medlock against the wind, with wind, just another day, or in this case, Justin another day.
👁🗨Adams has the catch of the week this time...
👁🗨Gotta love the hustle in Hurl..he really wanted that TD..
👁🗨We made the Roughriders real nervous now..
👁🗨Take it to a credit union, cause that Banks is busted.
👁🗨"I’m solely focused on this game and trying to keep pace with the West opponents." - Matt Nichols.
Ed Tait - Also worth noting: #Bombers are 9-3 in last 12 road games and the club is 14-5 since @MattNichols16 replaced Drew Willy at QB
👁🗨Lankford's mom in the crowd..
Matty Nichols- "don't talk about it, let's be about it." Talk is cheap.
👁🗨And Trent Corney has another solid game!
👁🗨Emerging with the punt return game...Mr Fogg
👁🗨12 yards for the Ticats in the 1st quarter
Drew Edwards- #Ticats are giving up 7.7 yards on second down vs. #Bombers while generating 3.4 yards.
👁🗨57 yard FG!
👁🗨Ah Moe, good to have you back making plays.
👁🗨"Year of the Catch" theme song continues...with Darvin Adams
👁🗨Brian Walker instead of Bruce Johnson? Yes
👁🗨Wonder who the ST player of the week will be?
👁🗨Andrew Harris had his first 100-yard rushing game of the season on Saturday, recording 107 yards on fourteen carries.
👁🗨There are questions about Collaros now...
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Nichols on target, good balance with run and passing.....
Another drive brings on Medlock to make it 6-0....
Blue having some breakdowns in pass pro.....
Corney with the sack, Fogg with big punt return....
But this drive also stalls, Medlock makes it 9-0
Hamilton O looking pretty inept, patrons already booing....
Denmark having a busy first half......
P. Johnson gets the Cats out of a hole, with very dumb penalty...
TiCats promptly drive down the field.....
3 man rush, backed against your end zone? Didn't work.
Masoli sneaks in for the 6. Cats fail on the 2 pointer. 9-6
Blue O gets drive going...but 2nd down pass short of marker...
Well, at least Medlock will ......get the punt blocked!
Nichols hits Lankford for 30 yd. gain.....
...but yet another 2nd pass that is way short of the marker...
Medlock makes it 12- 6. Bombers should really be running away....
Chris Randle quietly goes about pretty good business, out there.....
Collaros sacked by Jake Thomas....Fogg busts big punt return....
....but comes back for holding on the other side of the field.....
Some dumb penalties not helping the Bomber cause , here...
Collaros laterals to Gable, who loses handle....Thomas recovers...
Jake Thomas may be a rotation player.....but he does the job, every time...
Passes to Adams and Thorpe...bring it inside the Ham. 10..
JFG drags across the field, uncovered....and waltzes into endzone....
19-6. Just a bit more killer instinct.....and this one is right in the bag..
Corney getting pretty consistent pass rush, all nite.....
The Roc sure looks better on the corner, than at half......
Lots of pressure on Big Money Zac....Hamilton pass pro is pathetic ...
Medlock makes a 57 YARD FIELD GOAL!! 22-6 for the Blue....
Another drive......another dink on 2nd down......frustrating...
Just a bit more killer ins........nope, Cats block Medlock's punt.
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2 Harris. Pounded the ball all day. 14-107 2 catches for 21 yards.
3 Jake thomas. 1 sack 1 fumble recovery. But tons of pressure. One of the most under rated guys in the league with one of his best games.
hh Darvin adams on the long TD pass. It was a great catch, and a foot on the throat play.
Lots of guys could have been on the list. Nichols kept the offense rolling, though didnt cash in. Denny stepped up big early on catching every thing and filling the void from dressler. Randle with a big play and the usual blanket coverage. Trent corney had some really good pressure tnite too.
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Game Day CFL Game Notes
After losing 8 of 9 meetings dating back to 2012, the Blue Bombers have won the last two games against the Ti-Cats. Matt Nichols led Winnipeg to a 38-11 win on Aug 3/16 to sweep the 2016 season series but Zach Collaros was out for both games.
Over the two games, Winnipeg created a 12-2 (+10) edge in Takeaways and won despite being outgained in each contest. Hamilton passed for 702 yards and 4 completions of 30+ yards but threw 5 interceptions in the two games, two by Maurice Leggett and one by Taylor Loffler. Andy Fantuz and Luke Tasker led Hamilton with 14 and 11 catches respectively.
Hamilton has played only one game against Eastern rivals thus far.
Nichols has now led THREE late 4th Quarter game winning drives in 2017 on top of 5 last year and so has engineered 8 in his last 15 starts. Overall in that stretch of 15 starts he has led Winnipeg to a 10-5 record.
Collaros now has a 10-game losing streak as a starter however and the most recent QB to have recorded that was Casey Printers across 2008-09. The CFL record for consecutive starts lost is 13 by Lynn Amedee 1963-64 (EDM).
The Tiger-Cats started well this year with 9 QB Sacks and 33 QB Pressures in their first 4 games. Over the last two contests however they have just one Sack and 8 Pressures on the opposing QB.
Justin Medlock reaches career game #100 this week and through the first 99 has accumulated 1,036 points (#22 all- time). His career totals cover: TOR 174 pts in 21 GP, HAM 559 pts in 54 GP, WPG 303 pts in 24 GP. Justin has averaged 12.6 points per game for Winnipeg, the highest average of any player in club history ahead of Trevor Kennard (9.8 per game).
Last week Hamilton ran the ball just 6 times at Edmonton for a season-low. Their 6 rushing plays matches the lowest by any CFL club since 2008 (Montreal at SSK on Jul 19/08, 5 rushes for 13 yards).
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Week 8 starts... most fans are picking Edmonton over Ottawa. Not me.
EDMONTON @ OTTAWA
Thursday’s contest is the ultimate mid-season test for both squads; injury-ravaged Edmonton faces a long trek east to face a determined REDBLACKS team, while Ottawa would love nothing more than to break its losing trend by handing the Esks their first loss of 2017.
West Division teams have won nine straight games against East Division opponents.
Through seven weeks of football, a mere 36 points separate the Edmonton Eskimos (plus-28) from the Ottawa REDBLACKS (minus-8).
By The Numbers
3 – Interceptions for Edmonton linebacker Kenny Ladler.
11:2 – TD-INT ratio for Edmonton’s Mike Reilly, the best mark amongst all starting quarterbacks.
204 – Completions allowed by Ottawa’s defence, the most in the CFL.
702 – League-high receiving yards for REDBLACKS receiver Greg Ellingson.
GM Marcel Desjardins pointed to turnovers as a major cause for Ottawa’s early-season struggles; protecting the rock will be critical on Thursday against an Esks team that ranks top-two in possession (32:34), sacks allowed (10) and offensive turnovers (6). In contrast, the REDBLACKS have allowed six more sacks and sit last in turnovers (13).
Edmonton visits Ottawa on Thursday night coming off a 33-28 home win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The hard-luck Redblacks lost a 33-30 home decision to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and their five losses have been by a combined 13 points. That includes a 23-21 setback in Edmonton on July 14. Edmonton is 6-0 to start a season for the first time since 1961 and is doing it with a depleted roster. But a constant is quarterback Mike Reilly, who stands fourth overall in passing yards (1,945) and third in touchdowns (11).
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Bomber comebacks - Ed Tait
Several Bombers fans have also chimed in with greatest-comeback candidates, among them:
• The 47-35 OT victory over the B.C. Lions on Oct. 11, 2010 in which the Bombers entered the fourth quarter down 32-11, but with Steven Jyles coming off the bench, rallied to tie the game on a 39-yard Jyles-to-Greg Carr TD with 57 seconds remaining before getting a TD from Yvenson Bernard, and a 72-yard interception return for a score by Deon Beasley in extra time.
• The crazy Troy Kopp game on Sept. 13, 1998 when the Bombers – 0-10 at the time – replaced starting QB T.J. Rubley. Kopp, a virtual unknown at the time, completed 11 of 15 passes for 171 yards and two TDs – including the game-winner to Dimitrious Stanley with 21 seconds remaining as the Bombers rallied from down 28-10 in the fourth quarter for a 36-35 win.
• Matt Dunigan’s first-ever start for the Bombers back on July 9, 1992 in Hamilton when he guided the club back from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit and completed 23 of 52 passes for 398 yards and two TDs.
• A 46-44 victory over Hamilton on Oct. 22, 1994 in which the Bombers twice overcame 27-point deficits as Dunigan threw for 375 yards and two TDs before Troy Westwood sealed the deal with a 35-yard-field goal with 27 seconds remaining.
• A 51-48 double-OT win over Calgary on Aug. 23rd, 2003 in which the Bombers came back from trailing 17 points in the fourth quarter as Khari Jones hit Arland Bruce for a TD with 24 seconds left and then again in extra time.
👁🗨Canadian linebacker/defensive lineman Andy Mulumba has signed with the Los Angeles Rams.
CFL News - #Argos put Cleyon Laing and Victor Butler on six-game injured list 3downnation.com/2017/07/31/arg… #CFL
👁🗨 Toronto returns to practice on Tuesday. Will the Argos have Johnny Sears practice 'touching down' a tackling dummy? Or is he already the designated dummy?
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Mr Dee posted a post in a topic,
-The Ticats are set to shuffle their coaching staff, including a change at defensive coordinator.
Defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold, who has been with head coach Kent Austin for his entire four-plus seasons in Hamilton, will be replaced by linebackers coach Phillip Lolley.
Good, more confusion..
Looks like offensive tackle Tony Washington is coming to the #Ticats. #Esks announced his release an hour ago. #CFL
Mr Dee posted a post in a topic,
“And this team… that’s my other family. I only had one kind of emotion growing up: I was mad or hating or angry. I didn’t love. Football was the first thing I loved besides my family. I love coming to work with the people I work with. They make it so much fun. And Matt Nichols… he’s a fearless quarterback. I just want to thank him every day and make him know I love him. I tell him I’m willing to do anything for him because I know he will for me. I love everything about him.
Jeremiah Johnson leads the CFL with 7 TDs and is the only player to have at least one touchdown in all of his club's games in 2017.
At B.C. Place, Lulay's W-L record is 24-9. Lulay comes into this game with the 3rd-best QUAR Rating in the CFL at 90.8.
Kevin Glenn has thrown for 1,598 yards and 11 TDs through 5 games - the most of his entire CFL career at this point. Here are his 3 best starts - 2017: 1,598 yds, 11 TDs; 2007: 1,555 yds, 7 TDs; 2010: 1,519 yds, 8 TDs.
BC brings a 6-game win streak vs the Riders into this game
Glenn will be making his 197th career start (96-99-1) and is 8-15 vs BC all-time.
Over their first 4 games, Saskatchewan was held to just 5.8 yards on 1st down and that put them into 2nd-&- long situations a CFL-worst 14 times per game. Last week, their 7.8 yard average on 1st down had them in 2nd-&-short much more and overall allowed them to convert 15-of-24 on 2nd down (63%).
Duron Carter: Caught a season-high 9 passes last week for 131 yards - that is only 25 yards less than he had in all of the Riders' first 4 games this year. It was his first 100-yard game in his last 10 appearances.
Cameron Marshall: Recorded the CFL's third 100-yard rushing game of 2017 last week with 110 yards on 18 carries. He is on pace for 1,138 rushing yards and to be the first Rider 1000-yard gainer since Kory Sheets in 2013 (1,598).
Nic Demski: Has continued to be a valuable kick returner but after 14 catches in Games #1-2, he has just one catch since then.
Lulay vs Glenn: The most frequent head-to-head QB Starter matchup in Travis' career was 11 meetings vs Henry Burris. The next two are against active QBs and that is 9 starts vs Ricky Ray, and 8 vs this week's opponent Kevin Glenn (6-2 vs Glenn).
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Ottawa drives 85 yds for easy opening drive TD
Harris is 9 for 9, against the ole predictable soft coverage.
Easy 2 point convert....6 minutes of defensive futility......
Bombers first play on offense.....Nichols bombs away...
..on stop and go to Lankford, who can really move....
In this case... 78 yds with perfect pass right in there...
Finally a stop...some 2 back with Harris and Flanders
...couple of completions by Nichols...
...brings on Medlock. who puts 52 yd FG, down the pipe!
Nichols putting ball on target.....JFG getting some work...
Loffler strips Ottawa RB on short yard play....ball pops up...
Randall grabs it and runs down the sideline 30 yds for the TD.
Nichols bombs to Adams....obvious PI completely missed....|
....brings on obvious challenge....with obvious overturn.
Bomber D covering better, could of had some picks....
Offense having some struggles with 2nd down penalties...
Halftime 17-12. Seen worse .. from this team.
Bomber D starts off 2nd half with....a Powell 50 yd td run...
...as he finds no LB's in second level....and goes in untouched...
Turning into a game of field position, at this point....
Hurl and Knox are struggling again, just like last week....
Ottawa FG has it at 23-17 for Red Blacks....
JFG having productive evening.....
Flanders-Harris reappears.....Adams catches ball down deep..
Nichols misses Denmark, then gets sacked.....
Mr. Medlock makes it 23-20.
Still impressed with Jeffcoat at DE.
Back up RB QB drops snap, can't convert 3rd and short.
Nichols perfect TD pass to Adams.....but Blue tagged for holding...
Undeterred...Nichols hits Denmark inside the 10......
...but the Bombers THIRD hand to face penalty call, wipes that out.
Sir Medlock makes it 23-all. Going to be another of THOSE finishes....
Roc gets IC penalty....Ott. convert 2nd down against soft coverage....
....RedBlacks eating up the yards and the time.....
Harris long toss to Ellington....2 Bomber DB's standing and looking at each other...
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2 Nichols and the whole passing attack. Missed some near big plays by a tiny bit, and got jobbed by the refs a couple times. But nichols with a chance to win the game drove the team. JFG stepped up early with a ton of catches. Lankford with the long bomb, and thorpe was making some thing happen every time he touched the ball. That guy is a real keeper.
3 Chris randle. The huge fumble recovery, catch play which was crazy. Seldom gets his due credit for just being a blanket.
HH loffler smashing i think sinopoli with seconds to go leading to a ball in the dirt. Human truck.
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Noeller posted a post in a topic,
TORONTO — Coaches will be able to challenge only one play per game under changes to the video review system approved Tuesday night by the Canadian Football League, the CFL announced Wednesday.
“We have a super game. Our elite athletes are treating us this year to incredible plays, close contests and even miracle comebacks. Scoring is up, penalties are down, and games are shorter. The last thing we want to have in place is an artificial impediment to our fans’ enjoyment of it all,” said CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
”Video review, unfortunately, has become just that. It was put in place to fix egregious and indisputable mistakes that could affect the outcome of a game. It’s not being used that way now. Too many challenges and reviews are interrupting the game. Coaches, understandably since they are under pressure to win, have been using it to try to gain an advantage. Fans have been very clear with me that they want a change. We are delivering that change.”
The change is effective immediately.
Prior to this change, each team had two challenges per game, and a third challenge was earned if a coach was successful with their first two challenges. Now they will only get one challenge for the entire game. They will still need to have a timeout to initiate a challenge. And if their challenge is not successful, they will still lose a timeout.
Ambrosie ordered an evaluation of the process after his latest visits to CFL stadiums this past weekend. The resulting proposal, to restrict coaches’ challenges to one a game, was approved last evening in a series of calls with the league’s Competition Committee, team presidents and lead Governors.
“We at the CFL want our players to know we want the focus on the field and on their amazing talents,” Ambrosie said. “We want fans to know we are in the business of doing all we can to provide the very best experience for them.”
Bye - Ottawa
Derek Taylor - A CFL season-high 23 missed tackles in the Bombers-Als game Friday night. 7 alone on the Bomber's two drives to win.#Details
-2 TDs in the 4thQ were the first TDs scored by the Bombers in a 4Q this year.
Dave a Campbell CHED - Eskimos with 3 sacks and 11 QBP's, pressured Lulay at a rate of 57%. Lions with 1 sack and 4 QBP's, Reilly pressured only 15% of the time.
3downnation - During the second quarter against B.C., Reilly threw a perfect pass to Vidal Hazelton who took it the rest of the way for a 108-yard touchdown. That was the longest completion of Reilly’s career and furthest in the CFL this season.
👁🗨 Looks to me that we signed the wrong receiver last year…Gurley over Hazelton
👁🗨 5th round pick Kwaku Boateng is playing pretty good these days…
Penalties Down: 15.9 penalties per game, the 2017 average, is the lowest since 2013.
👁🗨 Bombers are #1 in points per game! 33.8 EDIT Because Calgary scored 60 points against the Ticats…we're no longer #1
But, due to that same game we're now #2 last in points allowed per game…35.8
Drew Edwards - In 1956, the #Ticats lost 82-14 to #AlsMTL and that 68-point deficit is the worst in team history. They trail by 59 now. #CFL
Dave Dawson - For those of you thinking of it, the #CFL records for points scored in a game are 82 (1956), 70 (1990), 68 (90, 91). 2 were vs #Ticats.
Caretaker Bob Bob Young - Trying to come up with a funny tweet, but humor is hard knowing how frustrated the @Ticats players and coaches are tonight.
The West 12 wins 2 losses 1 tie vs the East
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