Welcome back minions! PJ’s Place is going strong and feeling good after a very exciting and competitive Week 3! After Week 2 was full of blowouts, Week 3 was the complete opposite; in all 4 games teams were neck and neck until the winner pulled away late in the game. We’ve watched and now I’m ready to talk! Let’s draw some conclusions from Week 3.

WTF are the Riders doing?

I love Chris Jones because of his defense and aggressive coaching style but his decisions have come into question at times; this is one of those times.

First, this Duron Carter debacle. Duron Carter is a very good WR; he is also a decent CB. But as the commentators pointed out during the game, Duron Carter’s 6’5, 210 pound frame does not move well enough  for him to cover smaller WRs that are faster and quicker than him (i.e. Diontae Spencer and Chris Williams).

Technique, technique, technique. Like the commentator says, Carter opens the gate way too early. Since it looked like zone coverage, Carter may have opened it because he thought he had some help over top but this is one of the fastest WRs in the CFL. If you open the gate for anyone, it should definitely not be Chris Williams.

Same thing on this play but with and outside release. If you’re gonna jam a WR, then you have to move your feet and punch your hands on him like a DL. On this play, Carter gives him his outside release and his jam actually helps push him forward. Carter wasn’t all bad; his long arms do help him punch the ball when in contest situations. His technique needs a lot of work though. Either he needs to vastly improve some how or they just need to give up and sign a CB and move Carter back to WR because their QBs need all the help that they can get right now. I am for the latter because Carter is hurting the defense when he could be helping the offense.

Now, onto this QB debacle. Lose Zach Collaros during Week 2 game and Brandon Bridge finishes the game with less than desirable play. Everybody is rooting for Brandon Bridge to be the next great Canadian QB so he starts in Week 3. 44.4% completion percentage, 111 yards and 2 picks later, David Watford starts the second half and finishes the game with a slightly higher completion percentage than Bridge (45.5%) less yards (108) but more completions (10-22 to Bridge’s 8-18) and 1 TD but 2 interceptions as well.

Now I’m all for replacing a player if he’s not doing well but at QB it’s not that simple. Bridge’s performance was about what we’ve seen from him all along; inaccurate but flashes that big arm and running ability that get people so hyped. Bridge made the long throws but couldn’t hit the layups consistently; something that he’s said that he needs to work on. The second half could’ve been his time to get in a groove since he hasn’t played a full game in a while but HC Chris Jones pulls him. According to Rod Pederson and Arielle Zerr, Bridge is going to start against Hamilton but he could be pulled again if he struggles.

If you want the man to be your QB, leave him in the game. Let him get in a groove on offense and play a full game. It’s hard to play well if you have to worry about getting pulled when you struggle. The best way to get better is to play through adversity. Let Bridge play through adversity.

Watford did throw this clutch TD though.

The Als FINALLY Win

13 games in the gutter but Mike Sherman and the Als have done it. They had to sacrifice QB Drew Willy to do it but they did it.

That hit may not look hard but Willy has been getting knocked around because of this OL all year. Thankfully, Jeff Mathews came into the game and completed the same amount of passes as Willy (8-12) so there is hope for their QB situation. Also, legendary DE John Bowman returned to the Als this week and disrupted the OL all game long. And they’re going to need those 2 guys to step up against a ferocious Ottawa defense coming up this weekend. Trevor Harris was taken out of the game in the 4th after doing terribly but he is still capable of having a good game. Montreal is going to have to stay focused if they want  to pull of the upset against the Redblacks.

And let’s see how Mike Sherman celebrates his first W as a CFL HC.

I also love the Ref Cam. Especially in big piles.

Ha. Let’s see if the Als can keep it up this week.

 

Ti-Cats want the East

Explosive offense. Stout defense. June Jones and Jeremiah Masoli has this team rolling. In a QB battle between young rising QBs, Masoli and the Ti-Cats defense showed Chris Streveler that he still has much to learn at the CFL level.

I said whoever was more efficient would win this game and Masoli was nothing but. After an early INT, Masoli went 31 for 41 with 369 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. Masoli may not rack up all of the passing TDs but he will definitely move the chains and throw it all around the yard.

And who would’ve thought that we would see a time in the CFL where Brandon Banks is leading the league in targets?

While the Ti-Cats were rolling on offense, Simoni Lawrence and their defense was frustrating the mess out of Chris Streveler. I am so glad CFL Wired had this game.

Nothing like F-Bombs to let you know that it is indeed football season. Streveler did get Lawrence back though, after they already lost.

Streveler has loads of potential but he’s going to need to stay in the film room and in the playbook if he wants Winnipeg to beat BC this week. As for Hamilton, they will continue rolling into the craziness that is the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Stampede On!

The hottest team in the league right now is the Calgary Stampeders. They have been on fire since their close Week 1 win against Hamilton where Bo Levi Mitchell struggled to get into a rhythm.

Bo Levi is in a 3 way tie to lead the league in passing TDs(6) while Don Jackson is leading the league in rushing yards (294) and Eric Rogers is tied for leading the league in receiving TDs (3).

And let’s not forget about this Alex Singleton led defense.

This was such a great goal line stop by Calgary in the 4th quarter.

And the DL got after Trevor Harris all night, eventually knocking him out of the game.

Especially Ja’Gared Davis.

Let’s not forget the big man interception by Micah Johnson.

It’s very early in the season but the Stamps are riding into their first bye week with a 3-0 record. Very impressive.

Edmonton Still Here

After 2 completions in the first quarter, Mike Reilly scores 2 quick TDs before the half to lead the Esks on a scoring rampage to beat the BC Lions. And Duke Williams had his coming out party.

6 catches, 129 yards and a TD. I guess that’s a good game. Only helps that his partner in crime Kenny Stafford had a good game as well.

6 catches, 72 yards and a TD. Not bad. It also helps that CJ Gable went ABSOLUTELY BONKERS on the ground.

Man set a new career high with 165 yards! On 23 carries! Come on man! Gable was a bowling ball running through defenders and taking a couple ankles as well. Edmonton still has that offensive firepower to compete with every team in the league while they are still overcoming several key injuries on defense. They will face another good team next week as they go to the defending champs in Toronto.

Edmonton was great but Mike Reilly did throw a pretty cool pick in the 1st quarter.

Woooooo! What a ride Week 3 was! I don’t know if Week 4 will be as good but we’ll see.

And here are the plays of the week.

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P.J. Green is a student-athlete and junior at Tusculum College. Green is an aspiring football coach/scout/player/media personality. Green has big goals but always wants football to be in his life no matter what. Please come at P.J. for funny hot takes.