CFL Week 10: PFF Team of the Week & Player Awards

2K3665T Ottawa, Canada. 24th Sep, 2022. Toronto Argonauts quarterback Chad Kelly (12) runs for a second half touchdown during the CFL game between Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Redblacks held at TD Place Stadium in Ottawa, Canada. Daniel Lea/CSM/Alamy Live News

• QB Chad Kelly bounced back in a big way: Kelly had fallen into a bit of a slump in the three weeks leading up to his Week 10 game. He graded at just 66.4 in those three games and was injured and unable to finish the third game. That was not the case this week, as Kelly bounced back in a massive way, earning an 89.2 overall grade.

• Montreal EDGE Avery Ellis has a big pass-rush performance: Ellis rushed the passer just 11 times but generated a sack, two hurries and two additional pass-rush wins.

• Roughriders’ HB Amari Henderson came to play: Henderson allowed just two catches, both of which were screen passes, and made the tackle on both. One went for a gain of two yards, and the other went for a loss of four.

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Week 10 is officially in the books, and it gave us plenty of high-scoring, action-packed games. All four winning teams scored more than 37 points, and there were some massive offensive performances.

Only so many players can make the Team of the Week, though, and they are highlighted below. The BC Lions led the way with eight selections, while the Montreal Alouettes were right behind them with six. The Saskatchewan Roughriders managed just one player, the fewest of any team this week.

Team of the Week

OFFENSE

QB: Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts
RB: Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Outside WR: Keon Hatcher, BC Lions
Slot WR: DaVaris Daniels, Toronto Argonauts
Slot WR: Kyran Moore, Edmonton Elks
Slot WR: Jaelon Acklin, Ottawa Redblacks
Outside WR: Alexander Hollins, BC Lions
LT: Martez Ivey, Edmonton Elks
LG: Pier-Olivier Lestage, Montreal Alouettes
C: Justin Lawrence, Montreal Alouettes
RG: Patrick Neufeld, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
RT: Dejon Allen, Toronto Argonauts

DEFENSE

DI: Josh Banks, BC Lions
DI: Woody Baron, BC Lions
Edge: Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Edge: Avery Ellis, Montreal Alouettes
LB: Micah Awe, Calgary Stampeders
LB: Tyrice Beverette, Montreal Alouettes
Cover LB: Emmanuel Rugamba, BC Lions
CB: Garry Peters, BC Lions
CB: Cariel Brooks, Ottawa Redblacks
HB: Reggie Stubblefield, Montreal Alouettes
HB: Amari Henderson, Saskatchewan Roughriders
S: Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Montreal Alouettes

SPECIAL TEAMS

K: Sean Whyte, BC Lions
P: Cody Grace, Calgary Stampeders
Returner: Terry Williams, BC Lions

Players of the Week

QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: QB CHAD KELLY, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

After a fantastic start to the season, Kelly had fallen into a bit of a slump in the three weeks leading up to his Week 10 game. He graded at just 66.4 in those three games and was injured and unable to finish the third game. That was not the case this week, as Kelly bounced back in a massive way, earning an 89.2 overall grade.

Kelly was fantastic, finishing with a 400-yard game and four touchdowns. He produced multiple big-time throws and just one turnover-worthy play. His 83.3% adjusted completion rate was impressive for a guy averaging a 13.1-yard depth of target. Kelly is currently the second-highest graded player in the CFL at 89.8 overall on the season.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR DAVARIS DANIELS, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

With Kelly having such a huge game, it’s no surprise that one of his receivers also makes this list. Daniels was the top-graded wide receiver of the week at 90.7. He caught all six catchable targets he saw for a ridiculous 180 yards and three touchdowns. His other three catches all went for first downs, and four of his catches went for 15 yards or more. His 6.67 yards per route run led the league this week.

Daniels has already matched his touchdown total from last season, and his season-long yards per route run average has increased from 1.67 last year to 2.30 this season.

OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK: TORONTO ARGONAUTS

It was a clean sweep for the Argonauts offense in this week’s awards. The Argos lost their first game of the season in Week 9, and at least some of the blame could be placed on an offensive line that struggled to protect the passer. That was not the case this week, as the Argos' offensive line dominated.

Led by RT Dejon Allen (league-leading 77.3 overall grade, 0 pass-block losses), the unit didn’t allow a sack and surrendered just six total pressures on 32 pass-blocking snaps. They also blocked well for a rushing attack that gained almost 40% of its yards before first contact.

PASS-RUSHER OF THE WEEK: EDGE AVERY ELLIS, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

There weren’t many standout pass-rushing performances this week, but Ellis found plenty of success in reps. Ellis rushed the passer just 11 times, but in those 11 rushes, he had a sack, two hurries and two additional pass rush wins.

His sack came in a big moment of the game, as he also managed to knock the ball out from Roughriders QB Jake Dolegala’s hands, and it was returned for a touchdown by Ellis’ teammate, Tyrice Beverette. Ellis has been quiet this season until now, recording just six total pressures before this game.

RUN DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: LB JORDAN WILLIAMS, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

It was a big game for Williams, as he was the only linebacker to finish with a run-defense grade above 80.0 this week. He made five total tackles in the run game, two of which resulted in a defensive stop. He didn’t have a single negatively graded run-defense snap. He was a big reason Ottawa managed to rush for just 52 yards on 14 carries. It was his best game of the season and the first since Week 2 in which he made multiple tackles.

COVERAGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: HB AMARI HENDERSON, SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

Henderson has been one of the best defensive halfbacks in the CFL this year, especially when it comes to yards allowed in coverage. This week was his best game yet, though. He allowed just two catches, both of which were screen passes, and made the tackle on both. One went for a gain of two yards, and the other went for a loss of four. He also saved a touchdown by flying across the field to make an interception in the end zone to bail out a teammate who had been beaten in coverage.

Henderson is allowing a mere 0.55 yards per coverage snap this season, the fifth-lowest mark among secondary players with at least 20 targets.

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