- Tre Ford does it again: What a run it’s been for Tre Ford, as he finds himself the Quarterback of the Week for the second straight week. It’s no surprise after his 89.5 overall grade led Edmonton to their first home win since October 12th, 2019.
- Argos offensive line dominates: The line is led by soon-to-be All Star RT Dejon Allen, who allowed zero pressures. This was fifth game this season in which he did not allow a single pressure. Centre Darius Ciraco also played well enough to earn a spot on the Team of the Week.
- Big week for Hamilton DI Casey Sayles: He finished with a sack, a hit and four hurries while also winning three additional pass rush snaps. He also batted a pass. Overall, he won on 25.0% of his pass rushes and led the league with an 87.4 pass-rush grade
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Week 12 has wrapped up and the biggest story is the Edmonton Elks. Their home losing streak is no more, and that’s reflected in the four players that made this week's “Team of the Week.” Not to be outdone was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, who led an upset over the BC Lions and finished with six players on the team. That was second-most only to the first-place Toronto Argonauts, who had seven.
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Team of the Week
- QB: Tre Ford, Edmonton Elks
- RB: A.J. Ouellette, Toronto Argonauts
- Outside WR: Eugene Lewis, Edmonton Elks
- Slot WR: Reggie Begelton, Calgary Stampeders
- Slot WR: Nic Demski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Slot WR: Tim White, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Outside WR: Austin Mack, Montreal Alouettes
- LT: Brandon Kemp, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- LG: Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- C: Darius Ciraco, Toronto Argonauts
- RG: Coulter Woodmansey, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- RT: Dejon Allen, Toronto Argonauts
- DI: Casey Sayles, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- DI: Shawn Oakman, Toronto Argonauts
- Edge: Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Edge: Malik Carney, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- LB: Wynton McManis, Toronto Argonauts
- LB: Kyrie Wilson, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Cover LB: Tyrell Richards, Montreal Alouettes
- CB: Winston Rose, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- CB: Nick Taylor, Calgary Stampeders
- HB: Darrius Bratton, Edmonton Elks
- HB: Marcus Sayles, BC Lions
- S: Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Montreal Alouettes
- K: Dean Faithfull, Edmonton Elks
- P: Boris Bede, Toronto Argonauts
- Returner: Javon Leake, Toronto Argonauts
Players of the Week
Quarterback of the Week: QB Tre Ford, Edmonton Elks
What a run it’s been for Tre Ford, as he finds himself the Quarterback of the Week for the second straight week. It’s no surprise after his 89.5 overall grade led Edmonton to their first home win since October 12th, 2019. Ford had an 88.9% adjusted completion rate and two big-time throws compared to zero turnover-worthy plays. He also forced three missed tackles on his rushing attempts. While the sample size is obviously small, Ford is currently the CFL's highest-graded player on the season at 92.1 overall. Ford has been playing incredibly well, and he has the Elks rolling and only a couple of games out of a shocking playoff spot.
Offensive Player of the Week: WR Reggie Begelton, Calgary Stampeders
For the first time this season, Calgary’s offense looked great in a loss. That was largely thanks to the incredible play of the slot receiver Begelton. He caught nine passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns. Six of his catches went for first downs, and he forced a league-high four missed tackles on his receptions. It’s been quite a season for Begelton, who is currently the third-highest graded WR on the year with a 76.8 receiving grade. His 14 missed tackles forced ranks second, and his 187 yards after contact ranks third among all wideouts.
Offensive Line of the Week: Toronto Argonauts
Another week, another great performance from the Toronto offensive line. The Argos rushing attack averaged 2.0 yards before contact per attempt, which was the second-highest mark of the week. Their pass blocking was even better than their run blocking though. In 33 passing attempts, the Argos allowed just one hit and four hurries. The line is led by soon-to-be All-Star RT Dejon Allen, who allowed zero pressures. This was the fifth game this season in which he did not allow a single pressure. Centre Darius Ciraco also played well enough to earn a spot on the Team of the Week.
Pass-Rusher of the Week: DI Casey Sayles, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
It was a great week for the TiCats, who coasted to a win over the heavily favored BC Lions. Sayles’ pass rushing was a huge part of why Hamilton was able to get the victory. He finished with a sack, a hit and four hurries, while also winning three additional pass rush snaps. He also batted a pass. Overall he won on 25.0% of his pass rushes and led the league with an 87.4 pass rush grade. On the season Sayles has recorded 29 total pressures and his 80.0 pass rush grade ranks fourth among all interior defensive linemen.
Run Defender of the Week: EDGE Jackson Jeffcoat, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
This award often goes to a linebacker, but Jeffcoat was just too good this week to give it to anyone else. His 81.8 run defense grade led all defensive players, as did his three defensive stops. He was the biggest reason that Montreal ran for just 43 yards on 13 attempts and averaged a league-low 0.8 yards before contact per rush. Jeffcoat is actually the second-highest-graded run defender in the entire league this season, with a 90.3 run-defense grade. His 3.4% negative grade rate is unbelievably high for an edge defender, as is his 17.1% positive grade rate.
Coverage Player of the Week: S Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Montreal Alouettes
This was the no-doubter of the week. Dequoy might be the rangiest safety in the CFL, and it was on full display in Week 12. Dequoy made three massive coverage plays in his game. The first was a perfect undercut and trail technique on a Kenny Lawler corner route for an interception by Dequoy. The next was a phenomenal read and break on the ball to intercept another Zach Collaros pass for an easy pick-six. Then for good measure, he broke up a pass in the red zone late in the game. Dequoy finished the game with a ridiculous 94.5 coverage grade. His overall season grade of 85.0 ranks second among all defensive players in the CFL.