• Edmonton struggles: The Elks were the only CFL team without a player nominated in Week 6's “Team of the Week,” which illustrates the issues that the winless team has had this season.
• RB James Butler earns Offensive Player of the Week honors: Of Butler’s 132 rushing yards, 94 of them came after first contact. He forced nine missed tackles and recorded five explosive runs.
• Chad Kelly thrives: He threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown. Kelly had an 88.5% adjusted completion percentage while posting a 13.1-yard average depth of target and making six big-time throws. He looked like a star quarterback for the league’s best team. Kelly’s 93.4 overall game grade was the highest single-game grade by a quarterback this season.
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Another week of CFL action is in the books and this was the wildest one yet. There were tough injuries, crazy finishes and come-from-behind wins. As always, there were several standouts across the league that deserve recognition. Seven of the eight teams that played this week had at least two players make the “Team of the Week,” with the winless Edmonton Elks being the only team to not have any.
Team of the Week
- QB: Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts
- RB: James Butler, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Outside WR: David Ungerer III, Toronto Argonauts
- Slot WR: Nic Demski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Slot WR: DaVaris Daniels, Toronto Argonauts
- Slot WR: Nate Behar, Ottawa Redblacks
- Outside WR: Luther Hakunavanhu, Calgary Stampeders
- LT: Tyrone Riley, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- LG: Pier-Olivier Lestage, Montreal Alouettes
- C: Chris Kolankowski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- RG: Coulter Woodmansey, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- RT: Landon Rice, Montreal Alouettes
- DI: Mike Rose, Calgary Stampeders
- DI: Ricky Walker, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Edge: James Vaughters, Calgary Stampeders
- Edge: Malik Carney, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- LB: Micah Awe, Calgary Stampeders
- LB: Tyrice Beverette, Montreal Alouettes
- Cover LB: Frankie Griffin, Ottawa Redblacks
- CB: Nick Marshall, Saskatchewan Roughriders
- CB: Abu Daramy-Swaray, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- HB: Robertson Daniel, Toronto Argonauts
- HB: Chris Edwards, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- S: Marc-Antoine Dequoy, Montreal Alouettes
- K: Rene Paredes, Calgary Stampeders
- P: Cody Grace, Calgary Stampeders
- Returner: Mario Alford, Saskatchewan Roughriders
Players of the Week
Quarterback of the Week: QB Chad Kelly, Toronto Argonauts
This was Kelly’s breakout CFL game. Make no mistake, he’s played well to start the season, but this game was special. His basic statistics are impressive enough, as he threw for 385 yards and three touchdowns, plus a rushing touchdown. However, looking deeper shows just how impressive it really was. Kelly had an 88.5% adjusted completion percentage while posting a 13.1-yard average depth of target and making six big-time throws. He looked like a star quarterback for the league’s best team. Kelly’s 93.4 overall game grade was the highest single-game grade by a quarterback this season.
Offensive Player of the Week: RB James Butler, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Many thought that this might be the week that Butler really broke out, playing against a struggling Edmonton Elks defense. And boy did he ever. Of Butler’s 132 rushing yards, 94 of them came after first contact. He forced nine missed tackles and recorded five explosive runs. He also added three more missed tackles forced after he caught a pass. Butler finished with an 87.3 overall grade and currently leads all CFL RBs this season with 36 missed tackles forced on 82 total touches.
Offensive Line of the Week: Hamilton Tiger-Cats
It was a fantastic week for this Hamilton offensive line. Led by LG Brandon Revenberg (80.4 grade) and LT Tyrone Riley (78.0), the Tiger-Cats bullied the Edmonton Elks to the tune of 155 rushing yards on 23 attempts. The 2.2 yards before contact gained by Hamilton rushers was the second-highest number of the week. In the passing game, Hamilton allowed just one sack and as a unit, it was beaten a total of just eight times the entire game.
Pass-Rusher of the Week: DI Mike Rose, Calgary Stampeders
Rose had a slow start to the season, but he’s found his stride, as he’s graded above 75.0 in each of his last three games. This past week saw him sack the quarterback three times and pressure him twice more. He also posted two other pass rush wins en route to a 79.0 pass rush grade. Rose’s 8.0 pass-rushing productivity score ranks him second among interior defenders this season.
Run Defender of the Week: LB Larry Dean, Saskatchewan Roughriders
No surprise here as the Roughriders linebacker makes his second straight appearance as “Run Defender of the Week.” Dean had three tackles and an assist in the run game and finished with an 81.9 run defense grade. His presence was the biggest reason why the Roughriders were able to hold the CFL’s highest-graded RB (Calgary’s Dedrick Mills) to just 3.3 yards per carry and only two broken tackles. Dean leads the CFL this year with a 91.2 run defense grade.
Coverage Player of the Week: HB Robertson Daniel, Toronto Argonauts
It wasn’t quite his three-interception game, but it was still a great one from Daniel this week. In 43 coverage snaps, he was targeted just three times. He allowed all three completions but limited them to an impressive 22 yards total, and none of them went for first downs. Daniel also had a pass defense that saved a touchdown in the fourth quarter, when he read the quarterback’s eyes and broke on a pass to bail out a teammate that was beaten.