It is never a dull week in the CFL, and week five of the 2013 season was no different. With byes quickly approaching in weeks six and seven, teams were looking to enter their rest week on a high note.
Week five saw the Edmonton Eskimos lose on the road in Montreal, the Calgary Stampeders beat the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Saskatchewan Roughriders remain undefeated against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Argonauts top the BC Lions.
It was a week of backup quarterbacks in the CFL, as four of the eight starting quarterbacks were replacements. However, inexperience did not appear to play a role this week as all the backups put up some impressive numbers.
Drew Willy started for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and kept their undefeated record intact. Willy threw for 269 yards and three touchdowns on the road.
In Winnipeg, Bo Mitchell started his first CFL game for the Calgary Stampeders, and he completed 29 of 33 passes for 376 yards and three touchdowns. His counter part for the Blue Bombers, Justin Goltz, completed 19 passes for 194 yards and two touchdowns.
The final backup quarterback getting a start in week five was Zack Collaros. With the Argonauts bye week coming up, the team was likely just being cautious with Ricky Ray, but the plan did not backfire.
The Argonauts adjusted their game plan and used Collaros’ skill set to perfection. He finished with 28 yards rushing, 253 through the air and 3 touchdowns en route to a 38-12 victory.
Riders remain undefeated
The Saskatchewan Roughriders went on the to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and did exactly what they needed to in order to remain undefeated.
With starting quarterback Darian Durant sidelined, the Roughriders relied on the return of Geroy Simon and running back Kory Sheets to beat the Tiger-Cats. Simon caught his first TD pass of the season, and Sheets rumbled for 140 yards on the ground.
It appears the Roughriders can do no wrong for now. If a backup quarterback can win on the road, perhaps the Roughriders are for real.
Kory Sheets, the Saskatchewan Roughriders breakout running back, continued to tear up defenses in week five. He rushed for 140 yards on 25 carries and added two catches for 29 yards.
Sheets became the first player in CFL history to rush for over 100 yards in each of his teams first five regular season games. If he can keep up this torrid pace, he will shatter Mike Pringle's single season rushing record by nearly 500 yards.
Three years ago, when the Toronto Argonauts drafted Alexander Robinson, they were drafting an athletic Canadian who they expected to play defensive end and special teams.
Fast forward to 2013, and Robinson has been asked to help out all over the field. He has taken snaps at fullback and linebacker in practice, seen game action at defensive end and on special teams and even handled kickoff duties in week one.
In week five, Robinson caught the first two passes of his CFL career. Both came on the same drive, in the red zone, with the second one ending in a touchdown.
There does not appear to be much the team won’t ask him to do. Week five may have been the beginning of his coming out party.