CFL Week 16: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly from the Week That Was

Dorian McLeanContributor IIIOctober 18, 2011

Following the 16th week of the CFL, the Saskatchewan Roughriders will join the Toronto Argonauts at the golf course as they have been eliminated from the playoffs following their loss to the B.C. Lions, while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats will receive the sixth and final postseason slot.

The Good

The B.C. Lions continue to keep on winning behind the effective play of their defense and the ability of quarterback Travis Lulay, who put together two key drives to put touchdowns on the board. It took almost 50 minutes of game play before either team found a major, however.

Henry Burris played himself out of the starting lineup once again, with his ineffectiveness against the Toronto Argonauts that potentially cost his team the win Friday. In his place, Drew Tate came in and threw for over 200 yards and two touchdowns, completing over 67 percent of his throws.

Earlier in Week 15 running back Cory Boyd of the Toronto Argonauts took to the social media site Twitter to vent his frustrations once again after a lack of touches and progress. In Week 16 over their win against Calgary, Cory Boyd rushed for 148 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries and added another 27 yards on three receiving receptions.

The Bad

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have been eliminated from the playoffs following their loss at home to the B.C. Lions. This is the first time since 2001 that the Roughriders have missed the postseason and will have a lot of questions that need answers come the offseason.

During Calgary’s loss to the Toronto Argonauts, Henry Burris and the offense were given several opportunities to put in majors and take a lead in the game; however, twice they struggled in the red zone and had to settle for field goals.

This among other issues likely promoted head coach John Hufnagel to make the quarterback change after Drew Tate came in for relief Friday night.

The Ugly

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers lose what could eventually become a costly game against the Edmonton Eskimos after easily handling the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on the road. They return home for a Saturday afternoon tilt against the Montreal Alouettes, in a game that will likely have home field advantage implications.

This is after a team started 7-1 but have since gone 2-5 in their last seven games. It appears the club puts too much effort behind quarterback Buck Pierce and get relentless in pulling Pierce from the field if he begins to struggle.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have had their troubles over the last month certainly, having lost their last four games. However, one of their biggest issue as of late has been offensive production behind Darian Durant and an offense with what many would say is overloaded in talent.

Through the last four games, Saskatchewan has failed to find the end zone and their streak sits at 16 quarters and 60 possessions without an offensive touchdown.

Offensive Player of the Week:

Cory Boyd of the Toronto Argonauts responded to criticism Friday night by pounding the ball down the field for 148 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. This comes after Cory Boyd commented on his lack of involvement over the last few weeks and made up for it in a big way, helping lead his team to a win.

Defensive Player of the Week:

Chip Cox of the Montreal Alouettes continued his defensive game play as he always does, invoking it against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats Sunday afternoon. Cox finished the day with seven tackles, one sack and an interception.

Special Teams Player of the Week:

Without question, Paul McCallum was once again clutch for his team after kicking the game-winning field goal a week ago against the Calgary Stampeders. During their offensive struggles against Saskatchewan, McCallum kicked all five of his field goals while the team worked on adding two majors.

Canadian Player of the Week:

Jerome Messam of the Edmonton Eskimos has been a key pickup for the Eskimos this season after his issues on and off the field with the B.C. Lions. Since being acquired, Messam has contributed offensively for the team and has been a welcomed running back to their offensive schemes. Against Winnipeg Saturday evening, Messam rushed for 74 yards on 11 carries and one touchdown.