Mitchell and Stamps exert dominance heading into bye week

Maybe we were nit-picking. Maybe we just didn’t want to declare them perfect.

Nothing is perfect of course. The Calgary Stampeders offence DIDN’T set a season-high in points scored against the Montreal Alouettes on Friday night. The 59-11 victory wasn’t their most lopsided this season.

This is called grasping at straws.

The best Grey Cup matchup this season might be a Stampeders intrasquad game. The best offence vs the best defence, all night long.

When looking for flaws in the now 12-1-1 Stampeders heading into their meeting with the Als at McMahon Stadium, the one thing you could say was that Bo Levi Mitchell and the Stamps offence weren’t really clicking on all cylinders.

They didn’t score a touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week, yet won 15-9.

Mitchell had an average day, going 16-of-31 passing for 240 yards against the B.C. Lions the week previous to that, but they won of course, 27-13.

The defence was carrying this team it seemed, and the only thing you could say about what could eventually be the downfall of the Stamps was offensive inefficiency.

Forget that nonsense. Mitchell steps up when he needs to, and sometimes he’s going to flat out whip you.

The high standard to which Mitchell has raised his game is hard to repeat every single outing. No one can do it.

Then on nights like Friday, you remember why the reigning most outstanding player is still the best player in this league.

It was all summed up in one play.

Late in the second quarter, Mitchell rolled out to his left away from pressure, then tossed a perfect rainbow to Marquay McDaniel for a 46-yard gain. The deep pass was pinpoint in accuracy and an absolute thing of beauty.

That setup a touchdown run and put the Stamps up 28-4. Mitchell could have rested the rest of the night, although he kept lighting up the Als into the third quarter.

Let’s consider for a second all the excuses other teams make when they don’t perform at a high level, and injuries is at the top of the list.

The Stamps don’t seem affected by such crutches. On Friday night, they were without their top running back, two of their top three receivers and two of their top offensive linemen.

Missing Jerome Messam wasn’t an issue. Rookie Terry Williams ran the ball 16 times for 156 yards and punched in three touchdowns. The offensive line is performing nicely without the likes of Spencer Wilson or Pierre Lavertu of course.

Marken Michel, who has filled in nicely for Kamar Jorden and DaVaris Daniels, had seven grabs for 114 yards. Reggie Begelton even looked good, making four catches for 36 yards.

The Stamps could have made excuses for Mitchell too, seeing as he was fighting through some ailments for the better part of the past two months. They didn’t, and they didn’t lose a game during that stretch either.

Mitchell isn’t going to put up big numbers with the Stamps. He went 14-of-19 for 265 yards and two touchdown passes before coming out to give Andrew Buckley some more playing time.

There is no reason for Mitchell to pad stats. The only ones that matter is the Stamps have won 10 in a row, have a 17-game home win streak and have won 16 straight against West Division opponents.

Then once in a while an East Division team comes in for an old-fashioned butt kicking. The last time the Stamps looked this good, it was a 60-1 beating of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on July 29.

Buckley has shown this season he’s quite capable of leading an offence. Why can’t he be a starter in this league? As early as next season?

The reason will be that Mitchell is at the top of his game and the Stamps won’t part with a player they’ve developed into a quality QB. There will be no switching this Canadian to another position either. On Friday, his first two passes fell incomplete, then he rattled off five straight for 43 yards and put up another 10 points, not like the Stamps needed it.

The only issue that arose from Friday night’s win was that star return specialist Roy Finch limped off with an injury.

In true Stamps fashion, his replacement went one better. Tunde Adeleke returned a punt to the endzone, going through Alouettes defenders as if they were dumbfounded a rookie Canadian could be so athletic.

Now the Stamps have a bye week to get healthy before finishing out the final four games of the season, and it looks like a forgone conclusion they will be hosting the West final again Nov. 19.

Ian Busby

Ian Busby

Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.
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Ian Busby has covered the Stampeders and the CFL since 2003, with eight years as a beat reporter. He is now a producer at Breakfast Television.

19 Comments on Mitchell and Stamps exert dominance heading into bye week

  1. Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 4:57 pm //

    The greatest football team to ever play on planet Earth.

    • Great yes, but the greatest?…

      It’s too bad that Calgarians are taking them for granted….there were plenty of empty seats yesterday at McMahon. Maybe once their hockey team moves to Seattle in a couple of years, Calgarians will focus on football.

  2. Dominants?? It is Montreal..a win is a win but to beat Montreal strongly at this point not extraordinary. Sorry but if were against a better team I would agree. Still a good win lock up #1 spot and a break before WF. Wpg’s coming after you!!

    • Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 6:35 pm //

      That’s myopic to only see this article for last night…this article is about the body of work spanning years

    • Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm //

      I believe we handled Winnipeg quite easily in Canada’s loudest stadium. Home game coming up last week of the season. And possible west final date is also going to be in historic Mcmahon.

      • A lot has changed since week 3 though. It was our 2nd game and your third. It’d be naive to think Cgy and Wpg are the same teams that met that early July evening. Plus one could argue Winnipeg beat themselves with quite a few mistakes in that game that allowed Calgary to hang around and ultimately pull away

        • Not taking anything away from Calgary but Winnipeg deserves to be shown some respect and not overlooked/dismissed

          • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 2, 2017 at 9:14 pm //

            It goes without saying, really, but yes, the Bombers are a terrific football team. It’s good to see.

  3. Red&White Forever // September 30, 2017 at 6:38 pm //

    48 point differential IS dominant. Anyone else put up (almost) two 60 scores on another team? Let alone one? They’re not the greatest team on planet earth, as horsie says, but they’re definitely the greatest in the CFL right now, and no one is close.

  4. Rider rooter // September 30, 2017 at 7:29 pm //

    The stamps are a good team. The riders were 20 yards away from a victory. Let’s see them play the peg and the we will see. But the greatest ever lol might be stretch

    • Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm //

      Who’s been better over a 2 year period? Fyi we beat Sask far worse than the score indicates…your coach even said so

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // October 2, 2017 at 9:16 pm //

      And it also may not be a stretch.

      If they go 16-1-1 (or, God forbid, 15-2-1/14-3-1) following a 15-2-1 season, don’t you think that puts them in that conversation? I certainly do.

  5. Rider rooter // September 30, 2017 at 7:54 pm //

    The greatest team on earth that is a big statement. I to compare cfl to NFL is like comparing apples and oranges. I bet the browns would beat the stamps. The size and speed would be the difference

    • Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm //

      In head to head competition the browns might beat the Stamps but sit would depend on what rules they play. I’m talking about the relevant impact to their respective leagues when I say they are the best. Not necessarily in a head to head competition with team’s in other leagues

  6. Rider rooter // September 30, 2017 at 9:23 pm //

    Lol horsie you are listening to coach jones. Your opinion I guess. But still not the greatest CFL could never compare. There is a reason they are called the show. And your stamps win 4 cups in a row then you can brag. I am not a esk fan but can’t argue results.

    • Redly Superior // September 30, 2017 at 11:15 pm //

      ESKS won 5 in a row not 4..Still 27-3-2…Bo 55-8-2 as a starter, 17-0 vs west, 17-3 vs edm in labor day series over the last decade

  7. South-west cowboy // October 1, 2017 at 4:30 pm //

    Typical Calgary dominance.
    Jerome Messan gets nicked so Huffer brings in Terry Williams all primed and ready. He rambles for 156 yards and 3 TDs.
    Meanwhile over in Saskatchewan running back Cameron Marshall gets injured four games ago and Jones/Murphy are still sifting through the NFL junk heap.

  8. CFLs Best since 1990 // October 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm //

    Let’s say the Stamps lose one of their final 4 games, end up 15-2-1, duplicating last year’s awesome record. Just short of that record 16-2 mark, two seasons in a row? That’s saying something.

    Now, what if they follow that up with a 14-4 or 13-5 record next season? That would be at least five years in a row of 13+ win seasons. No, not 5 Grey Cups in a row, but it is a substantial statement of excellence, game after game, year after year. Looking at Dickenson’s coaching record and Bo’s record as a starter, I know the league has never seen anything quite like it before.

    I couldn’t be prouder to be a Stamps fan, and it’s not because we’ve won enough rings for two hands, it’s because of the quality and integrity of the organization and it’s players.

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