Players of the Week, 2023 Season

Here’s Week 1 from PFF:

Offense

  • QB: Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RB: Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Outside WR: Austin Mack, Montreal Alouettes
  • Slot WR: Eugene Lewis, Edmonton Elks
  • Slot WR: Nic Demski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Slot WR: Dominique Rhymes, BC Lions
  • Outside WR: Drew Wolitarsky, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LT: Stanley Bryant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LG: Andrew Peirson, BC Lions
  • C: Peter Godber, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • RG: Kristian Matte, Montreal Alouettes
  • RT: Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Defense

  • DI: Woody Baron, BC Lions
  • DI: Almondo Sewell, Montreal Alouettes
  • Edge: Anthony Lanier, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Edge: James Vaughers, Calgary Stampeders
  • LB: Avery Williams, Montreal Alouettes
  • LB: Jameer Thurman, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Cover LB: Chris Edwards, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • CB: Demerio Houston, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • CB: Garry Peters, BC Lions
  • HB: Ciante Evans, Montreal Alouettes
  • HB: Najee Murray, Montreal Alouettes
  • S: Marc Antoine-Dequoy, Montreal Alouettes

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K: David Cote, Montreal Alouettes
  • P: Joseph Zema, Montreal Alouettes
  • Returner: Chandler Worthy, Montreal Alouettes

QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: QB ZACH COLLAROS, WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

What a start to the season for Collaros. The two-time defending Most Outstanding Player came out firing, throwing for 189 yards and three touchdowns in the first quarter alone. Collaros didn’t have to do much for the rest of the game and still finished with a couple of big-time throws and a league-leading 85.2 passing grade.


OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR EUGENE LEWIS, EDMONTON ELKS

If switching teams in the offseason affected Lewis, he didn’t show it in Week 1, as he caught five passes for 148 yards and a touchdown. All five of his catches went for first downs, with the highlight, of course, being the 102-yard touchdown reception to start the second quarter. Lewis led all offensive skill players with an 80.0 overall grade.


OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK: BC LIONS

The Lions opened the season with a big offensive performance that was anchored by their very strong offensive line. They gained 102 yards on 21 designed runs, with an impressive 68% of those yards coming before contact. Their pass protection was even better, as they allowed 0 sacks and a mere four total pressures all game, finishing with an 86.7 pass block grade as a unit.


PASS-RUSHER OF THE WEEK: EDGE ANTHONY LANIER, SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

Lanier was an absolute beast rushing the passer in Week 1, finishing with a sack, a hit, five quarterback hurries and an additional three pass-rush wins for a 90.2 pass-rush grade. He was virtually unblockable for the Riders, as he ended up with a ridiculous 52.9% pass rush win percentage that helped stifle the Elks’ passing game.


RUN DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: LB AVERY WILLIAMS, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

The Alouettes allowed just 40 rushing yards on 14 designed attempts in their game against the Ottawa Redblacks, and it was largely thanks to the strong play of Williams in the middle. He finished with a 90.1 run defense grade after recording six tackles in the run game, with four of them being defensive stops.


COVERAGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: HB CIANTE EVANS, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

It really was a great defensive game for the Alouettes, and Evans was the star in the secondary. He was thrown at five times in this game. On two of those targets, he intercepted it. On another two of them, he forced an incompletion. The other target was a swing pass completion in which he made the tackle for a loss of three yards. Have a game Ciante.

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Muamba names Milligan his dawg of the week.

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CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 2: OFFENCE

QB | Zach Collaros | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | WPG 45 – SSK 27

  • PFF Player Grade: 90.8
  • 23-for-31 (74.2 per cent) passing for 293 yards and two touchdowns
  • Three rushes for 17 yards and one major
  • 127.5 efficiency rating

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 2: DEFENCE

DL | Julian Howsare | Calgary Stampeders | CGY 26 – OTT 15

  • PFF Player Grade: 90.6
  • One defensive tackle and one tackle for a loss
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I’m confused Dave (this comes as a surprise to no one), why is kick returner extraordinaire Janarion Grant not the special teams returner of the week?

Good question.

Apparently he is, but not sure why he isn’t part of the CFL.ca story.

Team of the Week

OFFENSE

  • QB: Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RB: Taquan Mizzell Sr., BC Lions
  • Outside WR: Damonte Coxie, Toronto Argonauts
  • Slot WR: Dalton Schoen, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Slot WR: D’haquille Williams, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Slot WR: Reggie Begelton, Calgary Stampeders
  • Outside WR: Samuel Emilus, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • LT: Jarell Broxton, BC Lions
  • LG: Drew Desjarlais, Ottawa Redblacks
  • C: Chris Kolankowski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RG: Sukh Chungh, BC Lions
  • RT: Jermarcus Hardrick, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

DEFENSE

  • DI: Jared Brinkman, Toronto Argonauts
  • DI: Folarin Orimolade, Toronto Argonauts
  • Edge: Julian Howsare, Calgary Stampeders
  • Edge: Celestin Haba, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LB: Boseko Lokombo, BC Lions
  • LB: Larry Dean, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • Cover LB: Ben Hladik, BC Lions
  • CB: Tre Roberson, Calgary Stampeders
  • CB: Deontai Williams, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • HB: Titus Wall, Calgary Stampeders
  • HB: Emmanuel Rugamba, BC Lions
  • S: Robertson Daniel, Toronto Argonauts

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K: Sean Whyte, BC Lions
  • P: Bailey Flint, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Returner: Janarion Grant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
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Here’s 3DN’s take on Week 2:

Offensive player of the week: QB Trevor Harris, Saskatchewan Roughriders

The 37-year-old was questionable due to a hip injury that held him out of practice during the week but looked no worse for wear on Friday night. Harris threw for 405 yards and three touchdowns against Winnipeg, impressing in his home regular season debut as the face of the franchise in Riderville. Though not known for his running ability, Harris also chipped in three carries for 23 yards to be Saskatchewan’s leading rusher on the day.

Honourable mention: QB Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers


Defensive player of the week: LB Micah Awe, Calgary Stampeders

The journeyman defender has settled nicely into the middle of Calgary’s defensive unit and was dominant against the Redblacks, recording five tackles, one sack, one interception, and one forced fumble. On the whole, the Stampeders allowed only 15 points and 249 yards of net offence while generating five takeaways. Awe had big shoes to fill when he took over from Jameer Thurman but so far, he’s doing a nice job.

Honourable mention: SAM Adarius Pickett, Toronto Argonauts

Special teams player of the week: KR Janarion Grant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The 29-year-old showed once again why he is the league’s most dangerous return specialist, breaking upwards of eight tackles on a 92-yard punt return touchdown. The play was initially negated by a phantom illegal block penalty, though the flag was picked up upon review. Grant has now returned seven punts for touchdowns over just 35 career CFL regular season games.

Honourable mention: DB Brandin Dandridge, Ottawa Redblacks

Breakout player of the week: REC Samuel Emilus, Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Montreal native made only nine receptions during his rookie season a year ago but is now a household name on the prairies following an outstanding performance against the rival Blue Bombers. Emilus caught seven passes for 77 yards and three touchdowns, which tied a single-game franchise record. The former first-round pick has started living up to his billing and has clearly developed quick chemistry with Trevor Harris.

Honourable mention: REC Damonte Coxie, Toronto Argonauts

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And here’s the CFLPA member of Week 2:


I missed it last week, but reference their Week 1 MOTW was Collaros:

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Players of the Week

QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: QB CODY FAJARDO, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

The Alouettes’ offense and their new quarterback might be the surprise of the season so far. Fajardo had a great start to the season and followed that up this week with an even better game, recording an 83.3% adjusted completion percentage while tossing a couple of big-time throws. His 91.5 passing grade was the highest of the week by a fair bit. Fajardo is currently the third-highest-graded QB this season at 84.0 overall.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: RB JAMAL MORROW, SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

A week after being held to just 20 yards on six carries, Morrow exploded in a big way and helped lead the Riders to a big overtime win in Week 3. He was the only CFL running back to accumulate over 100 rushing yards, and he also led the league with 69 of his 133 yards coming after first contact. Nonetheless, the 11 missed tackles that he forced was his most impressive feat, as it was the most missed tackles forced in a game since Week 6 of the 2022 season.

OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK: TORONTO ARGONAUTS

It was an utterly dominant performance for the Argonauts offense this week, and it all stemmed from its offensive line play. It didn’t allow a single sack or hit on a pass play, surrendering just two quarterback hurries. In the run game, it imposed its will on the Elks defense, anchoring a run game that finished with a league-leading 183 yards on 37 carries. Moreover, 101 of those yards came before contact, which gives a sense of the kind of holes this offensive line was opening.

PASS-RUSHER OF THE WEEK: DI DEWAYNE HENDRIX, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

While there were some big pass-rushing performances this week, Hendrix finished as the top pass-rusher with an 89.4 grade. He recorded two sacks but also had another quarterback hit and four additional hurries. His seven total pressures were second in the league, and he won on 23.1% of his pass rushing snaps, one of the top marks of the week.

RUN DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: LB ADAM BIGHILL, WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Bighill struggled through the first two weeks of the season, but he bounced back in a big way this past week. His 89.5 run defense grade led the league, as did his three solo run stops. He didn’t record a single negative grade on a run play, something no other linebacker in the league could say this week.

COVERAGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: S ROYCE METCHIE, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

Yet another Argonaut makes his way into this write-up after a dominant performance from the team. Metchie was targeted four times in coverage and allowed three catches for a measly 11 yards. Of his seven tackles, two of them were defensive stops. Of course, he also had a pick-six. All of this contributed to his league-leading 91.8 coverage grade.

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Week 4

QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: QB CHAD KELLY, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

It was a tough week of quarterback play in the CFL for anyone not named Chad Kelly. While his numbers weren’t anything spectacular, this game was more about what Kelly didn’t do. He took care of the ball better than he has thus far this season, avoiding any turnover-worthy plays. He finished with an 80.0% adjusted completion percentage and also added a nice big-time throw. Kelly’s 83.7 passing grade was well ahead of second-place Tyrie Adams’ 64.5.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR KAION JULIEN-GRANT, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

Despite scoring only three points, there were a few highly graded bright spots on the Alouettes’ offense. Julien-Grant was the top player (77.8 receiving grade) and had the best offensive performance of the week. He caught all six of his targets for 129 yards, with 51 of those coming after the catch. He forced a couple of missed tackles when he had the ball in his hands and was one-for-one on contested catch opportunities.

PASS RUSHER OF THE WEEK: EDGE WILLIE JEFFERSON, WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS

Jefferson has been known to wreak havoc on opposing offenses, and that’s exactly what he did this week. His 78.0 pass-rushing grade led the league thanks to his CFL-high nine pressures. Two of those pressures were sacks and another took the quarterback to the ground. He recorded a pressure on 25.7% of his snaps, one of the top marks in the league.

RUN DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: HB EMMANUEL RUGAMBA, BC LIONS

Although the Lions’ run defense wasn’t overly spectacular as a whole, Rugamba stood out. The defensive halfback led the league with a 79.7 run-defense grade thanks to a handful of positive plays throughout the game. He made three tackles and two assists (with an average depth of tackle of just 2.0 yards) and earned a positive grade on 22.2% of his run-defense snaps.

COVERAGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: HB ROBERTSON DANIEL, TORONTO ARGONAUTS

Daniel was the most obvious player to highlight this week. While he did allow a few first downs in coverage, he more than made up for it by picking off three separate Vernon Adams Jr. throws. If that seems impressive, know that it should have been four. On Jonathan Jones’ interception, the ball bounced right off Daniel’s hands before it was caught off the rebound by Jones. That huge performance is part of the reason Daniel leads the CFL this season with an 88.7 coverage grade.

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CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: OFFENCE

QB | Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts | TOR 35 – MTL 27

  • PFF Player Grade: 93.4
  • 21-of-25 passing
  • Season-highs in completion percentage (84.0), passing yards (351) and passing touchdowns (three)
  • Three 30+ yard completions, including a game-high 45-yard effort
  • Three carries for 13 yards, including a rushing major on Toronto’s first drive of the game
  • 141.7 efficiency rating

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: DEFENCE

LB | Micah Awe | Calgary Stampeders | CGY 33 – SSK 31

  • PFF Player Grade: 81.1
  • 58 total defensive snaps
  • Game-high nine defensive tackles and one special teams tackle
  • 79.6 Grade on 15 run defence snaps
  • 76.0 Grade on 34 coverage snaps

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 6: OFFENSIVE LINE

Hamilton Tiger-Cats | HAM 37 – EDM 29

CFL HONOUR ROLL: ALL-WEEK 6
(Position | Name | Team | Grade)

  • QB | Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts | 93.4
  • RB | James Butler | Hamilton Tiger-Cats | 87.3
  • REC | David Ungerer III | Toronto Argonauts | 77.1
  • OL | Pier-Olivier Lestage | Montreal Alouettes | 82.8
  • DL | James Vaughters | Calgary Stampeders | 79.8
  • LB | Micah Awe | Calgary Stampeders | 81.1
  • DB | Robertson Daniel | Toronto Argonauts | 74.8
  • K/P | René Paredes | Calgary Stampeders | 84.7
  • ST | Kobe Williams | Calgary Stampeders | 91.0

TOP OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2023
(Grade | Week | Position | Name | Team)

  1. 93.4 | Week 6 | QB | Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts
  2. 92.5 | Week 3 | DB | Royce Metchie | Toronto Argonauts
  3. 90.8 | Week 2 | QB | Zach Collaros | Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  4. 90.6 | Week 2 | DL | Julian Howsare | Calgary Stampeders
  5. 90.3 | Week 3 | QB | Cody Fajardo | Montreal Alouettes
  6. 90.3 | Week 3 | DB | Loucheiz Purifoy | Edmonton Elks
  7. 88.2 | Week 5 | QB | Trevor Harris | Saskatchewan Roughriders
  8. 88.2 | Week 4 | DB | Robertson Daniel | Toronto Argonauts
  9. 88.1 | Week 5 | RB | Dedrick Mills | Calgary Stampeders
  10. 87.8 | Week 6 | QB | Matthew Shiltz | Hamilton Tiger-Cats
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Team of the Week

OFFENSE

  • QB: Zach Collaros, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RB: Brady Oliveira, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • Outside WR: Clark Barnes, Calgary Stampeders
  • Slot WR: Nate Behar, Ottawa Redblacks
  • Slot WR: Justin Hardy, Ottawa Redblacks
  • Slot WR: Reggie Begelton, Calgary Stampeders
  • Outside WR: Kenny Lawler, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LT: Stanley Bryant, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • LG: Brandon Revenberg, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • C: Chris Kolankowski, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • RG: Thomas Jack-Kurdyla, Edmonton Elks
  • RT: Colin Kelly, Saskatchewan Roughriders

DEFENSE

  • DI: Mike Rose, Calgary Stampeders
  • DI: Woody Baron, BC Lions
  • Edge: Folarin Orimolade, Toronto Argonauts
  • Edge: Bryce Carter, Ottawa Redblacks
  • LB: Boseko Lokombo, BC Lions
  • LB: Cameron Judge, Calgary Stampeders
  • Cover LB: Ben Hladik, BC Lions
  • CB: Brandin Dandridge, Ottawa Redblacks
  • CB: Demerio Houston, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  • HB: Richard Leonard, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • HB: Amari Henderson, Saskatchewan Roughriders
  • S: Quincy Mauger, BC Lions

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K: Sean Whyte, BC Lions
  • P: Bailey Flint, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
  • Returner: Tyreik McAllister, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
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And previous winners:

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CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 8: OFFENCE

QB | Dane Evans | BC Lions | BC 27 – EDM 0

  • PFF Player Grade: 90.1
  • 25-of-32 passing (78.1 per cent) for 330 yards and two touchdowns in first start of 2023
  • One 30+ yard pass: personal season-high 55-yard effort to Alexander Hollins in the first quarter
  • 5 efficiency rating

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 8: DEFENCE

DB | Kabion Ento | Montreal Alouettes | MTL 25 – CGY 18

  • PFF Player Grade: 91.8
  • 54 total defensive snaps
  • One interception returned 53 yards for a touchdown
  • Three defensive tackles and two pass knockdowns
  • 8 Grade on 44 coverage snaps

CFL HONOUR ROLL – WEEK 8: OFFENSIVE LINE

BC Lions | BC 27 – EDM 0

  • PFF unit grade: 71.8
  • Top-3 performers:
    • Jarrell Broxton | 73.7
    • Michael Couture | 72.7
    • Kent Perkins 63.3

CFL HONOUR ROLL: ALL-WEEK 8
(Position | Name | Team | Grade)

TOP OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES OF 2023
(Grade | Week | Position | Name | Team)

  1. 93.4 | Week 6 | QB | Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts
  2. 92.5 | Week 3 | DB | Royce Metchie | Toronto Argonauts
  3. 91.8 | Week 8 | DB | Kabion Ento | Montreal Alouettes
  4. 90.8 | Week 2 | QB | Zach Collaros | Winnipeg Blue Bombers
  5. 90.6 | Week 2 | DL | Julian Howsare | Calgary Stampeders
  6. 90.3 | Week 3 | QB | Cody Fajardo | Montreal Alouettes
  7. 90.3 | Week 3 | DB | Loucheiz Purifoy | Edmonton Elks
  8. 90.1 | Week 8 | QB | Dane Evans | BC Lions
  9. 88.2 | Week 5 | QB | Trevor Harris | Saskatchewan Roughriders
  10. 88.2 | Week 4 | DB | Robertson Daniel | Toronto Argonauts

SPECIAL TEAMS

  • K: Rene Paredes, Calgary Stampeders
  • P: Richie Leone, Ottawa Redblacks
  • Returner: Javon Leake, Toronto Argonauts
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Players of the Week

QUARTERBACK OF THE WEEK: QB DANE EVANS, BC LIONS

With the game Evans played over the weekend, the Lions should feel incredibly confident going forward even if starting QB Vernon Adams Jr. has to miss more time. Evans was electric in his game, finishing the week with a league-high 90.2 passing grade. He had a 77.8% adjusted completion percentage while leading all starting QBs with a 12.1-yard average depth of target. He had three big-time throws while not making a single turnover-worthy play. Evans has made eight big-time throws to just two turnover-worthy plays over these last two games. While it’s unlikely that he genuinely threatens Adams’ starting spot, he’s proving that he may be the most capable backup in the CFL.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: WR TEVIN JONES, SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS

The Roughriders fell behind early to the Argos and spent pretty much the entire game trying to pass their way back into it. While his teammate Shawn Bane Jr. had himself quite a game and scored the Riders’ lone touchdown, Jones may have been the more impressive receiver. He caught nine passes for 132 yards and six first downs. He had two contested targets and caught both. He also forced five missed tackles after the catch. His only real misstep in this game was a dropped pass on second down in which a defender flashed in front of him. Jones has 10 missed tackles forced this season (third among WRs) and his 2.12 yards per route run average ranks seventh.

OFFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK: BC LIONS

The Lions offensive line had a field day against the hapless Edmonton Elks’ defense. Run or pass blocking, it didn’t matter; BC was dominant. While it did allow four sacks, it only allowed two other pressures in 42 pass block snaps. That 14.3% pressure rate was the lowest of the week. In the run game, BC’s offensive line anchored an offense that gained 119 yards on 23 carries. More importantly, the Lions averaged an impressive 2.6 yards before contact per rush and only twice were they stopped for no gain or less. It’s no wonder they rolled to an easy victory.

PASS-RUSHER OF THE WEEK: DI MUSTAFA JOHNSON, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

It was a dominant performance on the inside for Johnson, who could hardly be contained all game long. He rushed the passer 37 times and finished with a sack, a hit, four quarterback hurries and five additional pass rush wins. His 86.7 pass rush grade was the highest of the week by a large amount (second place Folarin Orimolade’s grade was 79.2). Johnson is the highest-graded pass rusher this season at 87.8. He has 27 total pressures but a ridiculous 15 additional wins. His 17% season-long pass rush win rate is the highest among interior defenders by far.

RUN DEFENDER OF THE WEEK: LB FRANKIE GRIFFIN, OTTAWA REDBLACKS

Griffin has been a run-stopper all season long, and this game was no different. He made five tackles in the run game, with four of those being defensive stops. His 80.9 run defense grade led all box players. His play was a big reason for Hamilton rushing for a measly 23 yards on 13 attempts. Griffin has 17 run stops this season, which leads the league by five. He’s also one of the surest tacklers in the CFL, missing on just 6.3% of his tackle attempts in the run game.

COVERAGE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CB KABION ENTO, MONTREAL ALOUETTES

The two games before the bye week were rough for Ento, who surrendered 11 catches for 203 yards and four TDs in those two games. Perhaps the bye week allowed him to reset because he came out flying this past week. Ento was targeted four times and allowed just one catch. That catch was a nine yards gain on first-and-20 in which he closed quickly and made the tackle. He had four pass breakups in coverage, twice peeling off his own coverage to go knock the ball away and stop a completion. And that isn’t even counting his pick-six. When it was all said and done, Ento finished with a 91.8 coverage grade, one of the highest single-game marks of the season.

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