Ticats are getting duly acknowledged this week by the powers that be. Highlights:
Number 1 in the Power Rankings:
Hard to argue that one.
Two of the three players in the Top Performers list: Collaros and Norwood.
Four of the 10 Plays of the Week: Banks' catch & run, Banks' punt return, Norwood's TD, and Tasker's diving TD catch.
This is all great, obviously. But being a Ticat fan, I'm still going to argue with some of the above.
1) Levi Mitchell ranking above Collaros in the Top Performers list.
Mitchell completed 17 of 25 passes (68 per cent) for 248 yards and two TDs, plus two rushing TDs. Collaros completed 19 of 23 passes (83 per cent) for 290 yards and 4 TDs. Both outstanding performances, but looks to me like Zach had better numbers overall. However I didn't watch the other game.
Justin Dunk ranked Collaros higher: http://cfl.ca/article/qb-scorecard-and-starters-collaros-or-mitchell-on-top
2) Brandon Banks not getting more recognition.
This is a minor point, but I think Banks got slightly snubbed this week. His TD catch was only #3 on the Plays of the Week list. Ranking above him were one-handed catches by SJ Green and Greg Ellingson. One-handed catches are great, but let's face it, we see them every single week.
How often do we see a guy just blow through two tacklers in rapid succession, both of whom had him lined up dead to rights, en route to a TD? Not to mention the guy being outweighed by 50-75 pounds. Football is about more than acrobatic catches. For a receiver, it's route-running, catching, running, breaking tackles. I think that was one of the most complete and impressive football plays we've seen all year. Throw in a punt return TD (only the fifth all season), and 200+ yards of total offence, and you've got a pretty good case for Banks also being a top performer of the week. Maybe he's set expectations too high.
Of course, had Banks made that list, one of our other guys may have been bumped. Obviously I'm just whining here. Great job by the team all around!