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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 2

Posted: Monday, July 9, 2012 | 09:41 AM

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Montreal Alouettes receiver Brandon Whitaker, left, may have been shut down by Calgary here in Week 1, but he picked up three touchdowns in a Week 2 win against Winnipeg. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) Montreal Alouettes receiver Brandon Whitaker, left, may have been shut down by Calgary here in Week 1, but he picked up three touchdowns in a Week 2 win against Winnipeg. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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A beast mode type of week for the Alouettes' Brandon Whitaker and Argonauts' Cory Boyd earned the two players top marks with the hosts of the 3rd And Long podcast.

MAC'S MAIN MAIN

His teammate may be nicknamed Optimus, but it was Brandon Whitaker who was Prime this weekend in the CFL.

After being completely shut down and embarrassed against Calgary last Sunday, the Montreal Alouettes (and especially Whitaker) blazed back in full force to capture their first win of the season 41-30 over Winnipeg.

Whitaker was in full beast mode both on the ground and in the air. These numbers speak for themselves: three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing), 235 total yards (137 receiving, 98 rushing), and touched the ball a combined 27 times. The only man who handled the pigskin more for Montreal was Anthony Calvillo, and he's the quarterback!

To put up those types of stats against a still very dangerous Blue Bombers defence makes Brandon Whitaker without a doubt my Main Man for Week 2.

-- Andy McNamara

CARLAN'S DARLING

The Argos are a very tough team to beat when star running back Cory Boyd brings his "A" game. When Boyd rushes for over 100 yards, the Argos are 10-2.

In Saturday's home opener Boyd did just that rushing 20 times for 101 yards and a touchdown as the Argos got their first win of the season 39-36 over the Calgary Stampeders.

After seeing the ball only eight times on the ground for 48 yards in last week's 19-15 season opening loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, the Boatmen made a conscious effort to get their pocket-sized running back the ball and establish the ground game.

The Cory Boyd of old surfaced, which made life easy for Argos quarterback Ricky Ray as he was able to be effective through the air with the play action game. Ray finished the day throwing for over 400 yards (30-40, 407 yards, 2 TDs) allowing he and head coach Scott Milanovich to get their first wins as Argos.

If Toronto plans on having a better year than last year's forgettable season, the recipe is simple: get Cory Boyd his touches by any means necessary.

-- Carlan Gay                                   

Honorable mentions: Larry Taylor of the Calgary Stampeders with 441 all-purpose yards (2nd most in CFL history) and the true CFL fans who stuck around for the entire Saskatchewan Roughrider, Edmonton Eskimo game.

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