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CFLMost Valuable Players in CFL: Week 12

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012 | 09:41 AM

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Calgary wide receiver Nik Lewis (82) is wrapped up by Johnny Sears and Ian Logan in a 44-3 rout of Winnipeg (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press) Calgary wide receiver Nik Lewis (82) is wrapped up by Johnny Sears and Ian Logan in a 44-3 rout of Winnipeg (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Nik Lewis accounted for plenty of offence and Montreal Alouettes Shea Emery provided plenty of defence in Week 12 of the CFL.

MAC'S MAIN MAIN

In a league where offence gets most of the love, let's give a big 3rd And Long hug to the defensive prowess of Montreal Alouette linebacker Shea Emery.

Week 12 in the CFL was highlighted by a pair of blowouts that boasted impressive statistics from several players. But as we know, it's a lot easier to pad the numbers when a game is out of reach.

Case in point, Sunday's matinee of the Saskatchewan Roughriders visiting Montreal. In a pivotal matchup for both clubs, Saskatchewan was flying high following consecutive victories over the gong show that is Winnipeg. Montreal, meanwhile, continued to jostle for first place with Toronto and certainly happy to be back at home where it boasted a 4-1 record.

Anthony Calvillo had a rare game in which he failed to pass for more than 300 yards and rushing the football just wasn't in the cards. That meant it was up to the often-criticized Alouettes defence to keep a clicking Roughriders attack out of the end zone and not get into a shootout. The defence certainly stepped up and, led by Emery, kept Saskatchewan from scoring a touchdown until the third quarter.

The sturdy 6-foot, 228-pound from Richmond, B.C., had seven crushing tackles, including one sack, and pressured rookie quarterback Drew Willy often. Already setting career highs in tackles and sacks this season, the fifth-year pro is becoming a consistent problem for opponents and his confidence continues to grow.

Looking strictly at the stats, it would seem surprising that Saskatchewan had as few points as they did with Kory Sheets, Weston Dressler and Chris Getzlaf all putting up significant numbers. However, Montreal bent but would not break and won 28-17. It now looks as if the Alouettes could finally be putting it all together for another lengthy playoff drive.

-- Andy McNamara

CARLAND'S DARLING

There was a ton of players worthy of being Carlan's Darling this week. But I wanted to give the honor to a guy who has been flying under that radar for his entire career.

Nik Lewis caught seven balls for 131 yards and was constantly moving the chains for quarterback Kevin Glenn and the Calgary Stampeders in a 44-3 blowout victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Lewis will be able to celebrate Calgary's league-high fourth straight win for the next week. But he will have the rest of his career -- and then some -- to take in what he accomplished during the game.

During the second quarter, Lewis caught his 700th CFL pass and went over the 10,000-yard mark in career receiving yards.

Lewis joined legend wide receiver Allen Pitts as the only Stampeders to reach the 10,000-yard mark. He also shot past Travis Moore and former teammate Jermaine Copeland for 15th spot on the all-time list. After Friday night's performance, Lewis now has 10,054 receiving yards for his career.

Lewis is a nine-year CFL veteran, all nine spent with Calgary. He has eclipsed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his eight prior seasons and, with 822 yards, is in good shape to keep that streak alive this season. His production, however, goes fairly unnoticed. Lewis is rarely in the conversation for the best receiver in the CFL.

At halftime on Friday, the Stampeders honoured former players who wore the horse on the side of their helmets for several years in Calgary, notably Jeff Garcia and Kelvin Anderson. All told, six new members were added to the Stampeders' Wall of Fame.

There's no question that Lewis will join them one day. But the conversation needs to begin, with him being among the CFL's all-time great receiver as well.

-- Carlan Gay

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