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CFL Week 16 Standouts: Dustin Crum and Bryce Carter Lead Ottawa REDBLACKS to Victory

In Week 16 of the Canadian Football League (CFL) season, standout performances were aplenty, and leading the pack were Dustin Crum and Bryce Carter of the Ottawa REDBLACKS. Supported by extensive analysis from Pro Football Focus (PFF), we delve into the specifics that made these players and their team shine.

Understanding PFF Metrics

To provide context, PFF employs an exhaustive review of game footage and a detailed grading system to offer over 200 unique data points for each player. Player Grades represent a numerical evaluation up to 100, gauging a player’s effectiveness in their respective role. Players must meet a snap count criteria to qualify for grading and the CFL Honour Roll.

Offensive Brilliance: Dustin Crum

  • Team: Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Game Score: OTT 36 – SSK 28
  • PFF Player Grade: 92.9

Key Stats:

  • 21 completions out of 26 attempts (80.8%)
  • 243 passing yards and two touchdowns
  • Five rushes amounting to 53 yards
  • Two rushes exceeding 10 yards, one at a career-high 35 yards
  • A quarterback efficiency rating of 134.0


  • Second consecutive appearance on the Honour Roll All-Week

Defensive Mastery: Bryce Carter

  • Team: Ottawa REDBLACKS
  • Game Score: OTT 36 – SSK 28
  • PFF Player Grade: 91.9

Key Stats:

  • Participated in 45 total defensive snaps
  • Recorded three defensive tackles and forced one fumble
  • Achieved a career-high three sacks

Recognizing the Offensive Line: Ottawa REDBLACKS

  • Unit Grade: 75.6

Top Performers:

  • Dontae Bull: 72.2
  • Cyrille Hogan-Saindon: 66.8
  • Dino Boyd: 63.7

The Week’s Honorable Mentions

Here are some other players who received high PFF grades and honorable mentions for Week 16:

  • William Stanback | Montreal Alouettes | RB | 77.5
  • Dejon Brissett | Toronto Argonauts | REC | 80.0
  • Justin Lawrence | Montreal Alouettes | OL | 75.1
  • Wynton McManis | Toronto Argonauts | LB | 91.2
  • Marc-Antoine Dequoy | Montreal Alouettes | DB | 91.5

Highest Grades of the 2023 Season So Far

  • 94.0 | Zach Collaros | Winnipeg Blue Bombers | QB
  • 93.4 | Chad Kelly | Toronto Argonauts | QB
  • 92.9 | Marc-Antoine Dequoy | Montreal Alouettes | DB
  • 91.9 | Bryce Carter | Ottawa REDBLACKS | DL
  • 91.8 | Kabion Ento | Montreal Alouettes | DB

Week 16 has undoubtedly showcased some of the CFL’s finest talents, underpinned by meticulous grading from Pro Football Focus. As the season progresses, it remains to be seen who will continue to excel in this high-stakes arena.

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