Stage set for CFL's top QBs

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:33 PM ET

Good things are supposed to come in threes.

But there was nothing good about the trio of interceptions Ricky Ray threw in Friday’s loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Edmonton Eskimos quarterback went into the game having thrown just a single interception in the first five games of the season. That is, until Bombers cornerbacks Jovon Johnson and Brandon Stewart got their hands on Ray’s league-leading 118.1 quarterback efficiency rating.

“I’ve definitely got to take a look at the film and see what I needed to do,” said Ray, who still leads the league with a rating of 108.1, ahead of Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo’s 106.4, while no other starter in the league has made it out of double digits.

Stewart earned a pair of picks in Friday’s game to move into second place overall with three, one less than Eskimos cornerback Rod Williams.

“The first one, I just didn’t see the corner on the corner route, he just fell off and made the play,” Ray said of Stewart. “The second one was just a broken play and I tried to throw it up to Fred (Stamps) one-on-one and Jovon came over and made that play.

“Then the last one, same thing, one-on-one coverage, threw it a little bit inside, he’s a big corner out there to the field (side). He can definitely go out there and make plays.”

At 11 touchdowns to four interceptions, Ray has thrown one less TD and one more pick than Calvillo, who moved to the top of the passing list this week with 1,834 yards on the season, compared to Ray’s second-place 1,718 yards.

The stage is set for Thursday’s showdown between the league’s top-two passers, as Edmonton heads to Montreal, where the Alouettes, at 4-2, look to gain some ground on the East Division-leading Bombers, who are tied with Edmonton for first overall with 5-1 records.

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