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This Week in the CFL – Week 19

Stats and storylines heading into this week’s action

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THREE TO GO
(Team | Remaining opponents | Combined record)

West Division

  • Winnipeg (12-4) | Bye, EDM, @CGY | 8-23 (.258)
  • BC (11-5) | @HAM, CGY, Bye | 12-19 (.387)
  • Saskatchewan (6-10) | @CGY, TOR, Bye | 17-13 (.567)
  • Calgary (4-11) | SSK, @BC, WPG | 29-19 (.604)
  • Edmonton (4-12) | MTL, @WPG, Bye | 21-11 (.656)

East Division

  • Toronto (13-2) | OTT, @SSK, @OTT | 14-34 (.292)
  • Montreal (9-7) | @EDM, Bye, HAM | 12-20 (.375)
  • Hamilton (8-8) | BC, Bye, @MTL | 20-12 (.625)
  • Ottawa (4-12) | @TOR, Bye, TOR | 26-4 (.867)

Week 19 Playoff Scenarios

SHOWDOWN IN CALGARY

  • McMahon Stadium will host a marquee matchup in Week 19 when the Saskatchewan Roughriders visit. Currently, both teams have control of their destiny.
  • A Roughriders win secures a playoff spot. A Stampeders win would give them the season series which could be a pivotal tiebreaker and pull them level at 11 losses.
  • Dickenson Bowl: Dave leads the series with a 7-2 record versus Craig as head coach.
  • In the two meetings this season, there were seven lead changes with each game being decided in the final three minutes and a margin no greater than three points. Both games were won by road teams including an overtime game.
  • In the event of a tie, Saskatchewan would hold the tie-breaker by a single point.
  • Jake Maier has a 3-1 record versus the Roughriders as a starter.
  • In the last seven meetings in Calgary, Saskatchewan holds the edge 4-3
  • Since 2010, the Roughriders won a season series against the Stampeders only once in 2018.
  • Stats from the first two meetings this season:
    • Jamal Morrow registered 245 yards from scrimmage
    • Tevin Jones made eight receptions for 159 yards and two touchdowns
    • Micah Awe racked up 19 defensive tackles and two special teams tackles
    • Maier has passed for 603 yards with three touchdown passes and four interceptions

MILLENIUM MARK

Groundwork:

  • Brady Oliveira (1,426), James Butler (1,049), and Kevin Brown (1,032) have reached the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season.
  • Looking to join the trio; AJ Ouellette (959) needs 41 more yards and Devonte Williams (827) needs 173 yards to join the club.
  • Since 2011, there have only been two seasons with four or more 1,000-yard rushers (2012 and 2019)
  • Butler became the first Ticats running back to record a 1,000-yard rushing season since 2010 when DeAndra’ Cobb (1,173) did so.

Up for grabs:

  • Dalton Schoen (1,222), Tim White (1,157), Keon Hatcher (1,134), Austin Mack (1,097), Alexander Hollins (1,072) and Reggie Begelton (1,053) have reached the 1,000 receiving yards mark
  • Up next; Nic Demski (on bye this week, 979), Samuel Emilus (903) Tevin Jones (882) and Shawn Bane Jr. (865)
  • Last season saw 10 receivers reach the 1000-yard mark.

QUICK SLANTS:

  • In the two interdivisional games last week, both East teams won bringing the season series against West teams to 17-12. With only three more interdivisional games, the East won the series for the first time since 2015 and the second time since 2004.
  • Last week’s games averaged a duration of 2:45, among those games was a 2:37 game (Ottawa/Montreal)
  • Winnipeg’s late 10-point comeback victory last week marked the 12th time this season a team was able to win when trailing 10+ points.
  • In Week 18 kickers made 18 of 21 (86 per cent) field goal tries after three weeks at an average of just 76 per cent.
  • Calgary is coming off its third bye week of the season. Teams are 13-5 on a week’s rest.
  • Zach Collaros (28,474) has passed Kerry Joseph (28,097) and moved into the top 20 in all-time passing. Collaros is 3rd among active quarterbacks following Bo Levi Mitchell (33,384) and Trevor Harris (29,884).
  • BC’s Mathieu Betts registered a sack last week to reach 16 on the season. With one more, he will tie the Canadian record set by Brent Johnson in 2005.
  • Vernon Adams Jr. has passed for 300+ yards in seven of his previous eight games. He leads the league with 10 overall.
  • Jake Ceresna has four sacks and 12 tackles in his last three games.
  • Bo Levi Mitchell returned from injury to pick up his 92nd career win. He ranks 12th on the all-time wins list and is two victories shy of Doug Flutie for 11th.
  • In his last two games, Tim White has six receptions for 225 yards (37.5 yards per catch). White’s teammate, James Butler has 286 yards from scrimmage in the last two games.
  • Eugene Lewis (4,972) needs 28 receiving yards to reach 5,000 in his career.
  • Shawn Lemon became the 13th player to reach 100 career sacks. His next sack will tie him with Odell Willis (101) for 12th on the all-time list.
  • Elks linebacker Adam Konar and Riders offensive lineman Evan Johnson will play their 100th game this week. Johnson’s teammate, Philip Blake played in his 100th game last week against Hamilton. ​
  • Among the top-15 rushers in the league this season, five are quarterbacks – two of them have 500+ yards (Dustin Crum 655, Tre Ford 561).
  • Jason Maas returns to Edmonton for the first time as head coach of the Alouettes. Maas as an Edmonton quarterback made 37 starts for going 20-17.
  • Montreal has won its last two visits to Edmonton after a six-game losing streak. ​
  • Ticats’ next victory will be Orlondo Steinauer’s 40th as head coach.
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