Friday, July 19, 2024
Sports Gaming Monitor

Week 6 in the CFL

Stats and storylines heading into this week’s action

OFFENCE HUMMIN’

  • Through five weeks, there has been a 36 per cent increase in offensive touchdowns (100 vs. 70).
  • Offences have scored (TDs or FGs) on 202 occasions (38 per cent of possessions; 10.1 per game).
  • Net offence has grown for the fourth consecutive season (717 yards per game).
  • Teams are converting on 50 per cent of second downs.
  • Kickers have been successful on 91 per cent of attempts. ​

AIRING IT OUT

  • Four quarterbacks are on pace for 5,000+ passing yards:
    • Vernon Adams Jr. (6,307)
    • Bo Levi Mitchell (6,016)
    • Cody Fajardo (5,666)
    • McLeod Bethel-Thompson (5,512)
  • Adams is on pace for the second most all-time behind Doug Flutie’s 6,619 in 1991 with the Lions.
  • Two quarterbacks have surpassed the 6,000-yard mark in the same season once in league history – 1993 with Doug Flutie (6,092) and David Archer (6,023).
  • Four QBs have reached the 5,000+ passing yard plateau in the same season on three occasions (1993, 2004 and 2018).
  • League-wide, QBs have thrown 64 touchdown passes to 34 interceptions (1.9 to 1 ratio) with a 68.9 per cent completion rate.

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

  • With 573 receiving yards, Alexander Hollins is on pace for 2,063. Only three players in CFL history have eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark:
    • 1994 | CGY | Allen Pitts | 2,036
    • 1983 | TOR | Terry Greer | 2,003
    • 1994 | TOR | Derrell Mitchell | 2,000
  • Two of the Top-3 receivers (Tyson Philpot and Justin McInnis) and six of the Top-12 (Kaion Julien-Grant, Kiondre Smith, Kurleigh Gittens Jr. and Nic Demski) are Canadian.
  • The league record for Canadian receivers to reach 1,000+ yards is five (1993).
  • Philpot is on pace for 144 receptions and 2,030 yards – both would be Canadian records.
  • 16 players, including two running backs, have recorded 100+ receiving yard games this season – Philpot leads with three.
  • Shemar Bridges is on pace for 122 catches. Derel Walker set the first-year record with 89 in 2015.

QUICK SLANTS

TOR at MTL

  • A Montreal victory would:
    • Extend its regular season winning streak to a franchise-best 11 victories
    • Give the team its first 6-0 start since 2006 when they opened 7-0
  • The Alouettes lead the league with the most offensive TDs (17) and the fewest offensive TDs allowed (eight).
  • In his past two games, Tyson Philpot has 17 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ryan Dinwiddie has never had a three-game losing streak as a head coach. With Toronto, he has only been under .500 twice. After starting 4-5 in 2022, Toronto is 26-6 since.
  • Toronto has trailed in all four contests by at least 7 points and by 10-or-more in three games.
  • In Week 4, the Argos’ 369 net yards was the most the Alouettes have surrendered this season.
  • Wynton McManis has 17 tackles in his past two games.
  • Since recording six sacks in Week 1, the Argos have three in their previous three games.

CGY at WPG

  • Calgary won the teams’ first matchup 22-19 in Week 4. They have not won the season series since 2016.
  • In the first three quarters, Calgary is +28 in point differential; in the fourth, they are -33.
  • Marken Michel has 17 catches in his past two games. He needs eight for 150 in his career.
  • Reggie Begelton (346) is four shy of 350 career receptions.
  • Dave Dickenson’s next win will tie him with George Brancato (82) for 15th all-time in head coaching victories.
  • Last week, Winnipeg became the first team to surpass 200 rushing yards in a game this season (212).
  • The Bombers were 7-0 last season when rushing for 150+ yards in a game. Last week was the first time they had reached the mark this season.
  • Last week, Brady Oliveira had 129 yards and 37 receiving yards. It was his first 100+ yard rushing game of the year and the 12th in his career.
  • Willie Jefferson’s next sack will be the 70th of his career.
  • Nic Demski’s next touchdown reception will be the 30th of his career.

SSK at BC

  • Saskatchewan is looking to start 5-0 for the first time since 2013 – the last time they won the Grey Cup.
  • Through four games last season, the Riders had a -3 turnover ratio; this year, they sit at +10.
  • Rolan Milligan Jr. leads the league in interceptions (three), is tied atop the CFL in special teams tackles (nine) and is third in defensive plays (35).
  • Saskatchewan averages 330 net yards per game, while allowing 348.
  • In the second quarter, BC has scored 67 points with a +36 point differential.
  • BC has a 62 per cent second down conversion rate.
  • The Lions are 4-0 when recorded more sacks than their opponent.
  • Ben Hladik leads the league in defensive tackles (32) and he is six shy of 200 in his career.
  • Sean Whyte is 14-of-14 on field goal attempts. His streak of 32-in-a-row is a team record and the third longest in league history.

OTT at EDM

  • Ottawa leads the league with five big play returns and has yet to concede one.
  • Ryquell Armstead recorded his first 100+ rushing yard game and CFL touchdown last week. In four games, he is averaging 92 yards from scrimmage.
  • Jovan Santos-Knox had a league-wide single-game high of 12 defensive tackles last week.
  • DeVonte Dedmon leads the league with 29.4 yards per kickoff return with three 40+ yard efforts.
  • Each of Edmonton’s losses has been by eight points or less, including three by three points.
  • In his past two games, Dillon Mitchell has nine receptions for 201 yards (22.3 yards per catch).
  • McLeod Bethel-Thompson is a career 8-1 versus Ottawa.
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