With files from Steve Daniel – CFL Head Statistician
TORONTO -- With three teams having secured their spots in the post-season dance, only three more tickets remain as the chase towards the 101st Grey Cup Playoffs continues into Week 15.
On Friday night, the Tiger-Cats invaded Toronto and walked away with a convincing 33-19 victory.
Three hours later, Geroy Simon and the Roughriders got back on track with a 31-17 win over the Lions.
Saturday afternoon, the Alouettes visit Commonwealth Stadium to take on the Eskimos in the annual Hall of Fame Game.
Later that evening, the Bombers take on the West-leading Stampeders in the final matchup of the weekend.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week's CFL.ca Game Notes.
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Friday, 7:00 pm ET: Tiger-Cats at Argonauts (HAM 33, TOR 19)
Friday, 10:00 pm ET: Roughriders at Lions (SSK 31, BC 17)
Saturday, 3:30 pm ET: Alouettes at Eskimos
Saturday, 6:30 pm ET: Blue Bombers at Stampeders
Saskatchewan Win OR Edmonton Loss = Saskatchewan clinches playoff berth
Hamilton Win + Winnipeg loss + Edmonton loss = Hamilton clinches playoff berth
Toronto Win + Montreal Loss = Toronto clinches first place in the East Division
Toronto Win = Toronto clinches home playoff game
By the Numbers:
Montreal Home Playoff Game Streak: The Als have hosted a playoff game in each of the last 5 years and in 15 of the 17 completed seasons since they re-entered the CFL in 1996. The last time they did not play at home during the playoffs was in 2007.
Chip on Pace: Montreal’s Chip Cox has a career-high 91 tackles and remains on pace for 126, just 4 short of the league record of 130 set last year by J.C. Sherritt. If you add in Cox’s 7 ST tackles, at 98 total to date he is on pace for 136. That would tie the all-time CFL record for total tackles in one season set by George White in 2005 (116 DT & 20 ST). The Montreal record for total tackles in one season was by Tracy Graveley with 116 in 1996.
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» Moffat: Als defence just getting started
» Morris: Lions making their move
» Campbell: Reilly playing it safe
» Irving: Bombers looking for more control
» Pedersen: Sheets' return a big one
» Cauz: Road warrior Argos coming home
23-point 4th Quarter: Last week, the Argos scored 23 points in the final 15 minutes and tied their second largest 4th quarter total away from home in 106 years. Across all 1,262 games since 1907 it matched their 7th largest 4th Quarter total (club record: 35 in 1960).
Chad Kackert: Led the CFL with 155 yards rushing last week, his 4th career 100-yard. He has 100 yard games of 172, 139, 112 & 155 yards (43% of his career total, 144.5 per game, 9.8 yards per carry). In his other 18 career games, he is averaging 43 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry.
C.J. Gable: With 132 yards rushing last week, Gable made it three 100-yard games (of some kind) in the last 4 weeks. He had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games on Sep 7th & Sep 13th.
Riders Coming Close: The last three Saskatchewan losses have all been by 5 points or less and by a total of just 9 points (2, 2 & 5). Since 1936, they have had only three three-game losing streaks with a narrower margin than that: 1982 (8 pts: 1, 3 & 4), 1948 (6, 1 & 1), and 1937 (6 pts: 3, 1 & 2).
53 BC Points: The 53 points scored by BC in Winnipeg was the 5th highest road total they have ever had in 506 games away from home. The 36-point win matches their 9th highest winning margin on the road ever. The 53 points was the most for the Lions since October 25, 2008 vs. Toronto (55-32).
A Great 9-game defensive run: Montreal has not allowed an opponent to gain more than 374 net yards in the last 9 games and an average of only 309 yards per game, #1 in that span in the entire CFL (BC is #2 at 318).
Edmonton vs. the East & West: All three Edmonton wins this year have come against Eastern clubs including two over Winnipeg and one versus Hamilton. They are 0-6 against the West and have lost 8 straight vs. division rivals.
Fred Stamps at 100: Stamps leads the CFL in receiving with 1,038 yards on 55 receptions moving up to 7,166 career yards good for #46 all-time after 100 games. Next ahead at #45 is David Williams’ total of 7,197 yards.
This week saw the CFL expand team practice rosters to 14 from 9. Here’s a look at the transaction wire to see all of the recent additions.
On the field, the Toronto Argonauts will have a couple of familiar faces back in the lineup. Slotback Chad Owens will return to game-action, the first time since Week 10, while quarterback Ray Ray will be re-inserted onto the team’s 42-man roster, but will only dress as the third-string quarterback behind Zach Collaros and Trevor Harris.
In Calgary, the Stampeders are expected to have receiver Joe West back in the lineup this week against the Bombers. West has missed the majority of the season with a shoulder injury.
For the second-straight week, the Ticats will be without erceiver Greg Ellingson. The rookie suffered a lower-body injury two weeks ago.
Finally, the Roughriders’ run game will get a significant boost this week, as Kory Sheets will rejoin his teammates when they take on the BC Lions in Vancouver.