With files from Steve Daniel – CFL Head Statistician
TORONTO -- With each passing week, the race to the 101st Grey Cup gets even more intense.
And with just one spot in the post-season left for the taking, you can be sure that the intensity will be ramped up to a whole other level.
The action got underway on Friday night in Calgary, where the Stampeders downed the visiting Lions 40-26.
On Saturday, the Roughriders outlasted the Eskimos on home-soil, earning a 14-9 victory at Mosaic.
After a one-day break, the action resumes on Thanksgiving Monday, when the Bombers travel to Montreal, where the Alouettes will be looking to grab that aforementioned playoff spot with a victory.
Rounding the week up will be the Tiger-Cats and Argonauts, who meet for the second-straight week with a lot on the line.
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, 9:00 pm ET: Lions at Stampeders (CGY 40, BC 26)
Saturday, 4:30 pm ET: Eskimos at Roughriders (SSK 14, EDM 9)
Monday, 1:00 pm ET: Blue Bombers at Alouettes
Monday, 4:30 pm ET: Argonauts at Tiger-Cats
Calgary Win + Saskatchewan Loss = Calgary clinches home playoff game
Toronto Win = Toronto clinches home playoff game
Toronto Win + Montreal loss = Toronto clinches first place in the East Division
Montreal Win = Montreal clinches playoff berth
By the Numbers:
Road Team Success in 2013: Over the last three weeks, road teams have won 3 out of the 4 games each week, and have a 9-3 record in the last 12 games played. That has created an unusual scenario where home and away clubs have each won 28 games each this year, and that home teams have actually been outscored (1,517 to 1,478).
Over the previous 10 years, home teams won 61% of the games. The last year that road teams have won more games than home teams was 1983 (36 to 35 with one tie). In 2012, home teams won 45 of 72 games.
Field Goal Percentage Drop: In the last two weeks, field goal kickers have dropped off in their success rate. Here are the results for 2013:
Games #1-6: 100-of-120 83.3%
Games #7-12: 105-of-132 79.5%
Games #13-14: 25-of-39 64.1%.
QB Sacks Way Up: In 2013, QB Sacks have increased substantially over last season, averaging 5.9 per game compared to 4.3 in 2012 – an increase of 37% in a single year. The average of 5.9 per game is the highest in 26 years (1988). Every CFL team (except BC) are on pace to increase their sack total from 2012 (and BC is on pace to be within one of their 47 from 2012).
QB Sacks II: In 2013, there have been 329 sacks. Here’s a breakdown by down:
1st down: 131
2nd down: 193
3rd down: 5
CFL statistical studies show that being sacked on 1st down tends to stop about 3/4 of drives forcing a kick or a turnover 73% of the time. Calgary has dominated 1st down pass protection this year allowing only 6 sacks on first down plays, 11 fewer than the next best team at 17.
Interceptions on the Rise: Over the first 6 weeks of 2013, there were only 31 interceptions made for a rate of just 2.1%, historically the lowest number in league history had that trend continued. Since then in the last 8 weeks, there have been 88 interceptions in 2,201 passes – that rate of 4.0% being nearly double the early season trend.
622 Yards of Offence: Last week Calgary gained 622 yards, their 6th highest-ever total and the most by any CFL club since Sept. 17, 2010 (623 yards by Saskatchewan in OT). It was only the 5th 600+ game by any club in the last 9 years and the most any club in a non-OT game since Montreal had 625 in October 2004.
Darian Durant & Kevin Glenn: Darian Durant needs 323 more passing yards to move into the Top 25 all-time as he trails Joe Paopao (22,474) next ahead. Tom Wilkinson’s total of 22,579 yards is #24. Kevin Glenn is even higher up and in sight of the CFL’s Top 10 all-time passers. Glenn (38,694) needs 348 yards to surpass Tom Clements (39,041) to reach #10.
5,000 Rushing Yards: Two players are rapidly approaching that career total with Henry Burris the current active leader at 4,973 yards, just 27 short. Calgary’s Jon Cornish is now the #7 all-time Canadian rusher with 4,742 yards, 258 away from 5,000 and 188 behind #6 Milson Jones. Here are the Top 7:
#1 Norm Kwong 9,022
#2 Sean Millington 6,086
#3 Ron Stewart 5,690
#4 Gerry James 5,554
#5 Russ Jackson 5,045
#6 Milson Jones 4,930
#7 Jon Cornish 4,742.
Milestone Games: This week, Paul McCallum will reach 304 regular season games and tie Paul Osbaldiston for #6 all-time. Jason Arakgi (BC) and Brendon LaBatte (SSK) will reach 100 games this week. Justin Phillips (CGY) and Kyries Hebert (MTL) have reached 98 games and need just two to reach 100. Pierre-Luc Labbe (WPG) hit the 100-game mark last week.
Ricky Ray took first-team reps this week, but his status is still unclear for Monday’s Thanksgiving clash with the Tiger-Cats.
In Montreal, the Alouettes received some good news when Anthony Calvillo revealed that he should be back in time for the team’s final game of the season and playoffs, should they make it.
Stay tuned for more roster moves as the weekend progresses.