With files from Steve Daniel – CFL Head Statistician
TORONTO – The story of the upcoming final three weeks of the 2013 season is a simple one.
As the regular-season schedule winds to a close, as do the opportunities for teams to remain in control of their own destiny heading into the 101st Grey Cup Playoffs.
Currently, only one spot remains in the post-season dance. And while there are teams that do have their tickets punched, none have any idea where or who they’ll be playing.
That situation, however, could be drastically different once Week 17 is over and done with.
The action gets underway on Friday, when the Eskimos host the Stampeders in the final Battle of Alberta of 2013.
On Saturday, the Argonauts and Blue Bombers kickoff a double-header in Winnipeg, while the Lions and Roughriders will meet at Mosaic Stadium just a few hours later.
Finally, the Alouettes will play host to the Tiger-Cats on Sunday afternoon, in what will be a furious East Division test for both clubs.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week's CFL.ca Game Notes.
Hamilton Win = Hamilton clinches home playoff game
Montreal Win OR Winnipeg Loss = Montreal clinches playoff berth
Toronto Win OR Montreal Loss = Toronto clinches home playoff game
Calgary Win + Saskatchewan Loss = Calgary clinches first place in West Division
Calgary Win OR BC Loss = Calgary clinches home playoff game
Saskatchewan Win = Saskatchewan clinches home playoff game
By the Numbers:
10 win seasons: The Riders have reached double-digit wins for the first time since 2010. It is the 19th time since 1936 that the Riders have won 10 or more games and winning out would give them 13, one short of the club record of 14 set in 1970 (14-2). The Lions are looking to make it 3-straight seasons with at least 10 wins and need one more in their final 3 games to get there. Their current playoff run has been extended to 17 years in a row, matching the second longest in league history (tied with Montreal who may make it 18 this week).
Clutch Grabs: Weston Dressler leads the CFL with 31 receptions that have created a 1st down (or TD) on 2nd down plays – 51% of his catches (a league-best). Dressler had 27 last season (29% of his receptions) and has 118 over the last 5 years. The CFL has compiled these data since 2009 and here are the annual leaders:
2013 Weston Dressler, Saskatchewan: 31
2012 Nik Lewis, Calgary: 34
2011 Jamel Richardson, Montreal: 41
2010 Jamel Richardson, Montreal: 39
2009 Geroy Simon, BC: 34
More of Moore: BC’s leading receiver needs just 34 yards to reach 1,000 for the first time and he ranks among league leaders in several categories. Moore is #4 in yards with 966 as well as clutch 2nd down catches with 23. He is #6 in receptions with 66 and second with four 100-yard games in 2013.
BC QB Starter: Since 2012, BC is 19-8 with Travis Lulay as starting QB, and 3-3 without him.
Slow Starts: The Argos have scored just two points in the 1st quarter over the last three games and have trailed after 15:00 four times in a row. For the season, the 1st half has been their weakest, being outscored 242 to 194 (-48). They have been much better in the 2nd half however with a 231-152 edge (+79).
Durable Durie: Durie Leads the CFL with 661 yards after catch and is more than 200 ahead of any other player (C.J. Gable #2 at 444, Chad Owens #3 at 443). Since 2010 when the league first began compiling YAC totals, Durie’s 661 YAC ties the most ever and he still has 3 games to play. Since 2010, here are YAC Leaders:
2013 Andre Durie, Toronto: 661
2012 Chris Williams, Hamilton: 641
2011 Jamel Richardson, Montreal: 661
2010 Nik Lewis, Calgary: 664 Fan Poll
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Mighty Owens: Despite missing four games, Chad Owens still ranks #2 in the CFL with 1,920 combined yards and is just 69 behind BC’s Tim Brown. His pace of 174.5 yards per game is the equivalent of a 3,000 yard season. He needs to average 66 receiving yards per game to get to 1,000 for the second straight year.
Coach Hufnagel: Now in his sixth year as head coach, Huf has a career W-L record in regular season play of 71-33-1 for a winning percentage of .681. That winning % ranks behind only three head coaches:
1. Frank Ivy (1953-55) 50-14 .781
2. Hugh Campbell (1977-82) 70-21-5 .755
3. Ralph Sazio (1963-67) 49-20-1 .707
McDaniel’s Mastery: The Stamps’ leading receiver has now moved up to #7 in the CFL and is within 118 yards of his first 1,000-yard season. Over his last 5 games, he has 25 receptions for 391 yards and 4 TDs - 8 of those 25 catches have been on 2nd down to create a 1st down.
Fred Stamps at 102 Games: The CFL’s leading receiver (and only one with 1000+ in 2013 after 15 games) is now up to career totals of 456 catches for 7,255 yards with 47 TDs. By comparison, all-time leader Geroy Simon had 429 receptions, 6,600 yards, 46 TDs, and 23 100-yard games.
Very few roster moves to go through this week.
In Montreal, the Alouettes announced that Troy Smith ‘could and likely will’ get the start this week when they take on the Tiger-Cats.
BC, meanwhile, added some jump to their return and ground game earlier this week, as they signed Stefan Logan. Logan, who hasn’t seen a CFL field since 2008, will play against the Roughriders on Saturday.
The Tiger-Cats look to be going back to kicker Luca Congi this week. Congi was replaced a few weeks ago by Brett Lauther.