With the playoff picture slowly beginning to take shape and the standings in both divisions get more cramped by the week, this weekend’s matchups hold high importance for every team, as they look to get themselves more entrenched in the post-season picture.
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Week 13 kicks off on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium, with the Bombers hosting the Tiger-Cats. The weekend continues on Saturday night as the Lions and Eskimos clash in a crucial West Division matchup.
Sunday will feature a double-header, with the Alouettes and Argonauts meeting in a battle for first place in the East, while the second game will pit the Stamps and Riders in a game that has all the makings of being a classic.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, enjoy this week's CFL.ca Game Notes.
By the Numbers:
Can’t stop Cornish: Calgary running back Jon Cornish needs just 558 rushing yards in his final seven games to surpass Normie Kwong’s total of 1,437 yards for most rushing yards by a Canadian.
Sherritt inching closer: Eskimos linebacker J.C. Sherritt needs to average 5.3 tackles per game to beat Calvin Tiggle’s single-season mark of 129 that he set in 1994.
Williams at it again: While Chris Williams’ record of most kick returns for a touchdown in a season is well documented, he needs just one more punt return major to break that single-season record as well.
Super rookie: Roughriders running back Kory Sheets is 10 touchdowns shy of tying Jon Volpe’s rookie record of 20 that was set in 1991.
McCallum on a Mission: BC Lions kicker Paul McCallum needs 46 points in the last seven games to be the fifth player in CFL history to reach 2,700 career points.
Dee Webb: The Hamilton defensive back made a statement for the Ticats last week, as he made an impact on both defence and special teams. The 27-year-old registered the first pick-six of his career, and also added a blocked punt that was ultimately returned for a touchdown.
Travis Lulay: Lulay registered his highest passing yards total of 390 since 2010 when he racked up a whopping 424 passing yards in a November outing against the Tiger-Cats.
Chad Simpson: Lost in the frustration that is Winnipeg’s season, the first-year running back has been quietly putting together some flashy numbers in his last two outings. The Morgan State product has tallied a combined 160 yards in his last two games, but has had trouble reaching the endzone in the last month.
Avon Cobourne: With Chevon Walker on the sidelines with an injury, Cobourne will likely get the start again this week. Last week, Cobourne ran for a season-high 121 yards and a touchdown. Expect a big week from him as he gets set to go up against a Winnipeg defence that has had trouble keeping points off the board.
Throwing the Flag:
While the Argonauts continue to be the most penalized team in the league, having lost 1,147 yards on 124 penalties, the Saskatchewan Roughriders gave them a run for their money last week, as they were flagged 17 times for 118 yards.
Despite the staggering number, they continue to be the least penalized club in the league.
The Montreal Alouettes received a major blow this week, when they announced that running back Brandon Whitaker will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL. Backup tailback Victor Anderson will get the start in his absence.
After missing three games with a right calf injury, Edmonton QB Steven Jyles will take back his spot under centre on Saturday night.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders will also likely have their starting pivot back in the lineup, as they expect Darian Durant to be healthy enough to resume game action following a one-week hiatus.
Stampeders receiver Nik Lewis is on pace to add another accolade to his mantle, as he needs just three receptions to pass Rocky DiPietro for 10th all-time.
Luca Congi has missed only two field goal attempts this season (23 of 25 – 92 per cent). To surpass Paul McCallum’s record set in 2011 of 94.34 per cent (50/53), he cannot afford to miss any but has to make only 11 more in seven games (34 of 36 minimum for 94.44%). With one miss however, Congi must go 27 of 28 over seven games to tie McCallum’s mark.
|2||Blue Bombers||DE||Mulumba, Andy|
|3||Alouettes via EDM||LB||Edem, Mike|