TORONTO -- The bye weeks are over and done with, meaning fans will have a full slate of football on their hands for the first time in three weeks.
Kicking things off on Thursday night is a crucial East Division matchup at Canad Inns Stadium. 26-year-old quarterback Joey Elliott will make his first start since 2010, hoping to lead his Blue Bombers to a win over the visiting Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
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Friday Night Football will see running back Cory Boyd make his debut in Green and Gold, as he and the Eskimos host Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal Alouettes.
The weekend kicks off with a Saturday night matchup at McMahon Stadium as Jon Cornish and the Stampeders welcome the Toronto Argonauts and their new-look offence.
Finally, Sunday night will feature a Western showdown between the BC Lions and the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Equipped with the most up-to-date storylines, roster moves, stats, milestones and trends, the Week 7 CFL.ca Game Notes will provide you with everything you need for the upcoming week of Canadian football.
By the Numbers:
QB Sacks: Compared to last season, quarterback sacks are down nine per cent, at 3.8 QB takedowns per game. Week 7’s matchup between the Stampeders and Tiger-Cats was the first sack-free contest this season. There were only two games without a sack in all of 2011. In the last 10 games, teams have registered just 30 sacks, compared to the 62 they put up after 14 games.
Lions Defence: The Lions defence ranks no.1 in six defensive categories and have now gone two-straight games without allowing a touchdown. This happened just once in all of 2011, when the Lions themselves went three-straight outings without allowing a score.
Steven Jyles - 1st Down Master: Edmonton QB Steven Jyles went a perfect 13-13 on first downs last week, marking only the second time anyone has done so since 2008.
Running West: Earning 200-plus yards from scrimmage in a single game is rare enough, but Calgary’s Jon Cornish and Saskatchewan’s Kory Sheets achieved the feat in the same week. Cornish set a 2012 league-high with 170 rushing yards, while Sheets became the fifth running back to eclipse the 100-yard receiving mark this season. Andrew Harris, Hugh Charles, Brandon Whitaker and Chevon Walker are the four others.
QB Streaks: Anthony Calvillo has passed for more than 300 yards in five-straight games, one short of his career high that he set on two occasions back in 2004 and 2005. BC quarterback Travis Lulay threw a TD pass in the Lions’ Week 6 outing versus the Argonauts, extending his streak to 17-staight games with at least one touchdown. Should he throw a TD pass on Sunday, he will match the fourth longest streak of all-time.
Weston Dressler: Constantly battling with Nik Lewis for the league-lead in receiving yards, Dressler took matters into his own hands last week in Edmonton, hauling in five passes for 84 yards. He now leads the CFL in the category with 513, just 29 more yards than Lewis.
J.C. Sherritt: Sherritt is on pace to register 144 tackles, which would break Calvin Tiggle's single-season record of 129.
Running Backs: There isn’t much separation between the top five rushers in the league, as the league-leader Cory Boyd is only up 47 yards on his teammate Hugh Charles, who sits in fifth. With the tailbacks in action this week, expect some major movement among the top five.
Joe Burnett: In his first CFL season, Burnett’s name continues to re-appear in the box score, as he constantly finds himself in the middle of clutch defensive plays. His latest feature arrived last week when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 44 yards for a touchdown.
Throwing the Flag:
The Toronto Argonauts are the new penalty leaders, having been penalized 65 times for a league-high 493 yards. The least penalized team are the Saskatchewan Roughriders, who have seen the orange cloth just 43 times, losing only 324 yards in the process.
Last week, Nik Lewis surpassed Terry Evanshen for 20th place on the all-time receiving yards list. He now needs just 22 yards to overtake Jim Sandusky for the 19th spot.
Lewis is also just four receptions shy of leaping Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons for 11th on the all-time receptions list. But he will have to compete with Arland Bruce, who is only three catches shy of outdoing the former Argonaut.
Look for Joey Elliott in his first start since 2010 when the Bombers host the Tiger-Cats on Thursday night.
The Alouettes will be without both Brandon Whitaker and Jamel Richardson in their Week 8 matchup, both have remained in Montreal to heal up from nagging injuries.
Tiger-Cats slotback Andy Fantuz has been ruled out for Thursday's clash with the Blue Bombers. He continues to suffer from an injury that he suffered last week.
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|3||Alouettes via EDM||LB||Edem, Mike|