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TORONTO — It’s revenge week in the Canadian Football League, as five of six teams go into their Week 5 matchup against the same team they played previously.
Thursday Night Football kicks off Week 5 in Ottawa where the REDBLACKS take on the Calgary Stampeders at 7:30 p.m. ET. Both teams top their respective divisions, with the Stampeders the lone undefeated team remaining. Ottawa will be looking to even the season series after dropping the first meeting 24-14 in Week 3.
The Toronto Argonauts and the Edmonton Eskimos will complete their home-and-home series at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. Argonauts quarterback James Franklin won his first start with his new team against his former team, while 2017’s Most Outstanding Player Mike Reilly is now 2-6 in his career versus the double blue. The game will be a live mic game and Grammy-winning international recording artist Ludacris will perform at halftime.
The final game of the week has Winnipeg’s Adam Bighill making his return to BC after spending six seasons with the BC Lions before going to play for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints. Bighill appeared in 99 games with the Leos, with whom he compiled 579 tackles during his time on the west coast. BC will be looking to bounce back after losing 41-19 in Winnipeg last week.
CFL head statistician Steve Daniel created this new statistical category so we did not penalize place kickers who are asked to kick away from the goal posts by their coach’s decision. Like Justin Medlock, who was on a field goal streak last year when he was directed by Mike O’Shea to purposefully miss, each kick in this category was recovered by a teammate to create a first down. Therefore, Medlock and Sean Whyte have not been charged with a field goal miss, but rather recorded as having made “onside kicks”. There now have been 20 “onside kicks” since 1993.
CFL kickers are hitting at a record pace of 87.8 per cent (65 of 74 field goal attempts). There have been just nine misses in 16 CFL games thus far.