Wednesday, November 9, 2016 — The 2016 CFL regular season concluded this past weekend with Edmonton Eskimos pivot Mike Reilly topping all quarterbacks in passing yards. The 2015 Grey Cup Champion and last year’s Grey Cup Most Outstanding Player had another stellar season in 2016 passing for a total of 5,554 yards and 28 touchdowns. This is Reilly’s best season to date in both categories; he has played in a total of 103 games with 61 starts in his seven seasons in the CFL.
Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell, who sat out the final game of the 2016 regular season, finished second in total yards passed with 5,385 and topped the list of all quarterbacks with 32 touchdowns. The 26-year-old Mitchell is in his fifth CFL season and has played in 89 regular season games. His career record as a starter in 51 games is 43-7-1, the best all-time in the CFL.
BC’s Jonathon Jennings capped off his first full season as a CFL starter in third place in total passing yards with 5,226 and trailed Mitchell and Reilly in touchdowns with 27. Jennings, who is 24 years old, has played in 36 CFL games with 24 starts.
All three players have been nominated as their team’s Most Outstanding Player for the 2016 season. Western Division winners will be announced this Thursday November 10th, and league winners will be awarded at the Shaw CFL Awards on November 24th at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The 104th Grey Cup Playoffs begin this Sunday November 13th, with the Edmonton Eskimos crossing over to the East to take on the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Eastern Semi-Final. This will be the first time these two teams have faced each other in the playoffs, and this is the eight time a Western team has crossed over to the East for a playoff match. None of those crossover teams have made it to the Grey Cup.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will travel to Vancouver to clash with the BC Lions in the Western Semi-Final. This will be the first time in 30 years the Lions will host a home semi-final game, and the first time since 2002 that the Blue Bombers and the Lions will meet in the Grey Cup playoffs.