Wednesday, August 23, 2017 — Nearing the halfway mark of the season, Week 10 brings us to Montreal where the Winnipeg Blue Bombers look to extend their four-game winning streak versus the Alouettes. Montreal receiver Nik Lewis will be looking to make history as he is nine receptions shy of becoming the CFL’s all-time leader in receptions. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET.
Edmonton plays host for Friday Night Football when the Saskatchewan Roughriders make a visit to Commonwealth Stadium. Edmonton is looking to rebound following their first loss of the season while Saskatchewan rolls into town fresh off a bye. Tune in at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Saturday features two games. First, at 3:30 p.m. ET Chris Williams and the BC Lions visit the Ottawa REDBLACKS and at 9:00 p.m. ET, Toronto hits the road to take on the Calgary Stampeders.
- After a thorough stats review, it has been determined that Nik Lewis has a career total of 1,021 receptions (not 1,020). In his game on September 6, 2004 Lewis was originally credited with two receptions for 23 yards, however after finding inconsistent data and studying the game tape, Lewis in fact recorded three receptions (14, 4 and 5 yards) for 23 yards. With the stat change, Lewis is now only nine receptions away from surpassing Geroy Simon on the CFL all-time receptions list.
- After recording six receptions in Week 9’s game versus Toronto, Lewis surpassed Ben Cahoon for second all-time in receptions (1,021).
- Lewis will be entering his 221st game in the CFL; current record holder Geroy Simon recorded 1,029 receptions in 238 games.
- In his career, Lewis has been targeted 1,422 times, with a 71.7% catch percentage. 333 of his 1,021 receptions are second down conversion catches.
- Lewis’ first reception came on June 20, 2004 when he caught a 19-yard pass from Marcus Crandell.
- Against the Edmonton Eskimos Andrew Harris recorded 105 rushing yards on 11 carries and 120 receiving yards on eight receptions.
- It marked the first time a player recorded 100+ receiving and rushing yards in a single game since July 29, 2010 when Montreal’s Avon Cobourne had 115 rushing yards and 116 receiving yards against Toronto.
- Since 1995, Harris became the eighth player to record 100+ rushing and receiving yards in a single game. It now has occurred nine times since 1995:
Andrew Harris, WPG
August 17, 2017
Rush: 105, Rec: 120
Avon Cobourne, MTL
July 29, 2010
Rush: 115, Rec: 116
Avon Cobourne, MTL
August 15, 2008
Rush: 107, Rec: 103
Kenton Keith, SSK
August 19, 2006
Rush: 148, Rec: 101
Saladin McCullough, CGY
July 11, 2003
Rush: 105, Rec: 101
Charles Roberts, WPG
August 23, 2002
Rush: 104, Rec: 106
Robert Drummond, TOR
July 11, 1996
Rush: 100, Rec: 104
Eric Blount, EDM
October 13, 1995
Rush: 140, Rec: 107
Cory Philpot, BC
September 16, 1995
Rush: 134, Rec: 107
- Harris is on pace for 1,114 rushing yards and 1,033 receiving yards which would be the first-time in CFL history a player recorded over 1,000 yards in both categories in a single season.
- The closest player to get to that mark was Robert Drummond in 1997 with Toronto (1,134 RUSH, 840 REC).
- Harris also became the first running back this year to register two 100-yard rushing games and has done so in back-to-back weeks. Week 8 vs. Hamilton 107 yards and Week 9 vs. Edmonton 105 yards.
- Andrew Harris has climbed up to number 30 on the all-time rushing list. He is now within 358 yards of entering the top 25 all-time. It is held by Canadian Sean Millington.
All-Time Canadian Rushing Yards List
- Normie Kwong 9,022 yards
- Jon Cornish 6,844 yards
- Sean Millington 6,086 yards
- Andrew Harris 5,728 yards
- Ron Stewart 5,690 yards
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- The Stampeders have won 13 consecutive games at home – the eighth-longest home winning streak of all time in the CFL.
- The streak is the second-longest run of home victories in franchise history. Calgary owns the CFL record with 27 straight wins at home from 1992-1995.
- The last regular season loss at home took place in 2015 in Week 16 when Edmonton defeated Calgary 15-11.
- During the 13-0 run, the Stampeders have outscored their opponents 499-273 (+226). In 11 of those 13 games Calgary has scored 30 points; they surpassed 40 points six times.
- With a win this week, Bo Levi Mitchell can become only the second quarterback to win 50 games within 60 starts. The only other quarterback to do so is Ken Ploen in 59 games.
- Ottawa’s (2-6-1) 37-18 win over Hamilton last week was the REDBLACKS’ first game this season that was not decided by seven points or fewer.
- Both Alberta teams are undefeated at home this season: Edmonton (4-0) and Calgary (3-0).
- Despite having the best record in the CFL, Edmonton (7-1) have been penalized the most this season (81). Saskatchewan has been penalized the least (50).
- So far this season there have been 10 blocked kicks – the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have the most with six. Calgary and Edmonton are the other two teams to register a blocked kick (two each). The CFL team record is nine, set by the BC Lions in 1958.
- Montreal’s net offence averages 350.5 yards per game. However, Montreal is tied for first on a per-play basis with Calgary averaging 7.0 yards per play.
- Toronto leads the league with 30 sacks this season, despite missing several starters due to injury. The Argonauts have eight more sacks then the second best team (Edmonton).
- CFL leading receiver Greg Ellingson is riding a five-game touchdown streak. He has a total of six majors on the season.
- Ellingson (904 receiving yards) and SJ Green (850 receiving yards) are both within reach of 1000 yards just nine games into the season. In the last 12 years, only two players have recorded 1,000 yards in their first 10 games: Jamel Richardson in 2011 and Adarius Bowman in 2016.
- Winnipeg quarterback Matt Nichols has thrown 160 consecutive passes without an interception. His personal best is 167.
- Justin Medlock has kicked three field goals of 50+ yards this season. The record for the most 50+ field goals in a season is nine set by Calgary’s J.T. Hay in 1986 and Baltimore’s Carlos Huerta in 1994.
- Last year there were 44 attempts (27 made) from 50+ yards and this year there have been only 13 attempts (eight made).
- 62% of games this season have been decided in the final three minutes.
- Penalties this season are down 11% compared to last season.
- The second quarter this season averages the most points - 16.4 (30% of points). The first quarter averages the fewest amount of points – 10.1 (19% of points).
- Winnipeg and Montreal do not yet have a successful 2-point conversion. Both teams are 0 for 2.
- Teams coming off a bye week are 4-3 this season. Saskatchewan comes off a bye this week when they play Edmonton.
- League-wide one-point convert percentage is 88%, down from 91% from last year. Kickers were only 12 for 16 (75%) last week.
- Argonauts running back Brandon Whitaker is four carries shy of reaching 1,000 for his career.
- Consistency: 11 different quarterbacks have started this season. At the same point in 2016 it was 15 and 2015 it was 14.