THIS WEEK IN THE CFL – WEEK 13

THIS WEEK IN THE CFL – WEEK 13

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Calgary at Ottawa will be on TSN, ESPN+, BT Sport 3 and Yare.
Hamilton at Edmonton will be on TSN, ESPN+, BT Sport 3 and Yare.
BC at Toronto will be on TSN, ESPN+ and Yare.
Saskatchewan at Montreal will be on TSN, RDS, ESPN+, BT Sport 2 and Yare.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS

West Division

  • Saskatchewan WIN and a BC LOSS and an Edmonton LOSS = Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot
  • Saskatchewan WIN and a Calgary LOSS and an Edmonton LOSS = Saskatchewan clinches a playoff spot

East Division

  • Montreal WIN = Montreal clinches a playoff spot
  • Toronto WIN = Toronto clinches a playoff spot

REMAINING SCHEDULES

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BO KNOWS PASSING

  • Bo Levi Mitchell (29,986) needs 14 passing yards to reach 30,000 in his career.
  • Mitchell would become the 18th player to reach the 30,000 mark in CFL history. The only other active quarterback on the list is Michael Reilly (33,845).
  • If Mitchell reaches 30,000 this week, he will match Michael Reilly as the fifth-fastest player to hit the milestone:
    • Doug Flutie | 90 starts
    • Kent Austin | 98 starts
    • Danny McManus | 101 starts
    • Ricky Ray | 105 starts
    • Michael Reilly | 106 starts

THE CATCHIN’ CANUCK

  • Toronto Argonauts drafted Kurleigh Gittens Jr. in the third round, 23rd overall, in the 2019 CFL Draft from Laurier.
  • This season, he has recorded 33 catches for 431 yards and two touchdowns.
  • He has surpassed the 100+ yards mark in each of his past two games: 105 yards vs. Hamilton and 116 yards last week vs. Montreal.
  • The last Canadian receiver to have 100+ receiving yards in consecutive games was Andy Fantuz in 2016; the last to manage the feat in three straight games was Ben Cahoon in 2004.

CHASING 1K

  • Two players are on pace for 1,000-receiving yard seasons:
    • Eugene Lewis | 815 yards | On pace for 1,141
    • Kenny Lawler | 804 yards | On pace for 1,045
  • Two players are on pace for 1,000-rushing yard seasons:
    • William Stanback | 880 yards | On pace for 1,320
      • With 120 yards this week, Stanback would reach 1,000 in nine games. Only one player has reached the milestone faster: Kory Sheets in 2013.
    • James Wilder Jr. | 675 yards | On pace for 1,050

SACK ATTACK

  • Montreal leads the league with 38 sacks in 10 games this season (3.8 per game); Saskatchewan sits second with 32 in 10.
  • The last time Montreal led the league in sacks was in 2003 with 48 in 18 contests (2.67 per game)
  • The Alouettes have seven players with three-or-more sacks:
    • 7 | David Ménard
    • 5 | Chris Ackie
    • 4 | Michael Wakefield and Woody Baron
    • 3 | Nick Usher, Almondo Sewell and Jamal Davis

QUICK SLANTS

  • Four teams are tied for first with 13 forced turnovers; Hamilton, Montreal, Saskatchewan and Winnipeg.
  • Winnipeg has given up only three passing touchdown all season. The next best team has 11.
  • Simoni Lawrence (595) is 12 tackles away from being the Tiger-Cats’ all-time leader. The record is currently held by Rob Hitchcock (606).
  • Lawrence (603) was the 20th player to reach 600+ defensive tackles in his career. With one more, he can tie his own coach, Orlondo Steinauer (604) for 18th overall.
  • With two more receptions, Brandon Banks (404) will surpass Darren Flutie for fifth-place in Ticats history. Next are Archie Amerson at fourth (431) and Luke Tasker at third (455).
  • Bo Levi Mitchell has 13 interceptions this season – the most he has thrown in a season was 14 in 2018.
  • Zach Collaros leads the league with 26 completions of 20+ yards. Vernon Adams Jr. is the only other player with 20-or-more (22).
  • William Stanback leads the league in 100+ yard rushing games (five) and 10+ yard rushes (25). The only other player with multiple 100+ yard rushing games is Winnipeg’s Brady Oliveira (two).
  • Last week, Rene Paredes reached 1,703 career points and now ranks 12th all-time. He needs four more field goal attempts to reach 500 for his career, and currently sits at 432-of-496 (87.1 per cent)
  • The BC Lions are coming off their largest shutout in club history and their first in 51 years. They went 861 games between shutouts.
  • Michael Reilly has 22 touchdowns in 11 career starts against Toronto, but he only owns a record of 5-6 against the Argos.
  • The Argonauts enter Week 13 with a 4-0 record at BMO Field.
  • Cody Fajardo enters Week 13 with a 2-0 record against Montreal as a starter. Matthew Shiltz will be looking to build on his first victory as a starter.
  • After his two-sack performance last week, Jackson Jeffcoat has set a new career-high with nine on the season.
  • On active rosters, BC and Ottawa each have one player with 100+ games of CFL experience; Winnipeg has ten.
  • Two REDBLACKS are slated to play their 100th game this week: Brendan Gillanders and Cleyon Laing.
Lucas Barrett
Lucas Barrett Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

 

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