Stats and storylines heading into this week's action


  • Saturday’s contest against Toronto will be BC’s Nathan Rourke’s fourth career start (2-1). The Victoria native is looking to become just the second Canadian QB to start his career with a 3-1 record.
  • Notable Canadian pivots after four starts:
    • Frank Cosentino | 3-1
    • Gerry Doucette | 2-2
    • Don Getty | 2-2
    • Greg Vavra | 2-2
    • Gerry Dattilio | 1-2-1
    • Eric Guthrie | 1-3
    • Russ Jackson | 1-3


  • Through two games, the Roughriders have registered 13 sacks – nine more than any other club.
  • Ten different players have recorded a sack with Pete Robertson (3) and Larry Dean (2) collecting more than one.
  • Saskatchewan takes on the Alouettes this week, who have allowed six sacks through two games.


  • Calgary is 2-0, but has trailed by 10+ points in each game.
  • The Stampeders have trailed each game after three quarters. From 2015 to 2021, they were 10-18 under those circumstances.
  • Calgary’s 24-point turnaround in Hamilton was the franchise’s sixth comeback from 20+ points and two shy of the team record; it was also the eighth largest in league history.
  • It was also the second time in league history that a team has recovered from a 24-0 deficit.


  • Seven of eight contests (88 per cent) have been decided in the final three minutes, with four coming down to late game drives.
  • Games this year have averaged 48.1 points per game – an increase of 11.7 per cent.
  • There have been 16 lead changes this season and four games have been decided by three points or less.
  • Week 1 quarterbacks scrambled out of the pocket on 20 occasions, but only 12 times in Week 2.
  • The Riders are looking to start 3-0 in back-to-back years.
  • Montreal’s Eugene Lewis registered consecutive 100-yard games to open the season (239 yards total). Lucky Whitehead accomplished the feat with BC in 2021, totaling 244 yards.
  • Hamilton and Winnipeg have split their previous eight games, with six being double-digit victories.
  • Last week, the Ticats’ Tim White recorded career marks in targets (14), catches (11) and receiving yards (131).
  • Hamilton’s Dane Evans made a career-high 36 completed passes, while recording the second-ever 400+ yard game.
  • Collaros has passed for 416 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception through two games. He is a career 1-2 against Hamilton.
  • Winnipeg is 2-0 after recording 19-17 and 19-12 victories over Ottawa. Since 2015, when failing to reach 20 points, the Bombers are 5-21; when holding opponents to fewer than 20, the team is 31-2.
  • Last week, Edmonton’s Kenny Lawler set career highs with 17 targets and 12 receptions. His 149 yards was the highest by a receiver this season, and it was his fourth career 100-yard game. ​
  • Nick Arbuckle will make his third start for the Elks this week. It will be his first start against his former team – the Stampeders.
  • On Saturday, Bo Levi Mitchell will play in his 150th game in the CFL (86-22-2 – .791). He has more career wins against Edmonton than any other opponent (13-4).
  • Rene Paredes has made his last 26 field goal attempts, for the eighth-longest streak in CFL history. It is the third-longest streak of his career (32 and 39).
  • Bryan Burnham is looking to extend his streak of games with a catch to 98. Over that stretch, he has 439 receptions for 6,648 yards and 38 TDs.
  • The Argos registered one 2-and-out last week, after averaging 4.5 per game in 2021. Through two weeks this season, teams have combined to average 9.6 per game.
  • Toronto last faced a starting Canadian QB was on October 27, 1996, coincidentally against the Lions, with Giulio Caravatta under centre.

Lucas Barrett

Associate Vice-President, Communications & Public Affairs, Canadian Football League

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