This Week in the CFL - Week 9

Stats and Trends to Note as We Head Into Week 9


  • Friday Night Football this week features a match up of the league’s top ranked defences.
  • Edmonton (5-2) is first in yards allowed per game (272), while Hamilton (5-2) is second (311).
  • Edmonton is only giving up only 12.5 points per game, while Hamilton is limiting opponents to 17.1 points per game (Montreal has given up 16.7).
  • Edmonton is first against the pass, allowing only 216 yards a game in the air.
  • Hamilton is first against the run, allowing only 73 yards on the ground.
  • Eskimos defence has allowed just 8.3 points per game at Commonwealth Stadium.
  • Edmonton has given up just seven touchdowns. Montreal is next at 11, and Hamilton has yielded 12.
  • Hamilton has forced 22 turnovers, best in the league, while Edmonton has forced a second best 19 turnovers.


  • Week 8 featured only 75 penalties, or 18.8 per game.
  • That’s the lowest of the season and lower than any total from the first eight weeks of 2014.
  • The cumulative penalty average for the year dropped for the seventh straight week and now stands at 25.06 per game.
  • The 15 penalties in the Calgary-Ottawa game was the second lowest of the season (there were 11 penalties in Hamilton-Winnipeg game on August 9).
  • Only one team has won despite taking more penalties in the last 12 CFL games. None did in Week 8.


  • The Tiger-Cats are 9-0 in regular season play and 10-0 including the 2014 East Final in their new home.
  • One key is fast starts: Hamilton has outscored opponents there 49-0 in the first quarter this year.
  • Last Saturday, the Cats held a 21-0 margin after the first quarter, for the second consecutive week.
  • It was only the second time in 107 years that any team has had consecutive leads of 21 or more points after 15 minutes of play.
  • Winnipeg in August 1994 led 21-0 and 25-0 in back to back weeks.
  • Since THF opened last Labour Day, the Cats have outscored opponents 254-124.
  • BC was the last visiting team to have held a lead at Tim Hortons Field in a regular season game, back on October 14, 2014, when Hamilton took the lead with 2:43 left to win 19-17.
  • Out of the 302 plus minutes of game clock time since then, Hamilton has led for a total of 285:58 and has been in a tie with the opposition for just 16:45.


  • The Tiger-Cats defence has scored 7 touchdowns.
  • Ticat defensive back Erik Harris’ touchdown return for a TD against the Lions tied the club record for pick-sixes, set in 1965, and put them within one of the CFL record of seven, set by the 2006 Argos.
  • The league record for defensive touchdowns is 11, set by the 1987 BC Lions. The Ticats have seven with 11 games left.
  • The Tiger-Cats lead the league with a plus 12 turnover ratio. Next best is Toronto at plus 5.


  • The 0-7 Saskatchewan Roughriders have the leagues’ top ranked offense at 422 yards per game.
  • Toronto (4-2) is second 353 yards per game, while Hamilton (5-2) is third at 351 yards per game.
  • Hamilton’s offence is scoring 25.1 points per game, just ahead of Saskatchewan at 24.9 points per game.
  • Saskatchewan has the eighth ranked defence: they are giving up a league high 29 points per game, and the second most yards per game, at 383.


  • Two punts were returned for TDs last week, bringing the total for the year to 5.
  • Brandon Banks has returned three punts for TDs himself -- just two short of the CFL record of 5 in a season.


  • Just when the one point convert was starting to seem automatic again (kickers had made 41 in a row), 6 of 19 were missed last weekend.
  • It wasn’t a single kicker’s fault: six of the seven kickers who had an attempt this past weekend missed one.
  • The success rate of the one point convert is now 84 % (106 out of 126).
  • The success rate for the two point convert is 73% (24 out of 33).
  • Surprisingly, CFL kickers are almost as good from 50-plus yards out (11 of 14 for 78.6%) .
  • Oddly, they have a lower percentage from 40-49 years out: 32 of 46 for 69.9%.


  • Four teams (Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton and Toronto) are bunched at 5-2.
  • Ottawa stands right behind those leaders at 4-3.
  • Montreal, Winnipeg, BC and Saskatchewan have three or fewer wins.


  • The injury to BC’s Solomon Elimimian, combined with previous injuries to Jon Cornish and Chad Owens, means that last three Most Outstanding Player Award winners are sidelined.

Lucas Barrett

Coordinator, Communications, Canadian Football League

Olivier Poulin

Manager, Communications, Canadian Football League

Paulo Senra

Director, Communications, Canadian Football League

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